• Published on Jul 12, 2018
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    00:24 - Mistake #1
    05:40 - Mistake #2
    08:08 - Mistake #3
    11:46 - Mistake #4
    15:26 - Mistake #5
    19:16 - Mistake #6
    21:13 - Mistake #7
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    Today you'll learn 7 reverb mistakes that I've made in the past. By sharing my experiences with you, I want to help you avoid these mistakes and stop you from wasting time figuring them out yourself. Using reverb should be fun and easy so watch now to find out how. But first, be sure to download the free reverb cheat sheet: www.musicianonamission.com/reverb-cheat-sheet
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Comments • 73

  • Alan Angel
    Alan Angel 15 days ago +1

    Did we ever figure out where those animals came from?

  • JuggStickk Official
    JuggStickk Official Month ago +3

    if you divide 60,000 by your bpm you will get a perfect decay time. If it is too long continue dividing by 2 until it sounds right. Your welcome guys!

  • Sin Bad Music
    Sin Bad Music Month ago

    So u added a reverb "underneath" the stereo delay but u had the reverb in a separate channel? Is that to keep the stereo delay a bit audible while feeding some of it into the reverb? Thanks in advance

  • nabocelloman
    nabocelloman 2 months ago

    Well done. Very convincing approach. But I'm surprised that you only sent the snare and Guitars to the reverb. You can't have cohesion if you don't put all instruments in the same room. Just try to send all groups, instruments, submixes etc... to the same reverb and dial the send amount to your liking. You'll be happy with how everything will find place in the same room reverb. Just a thought.

  • Nick Bird
    Nick Bird 2 months ago

    been watching your videos all night and I feel like I've learnt so much, loving your channel!

  • Jozean's InstruMentals
    Jozean's InstruMentals 2 months ago

    Man, I’m sorry but I just need to ask, what are the lyrics on your intro song, I keep trying to understand it heh :/

  • Brian McLaughlin
    Brian McLaughlin 3 months ago

    Can you please show me where you were featured on Produce Like A Pro? I see the keywords come up on the Google search and I can't find it anywhere. Thanks!

  • Ryan Olson
    Ryan Olson 4 months ago

    I watched the long video about the masterclass you offer. I was wondering why you don't recommend the course for someone interested in producing EDM music? This is what I want to do, and am basically a novice. I plan to include vocals in my tracks eventually, but was wondering where the line is drawn in your head when you said that the class is not for musicians producing EDM, trap, etc. Is this hard and fast? Please let me know, I'm extremely interested.

    • Musician on a Mission
      Musician on a Mission  4 months ago

      Hey Ryan,
      Shoot us an email at support@musicianonamission.com and we can answer all those questions!

  • goodshorts
    goodshorts 6 months ago


  • Cayne
    Cayne 6 months ago +18

    8th mistake: ignoring pre-delay setting.

    • Matt Glista
      Matt Glista 29 days ago

      THIS! Especially on vocals. All the songs I've ruined ignoring predelay...

  • Rex 84
    Rex 84 8 months ago +2

    Different for electronic music it is used as a effect to drive the track sometimes

  • Killa Kable
    Killa Kable 8 months ago

    I like Breverb as my go to Reverb EchoBoy for my delays 👍 Great vid, thanks dude!

  • Sam Turner
    Sam Turner 8 months ago +1

    when EQing the reverb, should you match the bands to what instrument it applies for?

  • Hello
    Hello 9 months ago

    Hell diggin down

  • repawnd
    repawnd 9 months ago +1

    Your music sounds like a blend of Kurt Cobain and David Bowie :)

    THE BRAVADO SHOW 9 months ago


  • Harry Official
    Harry Official 9 months ago +1

    Am I the only one who is not finding any difference between with and without reverb

  • Stefan Aguinaldo Soerensen

    Which channels in your opinion should i focus the verb bus on to be able to influence the main mix sound like this?

  • Gilland Tobi
    Gilland Tobi 10 months ago +1

    The lyrics is bestiality!!

  • DrFillyBlunt
    DrFillyBlunt 11 months ago

    Great tips. Some of this I know, some I don't. Your videos are really helpful.
    I like using a compressed and band-passed early reflection in rverb or truverb to fatten up the body of snares.
    It isn't hard to have snare transients that tread water in a mix but the meat of the snare can be tricky.

  • Marks Music Place
    Marks Music Place Year ago +1

    Great points on reverb,. I just wish you guys would use better singers in your demo videos.

  • Xeotroid
    Xeotroid Year ago +1

    What do you think about convolution reverb? Each impulse sample you can have pretty much sounds like a different reverb plug-in and it can give the sound a unique atmosphere, plus it can be used for interesting effects.

  • Ricky ♫ Guitarman ♪

    Very interesting! thx

  • CoComit
    CoComit Year ago +2

    Great tutorial however I wish to hear something for predelay which has a big impact for a right reverb

  • cbrooks0905
    cbrooks0905 Year ago +4

    I’ve never been so annoyed by the dislike bar. I’m just going to chalk it up as other mixing channels who can’t compete with your guru-ness. Dude... ...the nuggets in this video... ...and all of your others...
    ...funny thing is, most of the things I learn from your videos is in the realm of affirmation/confirmation. Many times I’ve thought of ideas, not sure whether they’re right or wrong (especially being that I’m self taught) just to stumble across one of your videos wherein you articulate the very idea I had. There’s so much to gain from this kind of validation. Really, what I’ve learned, in general, and from you and other great channels [Warren H., Steve Albini (comes off a little pretentious but I get him), Andrew S.....all of them...👍) is that it all boils down to art and personal preference. Of course you must learn the “bread and butter”, but after that, you’re creating art. If it sounds good. It’s good.
    Thanks for making these videos, my friend. If only the casual listener knew the service we provide, as musicians and engineers...

  • fenton15
    fenton15 Year ago

    some reverb- (like the defunked sonitus fx stock cakewalk reverb) come with eq

  • audiomez
    audiomez Year ago

    There you go man. Just an opinion from an old school audio geezer....but unless one is aspiring to truly Avant Guard tonality, and resonance of experimental ambience one should develop an acute auditory appreciation for (and back up mathematical verification) of temporal boundaries and cohesive coefficients for multiply treated delay, (pre and post), room size values, damping and gating factors co existing within a work, that the mixing and/or mastering engineer should notice might get dialed in using a solo bus beyond 4 hours of mixing, and fail to note those rumbles and roars (particularly in lows and low mids) across adjacent tracks resulting in diminutive effects on subtle yet nano seconds of brilliantly attack, placed and perfectly pocketed licks that exist as subtle nuances of brilliance within the work. The cancellation and masking effect of reverberation (usually resulting from aural fatigue during mix down), has ruined many otherwise perfect would be masterpieces. For an example of near perfect mix samples I propose one audition the subtleties and brilliance of Steely Dan's "AJA" project. That sweet spot I propose you keep referring to (despite the Pro Tools generation) is how the human auditory systems discriminates "things" that are cohesive IN NATURE.. Singing in your shower accompanied by a flatly equalized acoustic guitar, renders a acoustical result the auditory cortex just recognizes as mutant, and variant in my opinion. Such as that would likely never occur in a natural ambient acoustic environment. Values numerically and within Q slopes (eq bandwidth) should resolve to approximations of logarithmic even and odd number variables (or be dampened rather steeply when in doubt.) I'm old school, and plead guilty!! Food for thought!! Did you know that one of the leading causes of "hit by vehicle deaths" is having a total unilateral hearing loss in one ear??? How does the unfortunate pedestrian know from which direction an approaching vehicle is approaching???? Think about this in relation to the topic!!!

  • neovxr
    neovxr Year ago +1

    while you tried out I thought the fabfilter sounded most modern, and - tadaa
    you followed with a more detailed explanation then.

  • neovxr
    neovxr Year ago

    someone must be a fan of the Rolling Stones :) :)

    • neovxr
      neovxr Year ago

      why video remake?

  • Vambibuda
    Vambibuda Year ago

    always useful info.

  • Caesar Oleksy
    Caesar Oleksy Year ago

    And Replika! ... love how Replika sounds... but great tip to use a few and combine in the mix depending how they sound! Thanks Much!

  • AMK
    AMK Year ago +7

    Song is stuck in my head. Did someone have a bad camping trip?

    • goodshorts
      goodshorts 6 months ago


  • AMK
    AMK Year ago


  • Karuveli RaSa.Mahendran

    Superb... tips... thank you so much..

  • Volo Official x
    Volo Official x Year ago +4

    I admit i've never thought about switching stereo/mono the reverb aux, in fact it's correct to do it in different cases. What about using a mono reverb in a dense mix in order to avoid to add messiness and vice versa spread it to stereo in a roomy mix?! sounds sensible, right?!

  • Иван Турпак

    Cool video! Great information)

  • 龍哥
    龍哥 Year ago +2


  • William Oliveira
    William Oliveira Year ago

    Nice vid as always rob.

  • Giulio Boobzilla
    Giulio Boobzilla Year ago +2


  • riversideproductionz

    Keep sharing this great info man!

  • Chris Padgett
    Chris Padgett Year ago +44

    I had to stop the video at 7 minutes because you said something extremely critical - make sure the reverb ends between snare hits. I am in the process of recording a new piece and have fallen in love with the flt plate reverb in studio one. The problem is, I leave it on the factory setting because I do not know how long is long enough or too long (which is why I use the flat plate, very subtle reverb that adds just enough room sound). As soon as you said to solo the snare and make sure it ends between hits, I went to my current mix and checked it. Sure enough, the reverb tail bled between hits. I shortened the snare reverb, and instantly the snare jumped out of the mix. It was no longer buried in a Claude Monet sea of reverb. Now I need to finish watching this video. Thanks so much!

  • Sven Lindecrantz
    Sven Lindecrantz Year ago +4

    If you don't eq the reverb it gets messy in the mix

  • Rafael
    Rafael Year ago +23

    Just a suggestion for future videos; Try exaggerating the wet signal in examples such as these (and then dialing it down) so we can more easily hear the applied effect while the music is playing.
    Nice tip about making the reverb tail die out before the next snare hit btw.

    TEE VEE Year ago +104


  • Chris Horton
    Chris Horton Year ago

    Thank you! This was actually really helpful for me.

  • David Rosario
    David Rosario Year ago +8

    Believe it or not, I learned A LOT about the physics of reverb from the Alesis Quadraverb manual. It explains pre-delay, early reflections, diffusion, and density. Those are interesting topics which should be covered in order to truly understand how reverb works and how to effectively adjust those settings in plugins which have them.

  • Ümit Ay
    Ümit Ay Year ago +19

    As a ableton guy i have to admit chromVerb looks pretty amazing, also like logics space designer

    • Ümit Ay
      Ümit Ay Year ago +1

      i believe you, but since im a windows user there is no way, and getting a macbook because of logic would be a overkill for me (not to mention all the flaws newer gen. macbooks have...)
      but yeah ableton live is a workflow beast, the main reason i love it so much :)

    • David Posadas
      David Posadas Year ago +2

      give it a try man, you wont be disappointed.

  • CoolDudeClem
    CoolDudeClem Year ago +1

    I prefer to use delay rather than reverb, i usually use delay or a long reverb on the lead sounds, and a short reverb on the master, but i always cut the lows off on the master reverb or else iT sounds too "rumbly"

  • Fornicras
    Fornicras Year ago +4

    Mistake #2 and #3 don't really apply to all genres. I make Comtemp. R&B, my instrumentals generally don't have many instruments in them and there are a lot of gaps between them so I use 4 seconds of reverb most of the time and sometimes make vocals more than %50 reverbed.

    • Dennis van Opstal
      Dennis van Opstal 8 months ago

      @Critical Unity do you know Hardcore Techno music ? Or Gabba how its sometimes called ?
      Doomcore is a Subgenre of that style.
      Very slow and dark electronic music with deep kicks and lots of atmospheric sounds.
      Max. Around 140 BPM
      But often around 110 BPM and sometimes pretty simular to Dark Techno

    • Dennis van Opstal
      Dennis van Opstal 10 months ago

      I make Doomcore and you need a big dark hall sound.
      Most of the sounds need to drown in reverb for that effect.