From Phil Collins to Skrillex, Slipknot to Ed Sheeran everyone has used a reverse reverb in the music. The same goes for Radio Imaging. You can hear it on nearly every radio station ever. In this post we’re going to take a quick look at how easy it is to create a similar effect so that you can use Reverse Reverb to help bring a word in, creatively in your promo or sweeper.
What You’ll Need
- A piece of audio you want to effect.
- The ability to reverse that audio.
- A reverb plugin.
If you’re using Pro Tools like we do, then download our Free Pro Tools Template to use when creating and following this tutorial!
How To Do It
First, I have selected the word I want to create the effect on. In this case we’re using Jo Nicoll‘s voice saying “wizzFX.”
Next, I want to reverse this audio. This will mean when we add the reverb it will be the Jo saying “wizzFX” backwards, thus the reverb will also be backwards.
Now, as mentioned before, we’re going to apply some reverb to the reverse audio clip. You can do this to taste using whatever plug-in you prefer. In this example I’m going to reach for the Pro Tools built in reverb plugin D-Verb. I’m not going to change any settings other than to move the Mix slider so that I can have a bit of the original signal with the verb mixed in – 34% in this case.
So we’ve got reverb applied to a reversed voice over clip. It sounds a bit strange, but now the magic begins – if you reverse this entire clip you’ll get the effect you were looking for!
And that’s it. You’ve crafted yourself some Reverse Reverb.
If you’re looking to create more exciting versions of this, try making a copy of your sound clip and converting it to stereo. Then create your reverse reverb 100% Wet before layering it with the original signal. You could then add some automated filtering, or panning or flange or whatever you like to make it really sound your own! I love to add AiR’s Vintage Filter or Filter Gate in pro tools to create some great rhythmic effects.
Note: If you’re using Pro Tools as your DAW you can bypass reversing the signal and select an area before your original clip and click the ‘reverse’ button on your Audio Suite reverb plug-in. A great timesaver!