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Convolution reverb plugin - what to buy?

Discussion in 'SAMPLE Talk' started by SimonViklund, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. SimonViklund

    SimonViklund Senior Member

    I'm thinking about getting a convolution reverb in order to:

    A) Sweeten my mixes (and add realistic room reverb to dry sample libraries such as those from Musical Sampling)
    B) Every once in a while, add room reverb to diegetic sound effects (so it wouldn't hurt if the plugin comes with some non-concert hall room/cooridor impulses)

    The options, as I see it, are EW/QL Spaces, Waves IR-1 and of course Altiverb. Altiverb is the most expensive but it also comes with a very impressive range of impulses from famous halls AND a lot of "domestic spaces" (bathrooms, offices, stairways, etc.) which will be useful to me.


    1) Is Altiverb ever on sale?
    2) Which convolution reverb do you own and like, or which one would you buy and why? (it doesn't have to be one of the three mentioned above, of course)
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2018
  2. jononotbono

    jononotbono Luke Johnson

    Never seen it on sale.

    Altiverb 7. I love it. Also own EW Spaces and that's good too.
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  3. Heroix

    Heroix Senior Member

    Dec 15, 2014
    seventh heaven by liquidsonics beats all other imho. you can demo it if you have an ilok key. its better than reverberate 2 from them and its newer.
  4. Heroix

    Heroix Senior Member

    Dec 15, 2014
  5. Rasmus Hartvig

    Rasmus Hartvig Senior Member

    For pure tweaking power Reverberate 2 is hard to beat. It comes with some pretty good impulses, but nothing with multiple positions like in Altiverb or Spaces. But it'll load up almost any free IR you can find on the internet - and allow you to tweak reverb length, modulation and a bunch of other stuff. Numerical Sound also sells packs of IRs specifically designed to position instruments in orchestral halls. They a great match for Reverberate - but AFAIK they are synthesized as opposed to "real" recordings.

    If you need specific positioning IRs sampled from real spaces, Altiverb or Spaces might be the best bet.
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  6. Niah2

    Niah2 Senior Member

    Oct 30, 2016
    I use the free impulses from samplicity Briscati in kontakt.
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  7. Rob

    Rob Senior Member

    Aug 23, 2007
    I have and use a lot the IR-1 by waves. On waves site you can download a great library of irs from different spaces... this is my favorite convo reverb and it’s on sale at audiodeluxe for 29 bucks which is a steal
  8. driscollmusick

    driscollmusick Active Member

    Nov 1, 2017
    Taos, NM
    Try VSS3 (free for 2 weeks)
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  9. Sami

    Sami The Undisclosing

    Jul 23, 2017
    Spaces never disappoints. Also, if you use Logic, Space Designer is a must-try.
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  10. Heroix

    Heroix Senior Member

    Dec 15, 2014
    if you like vss3 better try vsr s24 from relab. beats vss3 easy ;)
    best vst plugin reverb out there atm, and i have tried alot. :)
    30 days free demo available
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  11. Gerhard Westphalen

    Gerhard Westphalen Scoring Mixer

    Altiverb is never on sale. Nothing beats it for convolution. I'd suggest starting with Spaces if you can't afford Altiverb and then also get some of the cheaper reverbs like the basic Seventh Heaven and Valhalla. None of these, however, will give you domestic spaces. Perhaps you could find a free convolution plugin and then some free IRs for that.
  12. ironbut

    ironbut Senior Member

    Jun 9, 2015
    eugene or
    I've got a few but Reverberate and Seventh Heaven are my go to's. Seventh has an easy to use preset system while Reverberate is infinitely tweakable but I kind of hate their file system.
    It's hard to pass up IR-1 from Waves since it does have multi positions for some of the halls and I also picked it up for $29 a while back.
    Sometimes I'll set up those different seating positions on different sends.
  13. driscollmusick

    driscollmusick Active Member

    Nov 1, 2017
    Taos, NM
    OK, giving it a go!
  14. N.Caffrey

    N.Caffrey Senior Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    wasn't there some talking a while ago about QL Spaces 2? I think Doug mentioned it in a comment.
  15. calebfaith

    calebfaith Senior Member

    I love QL Spaces so I'm really looking forward to an update.
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  16. N.Caffrey

    N.Caffrey Senior Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    me too! I dowloaded the demo of UAD Lexicon, which I liked, but I think there's more material to work from with Spaces.
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  17. Josh Richman

    Josh Richman Senior Member

    Feb 25, 2017
    Spaces 2 is an instant buy. Can’t wait.
  18. oivind_rosvold

    oivind_rosvold Senior Member

    Nov 14, 2014
    +1 for Seventh Heaven (both regular and pro version)
    +1 for valhalla room
  19. jvsax

    jvsax Musician

    Nov 25, 2016
    I use REVerence (which is included with Cubase Pro) with the Bricasti and 960L quad impulse responses.
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  20. N.Caffrey

    N.Caffrey Senior Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    Any ideas how Spaces 2 could be? So curious!

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