How Good: Fabfilter Pro-R For Orchestra?

Discussion in 'SAMPLE Talk' started by Apostate, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. Apostate

    Apostate Member

    Feb 7, 2018
    The FF sale continues, and I already own the inestimably great Pro-Q and Pro-C.

    I've heard Pro-R only takes a backseat to the amazing(ly expensive) Altiverb (and maybe QL Spaces II) for orchestral work.

    I'd love and be grateful for the opinions of the fine composers and/or engineers here, please!
  2. Mihkel Zilmer

    Mihkel Zilmer Senior Member

    Oct 15, 2008
    One of my favourites. Super easy UI like all FF products, which makes it so easy to dial in exactly what you need.

    I think of reverbs as ranging from very transparent (for example Exponential Audio Nimbus etc) to quite coloured (Seventh Heaven Pro, Altiverb, Spaces, etc.). Pro-R is somewhere in between those two categories - but modulation in controllable, so you can go in either direction.
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  3. OP

    Apostate Member

    Feb 7, 2018
    Someone help, please! lol

    The sale can only be so long... ;)
  4. oivind_rosvold

    oivind_rosvold Active Member

    Nov 14, 2014
    They have 30 day trials. In true Fabfilter fashion, it's such a delight to use, but for me the Pro-R never sounded quite right when i tested it. I am sticking with Seventh Heaven, for now. I'll prolly regret this when the sale is over tho :D
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  5. Mihkel Zilmer

    Mihkel Zilmer Senior Member

    Oct 15, 2008
    Actually, this was exactly my experience at first. I used Pro-R for a couple of weeks, didn't quite get along with it and went back to Seventh Heaven. But then recently I revisited it for some mixes where Seventh Heaven was colouring the mix too much - and Pro-R was just perfect for the job.
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  6. OP

    Apostate Member

    Feb 7, 2018
    Seventh Heaven seems like an even less expensive alternative. I think they do demos, too...
  7. brett

    brett Active Member

    Jul 14, 2010
    Love the Pro-R GUI and workflow but unfortunately it doesn’t do realistic spaces like Nimbus or R4 or the Lexi reverbs for me. Nor is it attempting to either I suspect. I dearly wanted to love it too as I’m a massive fan of pro-q, c and mb.

    Ymmv of course.
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  8. OP

    Apostate Member

    Feb 7, 2018
    I love Q and C, awesome plug ins...I even use them for sound design! Great stuff imo.
  9. keepitsimple

    keepitsimple Active Member

    May 8, 2017
    Big fan of Pro-R here. Subtle and effective. Works great on all acoustic sources not just orchestral.
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  10. WindcryMusic

    WindcryMusic Always learning

    Oct 19, 2015
    I liked Pro-R a lot when I first got it, but later started noticing some unpleasant tail graininess coming from it, and have since mostly transitioned away from it and into using 2CAudio Breeze instead. But I'm sure I will go back and revisit Pro-R at some point to see if I can figure out how to make it sound better again, since I see lots of people whom I respect still being quite happy with it, so more than likely it was just my settings that were flawed.
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  11. KallumS

    KallumS Active Member

    Jul 26, 2018
    Camden, London
    For purely orchestral stuff I use Verberate 2, I've tried using Pro-R but it isn't clean enough for my taste.
  12. muziksculp

    muziksculp Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2004
    Los Angeles
    As far as Algorithmic Reverb for Orchestra, I prefer Exponential Audio's R2 to Fabfilter's Pro-R Reverb.
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  13. dexterjettser

    dexterjettser Member

    Sep 4, 2017
    I use pro R on everything. It gives you excellent control of the tail and it’s very easy to use. Can’t beat the ui, I’m curious to see (if/when) what FF does with a pro-R 2. In terms of sound, it’s very clean, doesn’t exactly color anything in a unique way-which is sort of the point of fab filter’s products.
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  14. nawzadhaji

    nawzadhaji Member

    Feb 12, 2017
    last night got 3 plugin Fabfilter essentials bundle looks so great , Best plugin I've worked with, top of the sound quality.
  15. averystemmler

    averystemmler Active Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    I waver on the subject. I've spoken favorably about it before, but I keep trying to use it and it just doesn't let me get fiddly enough with the nature of the reverb. Independent control over early and late reflections makes working with different libraries much easier (i turn ERs off entirely if the samples have some space in them), and the Distance knob doesn't quite do it for me because it adjusts too many things at once. My experience is similar across other aspects too. I know which parameters I want to change, but they're lumped into the same knob with things I don't want to change.

    I'd love to see what a Pro-R 2 offers!
  16. nas

    nas Active Member

    Dec 28, 2015
    Jordan / Toronto
    Over the years I've used Altiverb, Ircam Verb Session, EW Spaces, ReLab LX480 and a few other for orchestral. They are all excellent but honestly these days I'm loving Liquid Sonics Seventh Heaven (which has less tweakability than Seventh Heaven Pro) but sounds every bit as good and is much less expensive. It's fantastic for Orchestral work and for 69 USD is an absolute steal. I highly recommend you check this one out.
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  17. musicalweather

    musicalweather Active Member

    Nov 17, 2014
    I haven't had Pro-R that long, but in general it always seems a bit bright, especially compared to my go-to reverb, Verberate (I'm still on version 1). Like KallumS, I find Verberate to be amazingly clean.
  18. Fleer

    Fleer No Method

    Dec 12, 2014
    Best GUI and incredibly transparent.
    FabFilter Pro-R is my go-to verb for orchestral.
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  19. biggiantcircles

    biggiantcircles Member

    Nov 15, 2010
    Oh man I almost forgot this. Got mine for like $71, been playing with the demo, loved it.

    Glad I stopped by tonight for the reminder. Too good to pass up that deal.
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  20. ThomasNL

    ThomasNL Thomas van der Burg

    I use it mostly for drums and some percs. For orchestra i find it too cold, for that i use altiverbs bricrasti m7. But i guess it is down to opinion. Getting fabfilter plugins is never a bad buy though ;)

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