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Waves Introduces New H-Reverb Plug-In (Video)

H-Reverb includes a library of artist presets from leading mixing engineers, as well as presets inspired by vintage and modern classics.

By PSW Staff May 11, 2015

Screen shot of the new H-Reverb from Waves.

Waves introduces the H-Reverb, an FIR reverb based on innovative Finite Impulse Response reverberation technology, providing richer, deeper reverb tails.

The FIR engine that powers H-Reverb lets you shape and customize the reverb decay envelope beyond the standard linear forms, resulting in gated, real reverse, and dense reverb tails that don’t muddy up the mix. Taking things one step further, H-Reverb incorporates Waves’ advanced analog modeling along with a drive control, offering signal behavior that until now was found exclusively in high-end hardware reverb devices. This design also enables input drive, a technique favored by many top engineers.

To top it all off, H-Reverb includes a library of artist presets from the industry’s leading mixing engineers, as well as presets inspired by vintage and modern classics. These presets may be the perfect space you’re looking for, or simply the perfect point to start from.

Features include:

—Less resonant filter sweeps for creating innovative reverb effects
—EQ and dynamics module for compression, ducking and de-essing
—ADA analog modeling and drive control
—Artist presets from the industry’s leading mixing engineers
—Full buildup timing and shaping
—Pre-delay BPM syncSupport for full 5.1 channel surround setups
—Quick reference button
—User-friendly GUI with collapsible version

Mick Olesh, Waves EVP of sales & marketing, states, “Waves is extremely excited about releasing the H-Reverb. We went to great lengths to make this the most comprehensive and best-sounding reverb plug-in possible, incorporating invaluable input from industry-leading mixing engineers.”

Top industry professionals have been praising H-Reverb. Here is what a few of them have been saying: 

Ken “Pooch” Van Druten (Linkin Park, Kid Rock, Kiss): “H-Reverb is the ultimate customizable reverb! It’s my new go-to. It just sounds amazing. What makes high-end hardware units sound so great is the reverb tail. The very end of the reverb in most plugins has bad breakup. H-Reverb has a very smooth reverb tail, as smooth as the best hardware units out there. I think most people would be hard-pressed to tell the difference.” 

Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Pixies, Echo & the Bunnymen): “H-Reverb is different from the usual reverbs I use. The inclusion of distortion and bit-rate reduction, plus the advanced levels of tailoring for decay and delay, allow me to create unique reverbs that I could not achieve with anything else. H-Reverb also enables me to emulate some of my favorite patches from early digital reverbs.”

Miles Walker (Beyoncé, Usher, Sia, Icona Pop): “The most impressive thing about H-Reverb compared to other reverb plugins is the variation on space within each setting. As a sound is preformed into it, you can hear how the different parameters provide variance in the sound of the room, just like a real performance changing slightly with its own dynamics and energy. It follows the sound’s natural arch, breathing with it and working in tandem for an amazing spatial experience. I have several Lexicon hardware units that I always go to for mixes — a few particular patches that I’m always drawn to because they aren’t just following an impulse response but are creating variety and randomness as a sound goes into them. That’s something I always thought was very challenging for plugin reverbs because of the huge amount of computing required. Somehow Waves has managed to do just that, and now I can get from H-Reverb the same great feeling of a hardware unit, with all the ease of plugin controls and automation — so cool.”

Ross Hogarth (Van Halen, Ziggy Marley, Keb’ Mo’, R.E.M.): “After digging into H-Reverb, I realized the depth and versatility of the plugin. I think H-Reverb can do just about anything, from weird lo-fi effects, to smooth small rooms, to long open spaces. With the right programing, H-Reverb can sound like just about any hardware box.”



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