The Elements of Reverb
As you know, adding reverb to a dry recording puts back what our ears are expecting to hear - it lends the mix a sense of space, direction and distance.
Our audio engineers have identified thousands of variables that effect how sound behaves in a room. We've condensed these into four groups of settings that are straightforward to use, yet allow you to sculpt the fine points of your ambience.
The main page groups all the most important parameters of the VSS3.
This is where you load and save your presets. The up and down arrows of the preset field let you easily browse through your presets to find the one you're looking for.
The main page also hosts essential settings for decay, pre delay and hi decay times as well as controls for the levels of the early reflections, reverb tail and dry signal.
Early Reflections Page
The first echoes of any sound event are called early reflections. These define the feel of the room and localization of the sound sources within it.
With the source specific early reflections in the VSS3, you can add character to your audio and realistically pinpoint the direction and distance to the sound source.
The most important parameter is the Early Type which mimics a number of different acoustic spaces - from bustling airports and open streets to conference rooms and cramped phone booths.
The other parameters on the pages let you adjust the flavor of your early reflection type: the size, color, position or left-right balance of the reflections.
As sound bounces around the surfaces of a room, the "blurred" body (or diffuse field) of the response forms.
On the reverb page you find all the important settings that define this reverb body, including crossover frequencies and decay time multipliers for the individual frequency bands.
The main parameter is the Reverb Type, where you can select a number of variables, such as Smooth, Natural, Alive or Fast.
VSS3 gives you incredibly detailed control of the decay time for the reverb tail. In the Decay/Crossover section you can set the decay time offsets in no less than four bands.
Every room in the world can sound different from one second to the next - the "random" feature of the VSS3 perfectly simulates this.
The parameters of this page are condensed into two straightforward sections, where you control the different aspects of the modulation.
With the Reverb Modulation section you get a set of very complex LFO patterns that tweak various parts of the reverb. We've organized these intricate variables into sets: Smooth, Perc, Vintage and Wild.
Space Modulation imitates the air movement of a room and allows you adjust the rate, width and depth.
The Focus Fields view gives you access to settings across any parameter page.
This means that you can organize your most important parameters for easy access, giving you a better overview of your essential parameters - without switching pages. The Focus Fields group is stored with the session as well as with your individual presets; this means that your key settings will always be waiting for you, whenever you load your presets.
One Size Doesn't Fit All
The VSS3 Native comes with a resizable view, that allows you to scale the plug-in up or down to fit with your screen and workflow.
Ensuring full usability, this helps you make the most of whatever display you're currently using - both in the studio and when you're on the move.