We are sure that you did experience the following fascinating phenomenon – when you walk into a big enclosed large space such as a cathedral or a concert hall or a ball room, you clap your hands or say something crazy, then you will hear a special audio effect which names “Reverberation”. The sound is divided into 2 different sounds which are the direct sound and the sound of the room. The origin of that derivative sound is the reflection of audio waves from all the surfaces of that enclosed place. The combination of those reflected sounds are reverb.
The reverb pedal of an electronic guitar helps guitarist to create the reverberation effect which makes the sounds become warmer, friendlier as if they are performing inside a fan-packed stadium.
TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb is widely known as the best reverb pedal in the market. However, purchasing the best one doesn’t guarantee a most wonderful reverberation effect. It depends on how well you use it.
Below you will find the 5 tips with the aim of maximizing the potential of your reverb pedal.
Sometimes, one touch is enough
In order to make a clean and dry tone, one touch is enough, especially, when you are an amplified acoustic guitarist. Learn this tip from Tommy Emmanual. This guitarist pressed his reverb pedal once and made subtle reverb which helps him to mix notes and arpeggios within chords. This technic also ameliorates his playing’s percussive aspects. In case you are an electric guitarist who haven’t got a built-in amp reverb, this simple trick will surely be a solution to them.
Combine Hall of Fame Mini Reverb with one knob and your chosen amp’s effects loop or try to place that reverb pedal in the your pedalboard chain. Just a touch of reverb pedal could blend all of your tones tone together.
Use distance to create sonic depth
As you all know Jimmy Page and his legendary technique: He placed a mic closed to an amp in a small enclosed place and recorded the same sound with a mic at a further distance at the same time. Then he will mix these 2 different recorded sounds into a bigger one. This technique is perfectized by the artist named Steve Albini with his big mic collection as well as his Electrical Audio Studios which created the beautifu 3 dimensional recording technique.
Luckily, nowadays, there’s no need to prepare multiple different mics and record the sounds at the same times, then blend them together. Current sonic technology allows us to simply use a reverb pedal to simplify this technique. There is 1 common method to create such effect. Please set your reverb pedal in the mono mode. A reverb pedal with a pre-delay knob would help. Twist the pre-delay knob in order to delay the start of reverberation by a few milliseconds and minimize the decay control, a slap-back similar to an enclosed place will be made.