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Teufelsberg Reverb
« on: February 14, 2017, 01:38:10 PM »
Ever wanted to layer your drones with reverb from a cold war era spy tower?  Now you can.  For free!



http://www.balancemastering.com/blog/balance-audio-tools-free-teufelsberg-reverb-plugin/


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Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2017, 01:40:00 PM »
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Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2017, 02:26:53 PM »
I tried it, but the only thing it did was decrease the signal.  It didn't add any noticeable reverb.  The knobs weren't functional.  The most useful button was BYPASS.  It worked.

If you try it, hopefully you have better luck than I did.  This might have something to do with my older (but far from obsolete) DAW.

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Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2017, 05:55:45 PM »
The reverb is there but super subtle. Not something I'd use regularly. Cool concept though.
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Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2017, 04:19:45 AM »
If you know the location from actually having been there, you will have found out it is a rotten, crumbling, run-down, filthy place (I was tempted to write "piss-hole") with (bad) graffitis all over the place. The qualities of the place in terms of "ambience" or "reverb" are pretty much non-existing -- the only intriguing bit would be the cold-war connotations it evokes.

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Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2017, 07:46:31 AM »
This Soundcloud link is field recordings that capture the natural reverb of the spy tower.

https://soundcloud.com/richarddevine/field-recordings-from

Clearly, the tower has some reverb.  I'm going to try the plug in on a more modern system.

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Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2017, 11:54:45 AM »
The plug in worked fine on a newer system.  Clicking this link will play an mp3 file I made with it.

https://clyp.it/rz00jb2e

The mix is 60% wet and 40% dry.  It can sound good on some sources.  One major disadvantage is not having control of the length of the reverb time.   

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Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2017, 03:24:58 PM »
If you know the location from actually having been there, you will have found out it is a rotten, crumbling, run-down, filthy place (I was tempted to write "piss-hole") with (bad) graffitis all over the place. The qualities of the place in terms of "ambience" or "reverb" are pretty much non-existing -- the only intriguing bit would be the cold-war connotations it evokes.

Stephen

The initial allure of the free plug in certainly has something to do with the cold war spy tower association because many musicians fancy themselves as clandestine operators. 

However, the structure is a hemisphere with walls made of hexagons and the floor is concrete. The history of the building is musically irrelevant.  The structure provides an unusual space for reverberation.  This is what intrigued me the most.

Having tried it, I can't say I'm thrilled with the reverb.  It's not bad.  It's not great.  It was interesting to try.

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Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2017, 04:18:44 PM »
Since this free Teufelsberg reverb is marginally useful and mostly a novelty created for the purpose of creating awareness for a mastering company I won't be using, perhaps we should discuss your favorite free Reverb plug ins?

I only have one permanent free Reverb plug in on my hard drive and many have been evaluated and deleted.  Variety of Sound's Epic Verb has exceeded my expectations in the longer than 5 second freeverb category.  20 seconds is the max.   

https://varietyofsound.wordpress.com/downloads/

There are several free plug ins worth using here.  I'm quite fond of the tube emulations.



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Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2017, 07:52:58 PM »
Glaceverb and Ambience are solid freeware reverbs.
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Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2017, 05:06:31 PM »
I'll check those out, thanks.  I have some fancy hardware reverbs, but won't hesitate to use something free if it sounds good.

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Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2017, 12:25:57 PM »
Glaceverb and Ambience are solid freeware reverbs.
I can't get Glaceverb to work on my new windows 10 computer - any tips or clues as it has some very nice sounds and is very easy to tweak

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Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2017, 02:07:59 PM »
Glaceverb and Ambience are solid freeware reverbs.
I can't get Glaceverb to work on my new windows 10 computer - any tips or clues as it has some very nice sounds and is very easy to tweak
Glaceverb is 32 bit and your Windows 10 computer will be 64 bit, so you may need bridging software to get it to work
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Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2017, 05:18:21 PM »
Glaceverb and Ambience are solid freeware reverbs.
I can't get Glaceverb to work on my new windows 10 computer - any tips or clues as it has some very nice sounds and is very easy to tweak

I use it on my 64bit Windows 8.1 computer just fine, but I also use it within a 32 bit program. I'm getting a Windows 10 laptop soon so I'll have to try that one for myself.
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Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2017, 01:11:41 AM »
Glaceverb and Ambience are solid freeware reverbs.
I can't get Glaceverb to work on my new windows 10 computer - any tips or clues as it has some very nice sounds and is very easy to tweak

I use it on my 64bit Windows 8.1 computer just fine, but I also use it within a 32 bit program. I'm getting a Windows 10 laptop soon so I'll have to try that one for myself.

Glaceverb works on my 64 bit Windows 7 computer fine in the 64 bit version of Cubase, but Cubase has built in bridging for 32 bit plugins, not sure how many other DAWs have this feature.
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