Author Topic: How Much Echo and Reverb is TOO MUCH?  (Read 1293 times)

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How Much Echo and Reverb is TOO MUCH?
« on: April 03, 2015, 07:06:40 PM »
Often times, if you're on the Soundcloud or YouTube account of someone that is fairly new to mixing and mastering their own music, you'll hear tons and tons of echo and reverb.

My question is, if you do use these effects for certain parts of your songs, how much do you use - and how much do you think is too much??

(Depending on the genre, echo and reverb is often unwanted and off-putting).

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Re: How Much Echo and Reverb is TOO MUCH?
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2015, 02:34:55 PM »
I think both effects are valuable tools that should be used in certain songs. But it doesn't have to be ALL the time and in every single recording. Often times on mixes though or recordings, you'll hear reverb in places where it just isn't needed and sounds excessive in the song.

The best use of effects are when its used in a limited manner and at points in this song where it makes it most musical. I like it when an effect is "surprising" rather than be the entire song.

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Re: How Much Echo and Reverb is TOO MUCH?
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2015, 07:51:38 PM »
It's been said already, but only you can really know.

I have listened to some songs that rely on reverb for the sound they are going for, and it was fine. I have listened to others that use none, going for a more computer/flat sound.

You can definitely over do it, but you should notice by then if you are. Go listen to a capellas of the type of music you singing, and it should help you out a bit more.

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Re: How Much Echo and Reverb is TOO MUCH?
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2015, 12:20:56 PM »
Often times, if you're on the Soundcloud or YouTube account of someone that is fairly new to mixing and mastering their own music, you'll hear tons and tons of echo and reverb.

My question is, if you do use these effects for certain parts of your songs, how much do you use - and how much do you think is too much??

(Depending on the genre, echo and reverb is often unwanted and off-putting).


Typically I would suggest subtlety. Of course there are a lot of factors, and it's situational, but I prefer very subtle reverb. Practical use of reverb to me is using it to create a space for my sound to live inside - not to be a distinguishably different sound heard separate from the instrument you're applying the effect to.

You can do some really cool shit with reverb and other effects, but I think the best use for it in digital music is to try and emulate a real environment for your sound.


I wrote this a while back if you want to check it out: Reverb Guide: What Is Reverb?

Re: How Much Echo and Reverb is TOO MUCH?
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2015, 05:08:48 AM »
I like an echo in part of a song, it can sound a bit eerie and different, but when it is all of the time it is just strange, it also sounds a bit cheap when it is all of the time. Use it as an effect, not as a style, in my opinion anyway,

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Re: How Much Echo and Reverb is TOO MUCH?
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2015, 06:47:11 PM »
Some vocals need reverb, some don't (or just a little), depends on a song. Beginner producers probably have empty sounding tracks so they fill them with reverb. I used to use it almost everywhere, it actually improves some of the samples if you use it carefully.

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Re: How Much Echo and Reverb is TOO MUCH?
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2015, 03:46:04 PM »
Echo and reverb can be overused so much so that it can ruin the experience for the audience. I think a good balance is important and musicians should get a second opinion before using it as well as trying to use it as little as possible.

Re: How Much Echo and Reverb is TOO MUCH?
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2015, 03:02:29 PM »
Agreed, subtlety tends to be better for the most part. Overuse can sometimes lead one to think that something sub-par is being covered up, much like auto-tune but less obviously so. There are some times when obvious echo/reverb can be used to great effect but that’s the key word, effect.