I finally had the chance to record and mix a full production in SONAR X2 Producer last week and one of my favorite new features is BREVERB SONAR. I knew it was going to be good, but I didn’t know HOW good. I found that out immediately when I sent the lead vocal track though to a bus with BREVERB SONAR and it was instant gratification.
Check out this video to see BREVERB SONAR in action on a vocal track:
Reverb plugins to me are very important in a mix, but at the same time they have to be of a certain caliber or I would rather not use one at all. I have been mixing for quite a long time now and one thing that I have noticed over the years is how certain reverbs sound great alone or when soloed up on a track, but then when put to work in context they just don’t sound right. There is nothing that can turn a properly recorded and mixed piece of work into a cheap sounding demo faster than a bad sounding reverb.
I am happy to report that BREVERB SONAR is absolutely top notch. The sound quality of this plug when used in a big project (over 75+ tracks) is where I feel it excels because it doesn’t get lost or washed out. I prefer reverbs that are inconspicuous, and that is exactly the type of effect this is. Of course you can create dramatic effects, but when placed on an acoustic guitar or a lead vocal it just sets itself into the pocket correctly, while also giving you precise control to sculpt sounds.
Another factor that I noticed is that it has the capability to really fatten up tracks. The tone and character of the unit is innately warm and musically pleasing, so it allows you to turn up the juice on it without it sounding too over-the-top.
One more noteworthy feature I like, which is super important for the way I mix personally, is the panning control. Why is this so important? If I am using a lot of reverbs in a mix I like to be able to separate them in the stereo field. For example, I will take an acoustic guitar and pan it hard left, but then also send it through an ambient reverb that is at the exact point on the other side. BREVERB SONAR easily allows you to control exactly where the reverb is placed because it has dual stereo sliders.
This reverb is also very diverse and the 4 algorithms are really different, so you can use it a lot in a mix and not have everything sound the same. Add the fact that this thing drops in as a ProChannel module and I think SONAR users have a new go-to plugin that will dramatically improve any recording.
Here is more information on this high-quality reverb which is included in SONAR X2 Producer:
BREVERB SONAR is a high quality reverberation plug-in modeled on the most acclaimed hardware classics, and is the ultimate solution to any recording, mixing and live situation. It comprises four different algorithms, Hall, Room, Plate and Inverse, each one accurately modeled and engineered with no compromises in sound quality, as well as a global EQ section.
A few features at a glance:
- 4 main Algorithms: Hall, Room, Plate, Inverse
- Many ambient spaces recreated
- A wide variety of great factory presets, covering any kind of ambience or application, designed by top-notch sound engineers
- 128 presets for BREVERB SONAR ProChannel module
- Modeled after one of the most sought-after hardware units
- Each algorithm is engineered with no compromises in the sound for maximum quality
- Full EQ section to tailor the frequency response of the reverb
- BREVERB SONAR emulates the analog output section of hardware units
- Six fully assignable and automatable hardware-like faders
- Full automation through SONAR
- Extremely low CPU usage
BREVERB SONAR is an amazing addition to SONAR X2 Producer and will be your go-to reverb for years to come.
If you need even more reverb algorithms, you can upgrade to the full version of BREVERB 2 (VST only) which includes:
- 3 additonal algorithms: Spaces small, Spaces large and Sources
- More than 50 ambient spaces recreated
- More than 270 factory presets, covering any kind of ambience or application, designed by top-notch sound engineers