June 25, 2013

Recording with Reverb and Echo

I’m not sure who created the first FX machine or controlled effects panel – but I can say that some of the earliest types of effects remain the most popular and most useful today.  With DVS programs like Serato and Traktor, beats can get very hairy.  Modern FX can warp music down to its very pitch and even cut it up in some off rhythms.  This is all very complicated when it is broken down to bits, and consists of many effects being used together.  The beat crusher effect actually repeats a beat while slicing its phrases into smaller and smaller sections.  Effects like flanging and filtering can be added on top of it.

The echo and reverb effect are still much more realistic and much more useful than the rest.  The echo can be understood as the most basic form of a delay effect, meaning that the sample is repeated after the original clip of audio has been played.  That effect’s magnitude can also be increased infinitely until the effect is basically endless.  The opposing effect is reverb, where the sample is reflected earlier than the live sample.  This is the difference between playing in a loud echoing concert hall and the bedroom.