Glastonbury Tor, what a lovely fairy tale like place! I agree with you on the digital reverb, so I need a tip, cause you can't really avoid reverb if you want a lively and atmospheric sonic experience. When I mix recorded instruments, I tend to bring out the natural reverb with compression, but do you have any technique for the stuff that is not recorded, synths etc? I don't own or have the money now for some spring reverb, but I need some life and space in those synths, but not with that ugly 'mushy' digi feel. Any tips? Thanks in advance!
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Ott responded on 12/26/2014

I would almost never use reverb on a synth. Reverb [digital or analogue] sucks up all the space and hangs over everything like a blanket and I only tend to use it on percussion sounds, simulating small rooms, or a 30-second cathedral as a background wash. I disagree that reverb is necessary for a "lively and atmospheric sonic experience". In my experience it tends to provide an indistinct and generic-sounding sonic experience.

To provide space I prefer tempo-synced stereo delays. They spread things about and imply space without filling all the little cracks and swamping the air out of a track.

Alternatively, I'll put up a spaced pair of mics and play the sound through the monitors, recording the result and then compressing the shit out of it. It works brilliantly.

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