Struggling with reverb ATM (software only, sry). Have you discovered any personal tricks or guidelines to give your sounds "space" in the mix, without muddying up the image or sounding too smeared?

Ott responded on 11/30/2012

Yes - don't use reverb. Muddying and smearing is exactly what it does.

If you must use it keep it as small and quiet as you can get away with. Or, turn it up and set the decay to 45 seconds.

Or try using a tempo-synced delay or a short slapback instead.

With drums, compress them until their natural ambience is forward enough to give them space.

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