GearSlutz Review by DSK (www.gearslutz.com)
I couldn't help to norice that I need another flavour of reverb for many synth sounds. Looking at how Flux realised that Verb couldn't be attractive to many people in audio and made the simpler easy to dial in/ considerably cheaper version, I was honestly intrigued and decided to demo Verb Session.
I was blown away. It was the same fantastic algorithm and sound quality but at a fraction of the cost and a set of limited parameters that allow a wide range of sounds, yet tweaked to sound musical.
The tails decay so naturally it makes you want to eat them the way it wraps around the sound so unintrusive and invisible you rather feel it than hear it, yet when bypassed it's a huge difference and the sound loses a lot of mojo. A great way to instantly experiment with any reverb is with the decay and room size settings. Making a really small room with a large decay and viceversa a large room with a short decay time can yeald surprising results. With Verb Session I got from metallic yet natural textures to springy reverb/delay like sounds that work excellent both as interesting special effects and as making the sounds find their place in the mix.
It has a 3D depth too it that is rare in software.
The filter section is amazingly versatile and easy to use, with the filter itself having such a great sound to it, I personally would want to have the ability to use it standalone. You can get a lot of milage in textures from this section alone.
Another great feature is graphic display of the tails and the way you have instant visual feedback over the reverbed sound. Couple this with
independent early and late volume as well as damping settings and you get a lot of control over the sound with considerably less parameters than it's big brother Verb.
The output section is also very nice with independent input and output sliders and a great dry/wet knob that naturally makes the transition between the source and the reverb effect.
It's an amazing reverb that comes at a reasonable price and doesn't tax the CPU too much.
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VERB Session: The Ultimate Session Reverberation Processor
VERB Session is based on the same fine technology used in the acclaimed IRCAM VERB algorithmic room acoustics and reverberation processor, with a modular construction employing a recursive filtering reverb engine, reproducing and synthesizing the specific acoustical characteristics of any spatial sound environment, developed utilizing the results of over a decade of intense research by the Acoustic and Cognitive Spaces Team at the IRCAM R&D centre in Paris.
Input/Output gain controls for adjusting the levels before and after processing.
Dry/Wet control for blending the original signal with the processed signal.
Preset and Parameter Handling
Tailored for simplicity, with a fast paced workflow well-suited for situations where the perfect result has to be achieved within seconds, VERB Session presents the ultimate solution whether you are a seasoned session engineer or a demanding broadcast and post-production mixer.
Signal Processing Features
To enhance the workflow the two Preset/Parameter slots, A and B, can be loaded with two full set of parameters at the same time. Apart from saving each preset, a "Global Preset" containing both the A and B settings, and the position of the "Morphing Slider", can be saved.
Parameter Morphing Slider with Automation:
The Morphing Slider provides morphing between the parameter settings of slot A/B allowing for really creative and useful real-time tweaking. Enabling the Automation control button exposes the Morphing Slider to the host automation.
IRCAM Tools plugins are 32/64 meaning they're 32Bit native and run on 64bit systems.
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Up to 2 channels Input/Output.*
64-bits internal floating point processing
Sampling rate up to 384 kHz DXD (Pyramix DSP based)
Sampling rate up to 384 kHz for native (AU/RTAS/VST)
All major native formats are supported
Windows - XP, Vista, 7 all in both 32 and 64 bits.
Mac OS X (Intel) - 10.5, 10.6, 10.7 in 32 bits.
*The RTAS version requires ProTools 8 or later.