The De-Verb MicroPlug employs the same processing technique like the original Transient Designer. SPL’s Differential Envelope Technology has revolutionized dynamic processing with a level-independent method.
This radically different approach allows to forego the setting of a threshold. Other parameters are set automatically and in a musical manner as they follow the characteristics of the input signal. After all, only one control allows to reshape the sustain characteristics of a sound.
Working with the De-Verb is disarmingly simple: All reverb events can be reduced – regardless of their signal level. However, the possibilities for studio and live applications are seemingly endless when reverb curves of any sound event can very simply be reduced to decrease ambience and reverb-tails. The De-Verb also offers an output gain control that allows to compensate for level changes after processing the signal. This ensures a simple and safe adjustment of levels and helps avoiding internal clipping.
The following examples are given as suggestions and examples. The described procedures with specific instruments can of course be transferred to others which are not mentioned here.
Drums & Percussions
Shorten the sustain period of a snare or a reverb-flag in a very musical way to obtain more transparency in the mix. Shorten toms or overheads without physically damping them. Adjust the apparent “distance” of the microphone by simply varying the REVERB-REDUCTION values. The De-Verb MicroPlug is a perfect alternative to noise gates. The sustain period is shortened more musically than with fixed release times – within seconds a drum set is reliably free from crosstalk. For a solid and driving rhythm track just fine-tune the REVERB REDUCTION control to make sure that the room mic envelope ends more or less exactly on the desired upbeat or downbeat.
Heavy distortion also leads to very long sustain. The sound tends to become mushy – De-Verb changes that. If you want acoustic guitars to sound more intimate and with less ambience, simply adjust REVERB REDUCTION.
Bass: Staccato vs. Legato
Speaking of bass: Imagine a too sluggishly played bass track ... you may not have to re-record it: Apply REVERB REDUCTION until you can hear clear gaps between the downbeats – the legato will turn into a nice staccato, driving the rhythm-section forward.
A common problem especially with tracks that are recorded and mixed in different studios: finding an appropriate reverb for backings takes time ... so simply adjust the original ambience with the REVERB REDUCTION control.