5 Minutes To A Better Mix II: Reverb Glue – Part 22 of 31

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One thing many home or project recorded tracks lack is a sense of cohesion. It’s likely because everything was recorded at different times in not so musical spaces (i.e. a bedroom). You can be left with disjointed sounding tracks, and that’s no fun.

Having Something In Common

A great way to give your tracks that unity they desperately need is to “glue” them together with a simple reverb effect. A touch of verb on your tracks (the same verb) is a quick and easy way to give your mix a sense of space and focus.


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14 Responses to “5 Minutes To A Better Mix II: Reverb Glue – Part 22 of 31”

  1. Chelo

    Graham this one is great, I always use 2 or 3 different reverbs in a mix, but there’s always one which is used more as a glue than as an effect, it’s really cool, one tiny problem I tend to find and I kind of hear that in this video too is that you kind of lose a bit of 3D-ness you know, but for a good reason, anyway do you know of how to adress this a little bit, maybe i’ll have to mix more time through the reverb so I give my instruments the correct location with reverb already sounding. Any tip would be appreciated.

  2. Jake

    Thanks Graham! Is there any reason why you prefer to use a plate reverb for this rather then any other kind? Is it because you find it to generally work well as a glue or does your choice change from track to track depending on what works with the that tracks sound?

  3. Luis Fandino

    Hi Graham!
    For this tip I use Convolution Reverbs like Altiverbs simulating rooms. I think is the best way to do it!
    Thanks for all these great tips!

  4. Drenot Pierre

    Hey Graham, I’m new to mixing and I wanted to know how were you able to send the track to “VERB”? I know my question doesn’t have much to do with the video but it’s just that small aspect I’m concerned about. You demonstrated the technique of the reverb but not how you selected and made the “VERB” track.

  5. Adam Snyder

    Graham – this is the best tip I’ve gotten! Thank you so much for this, I’ve really noticed that my mixes sound miles better by using this technique. BTW, you should color-code your track groups on your mixer view; ie vocal group is red, guitar group is green, etc… Currently they’re all blue on your tutorial, might be easier to see them all at a quick glance. Helps me a little with the workflow, just want to share. Really enjoying all of your teachings on the Recording Revolution, thanks so much Graham!

  6. Kyle

    Graham, you ever try using split dual reverbs (left verb for left panned tracks, right verb for right panned, center sent to both) for more stereo separation? Or is the whole point of reverb glue to slosh everything around in the stereo field together?

    • Graham

      Never tried that. In my mind the reverb is to put the tracks all in the same space.

      • Kyle

        Thanks for the response, Graham!

        Yeah, I gave it a try and didn’t really notice much of a difference. If anything, it just made tracks a little louder; didn’t really do much in a spatial sense. I guess conceptualizing it in real-world terms would translate to something like dual room mic’s for a stereo-panned room track… (Do the pro’s ever even do anything like that?)

        I just wanted to experiment a bit with different options, as working with reverb seems to be a very delicate balancing act between adding enough to give the mix some breath, space, and cohesion, and adding too much to where things start to get washed out and pulled back toward the center.

  7. Vanx

    Hello Graham, nice! But other than this little reverb to glue things, do you still add other different reverbs to each track?



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