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Comparing Five Reverbs



January 2011

Let's Compare 5 Algorithmic Reverbs

Flux ICRAM Tools
Verb
www.fluxhome.com
Softube
TSAR-1
www.softube.com
Virsyn
REFLECT
www.virsyn.de
2CAudio
BREEZE
www.2caudio.com
Steinberg
ROOMWORKS


Which One Sounds Best?

Listen to the dry Examples...

I tried to get similar results for each reverb - filters etc. by using Factory-Presets
With most Reverbs "Huge Hall (Cathedral)" is a Preset >>> ~ 7 ms Predelay, ER + ~7s Tail.

See the voting-results in the sidebar (given without knowing which one is which).

Reverb 1 = Reflect

Reverb 2 = ICRAM Verb

Reverb 3 = Roomworks

Reverb 4 = Breeze

Reverb 5 = TSAR-1

The results are showing as well that not each reverb come with good Factry Presets... ? So I tried to optimize the soundof each Reverb for getting similar results. Let's compare the reverbs once more with this dry example:

Now the Reverbs again with improved presets, each adjusted to sound best:

Reverb 1 = Reflect

Reverb 2 - ICRAM Verb3*

Reverb 3 - Roomworks

Reverb 4 - BREEZE

Reverb 5 - TSAR-1

Remarks:

  • Tip: Listen and compare the ends of the music examples: The low Cello...?
  • * I had the ICRAM only as a trial version with limited possibilities. So maybe it's not fair to compare it with the others.?


Flux ICRAM Tools
Verb
699.- EUR
Softube
TSAR-1
250.- EUR
(329.- US$)
Virsyn
REFLECT
169.- EUR
2CAudio
BREEZE
~115.- EUR
(149.90 US$)
Steinberg
ROOMWORKS
(Comes with Cubase)
WinXP, Vista, 7
all in both 32 & 64 bits.
VST (2.4), RTAS*

Mac OS X - 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 in 32 bits.
VST (2.4), AU, RTAS*

*The RTAS version requires ProTools 7 or later.
Mac OS X (10.4 or higher),
Windows XP or higher

Any VST, AU or RTAS compatible host
iLok USB key
- VST 3 / 2.4
- AudioUnit
- RTAS

Win XP/Vista
Mac OS X 10.4/5/6
Syncrosoft-Key
WinXP,Vista,7 VST and RTAS hosts
32bit & 64bit VST versions.
RTAS 32bit-only
Mac OSX VST, AU, RTAS hosts
With Cubase for WIN and MAC