December 2021 - 48

-Review by Paul Vnuk Jr.
Reverb Foundry
Tai-Chi
Bathe in these beautiful, twisted,
circular swirls
In June 2018 we took a tour of the newly established
Reverb Foundry and its inaugural plugin, HD Cart, a
recreation of the rare HD/Surround Cart(ridge) for the
classic Lexicon 480L. Two and half years later, the company
has forged its second reverb creation, and now please join
us for some Tai-Chi.
Reverb deconstructed
Reverb Foundry is helmed by David Bryce and plugin designer
Matt Hill; Matt is the name behind the killer reverbs from LiquidSonics
[I'm a big fan... -Copy Ed.] While HD Cart is a more or
less pure-form emulation, Tai-Chi takes the algorithms and code
found in old-school digital hardware reverbs and reimagines it to
arrive at one of the most malleable reverb designs I've ever seen.
With over thirty tweakable parameters-some quite unique-TaiChi
pays special attention to the uniquely flavored delays, filters,
and modulators we identify with classic hardware boxes.
Circular Zen
Despite having more parameters than many soft synths, TaiChi
quickly makes sense as you dig in and have a tweak. You'll
find dedicated sections for preset management, gain management,
tail and reflection design, tone contour controls, rolloff /
dampening options, the wet/dry mix setting, and I/O metering.
Master
Primary reverb setups get crafted in five tabbed sections:
The Master section, with control over reverb time (.20 to 90
seconds, with a classic freeze option), tempo syncable pre-delay
(0-500ms), and width (mono to 150%). Here's where you
choose your algorithm-Room, Hall, Church, Garage, Stadium,
and alter the reflective 'Patterns' and 'Spacing' of each,
which can then be rounded out with a high-end rolloff.
Advanced
In the Advanced tab are controls
amount, and 'Diffusion Size'.
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for density,
diffusion,
The sonic identities of
vintage digital hardware
boxes revolve around
reverb tails made from
short, cycling loops of
audio, often augmented by added chorusing. Tai-Chi offers total
control over these chorus parameters with 'Glide', 'Rate', and
'Wander' controls. A 'Thicken' option increases the number of
gliding cycles, resulting in a lusher tonality. Additional modes
include 'Enrich', designed to keep the chorused tail from overwhelming
the initial signal, 'Drift', which purposely allows the
pitch of the tail to drift, and 'Detune', which pushes things even
further by applying rapid tonal variances into the delay loops.
Dynamics
Tai-Chi includes a
compressor with threshold,
attack, ratio, knee,
release, and trim controls;
a gain reduction
meter shows you what's happening. You can apply the compressor
to just the reverb (sans reflections) or to the complete
wet signal. It can also be used as a ducker; the detector is fed
by the dry input signal, which can subtly or dramatically push
the reverb out of the way.
Fidelity
Fidelity
starts with a
bandwidth control that
engages a lowpass filter
(18 kHz down to 4 kHz).
This invokes the thick-to-muddy-sounding anti-aliasing filters
found in well-loved vintage units. Next is a bit crusher that goes
down to 6-bit resolution. You can apply it to the entire output
signal, just the reverb or reflections, or a blend of all three. It
can create white noise effects, add a distorted sizzle, collapse
the reverb into a lo-fi soundstage, or add a grungy edge to
percussive sources and strums.
Next, 'Recirculation' alters the depth and resolution of the
reverb loop components themselves. This can induce a heavily
modulated late-stage scattering of sound, up to a spitty
digital-sounding collapse of the reverb tail altogether, akin to
a gate effect.

December 2021

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of December 2021

Fade In
Fast Forward
RECORDING’s 2021Holiday Buyer’s Guide
Arturia: MiniFuse 2
AKG: Ara Professional Two-Pattern USB Condenser Microphone
A day in the head of Still Woozy: Making modern pop and beyond
Austrian Audio: Hi-X15
Plugin Outlet: Black Rooster Audio OmniTec-67A
Inside the Box with Joe Albano: Free and Entry-level DAWs
ART: Project Series USB Pre IV Audio Interface
Plugin Outlet: Reverb Foundry Tai-Chi
Audeze: Euclid Closed-Back Planar Magnetic In-ear Monitors
Session Log: The AngelHeaded Hipster, Part 12 Mastering and Beyond: The Final Steps…
Genelec 8361A
Focusrite: Clarett+ 8 Pre
Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby From the Studio to The Stage
Pioneer DJ VM-80 Active Monitor Speaker
Fade Out: Don’t Wait—Create!
December 2021 - Intro
December 2021 - Cover1
December 2021 - Cover2
December 2021 - 1
December 2021 - 2
December 2021 - 3
December 2021 - Fade In
December 2021 - 5
December 2021 - 6
December 2021 - 7
December 2021 - Fast Forward
December 2021 - 9
December 2021 - RECORDING’s 2021Holiday Buyer’s Guide
December 2021 - 11
December 2021 - 12
December 2021 - 13
December 2021 - 14
December 2021 - 15
December 2021 - 16
December 2021 - 17
December 2021 - 18
December 2021 - 19
December 2021 - 20
December 2021 - 21
December 2021 - Arturia: MiniFuse 2
December 2021 - 23
December 2021 - AKG: Ara Professional Two-Pattern USB Condenser Microphone
December 2021 - 25
December 2021 - A day in the head of Still Woozy: Making modern pop and beyond
December 2021 - 27
December 2021 - 28
December 2021 - 29
December 2021 - 30
December 2021 - 31
December 2021 - 32
December 2021 - 33
December 2021 - 34
December 2021 - 35
December 2021 - 36
December 2021 - 37
December 2021 - Austrian Audio: Hi-X15
December 2021 - 39
December 2021 - Plugin Outlet: Black Rooster Audio OmniTec-67A
December 2021 - 41
December 2021 - Inside the Box with Joe Albano: Free and Entry-level DAWs
December 2021 - 43
December 2021 - 44
December 2021 - 45
December 2021 - ART: Project Series USB Pre IV Audio Interface
December 2021 - 47
December 2021 - Plugin Outlet: Reverb Foundry Tai-Chi
December 2021 - 49
December 2021 - Audeze: Euclid Closed-Back Planar Magnetic In-ear Monitors
December 2021 - 51
December 2021 - Session Log: The AngelHeaded Hipster, Part 12 Mastering and Beyond: The Final Steps…
December 2021 - 53
December 2021 - 54
December 2021 - 55
December 2021 - Genelec 8361A
December 2021 - 57
December 2021 - Focusrite: Clarett+ 8 Pre
December 2021 - 59
December 2021 - Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby From the Studio to The Stage
December 2021 - 61
December 2021 - Pioneer DJ VM-80 Active Monitor Speaker
December 2021 - 63
December 2021 - 64
December 2021 - 65
December 2021 - 66
December 2021 - 67
December 2021 - 68
December 2021 - 69
December 2021 - 70
December 2021 - 71
December 2021 - Fade Out: Don’t Wait—Create!
December 2021 - Cover3
December 2021 - Cover4
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