How To Use Logic Pro X’s ChromaVerb Reverb Plugin

Logic Pro X from Apple is one of the most popular DAWs on the market and comes stacked with some great stock plugins. The software comes with an array of super useful compressors, distortions, delays, amps simulators, and more. Last year, Logic Pro X had a major update which introduced some new and powerful sampler plugins as well as the ChromaVerb plugin. ChromaVerb is a versatile reverb plugin that can add great effects to almost anything you run through it. ChromaVerb comes with lots of useful features so let’s break them down for you.

Main Controls

On the main interface of ChromaVerb (the first screen you’ll see when you first open the plugin), you have access to typical reverb plugin parameters like wet, dry, decay, and attack. On ChromaVerbs attack and decay controls, you can adjust their time to the tempo of your project. You’ll just need to activate the tempo synch by clicking the note next to the control. ChromaVerb offers distance, size, and density controls to help you further adjust your reverb. The distance control allows you to determine how close or far the input single will sound in your mix. The size control lets you determine how big the digital room your signal is in while the density control adjusts the reflections of your reverb.

Graphic Visualizer & EQ

If you begin to play your track with ChromaVerb open, you’ll see the graphic visualizer activate. As you adjust the controls you’ll notice the visualizer change to match the changes you’ve made. The visualizer shows you the frequencies your reverb is outputting in a color spectrum with purple being the highest of frequencies and red being the lowest. The visualizer also corresponds to the amount of reflections your reverb is producing and their saturation. The dots that you’ll see bouncing around in the visualizer relate to reflections and increase or decrease as you adjust the wet/dry controls. As you increase the saturation of those refections by adjusting controls like distance and decay you’ll begin to notice a more opaque color spectrum appear. Built into the visualizer is a four-band damping EQ that you can use to further adjust the decay of your reverb. The combination of the EQ and the graphic visualizer makes finding and adjusting frequencies simple and easy.

Rooms

As you adjust these parameters to however you like, another handy feature of ChromaVerb is that you can change the type of simulated room your signal is running through. You can access these different rooms by clicking the “Room” button just above the visualizer. A drop down will appear where you can select any of the room types. Some of the rooms include Chamber, Concert Hall, Vocal Hall, Smooth Space, and Synth Hall. Picking the right room for your sound is important. The type of room effects the reflections of your reverb and depending on the sound you’re going for your reverb may end up sounding too big or too small. If you’re having trouble making your reverb work, try a different room and play with the wet/dry parameters to find a better sound.

Detail Controls

ChromaVerb’s secondary interface is called the Details Page. You can access this by clicking the button that says “DETAILS” at the top right of the main screen. In the Details Page you’ll find more sculpting controls. In place of the visualizer on this page, you’ll find a six-band channel EQ that you can use to adjust the output EQ of your reverb. One of ChromaVerbs stand out controls on this page is it’s quality control. The quality control allows you to choose between a low, high, and ultra setting. This control is great because if you’re looking for a more lofi or vintage sounding reverb you can switch your quality setting to low which will give your reverb a more worn feeling. If you’re looking for a brighter or newer sounding reverb, try out the high or ultra setting.

To the right of the quality control, you’ll find a built-in chorus effect. Using the built-in chorus is great for achieving some big choir or symphony sounds. You can  also use the chorus to add some depth to your vocals, guitars, or synths. It’s a great effect if you just want to make your sounds more unique as well. There are three different LFO settings you can use to modulate your signal. There’s a sine wave, a randomizing modulator, and a noise modulator. There is also a smoothing control that will help you chorus signals blend together and sound less grainy.

You’ll see an early/late control to the right of the chorus effect that controls the ratio of early to late reflections from your reverb. This control is useful when zeroing in your reverb sound and is effected by other controls like attack, size, density, and decay. The last two controls are a width and mono maker control. The width control adjusts the stereo width of your reverb. You can choose anything between mono, full stereo width, and a little wider than you’re regular stereo width which can lead to some cool sounds. The mono maker control is interesting because whatever frequency you choose on the slide and all the frequencies below will be channeled into mono while the rest of the frequencies will be heard in stereo. The mono maker control is useful for finding where your sound will fit best in your mix or when working with an instrument that has a lot of low end frequencies.

Logic Pro X’s ChromaVerb is arguably the softwares most versatile and easy to use stock reverb. With it’s different combinations of rooms and reverb types, you can imagine ChromaVerb as 36 different reverb units compiled into just one plugin. There is a setting and room for just about any kind of instrument and is a mix-friendly reverb. If you haven’t given ChromaVerb a shot yet, try it out in your next project and see what great reverbs you can whip up.

Watch this video from Why Logic Pro Rules that breaks down the ChromaVerb plugin and shows you realtime examples:

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