Reverb is an essential tool for creating depth and space in a mix, as well as adding character and personality to sounds. While most digital audio workstations (DAWs) come with basic reverb plugins, there are many third-party plugins available that offer unique features, high-quality sounds, and advanced controls. In this post, we'll be looking at the top 10 best reverb plugins available for producers. This is list isn't by any means exhaustive (or sponsored), its just a few of my favourites that I use in my productions. You'll also notice that a lot of these aren't 'new', some are even 7ish years old! But still sound great. As always, it comes down to workflow and you don't always need to reinvent the wheel. Without further ado, lets get into it. Enjoy!
ValhallaRoom by Valhalla DSP
ValhallaRoom is a versatile reverb plugin that can be used to create realistic and natural-sounding spaces, as well as more surreal and dreamy atmospheres. It offers a wide range of controls, including decay time, early and late reflections, modulation, and color. The plugin also includes a unique freeze mode that allows you to create infinite sustain or reverb tails.
FabFilter Pro-R FabFilter
Pro-R is a powerful reverb plugin that offers a range of high-quality algorithms based on different real-life spaces. It features a unique Decay Rate EQ that allows you to adjust the decay time of specific frequency ranges, as well as a Distance control that simulates the effect of moving the sound source closer or further away from the listener.
Waves H-Reverb Hybrid
Reverb Waves H-Reverb is a unique reverb plugin that combines analog modeling and convolution processing to create a versatile and customizable reverb sound. It offers a wide range of controls, including pre-delay, decay time, early reflections, and a unique EQ section that allows you to shape the reverb's tonal balance.
Eventide Blackhole is a creative reverb plugin that can be used to create ethereal and otherworldly soundscapes. It offers a unique Gravity control that can be used to simulate the effect of different celestial bodies on the sound, as well as a Freeze function that allows you to capture and sustain the reverb tail.
UAD EMT 140 Classic Plate Reverberator
The UAD EMT 140 is a faithful emulation of the iconic EMT 140 plate reverb, which was used on countless classic recordings. It features a simple and intuitive interface, with controls for reverb time, mix, and high-pass and low-pass filters. The plugin also includes a variety of presets that emulate different plate sizes and decay times.
Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle
The Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Bundle includes seven high-quality reverb plugins based on classic Lexicon hardware units. The plugins offer a range of algorithms, including halls, chambers, plates, and room simulations, and feature a range of controls for tailoring the reverb sound to your liking.
Soundtoys Little Plate
Soundtoys Little Plate is a simple and intuitive reverb plugin that offers a lush and warm sound reminiscent of classic plate reverbs. It features a simple interface with controls for mix, decay time, and pre-delay, as well as a range of presets that cover a range of styles and applications.
Exponential Audio PhoenixVerb
Exponential Audio PhoenixVerb is a powerful and versatile reverb plugin that offers a range of algorithms based on real-life spaces, as well as a unique Surround mode for immersive sound design. The plugin also includes a unique Reflections section that allows you to adjust the early reflections and shape the reverb's tonal balance.