This edition of bpb Freeware Studio covers the best freeware algorithmic reverb VST plugins. Convolution reverbs will be covered in a separate article later on (if you need one asap, get Reverberate LE).
Follow the links for screenshots & download info:
- Ambience by Magnus of Smartelectronix (Mac, Windows)
- Classic Reverb by Kjaerhus (Windows)
- DX Reverb Light by ANWIDA Soft (Mac, Windows)
- epicVerb by Variety Of Sound (Windows)
- KR-Reverb FS by KResearch (Mac, Windows)
- Mo’ Verb by Cyberworm (Windows)
- MuVerb by Mutools (Windows)
- MVerb by Martin Eastwood (Linux, Mac, Windows)
- OldSkoolVerb by Voxengo (Mac, Windows)
- OmniVerb by Jeroen Breebaart (Windows)
- Poor Plate by vacuumsound (Mac, Windows)
- Reverbering by NUSofting (Windows)
- SpringLine by RoughDraftAudio (Windows)
- Spring Reverb by Hotto Engineering (Mac, Windows)
- TAL-Reverb-III by Togu Audio Line (Mac, Windows)
- Tila2 by signaldust (Windows)
- TimeVerb by GSi (Mac, Windows)
Ambience and epicVerb are my two favorite freeware reverb effects. They both sound phenomenal, come with a large amount of presets, and can be tweaked to almost any kind of reverb sound you might need. Keep in mind that they are both a bit more on the CPU-hungry side, though.
MVerb, TimeVerb , DX Reverb, OldSkoolVerb and Classic Reverb use far less CPU (especially MVerb!), and still sound very good. They also have rather simple interefaces, making them pretty easy to operate. MVerb and OldSkoolVerb are pretty much my go-to reverbs for channel use. You should also check out these three alternative versions of MVerb made by Wusik.
SpringLine and Spring Reverb are, wait for it… spring reverb emulations! These two are good candidates if you’re looking to get the good old dubby kind of reverb sound. Another interesting one to experiment with is Reverbering, featuring a noise control which can lead to some unusual results.
Poor Plate, TAL-Reverb-III and MuVerb are great sounding plate reverbs. This kind of stuff sounds great on lead vocals, synth leads, etc. MuVerb is a tad bit more CPU hungry, but it sounds remarkably well!
Tila2 is a great sounding room reverb unit nonetheless. Definitely uses a fair amount of CPU, but it’s still a really good choice for a room reverb if you have a powerful enough computer.
As always, you are welcome to suggest your own favorite freeware reverb in the comments section below!
This article is part of the bpb Freeware Studio series. Each article in the series features a selection of the best freeware VST instruments/effects, or other audio related software in a certain category. Feel free to suggest your own favorites in the comments section below. Enjoy!
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