Leslie Sanford has released an updated version of the old Sanford Reverb effect. This versatile reverb effect is now freeware and available as a 32-bit and 64-bit VST plugin for Windows based host applications.
Sanford Reverb was originally priced at $25 when it was first released back in March 2009. The plugin was updated to v2.0 in July that same year, with the price increased to $35 for the full version. The brand new v2.1 iteration of Sanford Reverb is completely free to download from the developer’s website and also compatible with 64-bit systems. This is the third Sanford Sound Design product that was re-released as freeware this year, following Sanford Delay and Bass Tightener.
The plugin is one of the most versatile freeware reverbs on today’s market, at least when it comes to 64-bit compatible products. Sanford Reverb offers ultra precise control over early reflections (three early reflection points per stereo channel with time, pan and level parameters), global pre-delay, time and damp controls, MIDI learn, modulation for emulating cavernous spaces and a pair of filters for tone control. The plugin also features freeze mode for creative sound design. Freeze is one of the most fun features you can find in a reverb effect, definitely worth experimenting with. It works great for enhancing the sound of soloed instruments, lush vocals, or even those huge EDM style build-ups.
The CPU usage is surprisingly low for a reverb plugin. During our test on a single core Intel processor in MuLab 6, the CPU hit never exceeded 3% for a single instance of Sanford Reverb. The plugin strikes a nice balance between a quality reverb sound and low resource consumption, which are the two main qualities of a good reverb effect for everyday use in mixing situations.
Sanford Reverb is easy to use, thanks to its intuitive layout and clean user interface. It is bundled with a useful set of factory presets, covering everything from small rooms to large cathedrals and infinite reverbs. The only major drawback is the plugin’s incompatibility with Mac OS based digital audio workstations. You can download Sanford Reverb completely free of charge from Leslie Sanford’s official website. It is distributed as a simple ZIP archive containing a pair of DLL files (one for 32-bit and one for 64-bit host applications).
Sanford Reverb is available for free download via Sanford Sound Design (751 KB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit & 64-bit VST plugin format for Windows).