The updated version of TAL-Reverb-4 comes with a freshly designed user interface and implements multiple algorithm updates which were aimed at improving the sound quality. The plugin is now more flexible, providing direct control over multiple algorithm parameters like modulation amount and rate, reverb diffusion, and room size. This allows the user to customize TAL-Reverb-4’s plate reverb algorithm to better suit a wider variety of sound sources and mixing scenarios.
Reverb plugins, especially good sounding ones, can eat up available CPU resources rather quickly but that is not the case here. Much like its previous iterations, TAL-Reverb-4 v2 remains a well-optimized plugin which doesn’t put too much strain on the processing unit. In addition, the interface design has received a facelift – it looks much cleaner than before and comes in a size which will perfectly fit modern high-resolution screens.
If you’re on a lookout for a vintage sounding plate reverb plugin, this freeware offering from Togu Audio Line is well worth a try. I’ve always been a fan of TAL’s reverb plugin line, due to their excellent sound and uncomplicated UI design. Still, the latest version of TAL-Reverb-4 is undoubtedly the most well-made one so far. It does wonders on vocals, but you can also use it on synth leads, pads, or even drums if you need some of that huge 80s plate reverb sound in your mix.
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that TAL-Reverb-4 only supports stereo audio tracks. If you plan on using it on a mono source such as a vocal recorded with a mono microphone, make sure that it is loaded on a stereo track in your digital audio workstation of choice.
TAL-Reverb-4 is available for free download via Togu Audio Line (29.3 MB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/AU/AAX plugin format for Windows & MacOS).