Sphere is an algorithmic reverb plugin based on a modified Schroeder reverberator model. Interestingly enough, a couple of weeks ago, we’ve covered another plugin based on the same reverberator model – the Schroeder Reverb plugin by discoDSP. Both plugins are freeware, but the one by Sonicbits works on both PC and Mac systems. Also, the Sphere plugin by Sonicbits offers a more elaborate control scheme with additional ways to alter the tone of the reverb.
The three main controls are used to adjust the reverb’s early reflections, damping, and stereo width properties. Furthermore, the user can control the pre-delay time (up to 250 ms), feedback amount, and the cutoff frequency of the built-in low-pass filter. The control scheme isn’t complex, but there’s enough flexibility to make Sonicbits Sphere more than just a one-trick pony. Also, the plugin’s interface uses vector graphics, so it can be resized freely without any blur.
Sonicbits is also the developer of the recently released Exakt Lite plugin, a very promising FM synthesizer with an intuitive user interface. That’s something you don’t often hear (if ever) about an FM synth, which is why Exakt Lite is an excellent tool for learning and practicing FM synthesis.
Sphere is available for free download via Sonicbits. You can download it directly from the product page – no signup required. The plugin comes in an EXE installer, which will automatically extract the necessary files to your computer. Please note that only 64-bit plugin hosts are supported.
More info: Sonicbits Sphere (3.8 MB download size, EXE installer, 64-bit VST/VST3/AU plugin format for Windows & macOS)