Abletunes RVRB is a new algorithmic reverb plug-in designed to create a wide range of reverb sounds. With 12 algorithms, two equalizers with spectrum analyzers and a variety of controls for shaping the reverb, RVRB looks like a versatile plug-in.
Abletunes says that instead of emulating hardware, RVRB is designed as a “modern reverb tool for modern music production”. The plug-in offers 12 reverb algorithms from rooms and studios to halls and plate. The large concentric dials in the center let you adjust the three basic parameters: Decay, Size and Dry/Wet. It appears that you can choose different algorithms for the early reflections and the reverb tail, using two drop-down menus in the upper right corner.
A row of knobs at the bottom of the modern-looking, clean GUI offers various other controls for shaping the reverb, including Pre-Delay, Width, E.R. and Diffusion. Soft Attack smoothens the initial transient of the input signal, for a reverb which comes more from the body of the sound. Abletunes claims that this reduces unwanted smacks and textures in the reverb and results in a cleaner sound. Tail Control limits the length of the reverb tail by the length of the input signal. Again, this leads to a cleaner, more controllable reverb tail, according to Abletunes. RVRB also offers a one-knob compressor for the reverb tail, as well as an LFO for modulation.
Furthermore, RVRB features two equalizers. The one on the left is a 4-band parametric EQ for the input signal. The one on the right is a 4-band damping EQ. Abletunes says that this gives you a wider range of options for shaping the sound of the reverb tail, compared to the simple damping parameter of many other reverbs. Both EQs come with real-time spectrum analyzers, so you can see what’s going on.
Price and compatibility
Abletunes RVRB is now available from the developer’s website for USD 99. You can also download a trial version. The plug-in runs on Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.10.5 or higher. It comes in VST3 and AU formats (32/64 bit).