Bored with your reverbs? Or looking for a nice little verb that nails typical tones with zero fuss? Developer Initial Audio readied something for you guys – the AR1 algorithmic reverb.
AR1 Reverb Effect Plug-in
What AR1 has in store is a friendly user interface with essential, easily understandable parameters. I think anyone with a very basic grasp on reverbation can quickly get going with AR1. The adjustable parameters are Size and Level (for early reflections), followed by Size, Width, a Mix knob for blending, Pre-Delay, Bandwidth, Damping, and Modulation. This way, you have enough control over all important aspects of the reverb you are designing without being overbeared with a bunch of cryptic controls and visuals.
Hands-on with AR1
I gave the free demo a spin and ended up with positive impressions. The included presets provide immediate starting points for essential reverb sounds like Room, Hall, and Ambience. The plug-in sounds polished and is capable of wide and spacious reverbs with a convincing sense of space and depth. Basically, if you want quick “reverb” – one that’s not wildly experimental or exotic in nature but rather straightforward, AR1 is ready to go on pretty much anything. You get a high-quality reverb algorithm that can be shaped to fit vocals, synths, loops, and the usual instruments like pianos and drums. Lush-sounding and easy to use, I believe it won’t take long tweaking until you get the results you are after.
However, I’m curious if Initial is looking to expand what’s clearly a well-developed reverb engine into a more advanced plug-in that unlocks its maximum potential. I feel there’s lots more to dig into under the hood that’s not being presented as to preserve the concept of ease and immediacy. There’s more to make out of this nice little reverb, I think.
Right now, Initial Audio is selling AR1 at a 75% introductory discount, which comes down to USD 19, reduced from a much heftier USD 90. At the introductory price, AR1 is a comfortable purchase. For 90 bucks, though, it’s too basic, even if nice sounding. AR1 is available in 64-bit VST and AU formats for Windows and macOS. The free demo is functionally complete and seems to last eternally, but it inserts a spoken message into your audio every minute or so.
If this plug-in tickles your fancy, you might also like to try the MREV Plates by Mogwai Audiotools.