Exponential Audio has acquired some renown in the field of high-quality reverb plug-ins. Its widely used R2 reverb plug-in is now available for free to all owners of a Focusrite audio interface like the Scarlett or Clarett.
If you’re looking for a clean, neutral reverb, then you’ll want to give this a miss. Exponential have imbued this with a generous helping of character, and the effect has a certain density to it. It also includes a built-in chorus and gate.
Exponential’s GUIs are a matter of taste. The R2 interface is certainly functional, but if you need some eye-candy for a reverb to do its thing for you, this one won’t appeal. On the bright side, GUIs as grey and dreary as this might encourage you to listen more closely. Psychoacoustic effects like: “This looks great, so it must sound amazing!” are not as likely to cloud your judgement with this reverb.
And it’s free. Gift horse, mouth – you get the picture. If you own a Focusrite interface, you’ll save a hefty USD 239. This is the stereo incarnation of the plug-in and comes with a 40% discount on the upgrade to the surround version. The update to the new R4 is half price.
The R2 reverb plug-in is available in VST, VST3, AU and AAX flavours, for 32- oder 64-bit Windows and OSX. It supports Mono-Mono, Mono-Stereo and Stereo-Stereo modes. You’ll need an iLok 2 0r 3 to run it.