Native Instruments has released the Raum reverb plug-in as a free Christmas gift! Raum looks like another simple reverb, but it’s got a few tricks up its sleeve. Until January 16, the plug-in is available completely free.
Native Instruments Raum
Native Instruments’ annual Christmas gift has become a beloved tradition. In recent years, we got Kinetic Treats, Phasis and TRK-1 Play. This year’s holiday season seems to be all about reverb, and with NI Raum, you can add yet another one besides Arturia’s Rev PLATE-140 to your collection for free.
On the surface, Raum looks like a pretty straight-forward reverb plug-in. It’s got all the usual controls for predelay, decay, diffusion, size and damp. There are also low and high cut filters, as well as a knob for adding modulation to the reverb tail. You can choose from different modes like “airy” and “grounded”, which are indicated by the GUI colour scheme.
Where it gets interesting is the feedback control in the predelay section. Turn it up, and the feedback introduces interesting overtones into the sound. This lets you transform simple sounds into mesmerizing sonic textures. Use it in combination with the filters and modulation, and Raum becomes more of a creative sound design tool than a reverb.
Also, the little snowflake in the GUI isn’t just for show. It freezes the reverb tail, instantly creating endless ambient washes of sound. You can also automate this control to introduce different bits of the source material into the frozen reverb, and use it in combination with the feedback to change the overtones.
Those are a quite a lot of creative features for a freebie! We don’t know if NI plans to release an enhanced commercial version of Raum in the future (Raum XT?), but for a free reverb, this already looks really useful as it is, and I’ll download it for sure.
As always, the plug-in is available for macOS 10.13 and up and Windows 7 and up in VST, AU and AAX formats (64 bit). You can download it for free from NI’s website until January 16, 2020. You’ll need to create a NI user account and download the Native Access software if you don’t already have it.