Gated Reverb - A Blast From The Past

Remember 80's music? I sure do, even if the 1970's was probably the zenith of my infatuation with popular music. There was a kind of drum sound that came about in one of those happy accidents during a recording session that gave way to a recording effect known as "gated reverb". This gives a very punchy and distinctive sound that you will recognize when you hear it.

This gated reverb sound drove quite a bit of popular music in the 1980, and indeed after being done to death in that decade, it is making something of a comeback. We have the advantage now of being able to generate this effect digitally, instead of the physical effects that had originally been used - much more convenient.

Below is a short video that gives a fond and semi-technical look at gated reverb, with some good examples to listen to.


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