In this video tutorial we take a look adding reverb and delays to our Pro Tools session. Reverbs and delays are classified as time-based effects and are added to a track using auxiliary sends, also known as aux sends.

Reverbs and delays are classified as time-based effects and are added to a track using auxiliary sends, also known as aux sends. Reverbs are used to create a sense of space and to help individual instruments blend together in the mix. Delays are generally used as creative effects in the mix.

In today's session we have a simple drum track. We will be adding some reverb and delay to this drum track.

Creating an Aux Track

On the track that you wish to add reverb to, we'll use the snare, left click on an empty send and select new track. This will allow us to create a new aux track to place the reverb or delay plugin on. This track will be know as the effects return track.

We'll choose to create a stereo aux input track in samples. I'll turn off "create next to current track" so the track will be created on the extreme right of our mix view. This allows us to keep our session organized by having all our effects returns on the right side of our mix view.

Pro Tools has automatically created a new bus called 'Reverb', which routes to our new aux input track which is also named 'Reverb'. This is known as our "reverb return track". Place a reverb plugin on the insert of the Reverb aux input track. For this video we'll use the D-Verb plugin, which can be found under multichannel plugins -> Reverb -> D-Verb

Sending Signal to the Reverb Plugin

To add reverb to a track, we simply need to send some audio to the reverb bus which will be processed by the reverb plugin. The output of the reverb plugin will be mixed into main mix via the reverb return track. The processed signal is known as the wet signal. The original unprocessed track is known as the dry signal.

To increase the amount of reverb in the track, we increase the send level to increase the level of the wet signal. Command + left click on the left side of the send to show the mini send level fader. The mini send fader allows us to easily access the send level of all tracks. Bring up the fader for the snare to increase the amount of the reverb for the snare. We can now hear the reverb added to the snare.

Remember to Solo Safe the Aux Input Track

Everything sounds fine at the moment but if we try to solo the snare track we'll hear that the reverb return gets muted as well. This makes it inconvenient for us to audition our reverb with the snare. We can fix this by using the solo safe function in Pro Tools.

To solo safe the reverb return track, command + left click on the solo button on the reverb return track. The solo button will be disabled and the return track will no longer be muted when we solo another track.

Sending another track to the Reverb Return Track

To send another track to the reverb plugin, we can simply duplicate the send to another track. Hold down Option + left click and drag the existing send on the snare track to the hihat track. Alternatively, you can click on the empty send, go to tracks and select the reverb return track.

Creating a Delay Return Tracks

Creating a delay effect is identical to the process we have done for the reverb. Simply replace the reverb plugin with a delay plugin of your choice. I'll use the Mod Delay III for this example.

Conclusion

Now that you understand how to add reverb and delays to your mixes, I hope you'll have fun using them in your mixes. Leave a like if you like this video, or leave a comment below telling us why. Subscribe to the channel to not miss out on any new videos by clicking on the subscribe button. Also watch one of our other videos to learn more about music production. Help us to make better content for you by telling us what you want to learn next. I hope you enjoyed watching this video and I'll see you next time.

Cheatsheet

  1. Right-click on an available send on the track (we'll use a snare track) you wish to add reverb to and click on new track.
  2. Set the name of the aux input track which will be created. We usually name this after the effect. Eg. 'Reverb'
  3. Solo safe the track by holding command and clicking on the solo button.
  4. Create the reverb plugin on the insert of the newly created aux input track
  5. Click on the send on the snare track to open the fader for the send. Bring up this fader to hear the effect.

Tips and Tricks

  • Command + Left click on the left side of the send to open the mini send faders.
  • You can duplicate sends by opt+dragging a send to another track instead of using the left-click menu

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