The EpicVerb. The name says it: EPIC. This is not a lie!
Variety of Sound will be on this blog more than one time. This guy is just crazy – in a good way.
The Plugin : epicVerb.
Obviously this is a reverb. It is algorithmic.
You can find a picture here.
All these controls might be intimidating first, but this reverb is just plain good. You get amazing sounds and possibilities, while having some good starting points. I do not(!) like the presets*, but they provide an idea, where one could go. It is no one-click reverb, it is required to put some effort into it to get a good sound – but it is worth it.
I would suggest to begin with to create an extra reverb bus and use this plugin there (100% wet) it just gives you a better feeling. By sending all instruments there it will – for starters – sound more natural.
epicVerb comes – like most (all?) VoS plugins – good explanations/instructions (as pdf, included in the download). You can look up any function you might not understand.
Now, negative stuff:
It is really a short list.
- The EQ section is unusual. You have to get used to it. (Controls inner knob, outer ring). (For me) it is not intuitive.
- I have observed some high CPU usage, though i cannot explain where this comes from. It happens in some combinations with other plugins – it is rare though. (~8% on a FX6300).
Nice to look at. Not 100% intuitive but ok. All needed controls are there and most are explained on screen. For the rest –> pdf
Well. It is good. Not perfect though. With some (beginner friendly) presets this would change. This is due to the HUGE amount of possibilities one is confronted here.
CPU load (with exceptions) ok. Usually somewhere at 1.7% (FX6300). This is not high, considering the results. But keep a close look when using this.
Personal opinion: 8/10
Good reverb. But you have to invest some time for good results and check your CPU load (this is always a good idea though).
I use it on a regular basis, but less for “realistic” reverb and more for artistic reasons. That does not mean, it cannot do realistic, but I prefer other methods there (convolution).
*mostly to long and/or to bright or not natural. Try (for in my opinion natural stuff) : Choose hall or reverb instead of plate, reflex or echo. Mod down, Damp up, and time possibly down.