Nomad Factory BlueVerb DRV-2080
Nomad Factory BlueVerb DRV-2080

BlueVerb DRV-2080, Software algorithmic reverb from Nomad Factory.

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moosers 12/17/2010

Nomad Factory BlueVerb DRV-2080 : moosers's user review


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Nomad Factory's BlueVerb DRV-2080 is a plug-in modeled to be a 'vintage' studio reverb effects unit. The plug-in comes as an individual and isn't part of any bundle that I'm aware of. I am not an owner of this plug-in as I've only used it at the studio where I work, where we've got most of the plug-ins that Nomad has to offer on hand. Using the plug-in takes a little bit of getting used to but is by no means difficult in my experience. All of the parameters are just a series of knobs, making it as simple to use as possible. The main reverb section gives you knobs for pre-delay, ambiance, reverb amount, decay, damping, tail level, and stereo width. These aren't the most traditional reverb parameters, but that's what I like about using it as it gives you a unique perspective on getting reverb sounds. The plug-in also has a two band EQ, each with their own gain and frequency parameters. Lastly, there's a master level section with control over mix, input, and output levels.


We've got the Nomad Factory BlueVerb DRV-2080 plug-in running on a few different studio systems where I work. All of them are Pro Tools HD based, with our main room running a Mac Pro computer with 10 GB of RAM and dual 2.66 Ghz Intel Xeon processors. I always run reverb plug-ins on aux tracks to begin with, so at most I'm running two of these plug-ins at once, which is pretty rare anyway. Given the system that I'm running it on, I haven't encountered any issues and don't expect to in the future...


The Nomad Factory BlueVerb DRV-2080 is overall a really cool reverb plug-in, but I wouldn't say so in a traditional sense. It's definitely unique as it doesn't contain many of the parameters you'll find in modern reverb plug-ins. It's a good thing otherwise I probably wouldn't use this all that often as I definitely own better reverb plug-ins at home. Even as is, I don't use it on every session but rather use it every once and a while if I'm looking for a slightly different take on reverb inside the box. I don't know if it's worth it to buy this plug-in as your main reverb, but if you're in the market for one it's a good idea to at least try out the demo.