Xmas Freeware : Protoverb
In case there's still room under the tree, U-he offers Protoverb, a free experimental reverb based on the idea of a "room simulator".
While most algorithmic reverbs try to avoid resonances or model the reflections of sound from a rooms walls, Protoverb does the opposite: it builds up as many room resonances as possible, modeling the body of air in the room. It therefore does not need to modulate or colour the signal, resulting in a very natural-sounding reverberation with some interesting features: Long standing frequencies resonate louder, multiple instruments don't mash into a diffuse mud, "ghost echo" effect on short melodies... While such properties are usually found in churches and large halls, they're reportedly rarely found in conventional algorithmic reverbs. To achieve this kind of stuff, Protoverb works with loads and loads of parallel, serial and networked delays which lengths and assemblies can be randomized, giving serendipity a real role in your reverb sound-shaping process (but pre-established combinations can of course be selected, and randomly-generated ones can be saved and even sent online to U-He with a dedicated function).
Protoverb 1.0 in available in AAX (Windows and Mac), AU (Mac only) & VST2 (Windows, Mac and Linux) versions, and can be downloaded for free at U-He's website.
And you, what favorite presets did you come across with Protoverb? Don't hesitate to share them in the "comment" section - and of course, merry Christmas to all!
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