REVIEWED: iZotope Neoverb in partnership with Plugin Boutique
First of all: What??
iZotope just created a reverb plug-in that listens to your settings and automatically EQs the pre and post signal to better fit your mix. Well done!
Let’s start with the Pre EQ Audio Cut:
This feature will listen to the dry signal and automatically remove the frequencies which can cause muddiness. A Amount fader will help you adjust how much of the EQ will be applied. You can also DIY but you only get 3 points to do so while the AI will create as many as it is needed.
The Reverb EQ minimizes the overlap of frequencies and brings more clarity between either the Dry & Wet or the Wet & other channel’s signal. On the second option the EQ will detect only tracks with iZotope plug-ins such as VocalSynth 2, Nectar 3, Neutron 3 and Relay.
The Blending Pad by default will allow you to manually blend between Reflections, Plate and Hall. The Plate can be turned into Medium Chamber or Room while Hall can be switched to Large Chamber. You can also turn them ON and OFF simply clicking on the blue, purple and orange buttons.
Going to Neoverb Advanced Panel is when things get more interesting:
Reflections is where you will be able to adjust the early reverbs switching between Time, Size, Diffusion and Angle. You can also use a LPF as you prefer.
Using Plate and Hall sections there is something rarely seen in reverb plugins, the Time can be switched to BPM over the DAW making it much easier to adjust other than having to use math to calculate how many milliseconds is a ¼ of the BPM you are using. It can also be used on Pre-Delay. Ten points to Gryffindor!
The Mod gives some extra subtle Square or Sine wave pitch movement but even at its maximum Rate and Depth is not too strong.
The Smooth button subtly removes some of the attack of the reverb.
Now that we know all about iZotope Neoverb’s settings let’s talk about the elephant in the room: The Reverb Assistant
Right after clicking on it you’ll be given a few options to choose from:
Adjust them at your taste and hit Next. It will automatically go through the Pre EQ and Reverb EQ analysis and Voilà! Instead of changing every setting we saw earlier manually Neoverb will change them all according to what you had in mind when adjusting the Reverb Assistant. Obviously you will be able to make more adjustments after that.
Thinking outside of the box is what defines this plugin. Not only combining features but also bringing something new to the table. I believe this is a must have in every professional and amateur studio as it makes every one’s life easier and opens a bigger range of possibilities when dealing with reverb.
Reverbate’s ‘Dejavu’ is part of our BOOST Weapons Brighton Music Conference Compilation, which you can check out below and you can download the whole VA on Beatport.