Creating a Transition using Reverse Reverb


There are many ways to create transitions between sections in a song. Regular reverb may be the most widely used, however, one of my favourite ways that I find easy to implement is a long reverse reverb. In the example below, I create one using a crash sample, a reverb with a long decay, and Pro Tools REVERSE effect in the AudioSuite.


First, you need to create a 'Resampling' audio track, (below in red) which you'll record the reverb effect to. Insert the reverb of your choice that can accommodate a long decay time. Here I've chosen 26.1 seconds, but choose whatever length fits for your desired tempo and effect.





Next, you'll need to create a BUS to SEND the signal to the RESAMP track. Make sure you turn the send fader up to unity (0 dB).





RECORD ENABLE the RESAMP track and record (Shortcut: Numpad 3) the effect.





Create a new track to put your newly recorded audio (I've labeled mine below 'REV Crash,' in light blue). Next, select the audio clip, and go to AudioSuite > Other > Reverse.





When the AudioSuite box appears, you can PREVIEW (bottom left of box) or PROCESS (bottom right).




Now you've got your very own riser, uplifter, or transition effect!




This is a very common way to create transitions in pop music, EDM, and many other genres of music. You can try out the same method on a clap, kick, or even a tonal instrument like a piano. 

If you have your own ways of creating transitions or similar effects in songs, feel free to submit them to us and let us see your sound design skills!

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