How to use D16’s Toraverb 2

Unlike other plugins on the market, D16’s Toraverb 2 isn’t designed to be a spring, hall, plate, or room reverb – rather, it’s none and all of these things.

Designed to be a “concept algorithm reverb,” Toraverb 2 allows the user to create any type of reverb from the ground up. This feature guide will overview some of the essential components of Toraverb 2 that you’ll want to be aware of to get the most out of the powerful plugin.

1. The pre-delay section

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The pre-delay section controls the delay between the dry signal and the reverb. While the pre-delay is displayed in milliseconds by default, the sync button can be pressed to switch the display to show a adjustable rhythmic value that’s synced to your DAW.

2. The early / late reflections section

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The sound reflections that make up a reverb can be divided into two categories: early and late reflections. Early reflections are the first signs of reverb that arrive to your ear, where the sound only bounces off of one surface, whether that be the floor, a ceiling, or wall. Late reflections follow, arriving to our ears after bouncing off of multiple surfaces. The early / late reflections section of Toraverb 2 offers a host of parameters that can be modified separately for the two reflection types by switching between the tabs at the top of the display. The parameters are as follows:

  • Size determines how large or small the emulated room is.
  • Bass cut removes frequencies below a selected threshold.
  • Crosstalk controls the amount of signal leaked from the left channel to the right, and vice versa.
  • Attenuation tames the reverb by adding damping properties to the space.
  • Diffusion defines a reflecting surface’s ability to spread sound energy. If set to Sharp, the reflecting surface is completely flat, while if set to Smooth, the surface distorts the wave and scatters it in various directions.
  • Modulation can also be applied separately to the early and late reflections.

3. The parametric EQ section

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Processing power can be preserved by using Toraverb 2’s built-in EQ module to sculpt your reverb. Low shelf, bell, and high shelf EQ types are available, and gain, cutoff / center frequency, and bandwidth can be adjusted for further fine-tuning.

4. The early / late reflections mixer

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This section controls the mix of the signals coming from the early / late reflection section described above. The mixer allows you to adjust the panning of the left / right (or mid / side) channels independently for the early and late reflections, in addition to the gain of each.

5. The master section

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The final section of the plugin is the master section, where the following global features are set:

  • FX influences the dry / wet balance of the output.
    • Pro Tip: The padlock icon can be clicked to keep the dry / wet ratio constant, even when switching between different presets.
  • FX curve defines how the plugin transitions between the dry and wet signals.
  • Ducking controls the strength of a compressor that attenuates the reverb proportionally to the changing volume levels of the dry signal.
  • Att. / Rel. adjusts the speed of the ducking’s attack and release times.

We hope you found this tour of Toraverb 2’s features useful! If you have a question, leave it in the comments below.

March 15, 2018

Harrison Shimazu Harrison Shimazu is an editor of the Splice blog and a composer for video games and film.