TVerb’s release was quite a surprise. We’re talking of a plugin realized by Eventide in collaboration with Tony Visconti and inspired by the iconic sound of the title track of David Bowie’s twelfth studio album Heroes. Honestly, I didn’t see that coming!
Visconti’s technique on that recording was very innovative. Setting up three microphones in the (awesome sounding) Hansa’s main hall, the first for Bowie to sing directly into, a second positioned about 15 Ft away and the third further back in the hall. Visconti placed gates on the second and third microphones set to open as Bowie sang louder and louder.
Tverb integrates three completely independent lush reverbs, with compression and selectable polar patterns on microphone 1 and adjustable gates on microphones 2 and 3.
At first, we were skeptical. How such a technique could still be relevant and helpful today, in a digital package? Well, thanks to Eventide’s renowned wizardry, TVerb recreates Visconti’s iconic effect as a starting point while adding features that enable new soundscapes and effects.
In short, you can use TVerb on any source, not just vocals. We had a blast using it on slightly ‘sterile’ synth and percussion tracks, to give some ‘air’ to the sound and to add some interesting dynamics (you can automate the microphone’s placement in your DAW, a nice bonus!). Definitely worth a try, even if you’re not a Bowie fan!