2C Audio Breeze and the Lean Reverb Initiative
December 13, 2010
2C Audio recently announced a new reverb called Breeze. This reverb is significant for one simple reason: Everyone adores 2C's Aether reverb, from famous producers and engineers down to reviewer peons like me (2C grabbed a quote from my October 2009 review for their product page, which I found flattering as heck), but they all admit that Aether's stunning sound is counterbalanced by a very complicated user interface and a massive CPU hit. Aether will bring a slower computer to its knees with even a few instances.
So: here's a reverb that's designed to be CPU-efficient and easy to use. I will be reviewing it and seeing how it performs, and will let you know what I find.
Personally I love this trend... being a massive fan of reverb as a sound-shaping tool as well as a simple way of putting space around dry tracks, but doing a lot of work live on stage with a laptop, I am constantly fighting the balance battle of quality and flexibility vs. efficiency and cleanliness. I give reverb plug-in makers a lot of props for making more powerful versions of their reverbs while keeping the efficient old ones; my personal favorite is Wave Arts MasterVerb, which for a long time was available both in a marvelously sweet-sounding and tweakable Version 5 and a very easy to use and CPU-efficient Version 4. If I had to wipe my computer and start from scratch with no plug-ins at all, Masterverb 4 would be the very first one I'd reinstall, hands down.
Some of my other favorite choices are PSP EasyVerb and the Platinumverb included in Apple Logic; I'm also exploring freeware and cheapware options, and have heard good things about a new reverb called ValhallaShimmer that I'd like to take a look at if I can.
What do you reach for when you need a reverb that doesn't crush your CPU but still sounds awesome to your ears?