If you want a professional mix with plenty of depth, reverb is crucial. But picking the right one can be tricky!
With countless plugins on the market, finding what you need is no easy feat.
To help you spot the right plugin quicker, we’ve put together this list: The 13 BEST Reverb Plugins of 2021.
We’ve even split them up by what they’re best at and how much they cost!
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I’m guessing you’re here because you want to make your mixes sound professional. Well, you don’t need expensive gear or software to do that – you just need the right knowledge.
We put together a brief training that covers a totally new approach to music production. Until now, everyone has been teaching production totally backward.
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But if you just want to learn about Reverb Plugins specifically, keep reading.
A Quick Note…
It’s worth mentioning that none of the companies who create these reverb plugins are paying us to do so.
This article isn’t an advertisement for any one plugin maker. After trying out tons of different options, these are the ones we felt were the cream of the crop.
To help you find the right reverb quickly, here are some buttons you can use to zero in on the right match.
Just click on the button that matches your budget and the page will only show you options in that price range.
We’ve also picked out the best plugins for various instruments. Click on the button(s) for the instrument(s) you need a solid reverb for.
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Altiverb (€499 - €849)Recommended for: Room Reverbs, Guitars, Drums, and Cool Effects Altiverb is a convolution reverb. Convolution reverbs apply the reverb characteristics of a real-world place to your recording. If you want to know what your vocals would sound like in the Taj Mahal, convolution reverbs will let you do just that. And Altiverb is an incredible offering. They’ve packed this plugin with tons of great room reverbs. Whether you want the sound of a pristine studio or a noisy arena, Altiverb has you covered. You can use it on anything, but I’m particularly fond of how it sounds on drums and acoustic guitar. There are so many presets that all sound beautifully realistic. You can even choose where in the room you want the sound to come from. Creating a 3D stereo image is a snap with this plugin.
IQ Series Reverb (€149.90)Recommended for Guitars, Cool Effects and Ambience IQ Series is a convolution reverb with a really unique flavor. Something about the decay sounds a little otherworldly to me (in a good way). I love how this reverb sounds on guitars, pads and background textures. It’s got this ethereal tone that leaves me wondering, “What exactly is that sound?” IQ-Series adds an alluring mystique to the high end of a mix. You can also get some really cool effects using the Cut and Gate tools. These are two different ways of gating the reverb. You can use them for weird, glitchy effects or to get a classic, ‘80s snare sound. It’s also super easy to load your own impulse responses (aka IR’s). Just drag and drop them into the plugin! If you’ve already got some favorite IRs that you don’t want to lose, IQ-Series has you covered. The positioner tool lets you change where the sound is coming from in the stereo field. Want it to sound like coming from the back left side of a cathedral? You can use IQ's positioner to place it there! The only downside of the IQ Reverb is its interface. It’s a bit confusing at first glance. It’s a great plugin, but you’ll definitely want to watch some tutorials before you try to use it. It's also worth noting that convolution reverbs can be expensive. But IQ Series is pretty affordable!
Kleverb ($59.99)Recommended for Electronic Music, Drums, Cool Effects and Ambience Klevgrand is an extremely innovative company, making effects that are creative and wallet-friendly. Kleverb is no different. Kleverb is an algorithmic reverb that sounds great on drums, ambient textures, and electronic tracks.
Valhalla Room ($50)Recommended for Strings, Piano, Cool Effects and Ambience Valhalla Room from Valhalla DSP is an industry legend. Throw any preconceptions about digital reverbs out the window. This plugin sounds lush and realistic.
UAD’s EMT 140 ($199)Recommended for Everything The EMT 140 is the oldest (and most iconic) plate reverb. It's been used on tons of classics. It was famously the only reverb used on Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.” Many have tried to emulate the iconic sound of EMT 140, but none have come as close as UAD.
PSP Springbox ($99)Recommended for Guitar and Cool Effects If you’re mixing electric guitar, you need a solid spring reverb. Especially if you’re recording guitar with a Direct Input. Luckily for you, Springbox from PSP exists!
TSAR-1 ($119)Recommended for EVERYTHING If I could marry a plugin, I’d gladly propose to the TSAR-1. Softube has knocked it out of the park with this one. It sounds believable and lush in every setting. No matter what instrument I put it on, the TSAR-1 sounds great.
Reverb SOLO (FREE)Recommended for Writing I was thrilled when I found this plugin. Reverb.com and Acon Digital have teamed up to create an incredible, FREE plugin. Any mixer knows that adding reverb can take a while. “Is the decay time too short?” “Should I add more pre-delay?” It’s easy to fall into a spiral while searching for the right tone. You end up spending hours on something that should really only take minutes. Reverb SOLO is here to save you from mixing gridlock. With a whopping two features, Acon Digital has boiled reverb down to its absolute basics. One knob changes the length and tone of the reverb, while the other is a simple wet/dry knob. Sometimes maintaining your creative momentum is more important than finding the perfect tone. Reverb SOLO is perfect for those times when you just want to throw a reverb on and keep moving.
Adaptiverb ($249)Recommended for Electronic Music, Cool Effects and Ambience Zynaptiq is known for using cutting-edge technology to create super unique plugins. And Adaptiverb definitely lives up to that reputation! It uses machine learning and ray tracing technology. Zynaptiq has created an unprecedented plugin. Adaptiverb creates reverb tails that don’t get in the way of the rest of your mix. How? By resynthesizing the original sound. It can add some super cool effects. The Hold button turns the reverb tail into a droning, synth-like sound. You can even quantize the pitch of the reverb tail to create certain harmonies. It’s honestly more like a reverb-instrument than a regular reverb.
FabFilter Pro-R ($199)Recommended for Vocals, Electronic Music, Piano, Strings, Writing Pro-R from Fab Filter is an extremely transparent-sounding reverb. A lot of the time, reverb can make your mix sound muddy if you aren't careful. Or it may just sound unnatural and distract your listener. You won't run into either of those problems with the Pro-R. If your songs tend to have a lot of instruments, Pro-R would be a great choice for you. This thing sounds crystal clear, making it perfect for vocals and instruments that sound clean.
LiquidSonics Seventh Heaven ($69 - $299)Recommended for EVERYTHING. The Bricasti M7 is one of the most beloved hardware reverb units of all time. Reviews for the M7 are overwhelmingly positive. There are a lot of professional producers who only use the M7. Quite the vote of confidence! And now you can harness the sound of the M7 without dropping thousands of dollars! Seventh Heaven uses convolution reverb to emulate the Bricasti M7. The results sound stunning. The Seventh Heaven adds reverb that’s lush and crisp. Check out how natural it sounds on vocals:
SoundToys’ Little Plate ($99)Recommended for Vocals, Cool Effects and Ambience Little Plate is here for all of your plate reverb needs! Little Plate takes plate reverb into the digital age. It surpasses the limitations of the hardware originals. For example, the EMT 140 allows decay times between 1 and 5 seconds. The Little Plate lets you dial in shorter and longer decay times. That expands the possibilities of plate reverb. One of the coolest parts of Little Plate is the “infinity” setting. This gives the reverb an infinite decay time, meaning it’ll reverberate forever. With Little Plate, you can turn any sound into a lush pad!
SoundToys' Echoboy ($199)Recommended for Vocals Echoboy is actually a delay plugin not a reverb. I know I know! Why put a delay plugin on a “best reverbs” list? Something a lot of people don’t realize is that a well-chosen delay can be the perfect reverb. Especially when mixing vocals.
*Honorable Mention* Your Stock Reverb Plugin(s)Don’t underestimate your stock reverbs! The plugins DAWs come with are seriously underrated. I have a lot of premium reverbs, but I still use at least one stock reverb on every one of my mixes. They sound great, and they’re usually pretty light on CPU. Expensive reverb plugins won’t help you if you don’t know how to use them. Getting really comfortable with your stock reverb(s) will make you a way better mixer. Before you go out and buy a premium reverb plugin, spend some time with the one(s) that came with your DAW.
*Honorable Mention* TAL Reverb-4 (FREE)The TAL Reverb-4 is a free plate reverb that’s perfect for anything that needs a vintage feel. If you want the magic of a plate reverb on your tracks but don’t have the money for Little Plate or EMT 140, TAL Reverb-4 is a terrific choice!
*Honorable Mention* Waves Renaissance Reverb ($49.99)R-Verb is also a really solid reverb. It’s especially good for guitar and vocals. The interface leaves something to be desired, though. It’s not a very intuitive-looking plugin. Nonetheless, you can get some great sounds out of it. So it’s worth looking into to see if you like it!
*Honorable Mention* OrilRiver 2 (FREE)Looking for a feature-heavy plugin but don't want to break the bank? OrilRiver has you covered! OrilRiver comes with high-quality room and hall emulations. With 3 EQ bands, 12 options for early reflections, easy to use modulation, and more, you can tweak to your heart's content!
Conclusion: The Best Reverb Plugins of 2021
Here are 13 of the best reverb plugins on the market:
- IQ Series Reverb
- Valhalla Room
- UAD’s EMT 140
- PSP Springbox
- Acon Reverb SOLO
- FabFilter Pro-R
- LiquidSonics Seventh Heaven
- SoundToys Little Plate
- SoundToys Echoboy
No matter what your budget is or what type of music you make, there’s something here for you.
So if you find yourself in need of another reverb, check here again to find which plugin best suits your needs!
And be sure to try the free demos of any plugin you’re thinking about buying! Most of the plugins on this list let you try before you buy, so look for a free trial before pulling out your wallet.
If you want to dig deeper into music production and learn what it actually takes to make mixes that sound pro… And you’re an intermediate or advanced producer… Be sure to check out the free masterclass: Enjoy!
If you want to dig deeper into music production and learn what it actually takes to make mixes that sound pro…
And you’re an intermediate or advanced producer…
Be sure to check out the free masterclass: