With the release of the Logic 10.4 update at the beginning of the year, Apple added a host of new features, one of which was a brand new reverb called ChromaVerb. The Logic users among us were raving about it pretty early on, so Point Blank Music School asked expert instructor Ben Medcalf to run through some of the reasons why it’s such a nifty new device. Ben teaches music production and mixing at Point Blank London, both integral parts of their BA (Hons) degree programmes, validated by Middlesex University.
As Ben points out early here, ChromaVerb stands up well against far more expensive plugins, and its strength is in doing something simply and well. There are two main interfaces, ‘main’ and ‘details’. The ‘main’ window contains the standard models you might expect, with halls and different rooms, as well as a few curveballs. From there you have a nicely visualised damping EQ, with a particularly impressive distance response control. Another great feature is the ‘freeze’ button, which can be used to snapshot the sound to create a pad-like effect. The ‘details’ pane gets a little more intricate, as you would expect, with a 6-band output EQ, modulation controls, like an LFO, and some great extra features with a width control and a ‘Mono Maker’ for lower frequencies.
Of the aforementioned degree programmes, the BA (Hons) in Music Production and DJ Practice is brand new for next semester at Point Blank and adds a greater focus on performance to their famed production classes. You can learn the skills Ben teaches on a couple of shorter courses, too, in particular Intro to Music Production and Mixing and Mastering.