FabFilter Releases FabFilter Pro-R Reverb Plug-in

November 28 2016, 02:50
Dutch software developer FabFilter announced the availability of FabFilter Pro-R, a high-end algorithmic reverb plug-in with musical controls and a very natural sound. FabFilter Pro-R is bursting with innovations like the intuitive Space control that seamlessly switches between dozens of room models with automatic decay time adjustment, and the industry-first Decay Rate EQ concept that introduces free adjustment of the decay time over the frequency spectrum. The plug-in also features a built-in Post EQ and many high-quality factory presets.

FabFilter Pro-R takes a musical approach to reverb, offering user-friendly, non-technical controls like Brightness, Character, Distance, and Stereo Width to tweak the reverb sound. The stepless Space control lets the user fade between dozens of different, carefully-tuned room models, and automatically chooses a matching decay time for a natural-sounding result. Behind the scenes, each of these settings influences the internal algorithms in multiple ways to deliver exactly what was intended — without requiring a degree in reverb science.

The decay time of a real room often varies wildly over the frequency spectrum, which is one of the key ingredients of a room’s reverb character. To simulate this, apart from a Decay Rate control, changing the overall decay time from 50% to 200% of the current Space setting, FabFilter Pro-R features the industry-first Decay Rate EQ concept, which offers completely free adjustment of the decay time over the frequency spectrum. Since it uses parametric EQ bands instead of a traditional crossover system, it provides much more flexibility to shape the decay time characteristics. Together with the integrated six-band Post EQ, designing reverbs of any character has never been easier.

The innovative six-band Decay Rate EQ includes Low/High Shelf, Bell, and Notch filters. Compared to the commonly used low- and high-crossover system, the Decay Rate EQ opens up a world of possibilities by giving users full control over the decay rate at different frequencies. Six-band Post EQ allows equalizing the final reverb sound with Low/High Cut up to 96 dB/oct, Low/High Shelf, and Bell filters. Together with the Decay Rate EQ, this lets users design reverbs of any style or character.

The new FabFilter Pro-R plug-in features beautifully designed room models, ranging from small ambiences and rooms to large concert halls and huge cathedrals. FabFilter developed it to easily sit in the mix, without causing undesirable coloration, density or phase problems, while the graphic interface is already high-resolution (Retina and High DPI compatible) with a large interactive reverb display featuring Decay Rate EQ and Post EQ curves. The user is able to select multiple interface sizes, including Large, and Extra Large, with GPU-powered graphics acceleration.

Additional features include intelligent Stereo Width control, ranging from pure mono to true stereo and beyond, Distance control to adjust the proximity to the sound source in the selected space, and Character control that changes the sound from a clean, transparent decay to a lively reverb with pronounced reflections and echoes — all the way to an over-modulated chorus-like effect. There’s also a perfectly tuned Brightness control, affecting not only brightness, but also the decay of high frequencies, and Predelay control on the bottom bar, ranging from 0 to 500 ms, with optional tempo sync.

Finally, FabFilter Pro-R includes a useful real-time spectrum analyzer that also visualizes the decay time at different frequencies. When in Full Screen mode, the plug-in offers a large analyzer display and Decay Rate EQ and Post EQ controller. It also supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces.

FabFilter Pro-R is now available for USD $199 (EUR 169), supporting both Windows and Mac OS X in VST and VST 3, Audio Units, AAX, RTAS, and AudioSuite plug-in formats. Both 32-bit and 64-bit hosts are supported. Bundles with FabFilter Pro-R and other FabFilter plug-ins are also available.
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