For This Week’s Preset, let’s spend some time with the BigSky Bloom reverb machine.
In the 1990s, reverb technology advanced to allow more diffusion blocks, effectively smoothing out the sound more than what had been possible in the past. A unique side effect of this approach was the tendency of these new reverbs to have a slowly building envelope that ‘bloomed’. The Bloom machine takes this method of reverb creation and pushes the boundaries. Because of this, you’re able to utilize bigger, longer, more ambient reverbs that sit nicely with your dry signal, even if the Mix is set relatively high.
In this example, let’s set a long Bloom Length, as well as a high Pre-Delay, both which cause the reverberation to occur well after the initial note is played. Even with the Mix set relatively high at 3:00, the dry signal is not overpowered. If you want a more subtle approach, just dial back the Mix a bit. If you’re going for a bigger, more ambient reverb, try increasing the Feedback level or the Decay time.
The audio example starts off with BigSky bypassed. The effect is engaged at 0:06.
Here are the knob settings and parameters for this preset. Dial it up on your BigSky and give it a shot.
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Using the Strymon Librarian? Download the preset and load it into your BigSky.
What do you think?
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Three times I listened to your 41 seconds sound recording. It is a unique reverb sound. It seems to me, echo is continuously bouncing. Lovely!
I agree with your realization that reverb technology has offered now music world a great gift in respect diffusion blocks, effective smoothing out and so on.
Love the bloom setting on my Big Sky. The lush trail of sound hangs out just behind the notes. I utilize this setting at church to fill in gaps when I only have a drummer and pianist playing. It is great for creating atmosphere! Keep up the good work Strymon!