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Using Reverb to Open Up Guitar Tracks

A dry guitar track can often be enhanced with reverb during mixdown. There are several options for how to do this, such as:

  • Use a mono reverb, panned to the same position in the stereo field as the guitar (as if the reverb were part of the guitar track; a spring reverb preset works well for this).
  • Use a mono reverb, panned opposite the guitar in the stereo field (as in old Van Halen tracks).
  • Use a stereo reverb panned across the stereo field to “widen” the guitar or to make it seem as if the listener were hearing it in a room.

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