At 7/25/20 10:36 AM, AceMantra wrote:
Reverb is important; it helps blend the instruments to sound like they're coming from the same room. Also, don't overdo it. Too much reverb will muddy up the mix. Less is more.
Further on this: if you have a lot of instruments going on and your mix sounds messy: go through your channels and reduce the reverb a good bunch everywhere. The more you've got going the less reverb you want; if you've only got a few instruments, more reverb can make it a lot less bare. Tweaking the reverb settings to your liking can set the atmosphere you're after just right.
When making ambient, reverb is pretty much one of your instruments.
Also while we're on the topic of reverb, I've only started doing this the last few years, but: instead of putting the reverb directly on your instrument's mixer track, try putting the reverb on a "send" mixer track. Route your instrument both to the main mixer track, as well as the reverb mixer track. Play with how much of your mixer channel goes to the reverb channel.
This will make it so your "dry" instrument sound makes it into the mix + the reverb effect. Route several instruments to the same reverb mixer track this way and you'll only need one reverb plugin. You can also experiment with additional effects to put on there, can lead to interesting results.