Use a compressor with sidechain on a reverb for rhythmic effects.
Here’s how to do it:
- Set up a reverb on a send channel. Use a reverb with really long tail.
- Send some material into the verb (a synth track for example).
- Insert a compressor after the reverb. The compressor needs to have a side-chain feature.
- In the compressor, activate side-chain and choose a source signal for it. Use a rhythm track – bassdrum usually works great.
- Adjust the settings of the compressor and the reverb to your liking. It’s especially important to find a compressor release time that fits the tempo/rhythm you’ve got going.
Experiment with different settings. This effect can work really well as a subtle, hardly noticeable background thing. Or you could really make it stand out if it fits what you’re working on. I love to squash the f*** out of reverbs sometimes.
Another thing I like to do to take this even further is to bounce/record this compressed reverb (100% wet) into an audio file and continue editing it in the arrange. Try reversing and pitching it for instant weirdness.
Also check these two tips that will come useful when working with reverbs: