Over the past couple of decades, music recording, mixing, and mastering processes have seen some drastic changes.
What was once possible only through professional studio work is now accessible in the comfort of one’s home.
All you need is a decent audio interface, a good computer, your instrument(s), a microphone, and you’re good to go.
Of course, you’ll need quality software as well, but this is where things get tricky – the standards have risen so high over the past few years or so.
In order to make your music sound good, you’ll have to use the good stuff. This is why we always look into the most interesting plugins for recording, mixing, and mastering.
With all this said, there are some interesting plugins we’ve decided to take a closer look at. These are made by FabFilter, a company mostly focusing on great mixing plugins.
At the same time, we can also find great effects and virtual instruments in their collection, like the Saturn saturation/distortion, Twin 2 Synth, or Timeless 2 delay.
There are two particular things we’re interested in here. The first one is the company’s Mastering Bundle, while the second one is their Pro-R reverb.
We’ll look more into what all these plugins have to offer and how well they perform. Ultimately, we hope to help you see whether they’re any good for your needs and help you make a decision in case you’re thinking about whether to purchase them or not.
FabFilter Mastering Bundle Review
FabFilter Mastering Bundle at a glance
Includes: Pro-L 2, Pro-MB, Pro-Q 3, and Pro-C 2
Supports: VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native and AudioSuite formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit) Our Rating: 4.8/5
With such a great arsenal of quality products, there’s no surprise to see a very advanced reverb in FabFilter’s collection. For this particular effect, they developed their Pro-R plugin.
At the very first glance, it’s pretty obvious that the Pro-R is a plugin that’s very easy to use.
In fact, some would even argue that there’s a lack of controls. Not that it’s not versatile or too simple, it’s just that a few additional parameters to tweak definitely wouldn’t hurt.
Right in the middle, we can see the unified “Space” knob.
This approach is fairly simple, yet it gives some great results.
Other than that, we have controls for brightness, distance, character, decay rate, mix/blend, and stereo width.
With the stereo width control, you can create both fully stereo image at 50%, or a double mono at 100%.
But what we consider to be the best thing about Pro-R is the very realistic representation of space with the “Space” control.
Small room reverb actually sounds like you’re in a small room, and a large one really sounds spacious. It’s not like you’d expect anything less from FabFilter.
Of course, once again, we have a not exactly cheap piece of software on our hands. Don’t get us wrong – the price is most definitely justified.
The only thing that we need to point out here is that this is a fully professional plugin.
While you’re allowed and able to use it as an independent music-making enthusiast, you’ll first need to be aware of its cost. Either way, if you need a good reverb plugin, there’s hardly any reason why you should look further than FabFilter’s Pro-R.