If you are facing the need to get rid of reverb on your tracks, we can help you. This article will explain How To Remove Reverb In Logic Pro X and describe the easy steps.
Now, why would you ever want to get rid of reverb? For example, you got a voice-over that someone recorded in the wrong place. As a result, you hear an echo that prevents you from putting it in the final clip. Or you’re mixing a song and got a track with reverb that will get in the way of your downstream processing. These are the kinds of cases where you may need to eliminate unnecessary echo.
Remember that removing reverb is quite a challenge. This effect is not only in the highs but also in other areas of the frequency spectrum. Therefore, it won’t be easy to eliminate it altogether or without getting some artifacts. However, there are some ways to do it. So stay with us to figure out how to do that.
5 Steps To Remove reverb in Logic Pro X
Overall, you need only the gain utility and compressor, which in this DAW is enough. The main point is to create a bus send with your signal, flip the phase on it and use the compressor to get rid of the reverb. So you don’t even need to download and install any paid plugins. Below we’ll give you step-by-step instructions on how to do this.
- Set The Track
First, create a new track with the file where you want to remove the reverb. It can be either mono or stereo – it works in both cases. Remember that you’ll need to choose the appropriate plugin based on that.
Create an audio track with the file
- Create The Bus Send
Create a bus send of your track. Also, remember to set the gain of this send to 0 dB. So you will get an exact copy of your signal on a separate AUX. Also, you can call this send whatever you want so that you don’t get confused and forget what it is.
Create a bus send
- Set The Gain
Next, you need to install the Gain plugin on this send. You will find it in the Utility section. Then open the plugin window and flip the phase. If you are using the stereo version, do this for both sides.
Invert the phase of the two channels
- Add Your Compressor
Now it’s time to add a compressor to your send as well. Again, Logic Pro X has different emulations of this gear. We will use Platinum Digital for the example, as it is the most transparent and has all the necessary settings.
- Adjust the Compressor Properly
As for the compressor settings, you will need to set a fast Attack and Release. Although the latter may be a bit longer – adjust this based on the sound. Also, find a middle ground for the Threshold control. You’ll hear the difference in how the compressor will eliminate the echo. In addition, don’t forget to set the Ratio pretty high – 20:1 or beyond. As for the Knee setting, you can leave it at one and put Makeup closer to zero.
Adjust compressor settings
By following these pretty easy steps, you can get rid of more reverb in your signal. But keep in mind that the result will not be quite perfect. A certain amount of echo will still be present.
Overall, you can use this method in Logic Pro X and any other DAW since they are all similar. Just follow the described principles, and you will get more or less the results you need. But let’s see what else Logic Pro can do.
Removing Reverb From Beats With The Enveloper Plugin
If you have the task of getting rid of reverb from beats or drum loops, we can advise another way. First, you will need the Enveloper plugin, which is also stocked in Logic Pro X. Basically, it is designed for adjusting the attack, decay, and sustain of percussion elements. But you can also try to use it to remove unnecessary echoes.
- Put The Plugin on The Track
Insert the plugin on your track. You will find it in the Dynamics section. Of course, your beat tracks will be in stereo, so pick up the necessary setting. If you have mono tracks of individual instruments – you can also use the mono version of the Enveloper.
Insert the plugin on your track
- Adjust Time and Gain
The key here will be to set up the Time. So set it to a maximum of 2000.0 ms. Also, turn down the Gain on the right side from 0 to -100%. It will help you keep the attack, but on the other hand, get rid of the tails, in which you hear a lot of reverb.
Set the Time and Gain
- Play With The Attack Gain
You can also play around with the Attack Gain, trying to make it more noticeable than the sustain. It can also help even things out a bit. But do it to your taste and listen if it brings the correct result.
Adjust the Gain of Attack
Note that this method can work if your tracks have only a small amount of reverb. Unfortunately, it will be complicated to get results if the echo is very noticeable. However, it will be a fast way to see if it works.
Taking out reverb with third-party plugins in Logic Pro X
Of course, you also can try to remove the reverb with third-party plugins. It may be relevant if you don’t want to bother with send and compressor settings. So we will show you some options, but be aware that you will have to pay for them.
- RX 9 De-reverb from iZotope
RX 9 De-reverb from iZotope is probably one of the most famous plugins you can get rid of reverb. You will have complete control over the four bends of the frequency spectrum, reduction slider, and artifact smoothing. In addition, it has a pretty good display of the frequency spectrum. The disadvantage is that this software comes with other audio repairing tools in a bundle which costs almost $400.
- DeRoom from accentize
Here we mean two plugins at once – DeRoom and DeRoom Pro. The first one costs about $50 and has a relatively simple interface. You can select three room sizes and get sensitivity, reduction, and make-up controls. DeRoom Pro is more advanced and has more attack and release settings, difference monitoring, and many different parameters in the Spectral Focus section. Its price is about $260. But you can use the trial versions of both plugins.
- EchoRemover from CrumplePop
Another pretty good plugin is EchoRemover from CrumplePop. It is unusually straightforward and has only a few controls: Strength, Release, and Bass Reduction. Thus, you can quickly fine-tune the effect and get the desired result. As for the price, this software costs $99.
- ERA Reverb Remover by accusonus
The Reverb Remover plugin is a product of accusonus, which is included in a special bundle of audio repair tools called ERA. In essence, you get Processing, Output, and Level Monitoring controls. In addition, there is a Focus section where you can choose which frequencies to focus the de-reverb process. You can get this software in a bundle, which costs about $50 a month.
As you can see, there are many more de-reverb plugins. We have tried to show you the best ones in our humble opinion. Of course, these are not free options. But in any case, you can try the trial versions and choose which one works best for you.
It’s your choice to try removing reverb in Logic Pro X yourself or to use special plugins. We can say those manual methods can work well only in cases where the echo is very slight. If the problem is much bigger, it’s better to use the software because it is designed specifically for this purpose.
Thus, we can recommend the plugin DeRoom, as it has a reasonably democratic price. If you need other fixing tools, check out the RX 9 bundle from iZotope, as it’s quite a professional set of software.
In any case, try to ask the client to re-record the track properly. Yes, this may be a bother, but it will nevertheless eliminate the problem in the future. Also, don’t forget to control this nuance at the beginning of communication with the client. Or do it yourself if your recordings are involved.
Try different methods and options. This way, you will get the necessary knowledge and experience to help you become a professional in your field. Good luck!
Ilarion Ivanenko is a remote mixing and mastering engineer from Ukraine, a musician with more than 15 years of experience. Specializes in rock, metal, progressive and the other genres. He can’t imagine his life without music, as it is the biggest passion in his life