Times have changed and studios more and more often start using virtual reverb. Yet, some musicians and bands still prefer real reverb: they find places with interesting reverb and record there.

My question is: How good is the quality of a virtual reverb compared to a real one?

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    I think the premise of your question is flawed. Unless you consider plates and chambers to be "real", then non-"real" reverb has been used on the majority of recordings since the late 60s. Even if you consider plates and chambers "real", then digital reverbs dominated the 1980s, and today you are certainly hearing a large number of convolution reverbs (a digital modeling process). Some people go old school with a plate reverb. Only rarely are natural spaces used, although actually more often now than in the period of the 70s through the 90s, I would say. – Todd Wilcox Jan 24 '17 at 6:08
  • One of the ways that acoustic spaces are used more often today is via the Internet. There's the famous Silophone and the less famous Tank-FX online acoustic space reverb processing services. – Todd Wilcox Jan 24 '17 at 6:13
  • Why do you consider those to be non-real? – SovereignSun Jan 24 '17 at 6:17
  • I didn't say whether I consider them to be real or not. I don't know what you consider to be real or not. Even if you consider plates and chambers "real", they are not currently very popular reverb sources. Digital reverbs from Lexicon and Eventide and convolution reverbs from... pretty much everyone, currently dominate reverb processing. Some genres might have more acoustic space or plate/chamber/spring/hose reverbs used, but I wouldn't say those are the norm. – Todd Wilcox Jan 24 '17 at 6:19

You hear virtual digital and convolution reverbs all the time. They sound good enough that tracks and albums that use them go multi-platinum and win Grammy awards every year. Modern sound design for film and TV relies on convolution reverbs to create convincing spaces, especially when dialog is replaced. That's why ADR sounds so much better now than it did in the 70s and 80s. I myself have re-created the interior of an SUV using a convolution reverb for a short film.

You probably hardly ever hear reverb that is not created digitally in major studio releases. So you know very well what it sounds like - you're hearing digital reverb almost every time you listen to music or watch a movie or a TV show.

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