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Auria FX & Plug Ins- Review part 1- Reverb

January 15, 2013

Starting here with the Auria Reverbs I will offer my thoughts on both the included, and the extra Auria FX & Plug Ins. I don’t have all of the Plug Ins yet, but I will eventually. That said there’s too many to write one huge review. Since I make ambient electronic music Reverb is a very important effect in my work. It’s an effect that has so many uses and is widely used by most musicians. A seemingly common staple in any FX library, Reverb is anything but common. It’s like Reverb is an instrument itself. Most of the Reverbs found in iOS are very limited, and low quality. That’s understandable as it is a big power hog and our devices improving as they are, still struggle with processing even very basic low to medium quality Reverbs. WaveMachine Labs with Auria and its PSP Plug Ins deliver much improved quality in the Reverbs offered rivaling ( still have a ways to go ) even some desktop versions costing tons more. I’ve tried nearly every available Reverb on iOS, including recent high profile releases like Cubasis. Incidentally having recently given Cubasis and its FX a test drive is still fresh in my mind, and its Reverb was sorely lacking. Whether old or new most iOS Reverbs left me unsatisfied. For now at least the highest quality Reverbs anywhere in iOS are living inside Auria. They are without peer.

Lets start with the ClassicVerb

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A better, basic Reverb option than most standard Reverbs in the vast majority of music apps. Simple controls for the overall effect much like what we’ve seen a lot of. It has a warmer feel with a decent tail and good stereo spread. Best used for recordings that just need a little more depth and life, nothing too dramatic. A good choice to conserve resources.

ConvolutionReverb

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This is probably the best reverb option on iOS that doesn’t cost extra. It uses high quality samples of specific types of reverberations called Impulse Response. The I.R. Library included has many very nice sounding reverbs that when used with your audio convolutes the mix. Hence the name. The “I.R. Library” installed is big enough, but you can also buy I.R library packs to further expand on your available options for an enormous (Hundreds and hundreds) variety of Reverb effects.

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The additional I.R. ( From MoReVox at $5.99 via IAP) packs each offer an expanded collection of specialized recording types to use. From short or long classic plates, warm, creamy, springs, and small rooms, to cold long hallways, Arctic, cathedrals, deep space, modulated, and tons more can be had. All high quality and original sounding. Rich and expansive. Each I.R. resembles presets for the most part somewhat making up for the limited controls. This is the reverb of choice surpassing anything else on iOS by leaps and bounds. Best used for your higher quality reverb needs to suit specific audio scenes. It should be expected that it comes at the expense of being a power hog. There is a “Low CPU” mode but that reduces the depth and quality a lot as well as reducing its burden on CPU. Freeze the track if you’re going to use it more than once as an insert.

ClassicVerb Pro

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For $9.99 via IAP you can have a much better version of the included ClassicVerb. Is it worth it? I really think so.
It adds more controls such as HiPass, LoPass, Split, Tone, Mix, Output, Spread, Time and Pre Delay providing an excellent level of control over your sound. It has some quick presets and you can save your own tweaked concoctions. Overall it sounds better than the ClassicVerb but not as varied as the convolution reverb with its huge library of I.R. options. This is a great classic reverb option sounding much better than any other of its kind offered in any iOS music apps. A superb choice. Worth every penny.

PianoVerb2

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A unique resonant reverb effect that not only offers a high quality classic reverb spread, but also controls elements like tune, detune, modulation, and transposition of the reverberations. It has A&B alternate setting controls for “damp” and “Time” with “Freeze” for dramatic effects.
Very different from the other reverb options, PianoVerb2 (a new improved and advanced version of the original free PianoVerb) uses 12 resonant filters that behave much like piano strings. Making ghostly wide, modulated sounds with lingering effect similar to piano sustain pedals is just one of its many possibilities. You could really go wild making highly unusual detuned and transposed reverberations that the others can’t. Whatever you do with this, it will fill your ears. This is one very nice, and interesting plug in!

Not like a convolution or classic reverb, PV2 is quite capable of adding depth to relatively weak sounds but with that extra bite of resonance. It is really cool and different.
You’re robbing the Auria store by only paying $9.99 for this weird reverb. Also a bit of a power hog.
By PSP Audioware

That concludes Part 1. Just a couple notes.

The PSP PianoVerb2 in Auria is not the same as the older classic PianoVerb free version. It is a more advanced and improved version of the classic original. I know, thats obvious and clearly says “PianoVerb2″ in the review but people don’t always pay attention details and are eager to correct. Comments welcome, and so are corrections, so long as they are actually correct.

All of these were tested thoroughly. The best test for Reverb is to take a mediocre sounding, single note, dry recording. Then duplicated and spaced appropriately apart to fully experience the depth and quality. Then I added more recordings to other tracks trying each of these at various settings, I.R.s etc, solo and mixed. Each of these performed uniquely well. That’s how I tested them anyway. Try your own way, nothing beats experimenting yourself.

I hope this might help or be of some use. Let me know and I’ll keep adding to the series.

Thanks for reading.

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UPDATE 1-26-13

PSP SpringVerb2

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I suspect this will happen again. I mean having to add a newly released plug in for the various categories as this goes on. A welcomed challenge for sure.
SpringVerb2 ($9.99 via IAP) arrives to expand on available Reverb options in Auria. Like PianoVerb2, SpringVerb2 offers a unique and unusual reverberation effect. SpringVerb2 is an emulation of hardware spring reverbs. The sound it makes may be what you would expect, a springy, boingy, mechanical type. It can be used just as well as a pretty nice standard reverb, but its strength is in its odd boing sound that when coupled with fast attack instruments, synths, or especially guitars brings something very different to the Reverb table. A cool effect on transients, or repeatable with a superb spread range. Controls over the musical elements of the effect such as Diffusion, HiPassFilter, Presence and more put you in the pilot seat with plenty of room to experiment. See above screen shot for all the controls.
Adjustable 2-4 springs variations, and a solid amount of controls to make soft, modest boings, to long mechanical springs reverberating in some alien spaceship machine shop. This one has its own character.

Coming up soon Part 2- Delay/Chorus. A look at all the Delay/Echo and Chorus related FX.

Special thank you to WaveMachine Labs granting me access to all these amazing tools. I am eternally grateful. Furthermore, and just as special, thank you to everyone for the private messages, posts, comments, tweets, etc, encouraging me to continue with this series. It may end up being an endless endeavor if they keep adding new things to Auria’s store. I can’t say I’d have any objections, keep ‘em coming! Ill do my best to keep up.

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18 Comments
  1. Given that Pianoverb is a freeware plugin from PSP for PC/Mac, I wouldn’t quite agree to the statement that you’re robbing the Auria store by “only” paying $9.99.

    • Actually I’m talking about the improved PianoVerb2, not the free PianoVerb original. Two different things.

      • Hi. I read your review properly. Sounds great. I have about a dozen of PSP’s things, use them on every single song I do, and they are different, powerful, have a real effect (pardon the pun) on tracks. Thank you for a shortish but well-written review. I wouldn’t have needed much convincing, anyway, but you have made my mind up to buy it. And, of course, the great thing about PSP is that, the more of their goodies you already own, the cheaper it is to buy more. Cheers!

      • Glad to hear that, and thank you for such a nice comment. :) PSP is really helping take Auria to a new level. I am enjoying their plug ins quite a bit.

  2. Dave, what a great intro to the effects available on Auria. This can greatly help those of us, like me, that would like someone to test those effects out before shelling the dough for them.

    Definitely, you are making a great series with this one, Thanks!

    • Thank you Angelo!
      Thanks to WaveMachine Labs granting me access to them all, Ill continue to keep it going. Although there are a lot of them, and more coming. Might be an endless project. :) I’m working on updating a new reverb to the first part already. SpringVerb2. Coming in V1.0.6 soon as Apple approves it. Oh, and Audiobus support will be in that update as well.

  3. Thank you – this was very enlightening. With Auria and its best verbs consuming so much CPU, do you think it could still be used just as a higher quality “reverb unit” in slot 3 for instruments in slot 1 once it’s on AudioBus?

    • I’m not sure I fully follow what you’re asking, so if I answer incorrectly please forgive me. Auria can be used in Audiobus as an Input ( audio send ) and as an Output ( audio receive) I’ve only tried it from the AB output slot so far.
      My understanding is it would need to be in the FX slot in AB to do what you suggest?
      At my rate the FX can be used in Auria but track freezing is a must or forget it.

      • You are correct that having Auria in the Slot 2 Effects slot would be better for what I was enquiring about – but I heard it was destined for Slot 3, which could have still made it useful for adding effects to instruments “upstream”. However, you DID answer my question by replying “At my rate the FX can be used in Auria but track freezing is a must or forget it.” which makes it clear that it can’t reliably be used to add a high-quality reverb to an instrument “upstream” in AB in a live performance. Thanks.

        (Hopefully someone, somewhere is cooking up a high-quality reverb or two for Slot 2.

  4. David Khan permalink

    I thought, if pop in and say enjoyed the email the other day and I think I’ll make PV2 my first IAP in this app, I hope you can get through them all, I think you should be sponsored ( by Auria giving you the IAP’s, as long as they do leave you to write what you feel and not suggest a review).
    I know this is prob to much work but some sound bites of the basics would be a massive help for us ios muso’s, well me anyway

    • Thank you David. Great comment, and I’m happy to have had a positive impact. SpringVeb2 is my new favorite. It’s coming in the next update, and I have permission to review it now. Just haven’t had the time yet. Whew! Really busy right now. :)
      Yes, WaveMachineLabs, has granted me access to all Auria IAPs. Mostly so I can help beta test them. I did tell them about my intended reviews, and they were highly supportive, and made no suggestions. I am free to write about them as I see fit, so long as it is not about anything unreleased, unless I’m given special permission.

      • David Khan permalink

        That’s great news dude, ill be looking out for them, it’s a win win ;-) @ the unreleased comment.

  5. Kwo permalink

    Thanks for the overview article. I look forward to all of your blog posts!
    Are you running Auria on an iPad 3 or 4?

    • Thank you very much. :) I’m using iPad 3.

      • Richard permalink

        Hello smitematter.
        I would like to get your opinion and experience if possible.
        I do own an iPad 3, apogee duet 2 for iPad and would like to record mostly Singer/Songwriter setups. In the end maybe 6 tracks totall to mix. Is my current etup able to run fluently witout CPU problems and similar thinks, when i use Auria for my main recording app?
        Would you recommend this app for an sugsessfull recording solution?

        Thanks in advance and hope to hear from you soon..

      • Hi Richard
        I haven’t tried the Apogee Duet 2 myself, so I’m not sure just how much (if any?) of an impact it might have. However, I have used Auria with my iPad 3 a lot with very few problems. Memory and CPU might become strained if you also use FX or plug ins without freezing tracks. The trick is to not apply any plug ins until after the recording part is completed. Then apply FX and or automation one track at a time, and freeze it when you need to move on to another. What I’ve done a lot (in my iPad 3 days) was apply a Plug In to the AUX (sends) 1 & 2 instead of each (insert) track whenever possible. A caveat to this is that back when I was using my iPad 3 (sold it since) I was using iOS 6. So how this will work today with iOS 7 or 8 on iPad 3, I don’t know. I am using Auria currently on iPad 4 with iOS 7 and iPad Air with iOS 8. No problems and less need to be as careful as when I used it with my old iPad 3 iOS 6. That said, I have no reason to believe you would have any trouble.
        If you only need a simple multitrack recorder and don’t need or care about plug ins and automation, then Auria might be overkill for you? If so I’d recommend taking a serious look at Harmonic Dog Multitrack DAW app. It’s superb for a strait up, plain jane audio recorder and multi tracker. It has a nice EQ, decent global reverb and delay FX too.

      • Richarx permalink

        Thanks so much for your straight forward answer.
        It helped me a lot. I will try the Multitrack DAW and see how it goes.
        Good to have people like you around.
        Thanks one more time.

        Regards Richard

  6. Richard permalink

    Running iOS 7.1.2. at present….

    Thanks

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