The classic sound of gated reverb first rose to prominence in the 1980s, and is currently enjoying a well-deserved renaissance. The punchy snare drum hit can be heard across a host of iconic tracks, from Prince's 'I Would Die 4 U' and Springsteen's 'Born in the USA' to INXS' 'Never Tear Us Apart' and Phil Collins' 'In The Air Tonight'. But while it may be a respected effect, it's not always the easiest to replicate.
In the second instalment of the Studio Sessions series, Abbey Road Institute invited us into their studio to find out how exactly to achieve the lauded sounds of gated reverb. Their expert staff and students detail the effect in the video to ensure it's easy to understand for everyone from aspiring producers to seasoned professionals.
Abbey Road Institute offers a forward-thinking, innovative education for budding producers and sound engineers hoping to learn the tricks of the trade from some of the best in the business. Its affiliation with Abbey Road Studios in London, the home of some of the most iconic recorded LPs in music history, ensures ARI ticks all the boxes, granting students the extensive knowledge, modern facilities, and invaluable experience necessary to develop a successful career in the audio industry.