Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A reverberative effect produced in recorded music by electronic means.
  • n. A device used for producing this effect.
  • transitive v. To reverberate or cause to reverberate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An electronic effect which simulates echoes or reverberations in the sound signal being processed.
  • v. To echo.
  • v. To apply a reverb (electronic echo effect) to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To echo.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To reverberate.

Etymologies

abbreviation of “reverberate” (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • L.A. DJ duo Classixx has remixed a number of our favorite dance-oriented acts -- Phoenix, Holy Ghost, Yacht -- by turning them into lush, breezy, laidback '70s grooves, bathed in reverb, synth washes and California atmosphere.

    Nightlife Agenda

  • Using primitive, sometimes handmade equipment, they would drench the instrumental backing track in reverb and echo, then add sound effects to build a throbbing, psychedelic stew.

    Boing Boing

  • You can hear the amazing reverb from the church's old walls, and the cold empty space.

    I’ll remain forever sleeping (Music (For Robots))

  • Hey DLV, KJ, Chris, Aharon, Barbara thanks for being "first" ers here tonight. paul am i the only one here who seems to hear the coin reverb sound even when i'm listening to something other than sound and safe? speaking as a scientist, i cannot even begin to express the terror which ripped through the scientific community when we learned that ICP had clued in to the fact that we've been lying about ferromagnetism this whole time. we're just afraid they'll call us on that wave-particle duality bullshit we've been selling. that'll be pretty much the end of the gravy train.

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  • Jesu is all about layers and layers of guitar, harmonics, and vocals all drenched in reverb. there's a strong beat and bassline underneath it, but it isn't the main focus anymore. it's hard to tell where notes begin and end amidst the delay and distortion, yet a clear melody always seems to emerge.

    Jesu Saves (Music (For Robots))

  • Plug the microphone directly into the iPad, open up IK's VocaLive app, and singers can lay down audio tracks, complete with effects such as reverb, delay and chorus.

    USATODAY.com News

  • I loved it; the reverb was a little thick, but it didn’t detract after the first few minutes.

    EP083: Ulla

  • Inevitably, the outlying tracks are the most interesting, like Irdel’s “Gut,” built from handclaps and percussion, and “Desplazados,” by the aptly named DJ Rupture, which flips the intent of the common dub reverb and uses it as a signal for sudden, disorienting splices.

    Disquiet » 15 Digital Dub MP3s

  • Pre-programmed kit patches can be customised by the ability to tune and dampen each drum to the user's own preference whilst ambient effects such as reverb can also be controlled to suit the occasion.

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  • There's also a small room built right into the wall where they would go to make sound effects such as reverb, before machines could do it all.

    post-gazette.com - News

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  • “One of those making the trip, Grant Baker, a South African pro known as Twiggy, said after his first round that the surf was “a lot more powerful than it looked.”

    “It looks beautiful from here,” Mr. Baker said. “But there’s a lot of reverb coming off the rocks and it makes it quite difficult.”

    The New York Times, Bruising Surf at a Rare Big-Wave Event in Hawaii, by Jesse McKinley, December 8, 2009

    December 13, 2009

  • reverberation

    August 1, 2007