zynaptiq adaptiverb 1.1 plug-in music gear review

Music Gear Review: zynaptiq Adaptiverb Ver. 1.1 Plug-In

Adaptiverb is a Harmonic Tracking Resynthesis Reverb that creates reverberation without using reflection-based room modeling or convolutions of the input source audio. The plug-in uses their Bionic Sustain Re-synthesizer to create a reverb tail using hundreds of networked oscillators that lock to the dominant pitch of the source. This also makes possible the introduction of musical intervals and octaves into the reverb’s tail. Adaptiverb also includes the ability to apply and set a release time—i.e. an adjustable RT60 decay time.

Adaptiverb excels at making lush pads and soundscapes. A sparse repetitive melody sent to Adaptiverb transforms into a sustaining pad with super-long reverb. The keyboard in the Harmonic Contour Filter can be programmed to change with the harmonic movement of the song’s chords in support of the melody.

I found my new “go-to” long reverb engine! Adaptiverb sounds great for reverb vocal effects and creating pad sounds from ordinary sounding tracking instruments. I’m just getting going using it and find new applications with every Pro Tools 12 HDX session I open here.

Ver 1.1 is available for both Mac and PCs and is AU, AAX, VST 2 and 3. It sells for $249 and has a downloadable trial version.


BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com