The “reverb sponge” is here. Zynaptiq’s UNVEIL is a plug-in that effectively separates out the components of reverberation from the direct or dry sound within mixed signals—recorded monaurally or stereo or in multi-channel surround. It comes in all the popular formats: RTAS, AU, AAX, VST for both MAC and PC. I tested ver 1.6.2 AAX Native here in Pro Tools 10 HD Accel.
Based on your own settings of the GUI’s control knobs, you may freely attenuate or boost reverb and shape its character in many interesting ways. Zynaptiq points out that UNVEIL is not a gate or transient modifier or any other dynamic processor that removes soft or low level sounds during gaps in program audio. UNVEIL actually removes reverb while audio is playing.
According to Zynaptiq, it uses “artificial intelligence technology to recognize reverb and various perceptively insignificant components and then uses this knowledge to de-mix/separate those components from the signal.”
In my music mixing work, I’m just starting to “get” UNVEIL and how to make good use of it. It is unlike any other plug-in I’ve used before.
By Barry Rudolph
miniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.