Classik Studio Reverb
IK Multimedia’s latest offering, Classik Studio Reverb or CSR for short, reminds me of the PCM60, which was an affordable hardware unit made by Lexicon back in the 1980s. Like the PCM60, CSR offers a useful selection of reverb sounds and is easy to operate.
Classik Studio Reverb is actually a set of four plug-ins that can be loaded separately into suitable host software, such as Pro Tools or Logic Pro. Each plug-in contains a different reverb type – plate reverb, hall reverb, room reverb and inverse reverb – along with a modulation matrix and a set of assignable Macro controls.
The modulation matrix lets you route up to four different modulation sources to a maximum of eight different destinations, allowing modulation of the various reverb parameters from any of the two LFO’s or two Envelope Followers. So, for example, you could constantly vary the reverb time using an LFO, or use an envelope to increase and decrease the reverb amount on a vocal track.
Macro controls can be created to allow complex sweeping changes. Slider controls on the front panel let you control several separate parameters at once using these macros, enabling you to morph from one reverb sound to another using a single slider.
The plug-in looks vaguely similar to a rackmountable hardware device, with a pair of input and output meters at the left, a set of rotary parameter controls and associated alphanumeric displays in the central area, and four control sliders to the right. Below these are controls to let you load and save presets and buttons to let you choose the operational mode or A/B the settings. The A/B selector buttons let you easily make comparisons by selecting between two different reverb settings. There are two operational modes: Easy and Advanced. Easy mode makes the most commonly used controls, such as Mix and Decay Time, available on the front panel of the plug-in. Advanced mode lets you access all the controls by using menu buttons underneath the main controls.
In action, the Vintage Plate preset was ideal for creating a big sound when applied to a recording of two pieces of wood being slapped together for a larger-than-life handclap sound. The Smooth Drums Room preset worked really well on fingersnaps and handclaps that produced a ‘tizzing’ sound on most other presets.
Classik Studio Reverb is on a par with various of the mid-priced reverbs such as the Lexicon PCM60 that are very useful as alternatives to your main (more expensive) reverb unit. The presets are all useable, if not outstanding and for those on a budget, Classik Studio Reverb offers much better quality than, say, Logic’s standard reverbs or Digidesign’s D-Verb.