FabFilter releases FabFilter Pro-R, algorithmic reverb plugin

FabFilter has announced availability of FabFilter Pro-R, a high-end algorithmic reverb plug-in with musical controls and a very natural sound. Its advanced algorithms have been carefully designed to blend well with the source and fit easily into a mix.

FabFilter Pro-R

FabFilter Pro-R is bursting with innovations like the intuitive Space control that seamlessly switches between dozens of room models with automatic decay time adjustment, and the industry-first Decay Rate EQ concept that introduces free adjustment of the decay time over the frequency spectrum. Together with the built-in Post EQ and an abundance of high-quality factory presets, FabFilter Pro-R delivers pristine sound quality and maximum ease of use.

A musical approach
FabFilter Pro-R takes a musical approach to reverb, offering user-friendly, non-technical controls like Brightness, Character, Distance, and Stereo Width to tweak the reverb sound. The stepless Space control lets the user fade between dozens of different, carefully-tuned room models, and automatically chooses a matching decay time for a natural-sounding result. Behind the scenes, each of these settings influences the internal algorithms in multiple ways to deliver exactly what was intended — without requiring a degree in reverb science.

Shape the decay time
The decay time of a real room often varies wildly over the frequency spectrum, which is one of the key ingredients of a room’s reverb character. To simulate this, the industry-first Decay Rate EQ concept in FabFilter Pro-R offers completely free adjustment of the decay time over the frequency spectrum. Since it uses parametric EQ bands instead of a traditional crossover system, it provides much more flexibility to shape the decay time characteristics. Together with the integrated six-band Post EQ, designing reverbs of any character has never been easier.

FabFilter Pro-R features

  • Beautifully designed room models, ranging from small ambiences and rooms to large concert halls and huge cathedrals.
  • Carefully developed to easily sit in the mix, without causing undesirable coloration, density or phase problems.
  • Gorgeous Retina interface with large interactive reverb display featuring Decay Rate EQ and Post EQ curves.
  • Very easy to set up, with user-friendly, non-technical controls.
  • Space control, which smartly and smoothly combines the room model and decay time of the reverb — choose from over a dozen carefully designed room models and seamlessly vary between them, without hearing clicks or unwanted artifacts.
  • Decay Rate control, changing the overall decay time from 50% to 200% of the current Space setting.
  • Intelligent Stereo Width control, ranging from pure mono to true stereo and beyond.
  • Distance control to adjust the proximity to the sound source in the selected space.
  • Character control that changes the sound from a clean, transparent decay to a lively reverb with pronounced reflections and echoes — all the way to an over-modulated chorus-like effect.
  • Perfectly tuned Brightness control, affecting not only brightness, but also the decay of high frequencies.
  • Predelay control via the bottom bar, ranging from 0 to 500 ms, with optional tempo sync.
  • Innovative six-band Decay Rate EQ with Low/High Shelf, Bell, and Notch filters. (Compared to the commonly used low- and high-crossover system, the Decay Rate EQ opens up a world of possibilities by giving users full control over the decay rate at different frequencies.)
  • Six-band Post EQ to equalize the final reverb sound with Low/High Cut up to 96 dB/oct, Low/High Shelf, and Bell filters. (Together with the Decay Rate EQ, this lets users design reverbs of any style or character.)
  • Real-time spectrum analyzer that also visualizes the decay time at different frequencies.
  • Full Screen mode, offering a large analyzer display and Decay Rate EQ and Post EQ controller.
  • Multiple interface sizes: Medium, Large, and Extra Large.
  • Retina support on OS X and High DPI support on Windows.
  • GPU-powered graphics acceleration.
  • Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces.

FabFilter Pro-R for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AudioSuite/AAX) is available for purchase for 169 EUR/$199 USD/£149 GBP. Bundles with FabFilter Pro-R and other FabFilter plug-ins are also available.

Existing FabFilter customers can purchase FabFilter Pro-R with very attractive discounts by logging in to their online user account.

More information: FabFilter / FabFilter Pro-R

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  • Koen Veldeman

    As the Fabfilter fanboy that I am, I had to try the demo immediately. I have to say that I am a little disappointed – even with the fantastic options for frequency-dependent decay times and the great post-EQ, it somehow sounds… resonant and ringing (?) to my ears. Of course, I do electronic music almost exclusively and for that, I already have my Valhalla’s doing the job admirably. I can imagine that Pro-R might be better suited to acoustic material but alas, I have no recordings to try it on…

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Koen. I have yet to check it out myself.

      • Koen Veldeman

        No thanks necessary Ronnie, I love the fact that you’re giving us this wonderful blog with it’s interactive platform. If it weren’t for you I wouldn’t even be able to share my opinion at all :-)

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