Tip #874: A Faster Way to Add Presence

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Tip #874: A Faster Way to Add “Presence”

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Most sound effects are subtle. This setting helps sound reinforce the image.

The Creative > Reverb settings for Ambience and Sound Effects.

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I was playing with the Essential Sound panel, looking for an idea to write about, when I discovered this: Reverb. This alters the reflections, or reverb, of a clip to more accurately sound like it is playing in a specific space.

NOTE: This effect only applies to clips that are tagged as Sound Effects or Ambience.

  • Switch to the Audio workspace and display the Essential Sound panel.
  • Tag a timeline clip as either Sound Effects (a short duration sound) or Ambience (a longer duration sound).
  • Click the word “Creative” to display this section of the panel.
  • Check the checkbox next to Creative to enable it.
  • Click the Preset menu to choose the style of reverb/reflectance that best matches the sound to the picture.
  • Vary the Amount slider until the effect sounds the best.

This is a fun effect to play with.

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2 replies
  1. Mike Janowski
    Mike Janowski says:

    Uh…what about just selecting AUDIO EFFECTS:REVERB?

    I guess I should love these “essential” panels, but since I kinda have an idea of how to actually use outboard gear in a mix, I’ll just stick with the old fashioned ways.

    • Larry Jordan
      Larry Jordan says:


      It isn’t “reverb,” its using audio reflections to describe the shape of a room. The same way your ears can quickly tell if you are in a gym, or a library, or closet.



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