In this series I try and address different aspects of the practical side of playing electric guitar in church music. This week we’ll talk about setting up your reverb effects for a worship service.
Reverb is essentially a “space” effect in that it both recreates the sounds of a “space” (room, hall, church, etc) but also because it fills in the space between the notes and chords we play. What is reverb? How do you dial it in for playing music at church, and which type do you choose?
If you’ve ever been a large hall or church and yelled loudly, you’ve heard your voice crash and echo off the walls. That non-linear delayed echo is reverberation, or reverb. There are essentially 3 different types of reverb: Room. Spring. Plate. All can be very useful in a church setting.
Room reverbs are widest ranging of the main three. This type of reverb recreates the natural sound a small or large room, a hall, church, or cathedral.
Spring reverb is commonly found in guitar amps and is an early, analog attempt at recreating physical, studio reverbs in a live or home setting. But the quirks of the mechanics of Spring reverb has given it a flavor all it’s own.
A plate reverb is a large metal plate that has a the signal of a guitar or microphone sent through it creating it’s own reverb sound. Bands like Fleet Foxes rely heavily on this effect. It also works great with drums. Real plate reverbs are inpractical for most players since they are heavy, bulky, and incredibly expensive.
How do you dial in a reverb pedal or the reverb on your amp for worship? How do you use the different types of reverb and in what setting? Watch the video below to hear my thoughts on the subject.