re·​verb | \ ri-ˈvərb How to pronounce reverb (audio) , ˈrē-ˌvərb \

Definition of reverb

: an electronically produced echo effect in recorded music also : a device for producing reverb

Examples of reverb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sound from this reverb is very natural and creates realistic-sounding room space around your tracks with ease. Popular Science, 27 Oct. 2020 The album feels otherworldly: the sound engineers have sprinkled several songs with dub, distinct space-age effects that echo, reverb, and swirl. The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2020 But the group's first full-length album was actually recorded in a single night three years before that — then shelved when Dennis Flemion was dissatisfied with the reverb on the recordings. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Apr. 2020 Space Is Only Noise captured that elusive nexus between the cerebral and visceral, massaging deceptively simple rhythms, intimate vocals and bleeding reverb into the negative space surrounding them. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 26 Nov. 2019 The combination of lo-fi production, synth pads, and an exaggerated reverb effect creates a menacing, claustrophobic quality. Rosy Cordero,, 31 Oct. 2019 Jones' guitar expanded from droning washes to thunderous reverb. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Nov. 2019 There was heavy reverb on his electric violin, there was some hard rock distortion and funk-inspired strumming, and principal percussionist Chris Williams even took up a driving rhythm on the drum set. Elizabeth Nonemaker,, 28 Sep. 2019 Just her voice, a reverb-heavy guitar, and a slow-clapping audience that glowed with smartphone lights and sang along. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of reverb

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reverb

short for reverberation

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“Reverb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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