re·​verb | \ ri-ˈvərb, ˈrē-ˌvərb\

Definition of reverb 

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

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Today, one of the most popular digital techniques is called convolution reverb, which uses recordings of the acoustics of real spaces to produce highly realistic simulations of those spaces. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Cave acoustics can help sculpt more realistic sounds in digital space," 14 Nov. 2018 Expect reverb aplenty as the two-night blowout, backed by local label Freakout Records, takes over a handful of neighborhood venues. The Seattle Times, "Everything you need to know about the hottest tickets in town: Seattle events for November 2018," 26 Oct. 2018 Martine’s reverb-rich production wraps Veirs’s gorgeous melodies in a warm blanket that feels comforting from first track to last. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Top Picks: Laura Veirs' 'The Lookout,' the podcast 'Circle Round,' and more top picks," 4 May 2018 Mac Saturn is a riffy, twangy kind of band that delivers a good dose of surf-y reverb. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Idiot Kids at Outer Limits, Nick Speed at the Old Miami," 5 July 2018 Preamp Tubes: Increase the amplitude of the audio signal from the guitar and send it to circuits that introduce effects like reverb and tremolo. 7. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "What a Fender Amp Looks Like When You Tear It Apart," 24 Mar. 2015 The album was made in a former munitions bunker in the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve in Vallejo, California, and the 12,000-square-foot concrete structure impresses itself upon the music, its natural reverb extending every pitch. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jazz / Music / Post No Bills Improvising horn trio Spectral play with the colossal reverb in an abandoned munitions bunker," 18 Apr. 2018 There are prevailing elements of that world throughout, even on the quieter moments: the warm depth of a kick drum, the walls of reverb, the unapologetic repetition… but this is only a part of its makeup. August Brown,, "Daniel Avery, London's club music vanguard, talks marathon sets and what Avicii’s death means for DJs," 4 May 2018 But only Regan, who is deaf, figures out that aliens can't deal with reverb from her hearing aid. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'A Quiet Place': Our 5 screaming questions after seeing the silent thriller (spoilers!)," 8 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of reverb was in 1953

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