Creating a front, middle, and back of the mix, with reverb


I am curious what the go-to reverb types are for the front of the mix, the middle of the mix, and the back of the mix?

I know this is up for debate depending on the type of music you are mixing, but I am curious what people would generally use for the front, the middle, and the back of a mix. For example, I know plates are great for the front of the mix, a room is likely a good choice for the middle, and a hall is probably great for the back of a mix…

Would love to hear everyones thoughts!



I’m still learning to use reverb types too and I think it is a great question. Maybe a chamber will fit better than a room for the middle because it sounds more musical ?


It is also as you say down to the genre and even individual taste. I like big cathedral type lush reverbs, but then really tightly controlled with sidechaining and EQ. I am doing trance, so everything to me is an anthem!!


I am doing Trance too and some reverbs on leads and pads can be like 5 to maybe 12 seconds long. And even if my main melodies are played by leads, I want to send them in a big/huge reverb like a hall. So yes it depends with the style also I think.


On those leads, I use 2 sidechains. One to get the reverb out of the way of the kick and one to get them out of the way of the transient of the lead itself. I create an exact duplicate of the main reverb FX channel to keep the lead in the same ‘room’, then sidechain the newly duplicated FX channel to the lead I am sending to it. This allows the initial attack of the notes to not be washed away with reverb. Then it’s just about how much sidechaining so that you get the lush reverb, but without it becoming a mush…