Best Free Reverb Plugins in 2022 (Reviews and Comparison)

  • James Parker
  • February 1, 2022

The number of effects accessible through plugins today is staggering. The longer you practice music production, the more techniques and tools you will discover, allowing for infinite possibilities in creating the sounds you want. But it is also important to remember the basics. There is one effect that everyone knows, and that remains one of the most important tools for any producer: reverb. Reverb exists in pretty much every kind of music, and you should probably have at least a few plugins for it in your toolbox. And the great thing about the current age of music production is that you will always have free options. We are going to be looking at eight great options for free reverb, each with its own features and characteristics. Let’s get into it. 

COMPARISON CHART

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1. Smartelectronix – Ambience
  • Free
  • Good presets
  • Hold button
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2. Voxengo OldSkoolVerb
  • Simple interface
  • All the basic controls are here
  • Old-school reverb generation
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3. Valhalla Super Massive
  • Reverb and Delay
  • Unique sound and functionality
  • Clean UI
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4. TAL-Reverb-4
  • Great sound
  • Clean UI
  • Good presets
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5. Denis Tihanov, Orilriver
  • Good presets
  • Nice selection of options
  • Clean UI
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6. Michael Willis Dragonfly Reverbs
  • Organized into separate plugins
  • Clean UIs
  • Great EQ options
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7. Leslie Sanford Sanford Reverb
  • Outstanding early reflections controls
  • Clean UI
  • “Freeze” mode
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8. Cloud Seed
  • Great sound
  • Works well for intended purpose
  • Clean UI
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1. Smartelectronix – Ambience

Specification

PriceFree
Compatiblewith most DAWs
System RequirementsWindows XP or higher (VST, 32-bit support)
Mac OS X (AU, 64-bit and 32-bit support)

Features

  • Presets
  • Dry/Wet
  • Time
  • Width
  • Pre-Delay
  • Quality knob
  • Variation button
  • Damping 
  • EQ 
  • Gating  
  • “Hold” button

Ambience is a great free reverb plugin with a nice sound and some interesting features. Here you will find all the features you would expect from a reverb plugin, such as wet/dry sliders, pre-delay, and decay time, along with some surprises. Ambience allows you to control damping with knobs for both treble and bass, as well as offering a gating section and a “variation” button that randomizes the shape of the reverb.

PROS

  • Free
  • Good presets
  • Hold button

CONS

  • No independent options for standard reverb types
  • No x64 support on Windows

Ambience is definitely worth checking out as an option for free reverb. It will give you everything you need while also going a bit beyond what other free options normally would. Its “hold” function, which will essentially loop the currently playing section of reverbed audio continuously, is a nice touch, as are its gating controls.

2. Voxengo OldSkoolVerb

Specification

PriceFree
Compatiblewith most DAWs
System RequirementsWindows (32- and 64-bit Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 and later)  
macOS (10.11 and later) computers (2.5 GHz dual-core or faster processor with at least 4 GB of system RAM)

Features

  • Presets
  • Dry/Wet
  • Time
  • Width
  • Pre-Delay
  • Damping 
  • EQ

OldSkoolVerb is a simple reverb plugin, but it sounds great and gives you most of the options you would expect. Its simple interface and classic algorithm – hence the name – yield a straightforward user experience for when you don’t need any bells and whistles.

PROS

  • Simple interface
  • All the basic controls are here
  • Old-school reverb generation

CONS

  • Bare-bones
  • Doesn’t sound as good for percussion

This plugin is certainly not flashy, but it is still a good option for some simple reverb, especially if you are chasing a classic reverb sound.

3. Valhalla Super Massive

Specification

PriceFree
Compatiblewith most DAWs
System RequirementsWindows and Mac, 64 and 32-bit versions

Features

  • Presets
  • Dry/Wet
  • Delay
  • Width
  • EQ 
  • Modulation
  • Warp knob – pitch

Valhalla’s Super Massive isn’t your typical reverb plugin. While it does provide a nice reverb, it is more of a mix between reverb and delay. Given its unique functionality and the types of cool sounds you can get out of this plugin, it is definitely worth downloading even if you already have a standard reverb plugin that you like. 

PROS

  • Reverb and Delay
  • Unique sound and functionality
  • Clean UI

CONS

  • Lacks some traditional reverb options
  • Will make you want to buy Valhalla’s paid plugins

Super Massive is a fantastic plugin to check out, although it might not be the best choice for your only reverb plugin. But if you want to play around with its awesome delay features, definitely give it a try.

4. TAL-Reverb-4

Specification

PriceFree
Compatiblewith most DAWs
System RequirementsWindows: Windows 7 or later (64 bit)
OS X: 10.9 or later (64 bit). Universal Binary 2 with native Apple M1 support.
AAX: Pro Tools 10.3.6 or higher (64 bit).
LINUX: 64 bit / Ubuntu 18 or similar.

Features

  • Presets
  • Dry/Wet
  • Delay
  • Diffuse knob
  • Modulation
  • EQ

TAL-Reverb-4 is a more focused plugin for when you want a vintage 80s sound. While many plugins include options for different types of reverb (room, hall, etc.), this one is specifically a plate reverb plugin. While it isn’t a jack of all trades, it is a great tool to have.

PROS

  • Great sound
  • Clean UI
  • Good presets

CONS

  • Limited sound
  • Not a ton of options

TAL’s Reverb-4 plugin will give you a great niche sound, and is a great one to have in your pocket for when you need it.

5. Denis Tihanov, Orilriver

Specification

PriceFree
Compatiblewith most DAWs
System RequirementsWindows: Windows 7 and up
Mac OS X: Mac OS X 10.8 and up

Features

  • Presets
  • Dry/Wet
  • Time
  • Width
  • Pre-Delay
  • Variations for early reflections and reverb tail
  • Damping 
  • EQ

Denis Tihanov’s Orilriver plugin is a popular option for reverb, and for good reason. This is a great all-around workhorse plugin that offers a robust set of options. This is one that can be used in most situations and sound good. 

PROS

  • Good presets
  • Nice selection of options
  • Clean UI

CONS

  • Requires Windows 7 and newer
  • No longer being updated

OrilRiver is one of the best all-around reverb plugins you can get for free. As you can tell from looking at its interface, it lets you tweak your reverb quite extensively to achieve the sound you want. Definitely check this one out for general use.

6. Michael Willis Dragonfly Reverbs

Specification

PriceFree
Compatiblewith most DAWs
System RequirementsWindows – 32 or 64 bit
Mac OS X – 64 bit
Linux – 64 bit

Features

  • Presets
  • Dry/Wet
  • Time
  • Width
  • Pre-Delay
  • Variations for early reflections and reverb tail
  • Damping 
  • EQ

Dragonfly Reverb is actually a set of plugins that offer different reverb effects. Hall, plate, room, and early reflections VSTs are all available, each with their own options and interfaces. Having a plugin for each specific type of reverb, while some may find it tedious, is great when you know the kind of sound you are going for. Having presets designed specifically for each plugin simplifies the experience, and results in some very nice, uncluttered interfaces.

PROS

  • Organized into separate plugins
  • Clean UIs
  • Great EQ options

CONS

  • Switching plugins can be tedious
  • 32 bit not supported on Mac and Linux

The Dragonfly Reverbs are a nice-looking group of plugins that will give you a great sound. They are designed for softer sounds like vocals, but they can be applied to a variety of styles for nice results. 

7. Leslie Sanford Sanford Reverb

Specification

PriceFree
Compatiblewith most DAWs
System RequirementsWindows – 64 bit

Features

  • Six early reflections – three left and three right
  • Filter – tone control
  • Damping 
  • Tail Modulation
  • Freeze Mode
  • Low CPU usage
  • High/low cut knobs

Leslie Sanford’s Sanford Reverb is another solid plugin for generating a great stereo reverb sound in a wide variety of situations. In addition to looking really nice, this plugin’s claim to fame is its in-depth control for early reflections. Three early reflections on each side, making for six total, can be adjusted for level, time, and panning. This functionality makes Sanford Reverb a versatile tool for creating tailored reverb in comparison to many other free options.

PROS

  • Outstanding early reflections controls
  • Clean UI
  • “Freeze” mode

CONS

  • Not available on Mac
  • Requires 64 bit windows
  • EQ settings are sparse

The fleshed-out nature of this plugin’s early reflections settings makes it a rare find among free reverb plugins. While there are many out there that provide nice reverb, very few can boast the same tweakability.

8. Cloud Seed

Specification

PriceFree
Compatiblewith most DAWs
System RequirementsWindows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 or later
64 Bit Processor and operating system
Uses .NET Framework 4.5

Features

  • Dry/Wet
  • Time
  • Width
  • Pre-Delay
  • Damping 
  • EQ

Finally, we have Cloud Seed by Valdemar Erligsson. This is another fairly unique plugin. While it does appear to be a general purpose reverb with many of the familiar options, the creator states that it is intended as a “special effect” rather than an all-purpose reverb. It is meant to create huge, lush sounds for backing tracks. 

PROS

  • Great sound
  • Works well for intended purpose
  • Clean UI

CONS

  • Requires .NET framework
  • Not available for 32 bit systems
  • Intended use is a bit niche

This plugin might not be a go-to for all-purpose reverb, but it can create some really great soundscapes. Its elegant user interface matches up well with its name and function, and while it lacks some options that would make it more versatile, it is still very much worth checking out.

Conclusion

The world of free plugins is incredibly overwhelming, especially at first, but hopefully this list gives you some interesting options to get you started with reverb. Since they are free, we recommend downloading as many of these as you can to try them out. While the basic function of all of these is more or less the same, each one will give you a noticeably different sound and set of features. So go ahead – diversify your kit and start adding great reverb to your tracks.