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Who invented gated reverb?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 7:50 pm
by Chinagraf
Not the effects unit, the keyed gating of room mics.I heard an old Bowie song today on the radio they were playing because Dennis Davis one of his drummers had died. Had to be 70's some time, way before that Hugh Padgam stuff.Got me wondering..... who was the first man to patch them through probably a kepex and say ooh I like that, one day bands with long hair will use this excessively...

Re: Who invented gated reverb?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:30 am
by Drumstruck
Perhaps kepex is the key? Someone related to valley people..... I'm thinkin' Frank Zappa :-)

Re: Who invented gated reverb?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 1:41 pm
by audioio
On a related note, wasn't it Visconti who came up with idea of recording Bowie's vocals with three mics, two of them gated, for "Heroes"? As he sings louder, the gates open and add more room sound. Brilliant!

Re: Who invented gated reverb?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 4:10 pm
by Ben M
Was going to say the same David. Visconti doing bowie's vocal with gated room mics at different distances.

Re: Who invented gated reverb?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:01 pm
by Chinagraf
Yes, the track I heard was most likely Visconti production.
2nd verse of Heroes was about him and the young chick he was seeing during the album in Berlin. Bowie saw them kissing out of the studio window...

My research is suggesting gated reverb was accidentally discovered by Peter Gabriel when some drums were being tuned in the studio and some gates happened to be left on a couple of channel that an AMS rev was patched into.

Re: Who invented gated reverb?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:40 am
by jasound
I thought the Peter Gabriel drum sound was captured via the SSL studio listen mic and compressor that follows. This was later refined with keyed gates, compression and non linear reverbs.

Visconti did gating on drums sometimes followed by delay and pitch change feeding back on each other. The Bowie album Low has a lot of that sound.

Re: Who invented gated reverb?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:58 am
by Chinagraf
Yeah Jason I thought that as well. Then they had a tech spend the night wiring it up so they could patch through the listen mic compressor.

Re: Who invented gated reverb?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:45 pm
by Chris H
Chinagraf wrote:Yeah Jason I thought that as well. Then they had a tech spend the night wiring it up so they could patch through the listen mic compressor.

........and i read somewhere, that tech was Al Smart!

Re: Who invented gated reverb?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:35 am
by mylesgm
It was me. Sorry everybody....

Re: Who invented gated reverb?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 4:16 pm
by walding
I like gated reverb..

Hardly ever use it, but I like it :D

Re: Who invented gated reverb?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:01 pm
by dave01.cooper
Visconti doing bowie's vocal with gated room mics at different distances.


And funnily enough Eventide has just released a plugin that does exactly that! Called the T Verb, aptly named

Re: Who invented gated reverb?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:00 am
by NYMo
Hugh Padgham ...Phol Collins....SSL listen mic....in the air tonight .cheers