How many times have you heard a song and thought to yourself: “Damn, that’s a great snare”?

And a great snare sound can sometimes be pretty elusive. You can end up throwing everything but the kitchen sink on it, and still not get the sound you’re looking for.

But one thing is for sure…when you hear a snare sound you like, you know it right away. And that’s the feeling that we are always searching for. The one that hits us immediately.

One very famous quote captures this feeling perfectly: “I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like”. And sometimes engineers will take different paths, but they usually can tell when they get to their destination.

Choosing a suitable reverb for your snare can help add that missing energy and excitement to your track, and enhance the overall impression of your mix.

However, music, like other forms of art, is incredibly subjective. So there really is no such thing as a “right” or “wrong” reverb. It’s all about choosing one that best serves the tempo, feeling and impression of your song. And in modern music production, there are plenty to choose from.

The legendary Lexicon 480L has always been seen as a “gold standard” as far as reverb units go…just ask any engineer.

And now, Relab Development’s LX480, the most faithful and exact emulation of the 480L that you can run natively in your DAW, offers those same dense, lush and lively reverbs that have graced countless historic recordings over the past 35 years.

In this video, our mixing coach Pete Dowsett, from the Abbey Road Institute, uses the built-in features of Relab’s LX480 and explains exactly how he goes about choosing the perfect snare reverb for his track.

You’ll see him sampling different options in real-time while listening to his track, and get valuable insight into his thought process.

Once you’ve watched this video, we have no doubt you’ll be in a much better position to make the best reverb choices for the snare sounds in your own productions, and then know exactly how to edit them so that they fit perfectly in your mix.

Want to dig deeper into your reverb?


If you’re the type of engineer or producer that likes to dig a little deeper (OK a LOT deeper!) and wants to have tons of control of your reverb parameters, you need to check out the LX480 Complete from Relab.

LX480 Complete is a fully-featured reverb plug-in and considered to be the most accurate recreation of the original Lexicon 480L reverbs, including additional features and enhancements that meet the demands of the modern production workflow.