How do I add reverb with GVerb?

I have audacity version 1.2, and I’m trying to figure out how to add a little reverb to both a Mozart and a Beethoven sonata I’ve recorded (solo piano). I want the effect of a small performance hall, but no matter how I set the effects, it only sounds like the piano is in a huge cavern or something, with echo bouncing around all over the place. I’ve read the tutorials, but they don’t seem to apply to GVerb. I’ve downloaded, and saved it to my audacity plug-ins folder, but nothing happens with it when I click on the Effect Settings toolbar; I still see only the GVerb effect settings. (I readily admit
I don’t fully understand how plug-ins are supposed to work in the first place.)
Without going into a complicated technical explanation - I’m an amateur recording musician, not a professional sound engineer! - would you please be so kind to tell me where to begin setting the:

Room size (m)
Reverb time (s)
Input Bandwidth
Dry signal level (dB)
Early reflection level (dB)
and Tail level (dB)

in Gverb to achieve the effect of a small concert hall?
Thank you very much. - James Morgan

GVerb should already be included with 1.2.6. It isn’t a VST plug-in, so adding vst-bridge will not affect it. The bridge will allow you to put VST plug-ins in the Audacity Plug-Ins folder, then after you restart Audacity you will see them underneath the divider in the Effect menu.

See . If you don’t like the suggested “instant settings”, duplicate your track, apply GVerb to one of the copies then turn down the -…+ gain sliders on each track by differing amounts to hear the result as you mix more or less of GVerb into the original track.


There are a lot of alternative reverbs available for Audacity 1.3.13. I’d highly recommend upgrading: