Reverb for Enclosed Spaces

Are there any reverb options with Gverb or other various plug ins available with Audacity that can create smaller sounding room environments such as simulating the interior of a car or a low-ceiling basement, etc? I know this probably wouldn’t be useful for the average song mixing but if you’re into creating realistic acoustical sound environments for an audio drama project like I’m currently working on, a tool like this would be invaluable.

Have you tried it? I think most reverb tools give you the ability to tune the room. They may define it differently, how tall the walls are, how far away they are, how many walls , etc. etc.

GVerb gets room size setting down to 1 meter. You might be able to get a dog in there…


Please be clear we’re talking about Audacity 1.3. Audacity 1.2 is no longer supported.


– Bill

I’m not very keen on the small room settings in GVerb (I think it does big room reverbs a lot better) but as Koz said, most reverb effects have a setting for “room size”.

We recently moved the company to a much nicer building, but the old one had some interesting attributes. There was a center, three-story atrium that had some terrific “cathedral” echoes. The problem was the building air conditioning never went off and it was the dominant noise in that area.

But now the building is under renovation and they might let me in to shoot sound…


I’m using Audacity 1.3. I’ve experimented a little with Gverb but never got results I was really satisfied with. Has anyone tried a plug in called Room Machine?

Astronaut helmet small enough ? …

I can see using that comb filter in some situations. Thanks. Found some nice room presets with a plug in called Ambience as well.

Rooms generate comb filters. Any reflective surface. As frequency goes up, the position of the waves either cancel or add and the effect repeats at multiples of the frequency. Classic comb filter.

The object of a large room (and vibrato in the performance) is to either have the math all happen below the lowest frequency (see: cathedral or theater), or break up the waves so the effect isn’t as obvious (any bowed string instrument). It’s one of the things that kills home recordists. You obviously recorded this in your dining room, and given a little time alone with the echoes, I can tell you how large that room is.