Trouble with Gverb effect

Hey all, I’ll start out by saying that I have absolutely no knowledge of audio processing at all.

What I’m trying to do is add a reverb effect to a song so that it sounds like it is playing in a stadium or arena. The problem is that this doesn’t work so well for songs with a ton of bass. Currently I tried adding it to the song Tiesto - Adagio for Strings. If you arent familiar with the song, there is alot of bass in the beginning and end, but lower tones in the middle.

What happens when I add reverb is the bass in the beginning sounds like knocking or banging. I just want it to sound clear like it would if you played it in an arena.

Any suggestions?

It sounds like adding the reverb effect is pushing up the level of your audio too high causing it to clip (banging into the +1.0 and -1.0 on the vertical scale)

Starting with a clean audio track,
Check that it sounds OK and that it is recorded at a good level - the blue waveform should be clearly visible and should have peaks that go near the full height of the track, but they should NEVER reach the top or bottom of the track.

Use the “Amplify” effect to bring the peak level to -6 dB.

Make a duplicate of the track (Ctrl+D or see the “Edit” menu.

Apply G-Verb to this duplicate track.
Make sure that the Dry level is set to minimum (-70)
If necessary (it probably will be) reduce the levels of “Early reflection” and “Tail Level” to prevent the processed output from distorting (try setting “Early Reflection” to about -12dB and “Tail Level” to about -24 dB).
When you have applied the effect, the waveform will probably occupy about 30% of the track height.

You now have two tracks - A “Dry” track (the original recording) and a “Wet” track (the effect track)
Use the level sliders on the left side of the tracks to adjust the levels of Wet and Dry to get the desired mix.

Note that using this method, you not only have total control of the wet/dry mix, but you can also change the “colour” of the reverb effect (hard and bright, or soft and warm) by applying Equalization to the reverb track.

When you have the desired mix, Export your finished masterpiece as a wav/mp3 file (useful to have a backup wav file, even if you want an MP3 file).

Thank you very much steve, this helped me alot!