Zynaptiq UNVEIL – Reverb Removal Plug-in
Sound On Sound Magazine
by Bill Lacey
The Holy Grail of location recording is the ability to isolate the sound of a source from that of the space in which it was recorded. Have Zynaptiq found it?
Since the dawn of recorded sound, one achievement has eluded audio engineers: the ability to effectively reduce unwanted reverberation present in recordings. Whether it be dialogue recorded in large reflective spaces, microphones too distant from sources or the over-enthusiastic application of artificial reverb during mixing, it has been extremely difficult, if not impossible, to turn reverb off once it has been captured with a mic or added to a mix.
Various applications over the years have allowed engineers to go part of the way towards that end, with differing results. Now Zynaptiq claim to have finally solved the problem with Unveil, a complex plug-in designed to attenuate or boost the amount of reverb in recorded sound, whether the recording be of dialogue, solo vocals, instruments or mixes. Unveil ships as a plug-in for Mac and PC and as a stand-alone application for Mac. As of version 1.5, it supports Audio Units, VST, RTAS and AAX formats.