Opening the beautifully clean and laid-out interface (kudos to the graphic designer), it's easy to notice that UltraReverb is actually more than a simple reverb unit. In fact, besides the actual reverb section, we have three more 'modules' - delay, eq and compressor - that can all be used pre or post reverb. Usability and flexibility are the keywords here: the GUI is super-easy on the eyes and intuitive to use, and these extra modules (along with bonus features, like the individual on/off toggles for each of the 4 reverb sub-sections, Predelay, Early Reflections, Diffusion, Reverb Tail, or the gritty LoFi control - use it in small doses!) make UltraReverb a versatile tool for all music production needs I could think of.
Don't be afraid of its tweakability though: UltraReverb's presets (split for Buss and Inserts) provide an excellent introduction to its possibilities and let you be productive in a matter of minutes.
What to expect from UltraReverb in terms of sound? As said, the plug-in is pretty flexible. It seems to excel at natural-sounding, short and mid-sized spaces, but being an Eventide product, you can expect some larger/modulated/special-fx kind of magic. Owning other reverb plug-ins, in particular IR-based ones, I have to say that UltraReverb can complement them pretty well. I'd still stick to some of my favorite IRs for certain realistic spaces, but I'd definitely use UltraReverb for most other purposes. Tip: I find it works particularly well in a mix, try it on the one you're currently working on, more than on an isolated test track.
If you're in the market for a classy plug-in (or if you aren't, but you show symptoms of Gear Acquisition Syndrome), I'd definitely consider UltraReverb. There is a demo version available on the Eventide website. Actually, if you're quick, you could grab the plug-in at the bargain price of $79 (60% off) through October 17, 2014.
More good news: UltraReverb doesn't require a physical iLok key. If you happen to have one, you can use it to store the authorisation, but if you don't you can simply use the software-based authorisation which 'links' the plug-in to your machine. Both methods are easy-peasy, you just need to have the iLok License Manager installed on your computer and create an account on the Eventide website (if you are not registered yet).
If you're looking for a professional and versatile algorithmic reverb, you should definitely give UltraReverb a try. Its great GUI and features make it a music-production swiss army knife.
$79 through October 17, 2014. After then, $199.
- Great usability
- Classy sound and highly flexible thanks to its modules
- Huge number of presets
- Yes, just when you thought you didn't need any more reverb...
- No, it's not a H8000, and it doesn't claim to be one, even though it does use some of its algorithms
- At $79 it's a bargain, at $199 it may be not a high-priority for users that already own a plethora of quality algorithmic reverbs. Time (and the demo) will tell...