Most people use reverbs in stereo, but there’s a lot to be said for trying mono reverbs on certain material.
Try using mono reverbs as an insert for a mono sound source and pan them to a different location in the mix. It can give an interesting impression.
Here’s some other things to try with mono reverb:
- Try using mono reverbs on a lead vocal or instrument when you want to keep it totally locked into the centre for emotional purposes.
- Try using convolution spring reverbs and use them in mono. Ever used a spring reverb on a lead vocal? It can really give a great emotionally raw feel!
- Try using mono reverb on a sound to make it feel like it was recorded with ambience with one mic.
- Try panning a dry instrument hard left and a mono reverb version hard right (or the other way around).
- You can sometimes create a lot of emotion when you have a really wide sound that resolves into a mono centre reverb.