How to Do Reverb in Audacity 1.3

by Quinten Plummer

Reverberation effects, known simply as reverb, can change the dynamics of your audio's environmental effects. With reverb effects, you can make your recordings sound as if they were captured in large auditorium, a medium sized living room or a small bathroom. And if you use Audacity 1.3 to handle your audio recording and editing tasks, you can use the program's "GVerb" plug-in to apply reverb effects to your audio.

Launch Audacity 1.3. Click on Audacity's "File" heading and then select the "Open" option to import your audio into the program. Press the "Record" button, if capturing a new audio sample -- press the "Stop" button after you finish recording.

Drag your cursor across the portion of the track's waveform, to which you'd like to apply reverb. Double-click on the waveform, if you'd like to select the entire track.

Click on the program's "Effect" heading. Select the "GVerb" option from the Effects menu to launch the "Gverb" utility.

Type "40" into GVerb's Roomsize field. Enter "4" for Reverb time, "0.9" for Damping and "0.75" for Input bandwidth.

Type "0" into the Dry Signal Level field, "-22" into the Early Reflection Level field and "-28" into the Tail Level field.

Click on GVerb's "OK" button to apply your settings. Click on Audacity's "File" heading. Select the "Save" option from the File menu to save your project.


  • check The GVerb settings in the tutorial follow Audacity's "Quick Fix" presets. For more advanced GVerb settings, see the References section of this tutorial.


About the Author

Quinten Plummer began writing professionally in 2008. He has more than six years in the technology field including five years in retail electronics and a year in technical support. Plummer gained his experience in music by producing for various hip-hop acts and as lead guitarist for a band. He now works as a reporter for a daily newspaper.