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How To Use Reverb To End A Song In Premiere Pro

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Hi Guys! Jordan with Motion Array and today we’re going to show you how to end a song wherever you want! So let’s jump into it!

How To Use Reverb To End A Song In Premiere Pro

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So let’s say that you’ve got a song and you want to end it before the song naturally finishes on it’s own.  There’s a couple different options that you have available, including splicing the true end in early on the same beat so that you can’t tell the difference.  We’ve actually done a tutorial on that already, and it’s this one here, and you can take a look in the description below.

But it’s very possible that you might not like the end to the song that you’ve got right out of the gate.  If that’s the case, I want to show you a quick and easy way to end your song at the exact spot that you want.  And here’s the basic overview of how we’re going to accomplish this.

We’re going to find the spot that we want our song to end, we’re going to set it up so that it can be extended with reverb, we’re going to add the reverb effect and dial it in, and then we’re going to make sure the whole effect meshes together.  

To start with, let’s find the end.  

Keep in mind that it’s so much easier to end a song naturally on the 1st beat of the song. What do I mean by that?  Sort of like this

1,2,3,4
1,2,3,4
1,2,3,4
1,2,3,4

So you can see what I mean by it being on the 1st beat of a song.   So what’s next. Let’s take this part of the song that we want to end on and cut it so that that’s where our audio file ends.  So we’re left with something like this. It doesn’t sound right at all, but that’s okay, it doesn’t take much to make it start sounding correct.  Next let’s take the end here and start stretching it out until we get to just before the point that the next beat or noticeable part of the song starts to come in.  Think about it like we’re going to take a small section of just a couple milliseconds and stretch it out to be really long. But we can only stretch what already exists.  So ask yourself if you like the sound that exists at that given moment. As soon as a part comes in that you don’t like, or that would take away from the ending, make sure it cuts before that.  With that done, take the point immediately after the downbeat, which you can usually see as the largest audio spike in that section, and make a cut there. So you should have your main section of audio, and then a small section cut to be on it’s own.  Nothing should sound too different at this point, but now we’re going to take this clip here and nest it. Right click and go to nest.

Now we have this clip sitting in it’s own sequence.  So in our main sequence you can see here that our ending to our song can’t stretch out any longer, so we’re just going to quickly fix that by holding alt or option and duplicating this clip to a new layer, disable it, and then stretch it out as long as we can.  And we’re also going to just add a really quick fade out here from the starting volume down to zero when it finishes. It doesn’t have to be very long at all, but naturally fading out at this point will help to hide any harsh cut offs when we add the reverb later on.  

Now back in our main composition you can see that this lets us stretch out our nested sequence even longer.  

Now it’s time to add our reverb effect.  And when we add it, it's going to have all this room to play with and reverberate out.

So let’s now go to add the effect, and we’re going to search in our effects panel for the studio reverb effect. Drag and drop it onto the nested sequence and you can start to make this effect come to life.  Right off the bat you might not notice a whole lot different,

but we’re going to show you the particular parameters and amounts to get you where you need to go.  

Click on your audio clip, and go up to effects controls and hit the edit button to go into your reverb controls.  The main characteristic that’s going to get you that reverb effect is called decay. Your mileage may vary but l like to set this to anywhere between 5500-6500

We’re just goint to stick with 5500 though for now.  And already this is what it sounds like. It’s already got a feel to it like it’s ending the song! Nice.  But there’s still a couple things that we can do to make this effect reach it’s maximum potential. Down here you can see that we have sliders for dry and wet output levels.  Simply put, the more “wet” you make your sound, the more it’s going to reverberate out. So if we take dry all the way up and wet all the way down, this is what we get.

And conversely.

Now, even though you might think that the max wet output would be best, it might not keep in the tone that you’re going for with your music.  So I found that a dry output of 34 and a wet output of 26 seemed to work pretty well for this particular song, but play around with it and see what your song feels best at.  

And lastly, we want to make our sound as full and big as possible, and with the default settings, our low end is getting cut out a bit.  And the culprit is this slider here. This low frequency cut is literally cutting out our low frequencies at this particular range. So the lower we drop it, the more of that deep bass sound we’re going to keep. Take a listen to before we change it.  

And now let’s hear what dropping it does

Nice! And with that done, let’s add a quick constant power fade so that the end of our song fades into the reverb effect.  Just make sure that it’s really short so that it doesn’t bring the music back in during the following beat.

And with that this is our final result!

I hope you found this video helpful. If you did, as always we’ve got lots of other tutorials ready to view for free here at motionarray.com.  Please give us a thumbs up and if you’d like to see more tutorials, we’ve got lots of other Premiere Pro TutorialsAfter Effects tutorials, and filmmaking tutorials for you to check out!

Thanks for watching and see you in the next video.

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