FabFilter has updated its Pro-R reverb, with Pro-R 2 bringing next-gen features including comprehensive multichannel compatibility, two new reverb algorithms, IR import and replication, ducking and gating functions and analogue-style saturation.

FabFilter Pro-R 2 reverbUsers can now place reverbs in three-dimensional space with support for immersive channel layouts up to 9.1.6 Dolby Atmos. Pro-R 2 configures itself for multichannel formats automatically whenever it is added to a surround channel, and individual Decay Rate and Post EQ bands can be applied to any combination of channels using the new Speakers panel. Meanwhile, the new Surround Settings panel provides straightforward controls for balancing the relative levels of every reverb parameter – Predelay, Character, Decay Rate etc – between the front and back of the immersive space.

Pro-R 2 introduces two new reverb algorithms that bring a diversity of retro flavours to mixes. Vintage is inspired by classic digital reverb units of the 1980s and ’90s, and is the go-to for long, bright hyper-real spatial ambiences, while Plate serves up the metallic sound of plate reverb for drums and vocals. Together, the two new styles broaden Pro-R 2’s spatialisation remit from realistic physical environments into overtly synthetic territory.

Pro-R 2 also adds the ability to import impulse responses and have them automatically recreated as algorithmic setups – including Decay Rate and Post EQ shaping – that closely match their sonic characteristics. Further tools include the ability to duck the wet signal level whenever the dry signal is present with the Ducking control; to dial in density and saturation with the Thickness knob; tempo-sync with Auto Gate; and capture and hold the tail indefinitely with the Freeze button.

A significant improvement to the simple hierarchical menu of its predecessor, Pro-R 2’s streamlined preset browser makes it easier to navigate and manage the factory library and user presets. Assign editable tags for filtered searching, set presets as favourites for one-click filtering, and add author names and text descriptions. If the original Pro-R is installed, then all its presets appear in Pro-R 2’s library as well.

FabFilter Pro-R 2 is now available for €169, US$169 or £144, supporting both Windows and macOS in VST and VST 3, Audio Units, AAX, and AudioSuite plug-in formats. Bundles with FabFilter Pro-R 2 and other FabFilter plug-ins are also available.

System requirements are either Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, or Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) and a VST 2/3 host, or Pro Tools, or macOS 10.13 or higher (64-bit only) with Intel or Apple Silicon processor, and an Audio Units host, VST 2/3 host, or Pro Tools.

More: www.fabfilter.com/shop

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