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    I confess that I don't really know some what audio enthusiasts or reviewers are referring to when it comes to certain verbiage. can someone help me out with these terms and maybe some examples/definitions/context, and please add some other terms as I (and probably most of us here) are always trying to learn what we are hearing and potentially purchasing when it comes to albums. If something is recorded HOT, DRY, or WET, what are these 3 terms actually saying? Also, if a recording/remastering has added reverb, what is REVERB exactly? Please add some to share that may be helpful. thanks as always!

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    Good question. HOT, DRY, WET....


    Reverb....maybe it was so good she wants it again.

    Never mind......
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    • Analog21
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      at least my post is "eye catching"

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    Reverb = echo, usually measured in ms or even seconds for a large hall

    As a mastering engineer, I've had to translate audiophile speak into professional speak. It's been a journey!

    Wet reverb = a lot of echos
    Dry reverb = no echo... like entering into a dead room or movie theater

    mastering = like detailing a car (or polishing a turd). The washing has been done... just getting it ready for the production!

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    • Analog21
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      So is "dry reverb" always wanted or is there a case where echo provides some musicality? Also, isn't there terminology of being WET or DRY without referring to reverb? I've heard this was so in some of Sinatra's early capitol pressings, that his vocals were 'wet' on the Songs for Young Lovers original pressings. What are wet vocals?

    • Bruce B
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      Most of your Patricia Barber recordings have a very "wet" reverb as do most classical recordings (especially pipe organ) in large venues.
      When wet is referred to vocals, the same applies. The vocals have a lot going on around them, such as body, ambiance, top end...etc.....

    • MylesBAstor
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      And then there's "swimming" in reverb such as the '60s Capitol releases. It got to be that if one company added reverb, the next would try and outdo them. And the next. And the next. Got ridiculous.

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    Originally posted by Analog21 View Post
    I confess that I don't really know some what audio enthusiasts or reviewers are referring to when it comes to certain verbiage. can someone help me out with these terms and maybe some examples/definitions/context, and please add some other terms as I (and probably most of us here) are always trying to learn what we are hearing and potentially purchasing when it comes to albums. If something is recorded HOT, DRY, or WET, what are these 3 terms actually saying? Also, if a recording/remastering has added reverb, what is REVERB exactly? Please add some to share that may be helpful. thanks as always!
    Hot is a tipped up FR in the upper octaves. Best example might be some some jazz recordings say where the cymbal's sound is exaggerated.

    Dry: I tend to agree with Bruce but would say lacking or having a short reverb time.

    Reverb: Like singing in the shower. That's pretty much what original Capitol recordings did.
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