tl;dr, I've been wrapping up the mixes for this acoustic folk-rock/roots-rock with my dad and uncle lately, and it's prompted a lot of thought about my approach to mixing in a couple areas, but most notably in how I use reverb. And I suspect that the way I look at things is going to be a lot different than how a lot of you do, so I thought this could make for an interesting thread. First off - when using reverb in a mix, in almost all instances I start by setting up a reverb bus, and putting a 100% wet instance of a reverb plugin in there. Then, I create sends from the rest of my tracks to the reverb bus, adjust the send volume in Reaper to balance the relative wetness of the different tracks being sent to the bus, and then adjust the relative volume of the reverb plugin to adjust the amount of reverb in the mix. There's a couple things I like about this approach - having an overall master "wet" knob is pretty useful - but I think the main reason why I started doing this in my mixes is that I want to have every part of the mix placed in the same acoustic "space." I generally favor a pretty non-hyped, live-sounding, organic approach, and - acknowledging for a moment that the whole recording process is one giant act of artifice anyway - want to create the impression of hearing an idealized recording of a band in a particular space. For me, having a super wet drum sound running through a plate reverb, acoustic guitars going through a small room reverb, and vocals running through a hall reverb feels (and sounds) like a bunch of disparate pieces rather than it does a unified mix. Throwing everything through the same reverb, however, adds a little more cohesion to the mix (for ME). I'm not saying this is the only right approach, and using a collection of different reverb plugins and settings is somehow "wrong" - it's not, its just I found myself thinking about how this is a philosophical and stylistic choice I was making while mixing, and how that's potentially something kind of interesting to talk about. I guess the other thing I was thinking this weekend as I worked on final mixes and compared them to a few earlier rough mixes I'd done here and there is that one of the single biggest changes between rough mixes in progress and what's now final_mix_v1.3 lol is the amount of reverb - the earlier rough mixes are a LOT wetter and IMO suffer for it, while the ones that I'm just finalizing now are much drier. I've found that for me, and in keeping with my philosophical approach outlined above, the "sweet spot" is if you can hear the reverb, you're using too much. I'm using the Valhalla Room plugin set to 100% wet, with FX sends anywhere from flat to maybe -7db (generally attuned 3-5db for most parts of the mix), with the reverb bus turned down to -22db or so. If you mute it you can definitely hear its not there, but unmuted you're not really hearing distinct "reverb" decays so much as just everything having a little more body. Much more than that and things get kind of boomy and muddy, IMO. In fact, I'll say this - the biggest difference between the mixes I'm doing today and those I was doing ten years ago is probably that I used to be extremely judicious with EQ and heavy-handed with reverb, and now I'm extremely heavy-handed with EQ and judicious with reverb, and my mixes are better for it. Anyway, I'd be curious how you guys think about reverb in a mixing situation, beyond the basics like as a way to make things sound more distant.