The simple answer to using reverb when mastering music is NO!

This is because one of the rules of thumb about audio mastering is you shouldn't think of using reverberation since it has the potential to make your music muddy and ruin the mixing engineer's mix.


▶ Experimenting With Reverb When Mastering Music

If you are that HARD PRESSED to be experimental you can try filtering out the reverb's low end by using reverb as a send effect and finally adjust the reverb's return level to get the right amount of the reverberation effect.

Better yet, you can apply reverb only to the SIDES of your music via the use of MID/SIDE processing.

Another situation were you could attempt to use reverb is in the event of stem mastering. Maybe, you could add a slight amount of reverberation to one of the stem mastering tracks (yes, that sort of thing).

However, all these techniques might be similar to shooting yourself in the foot so proceed with caution.

In a nutshell, if you are one of those unheard of geniuses go ahead and show the world why you are the smartest experimental mastering engineer in the entire universe. Reverb does the trick, isn't it?


Genres Of Music Were You Can Use Reverb When Mastering

If you are mastering some genres of music then perhaps a slight touch of reverb will enhance the overall ambiance and it just might as well add a little bit of life to the music.

Speaking of which, the following is a list of genres of music where you can use reverb as part of your mastering session:
  • Orchestral Music
  • Chamber Music
  • A Capella Music
  • *ASMR (if you consider this as music to your ears then add that to the list)

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