Generally speaking reverb is in most cases used as send or auxiliary effect. The main objective is to route as many instruments to the reverb and conserve processing power.
Inserting reverb on each and every track will bring a generic computer down to its knees and that can slow down the entire mixing process.
If you have a power computer then you can get away with the idea of inserting reverb plugins on each track you please.
A huge advantage of using reverb as a send effect is that it allows the music to have a cohesive ambiance as if the instruments where being played in the same room.
Reverb as a send effect also makes it easier to adjust the overall reverberation space rather than having to tweak numerous instances of reverb settings on each track.
We can therefore summarize this by saying, reverb as a send effect isn’t necessarily about optimizing CPU resources but putting the elements in the same space.
When you want a specific sound such as vocals to have a unique reverberation space then it makes sense to use reverb as an insert effect.
In addition another good scenario of using reverb as an insert effect is when you want to use reverb as a experimental effect, say for example on a kick drum.
At the end of the day whether you use reverb as an insert of send effect it’s just a matter of preference, the final result is what’s important more than anything else.
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