u-he wants you to experiment with its free Protoverb plugin

The top half looks familiar - the bottom half less so.
The top half looks familiar - the bottom half less so.

It's not often that a developer releases a plugin and admits that making it sound good is down to "trial and error, and maybe a lot of luck with random values," but that's precisely what u-he is saying about Protoverb, its latest freebie.

This experimental reverb plugin is based on the idea of a "room simulator" - it builds up as many room resonances as possible, modelling the air in the room. However, while u-he says that the results can sound very natural, Protoverb's design is such that predicting what these will be is difficult.

However, u-he appears to be making a feature of this unpredictability, giving you a text box at the bottom of the display that contains two random entries. You can enter values yourself by double-clicking, or simply hit the random buttons and see/hear what comes up.

So, the release of Protoverb is actually a data mining concept - u-he wants the community to come up with good (and possibly terrible) settings and share them with others. The plugin is available in VST/AU/AAX formats for Mac, Windows and Linux and can be downloaded from the u-he website.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.