Version 1.2 fixes the dreaded P4 bug.
Freeverb for SAW version 1.1 is now available. I ported Jezar's algorithm
into assembly, yielding a substantial performance improvement, especially
on Pentium III processors. Lesser machines should also see a slight
improvement with this version. The sonics are, of course, identical
to previous releases. The plug-in also has an automatic 'sleep' mode
now; when the reverb trail dies, Freeverb stops using precious computer
power until it is needed again.
Freeverb for SAW is a native implementation of Jezar's excellent Freeverb
for the SAW family (excluding SAWStudio). In keeping with the spirit
of Jezar's example, it is freeware. Actually, if you find it useful
AND you find yourself sitting next to me in a bar, you are obligated
to buy me a beer (beerware?).
First, download the plugin here (only 23k zipped!). To install, save
the file 'freeverb.dll' into your SAW directory and add the following
line to the 'SAW32FX.ini', 'SAWPlus32FX.ini', or 'SAWProFX.ini' file:
Please be sure you end the line with a carriage return or SAW will
not be able to use the plug-in.
Notes on use
The predelay pre/post button is a common source source of confusion;
it is admittedly obtuse. In the 'pre' position it controls the MIX of
predelay signal vs. dry signal feeding the reverb. In the 'post' position,
it allows you to mix dry pre-delay output in with the reverb. It's confusing,
but I find it extremely useful. If you just leave it in the 'pre' position
with the predelay mix set to 100%, then it will function like every
other reverb out there that lacks this flexibility. :)
The preset system is similiar to that employed by the IQS Reverb; you
have a preset library that you can 'update' at will. You can, of course,
save your own presets to the library. It seems to be an extremely quick
and efficient system. Updating 'Default' changes the default starting
values when you patch in a new Freeverb. There is also the option to
recall the default presets using a button in the 'about' area.
The HP and LP sliders are high and low pass filters on the predelay;
note they are before the feedback control, which is handy for certain
The 'TAP' button is a tap control to set the time of the predelay section.
The 'MARKED MT' button sets the predelay to the length of the current
marked area in the multitrack, if possible. Lastly, if 'solo safe' is
checked, soloing any other track will not mute the reverb's track --
very useful in aux send/return situations. Not that this feature takes
one play/stop cycle to take effect. The SAW FX API is being slightly
bent to pull this off, but I find it very useful.
For more information...
To learn more about Jezar's Freeverb algorithm, visit his website at