From tight rooms to chorused ethereal spaces, Tai Chi is the next generation ensemble character reverb specialising in luscious chorused reverbs that are perfect for synth, guitar, electric piano and vocals.

Featuring surgical multi-band reverb editing, rich chorusing and empowering control over fidelity and dynamics, Tai Chi has the flexibility and dexterity you need to give compositions a rich and energetic new dimension.

Rich Chorus

Tai Chi has a rich and luscious chorus. With scores of synchronised modulated reads distributed throughout the reverb it thickens synth and guitars beautifully whilst avoid the characteristic dragging sharp and flat in many heavily chorused reverbs of old. Of course if you want some heavy detuning or dissonant reverberant drifting we’ve got you covered, it is only a click away!

Subtle chorus can be dialled in to elevate and enrich virtually any source, or more extreme settings can create dramatic soundscapes that quickly diverge into a psychedelic aura.

Contoured Multiband Reverb

For reverb decay time shaping we always had to choose between the rigid precision sculpting of multi-band decays or the smoothly evolving roll-off of traditional contouring filters. With Tai Chi you can do both!

The result is a high amount of control over reverb evolution in time and frequency. Whether it’s for creative sound design or realistic space simulation – or a combination of the two – you’ll appreciate the power and versatility of Tai Chi.

Dynamics

Harness the power of dynamics! Ducking and compression allow you to improve the clarity and intelligibility of vocal phrases by keeping the reverb out of the way when it matters most and letting it flood in to fill the gaps when you need it.

Tai Chi lets you apply dynamics to the wet mix or just the reverb itself. This means the spatialisation provided by the reflection engine is never compromised even when extreme reverb ducking is called for.

Fidelity & Filtering

In a nod to reverbs of old that had very limited signal bandwidth and bit depth capability but a ton of vintage character, Tai Chi lets you degrade, crush and brick-wall your verb for classic grit and dirt. When combined with the density and diffusion controls which can conjure very sparse reverbs right the way up to contemporary high-density spaces it is possible to simulate a style of reverb from virtually any era with ease.

You can even apply degradation to different elements. Try fuzzing just the reflections with a low bit-rate early region or set the tail to sizzle away in an 8-bit griddle with reduced reverb loop bit depth processing. Finally apply low/high roll-off and shelve filters in the master equaliser to finesse an ear-catching space.

Innovative Design

Tai Chi is a modern take on the classic feedback delay network (FDN) algorithm. Innovative approaches to diffusion are employed to eliminate ringing whilst rapidly building density, and whilst many FDNs are fairly short with minimal modulation the Tai Chi design uses many more and much longer delay lines than is typical. This means much greater dissipation within the reverb structures and many more opportunities to apply deep structural modulations in multiple styles (i.e. glide chorusing, spin/wander, and FDN recirculation modulation).

This results in a luscious reverberation with highly effective modulations that interweave with the sources, providing a sound design workflow rarely found in any reverb.

Lite Edition

If the full fat Tai Chi is more than you need right now, try Tai Chi Lite. With the same great chorus, reverb and reflections engine but without the multi-band, fidelity and dynamics engines it is the ideal low-cost route to a rich and luscious reverb for your production arsenal. Upgrade at any time to the standard edition if you find you can’t resist going a little deeper!

Download Tai Chi

Tai Chi is available to download for Windows and macOS. A free demo is available using the iLok code below.

Version 1.0.1

Tai Chi: Download Plug-in

Tai Chi Lite: Download Plug-in

Notes

An iLok 2 or 3 hardware dongle, iLok Cloud, or iLok local activation is required to run Tai Chi.

Version 1.0.1

Tai Chi: Download Plug-in

Tai Chi Lite: Download Plug-in

Notes

An iLok 2 or 3 hardware dongle, iLok Cloud, or iLok local activation is required to run Tai Chi.

Download and install the software, then enter the following code in iLok License Manager for a free 14-day demo:
7180-0371-9667-9398-5817-0061-3257-47

The demo code will unlock the standard and lite editions.

The installable software acts as the full and demo version.

iLok activation is required to run Tai Chi. Machine activation is supported directly to any computer with iLok License Manager installed, iLok Cloud / iLok 2 or 3 hardware dongles are also supported.

If you require a 7-day demo extension please use this code: 9162-3000-6304-1866-0279-5744-1748-62

Version 1.0.0 and above

Tai Chi: Download User Guide

Tai Chi Lite: Download User Guide

Change-log and old versions

Version 1.0.1: 2 December 2021

  • Fix for mute centre wet status not saved or recalled
  • Fix for reverb not clearing multi-band filter state on reset
  • Correction of typo in multi-band display frequency axis
  • Correction of some parameter names

Tai Chi: Windows | macOS
Tai Chi Lite: Windows | macOS

Version 1.0.0: 17 November 2021

  • Initial release version

Tai Chi: Windows | macOS
Tai Chi Lite: Windows | macOS

To run Tai Chi you will need a DAW of the following specification or better.

  • Windows 7 or macOS 10.9
  • VST 2.4, VST 3, Audio Unit and AAX
  • iLok Cloud, iLok 2/3 USB dongle or iLok local activation
  • iLok License Manager v5.4 or above
  • 50 MB per plug-in
  • 64-bit DAW and operating system

Despite extensive optimisation the the Tai Chi algorithm prioritises sound quality over performance at every opportunity. This no-compromises approach necessitates pairing the reverb with a powerful system if you require high channel counts, low buffer sizes, live play of virtual instruments or tracking. Powerful CPUs from 2019 and later are highly recommended such as:

  • AMD Zen 3 or higher (e.g. 5000 series and up)
  • Intel 10th or 11th gen or higher (e.g. 10xxx, 11xxx series and up)
  • 6 cores minimum (8+ recommended)

Despite the high core counts available in some older CPUs the dominating factor for good performance is the availability of modern CPU vector extensions and very strong single-core performance especially at lower buffer sizes.

Purchase Tai Chi

Tai Chi is available to buy at the introductory price of $99 from the Reverb Foundry Store (regular price $199).

Tai Chi Lite is available for $49 (regular price $99).

Upgrades for the price differential are also available.

Intro pricing deals end 20 December 2021.

You will be required to surrender a lite license to activate a standard edition upgrade license within the license manager.

Two iLok activations per account are included (iLok USB 2/3, iLok Cloud or iLok machine activation is required).

Tai Chi Lite can also be used with a license for the standard edition of Tai Chi.

Please try the free demo to check for system compatibility and workflow suitability.

Resellers

Tai Chi is also available from Sweetwater and Ding Dong Audio.

Audio Demonstrations

Whilst Tai Chi excels at turning simple synth patches into rich evolving soundscapes with its luscious chorus, agile multi-band multipliers and flexible fidelity effects, it also has the range and dexterity to provide sophisticated and transparent reverbs for natural sources including drums and piano. From use as a character reverb excelling in creative sound-design work through to general-purpose workhorse reverb needs that demand transparency and clarity, Tai Chi really can do it all.

Although there is no substitute for experiencing the magic of a new reverb with your own productions, if you don’t have time to try out the free demo just take a listen to the audio examples below to hear how Tai Chi sounds different from any other reverb in your collection.

The standard edition of Tai Chi was used exclusively on the dry samples for these demonstrations using factory presets.

Detuned Pluck

Preset: Synth Spice | Ensemble At Sea

An illustration of dense multi-band reverberation and very heavy chorusing being used to create a huge ensemble pad-like wash of air around a very simple detuned dual-oscillator using a modern soft-synth. Heavy bit-crushing in the tail introduces noise, and the extremely dense chorusing of Tai Chi makes it possible to rapidly detune the noise, source and reverb in iterative passes around the FDNs. The pluck was designed from simple detuned oscillators in Serum.

Dry

Mix

Wet


Slow Pad

Preset: Artist Presets | Peter Ratner | Slow Hollow Pad

A rich pad paired with slow and heavy drift-mode chorusing, with notable and accentuation of the mid-ranges arising from generous 3x mid-band multiplier.

Dry

Mix

Wet


Virtual Analogue Unison Lead Arp

Preset: Synth Spice | Unison Arp

A sample illustrating the classic technique of thickening a detuned unison super-saw arp sound from an Access Virus B hardware synthesizer using heavily chorused reverberation in the early reflections and late components. A staple of EDM in the early 2000s, here achieved without the use of additional choruses, phasers or delays as would often be needed to achieve the effect.

Dry

Mix

Wet


Arp With Short Chorused Ambience

Preset: Synth Spice | Bright Ambience (edit)

In the first sample we illustrated using a generous application of reverb on the synth, in comparison this sample adds strongly chorused ambience around the sound. Using the same chords with a modified arp sequence and patch, an edited version of Bright Ambience has been selected for use and becomes a part of the synth’s core sound. The reverb’s chorus is used to thicken the patch which already has strong unison and phasing characteristics which the reverb accentuates. Dynamics (reverb ducking) is used to lower the reverb when the main synth is audible, quickly releasing to allow the reverb to return to full level filling the gaps between fast syncopated synth stabs. This has the effect of elongating and thickening the sound with a rich drifting tail, while allowing chorused early reflections to enhance the synth’s body throughout.

Dry

Mix

Wet

Preset edits: Reverb time increased to 0.5s; reverb ducking enabled with settings -21dB thresh / 3.0:1 ratio / 6dB knee / 24ms attack / 33ms release


Detuned Pad

Preset: Artist Presets | Peter Ratner | Long Modulated Notes

Taking a generic saw pad from Serum (minus delay/reverb built-in effects), this example illustrates a swarm of modulated chorus swelling around simple sustained notes with short release turning a tight pad into a huge soundscape. A base reverb length of 13 seconds is intensified by a multi-band region multiplier of 3.1x between 2.6 – 7 kHz for over 40 seconds of reverb in the focal point band. The reverb blooms into a wash of mid/high-mid ambience complimenting the pad with elongated tails in band-limited frequencies that blur into adjacent frequencies over time due to a moderately high modulation rate. A high contouring of 0.8x at 6 kHz continuously softens the highs as notes blend gently into one-another.

Dry

Mix

Wet

Male Lead Vocal

Dry

 

Sample 1 – Preset: Spaces | Vocal Hall

Medium length vocal hall with moderate reverb ducking for increased vocal intelligibility. Detune chorus used for thickening.

Mix

Wet

 

Sample 2 – Preset: Chambers | Mallards Chamber

Short bright chamber reverb utilising ducking.

Mix

Wet

 

Sample 3 – Preset: Vintage | Hard Knee Vox

A church reverb passed through an 8 kHz bandwidth filter, with low density/diffusion and and reverb compressor for a vintage vocal profile. Notable detune chorusing is employed as per very early digital reverb units.

Mix

Wet


Sampled Mixed Choir

Dry

 

Sample 1 – Preset: Spaces | Choral Vocal

Heavy chorusing within a huge reverberant stadium accentuates the rich choral tones of this large sampled choir, ideal for vocal mock-ups prior to recording sessions.

Mix

Wet

 

Sample 2 – Preset: Artist Presets | Peter Ratner | Icy Fog

Static stadium reverb with moderate diffusion and gentle emphasis of highs. A very clean and clear reverb for slowly sung vocal phrases in large spaces.

Mix

Wet

Vintage Keys

Dry

 

Sample 1 – Preset: Rooms | Rhodes Rhoom

A traditional small modulated room reverb for placing a gentle ambience around Rhodes pianos.

Mix

Wet

 

Sample 2 – Preset: Synth Spice | Rhodes Chorus

A small hall with heavy chorus accentuating the natural qualities of modulated instruments. The chorus is set to a high level in “enrich” mode with a reasonably short decay.

Mix

Wet

 

Sample 3 – Preset: Spaces | Spaced Out Rhodes

A large space with deep chorus, bit rate reduction and multi-band extension above 5 kHz for added high-end sizzle, and light reverb ducking.

Mix

Wet


Groove Electric Piano

Preset: Artist Presets | Peter Ratner | E-Piano Ambience

A very short ambience with high width and a subtle amount of detune chorus to thicken electric pianos.

Dry

Mix

Wet


Short-Notes Electric Piano

Preset: Artist Presets | Peter Ratner | Short Modulated Notes

Sparse electric piano notes and a long reverb with extensive chorusing illustrate Tai Chi’s ability to create ethereal soundscapes from simple keys.

Dry

Mix

Wet


Piano

Preset: Spaces | Piano Recital

A small church without effects and low FDN modulation placing this sampled piano recording in a natural space.

Dry

Mix

Wet


Slow Piano

Dry

 

Sample 1 – Preset: Artist Presets | Peter Ratner | Icy Fog

A huge near-static reverb ideal for the natural modulations in slow piano pieces.

Mix

Wet

 

Sample 2 – Spaces | Giants Chorus

Dramatic slowly modulated chorusing and extremely long decay times tease other-worldly tones from this piano piece.

Mix

Wet

Drums – Kit

A kit captured with a little room colour that is accentuated with a selection of small room reverbs in Tai Chi.

Dry

 

Sample 1 – Preset: Rooms | Large Tiled Room

A bright room with low chorusing simulating the high end fizz of reflective spaces.

Mix

Wet

 

Sample 2 – Preset: Rooms | Wine Cellar

A small and dark space to simulate a basement or cellar.

Mix

Wet

 

Sample 3 – Preset: Rooms | Front Studio

A small studio space with a forward sound due to close reflections with moderate reflectivity.

Mix

Wet


Drums – Kick & Snare

Very dry kick and snare placed in a space with various small rooms from Tai Chi.

Dry

 

Sample 1 – Preset: Artist Presets | Peter Ratner | Kick Mids

Mix

Wet

 

Sample 2 – Preset: Rooms | Rear Studio (edit)

Mix

Wet

Preset edits: increased the early chorus to maximum to minimise reflection colouration

 

Sample 3 – Preset: Rooms | Light Room (edit)

Mix

Wet

Preset edits: increased the early chorus to maximum to minimise reflection colouration

 

Sample 4 – Multiple Presets

Snare: Artist Presets | Peter Ratner | Short Granular Snare
Kick: Artist Presets | Peter Ratner | Kick Mids

Mix

Wet

Funk Guitar

Dry

 

Sample 1 – Preset: Artist Presets | Peter Ratner | Funk Guitar Ducking Space Wide

Wide reverb with ducking (reverb-only dry-input chained compression) with detuned chorus for a thick reverb with reflections favoured over reverb.

Mix

Wet

 

Sample 2 – Preset: Artist Presets | Peter Ratner | Funk Guitar Space Mono

Mono funk guitar with slap-back.

Mix

Wet


Clean Electric Guitar

Dry

 

Sample 1 – Preset: Spaces | Close Acoustic

A small and bright, tight room.

Mix

Wet

 

Sample 2 – Preset: Spaces | Light With Chorus

Tight reflections paired with a 1.6s length tail with moderate to high enrichment mode chorusing thickening and aerating the reverb’s late decay.

Mix

Wet


Distorted Electric Guitar

Dry

 

Sample 1 – Preset: Spaces | Shredded Guitar

Heavy bit-crushing on tight hall reflections and a short late reverb with crush and chorus (high depth and moderate rate).

Mix

Wet

 

Sample 2 – Preset: Rooms | Front Studio

Short and clean room / studio reverb.

Mix

Wet

 

Sample 3 – Preset: Chambers | Crush Chamber

Moderate length chamber 11/12/12-bit crushing on the reflections/reverb/FDN recirculation components.

Mix

Wet

Sax

Dry

 

Sample 1 – Preset: Chambers | Proud Sax

Bright room reverb with very low density/diffusion and reverb ducking enabled for enhanced clarity.

Mix

Wet

 

Sample 2 – Preset: Rooms | Medium Studio

A reserved traditional room reverb without frills or fancies to illustrate Tai Chi’s sophisticated placement abilities on energetic sources.

Mix

Wet

 

Sample 3 – Preset: Synth Spice | HyperSaw HyperSpace

Originally designed for super-saw synths, but equally at home with brass, thick drift chorusing on a short highly diffuse reverb creates a pleasant rich space around the sax.

Mix

Wet

Double Bass

Dry

 

Sample 1 – Preset: Artist Presets | Peter Ratner | Bass Alive

A tight and lively ambience for double bass.

Mix

Wet

 

Sample 2 – Preset: Rooms | Tiled Room

A bright and spacious room with powerful low end whilst showcasing high frequency content.

Mix

Wet


Bass Guitar

Dry

 

Sample 1: Synth Spice | Pad Crisp (edit)

Demonstration of using Tai Chi’s reverb multipliers, chorus, and fidelity controls to add harmonically rich top end to a low frequency riff. Usually used for pads, this preset has heavy reverb ducking to prevent the strong reverb overwhelming the source (although the mix level is deliberately higher than would be used in a mix to illustrate the preset).

Mix

Wet

Preset edits: Fidelity resolutions increased to 15-bit for reduced quantisation noise

 

Sample 2: Synth Spice | Bass Race

Tight bass reverb used as an ambience to accentuate low end depth.

Mix

Wet


Funk Bass Guitar

Dry

 

Sample 1: Synth Spice | Bass Dirt (edit)

Heavily crushed and chorused short reverb for bass guitar.

Mix

Wet

Preset edits: reflection position brought down to 1-E for reduced slap-effect

 

Sample 2: Preset – Synth Spice | Bass Race

Tight ambience for bass with emphasis on low end presence with enriching chorus.

Mix

Wet


Synth Bass

Dry

 

Sample 1 – Preset: Synth Spice | Upper Levels

High frequencies extend well beyond a short fundamental ambience with a high amount of enrichment chorus to thicken the late tails.

Mix

Wet

 

Sample 2 – Preset: Vintage | Honky Duck

Restricted bandwidth, high detune chorus and reverb ducking create a dynamic dissonant air around the bass.

Mix

Wet

 

Sample 3 – Preset: Rooms | Medium Studio

A traditional studio room reverb for space around the bass. Minimal chorusing with a light bass lift in the EQ.

Mix

Wet

Artist credits and copyright: Dave Bryce; Funky Young Monks; Peter Ratner; Matthew Hill.
No reproduction of these samples in any form is permitted without written permission from Reverb Foundry Ltd.

Features

Tai Chi (Standard Edition)

  • 64-bit VST, VST3, AU and AAX
  • Mono, stereo, LCR, quad, 5.1, 7.1 and 7.1.2
  • Rich chorus and deep modulation control
  • Precision multi-band decay with contouring
  • 4-band master EQ
  • 75 presets
  • Dynamics (compression and ducking on late or wet)
  • Fidelity control (bit crush, bandwidth and recirculation)
  • Standard edition license works with Tai Chi Lite

Tai Chi Lite

  • 64-bit VST, VST3, AU and AAX
  • Mono or stereo reverb
  • Rich chorus and deep modulation control
  • Simple decay contouring
  • 4-band master EQ
  • 25 presets

Requirements

  • Windows PCs running Windows 7 or above
  • Macs running macOS 10.9 (Mavericks) or above
  • Intel/AMD x64 processors

Macs running on Apple Silicon are supported via Rosetta 2. We hope to natively support Apple Silicon in 2022.

Please demo before purchase to determine suitability for your workflow and general system compatibility.