by NuSpace Audio
4.5 / 5     (45 votes)
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Riviera is a hybrid algorithmic-convolution reverb.

It is suited for modeling specular acoustic reflections in N-dimensional orthotopes. e.g. string, plate, room, tesseract, and up (vooms or volume+room for short).

Normally, direct computations in these spaces are expensive but some clever maths reduced the asymptotic costs to the point of practical use (e.g. a Reverb plugin). Parameterizing these spaces and then combining them with some fast time-varying frequency decay resulted in some interesting sounding impulse responses (IRs).
  • Low-latency, low CPU usage convolution.
  • Multi-threading support for modeling IRs in the background.
  • Fine-grain controls for parameterizing each voom's number of dimensions, size, offset from sound-source origin, and material reflection dB loss.
  • Time manipulation controls for delay, stretch, and linearity (RT60 ranges from 1 - 20 seconds!).
  • Fast frequency-dependent time-decay functions.
  • Pan / stereo / mix (wet/dry) controls.
  • Graphical user interface for displaying IR and spectrogram.
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Kasper Jul 24 2023
(4 / 5)
Jul 24 2023
At last a Reverse Reverb ! Nice sound. The knobs are difficult, a challenge. Have to read a manual if there is one. I think I use it for the reverse sound in the first place.
John Burns Jul 13 2023
(2 / 5)
Jul 13 2023
Sounds pretty good. The other comments are on point. Metallic tone (but still sounds cool). Ugly GUI. Ridiculously complicated and confusing interface. A reverb this complex should really have presets. This thing is like making an FM synth without presets. CPU usage seems strangely erratic.
SynthFreak Nov 13 2022
(4 / 5)
Nov 13 2022
I highly recommend it for GrandPianos if you want to make the sound is located far away in a concert hall. This is completely different from ordinary reverbs that opens a space infinitely, but the piano still sits in front of you. With Riviera you sit in the last row of the audiens, which sound lush and dreamy. The GUI is bad and not responsive
cyber_T Feb 15 2021
Feb 15 2021
The new versions are excellent now. Yes, it´s true: you have to learn how it´s work for you. And if it´s too complicated, so please try a different VST. There are many alternatives - also for "instant sucess". Thanks to "nonnaci" for programming a royalty free plugin!
Andrei Oct 25 2020
(2 / 5)
Oct 25 2020
Don't buy in the latest comments – this plugin is average at its best. The sound is very cold, harsh and terribly digital (though, it can be useful for booming effects). Also, it is slow – changing presets and tweaking take some time to be computed.
Digital Rules Nov 15 2020
Nov 15 2020
I absolutely disagree with you. Riviera sounds brilliant.
Darko Dec 12 2020
Dec 12 2020
Nonsense, Andrei. You probably don't like Riviera because it is a more complicated reverb than others. It sounds really good and is a rather special hybrid reverb.
Digital Rules Jun 02 2020
(5 / 5)
Jun 02 2020
Excellent sounding reverb. I would like to see more reverbs or spatial effects from NuSpace Audio. <3
Darko Jan 14 2020
(5 / 5)
Jan 14 2020
Excellent sounding reverb! Very spacious and versatile, once you get used to it. As soon as you learn how it works, the big fun begins. This Riviera freebie is a very special and a very dimensional reverb! Try it!
Digital Rules Feb 01 2020
Feb 01 2020
Yes, it's true, Riviera sounds awesome. I really don't get all the hate here. Maybe the early versions sounded bad, but the latest version of Riviera sounds brilliant. People, just try the newest version (1.3.1a) of Riviera, it sounds truly amazing!! I hope there will be more free reverbs from NuSpace Audio!! <3
Digital Rules Nov 10 2019
(5 / 5)
Nov 10 2019
This sounds freaking amazing! It has a special sound, like no other reverb! I would love to see more free reverbs/ambience generators from NuSpace Audio! A free delay/echo from NuSpace Audio would also be awesome for sure! The latest version is stable, mature and is working normally, so go get it as soon as possible, this free reverb is high quality stuff!! <3
Digital Rules Nov 30 2019
Nov 30 2019
The latest version of the awesome Riviera, which is version 1.3.1a, is functioning without a problem and sounds brilliant. Try it now!
Darko Feb 08 2020
Feb 08 2020
Yeah, the latest version of Riviera sounds wonderful! People really need to try the latest version of Riviera because it is an excellent reverberation effect! It can compete with the best commercial reverb plugins!
cyber_T Dec 08 2018
(5 / 5)
Dec 08 2018
After a longer time I gave the 1.3 version a run and I´m so impressed of the highly improved sound (and the good GUI- size). I´ve tried it on rock- drums with a medium setting and the result was a lush and hyperrealstic "drum- in- a real room- sound", perfect (not only) for postrock drumstyles.
KsoundHomeWorks May 13 2017
(4 / 5)
May 13 2017
HUGE THANKS TO PLUG MAKERS! HUGE FINGER TO CRITICS!!! Don't like this plug? make your own BeoTCHHHHHHHHH !!!
Tungee Mar 06 2017
Mar 06 2017
Im on mac, but i tried it on my PC and im full blown away from the sound. In my opinion the best sounding free reverb! If you understand the mechanism, you will get superb fine reverb tails. But Please a Mac vst version! Nonnaci, if you need some help in creating a new Gui ( i must admit i like the actual one :) ), dont hesitate to ask me on KVR. I made the new GUI for the Lokomotiv synth: https://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=457068 . I would be honoured to make a new GUi for this little jewel. Best Regards
nonnaci Mar 08 2017
Mar 08 2017
Thanks for the GUI offer Tungee. Mac version will eventually be done once I get a local mac machine running. In the meantime, version 1.2.0 is out with new features!
nonnaci Feb 28 2017
Feb 28 2017
Updated to v1.1.1 with a more polished UI and some performance improvements.
Anonymous Feb 14 2017
(4 / 5)
Feb 14 2017
I donno why are you hate this plug. Because it's great. Yes, GUI looks lil bit strange and mudy, but sound is not so bad. Don't forget main thing: it's free. Thanks a lot NuSpace! I look forward to the new version!
cyber_T Feb 15 2017
Feb 15 2017
Thanx for your comment. I respect everybody, who is developing free (vst)- sofware and I really appreciate the possibilities to make great music with low or no(!) budget. My comment (here and in other topics at "vst4free") is always entended as a friendly and constructive criticism.
cyber_T Feb 11 2017
(2 / 5)
Feb 11 2017
I respect the idea behind this plugin to make a kind of compromise between convolusion and algorithmic reverbs. But please(!) make a different version of this plug (maybe a light- version) with more "traditional" functions, a smaller GUI and an improved sound.
nonnaci Feb 13 2017
Feb 13 2017
The updated version (1.0.3) has a smaller file size and a smaller GUI.
nonnaci Feb 10 2017
Feb 10 2017
Ok guys. Thanks for the feedback. Didn't know metal sound was so offensive to so many ;0. I'd suggest you cut the high frequencies as much as possible or decrease the reflection coefficients to make a duller sound if that's what you're after. Also, version 1.0.1 fixed an annoying bug. Should sound cleaner.
Faydit Feb 09 2017
(4 / 5)
Feb 09 2017
Not a really userfriendly "You press the button we do the rest" plug. It needs some time to learn how it really works, but then it is capable to produce a wide range of different simulations. One disadvantage soundwise are tendentially too shrill, metallic sounding highs, as some others already have mentioned. Might be mathematically correct, but sonically they dont't sound good. Can be changed with different filter settings, but some high-damping control or something like this may be more userfriendly. Nevertheless I like the possibilites it offers.
Anonymous Feb 09 2017
(0 / 5)
Feb 09 2017
Why the F*** create an VST with Shitty sound, GIANT GUI and huge file size???
nonnaci Feb 10 2017
Feb 10 2017
Different tastes? Plus I wanted to see if the math produced an interesting result. As for the file size, it's the intel fast FFT library that's packing weight. Thought HD space was cheap these days.
Works Feb 09 2017
(5 / 5)
Feb 09 2017
Strange controls, but works for big space reverb.
David Pensoda Feb 09 2017
(1 / 5)
Feb 09 2017
Big filesize, strange GUI size, weird looking controls, I thought the big dll size will bring more sound quality, but I was wrong, it sounds so-so.
ALAF Feb 09 2017
Feb 09 2017
Keep, GUI terrible, permanent metallic overtone.