Gated Reverb: How a recording-studio mishap shaped ‘80s music

Warning: This is an unapologetic ode to gated reverb drums.

Over the past few years a general nostalgia for the 1980s has infiltrated music, film, and television. I deeply love those gated reverb drums of the ’80s – you know that punchy percussive sound popularized by Phil Collins and Prince?

So for my second episode of Vox Pop’s Earworm I spoke with two Berklee College of Music professors, Susan Rogers and Prince Charles Alexander, to figure out just how that sound came to be, what makes it so damn punchy, and why it’s back. Here’s a Spotify playlist of some of the best gated reverb songs: http://spoti.fi/2vH7ZZL