2016 Stereo Room

The Art of Reverb

The 2016 Stereo Room reverb plug-in was crafted to simulate a great sounding ‘room’. Delay lengths, reflections, and other properties of the virtual room were carefully considered in the modeling. This combination of art and science results in a natural, yet distinctive sounding reverb. The simple intuitive controls allow you to fine tune the perfect space for your sound - whether it’s a dark hallway or a bright studio vocal room.

Originally found on the SP2016 rackmount, which has been used on hit records for decades, the 2016 Stereo Room plug-in features hand crafted artist presets from Joe Chiccarelli, George Massenburg, and Dave Pensado. Capable of both lush and subtle sounds, it’s also easy on your CPU. Use multiple instances to bring out the character of different parts of a track - 20 instances in one session? Go for it!


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  • Natural and distinctive sounding room reverb
  • Simple, intuitive parametric controls that prevent unnatural results
  • Complex early reflections resembling those of an actual great-sounding room
  • Smooth decay tail that sits in the mix
  • Novel Position control for precise mic placement in the virtual room
  • Diffusion alters the character of the space - from sharp to rich
  • Dedicated EQ controls to further sculpt your sound
  • Low CPU hit - use as many instances as you want!


Audio Samples

  1. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Bass - Dry
  2. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Bass - Nice Stereo Room
  3. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Bass - Strings
  4. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Conga - Dry
  5. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Conga - Bongos and Congas
  6. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Conga - Perc
  7. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Drums - Dry
  8. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Drums - Behind the Hall
  9. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Drums - John Jon Drums
  10. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Electronic Drums - Dry
  11. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Electronic Drums - Dave Pensado Reverb
  12. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Electronic Drums - Large Room
  13. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Female Vocal - Dry
  14. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Female Vocal - Lead Vocal GM
  15. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Female Vocal - Vocal
  16. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Guitar - Dry
  17. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Guitar - Guitar Room Reverb
  18. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Guitar - Guitar Room Reverb 2
  19. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Keyboard - Dry
  20. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Keyboard - Grand Piano
  21. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Keyboard - Subtle Stereo
  22. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Lead Guitar - Dry
  23. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Lead Guitar - Fiddle Reverb
  24. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Lead Guitar - Guitar Solo Room
  25. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Male Vocals - Dry
  26. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Male Vocals - Lead Vocal
  27. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Male Vocals - Vocal Chamber
  28. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Synth - Dry
  29. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Synth - Synth Pad
  30. 2016 Stereo Room - Eventide - Synth - West Coast Ballad

Own the Legend

Since its debut in 1982 as the go-to reverb in the SP2016 rack effects unit, Eventide’s Stereo Room algorithm has been the gold standard for a room reverb that sits nicely in a mix and positions your sound in an acoustical space without washing out the integrity of the source. This is why Allen Sides, Mick Guzauski and Jack Douglas have been proud adopters and to this day it’s still in use in world-class studios like Ocean Way.

Eventide SP2016 Reverb Rackmount Original

"The algorithms naturally simulate every aspect of the sound of a real enclosure - from the complex early reflections, to the natural way in which the echo density increases with time, to the smooth decay of the reverb tail." 
— Tony Agnello, Designer of the 2016 Stereo Room


 The look and feel of Stereo Room 2016 is kind of retro but is easy to view and control which is good. As for the sound Stereo Room 2016 does a great job a recreating the 80’s style reverb algorithm from the hardware unit and sounds really natural.
Producer Spot
You'll love the way the 2016 encourages you to blend scale and proximity to create space that doesn't swallow up the sound. Boosting the Low EQ can turbocharge the decay and, as long as you keep the levels in check, the tail is wonderfully smooth. 
Computer Music
Within 15 seconds I had some classic 80’s snare reverb running...The slightly grainy resolution and light modulation on the decay is spot on.
Matt Buttler
The Modern Producer

Customer Testimonials

I've used the Eventide SP-2016 on hundreds of projects since its initial release in 1983. I've always loved its smooth natural decay for vocals and orchestral tracks. The density of the reverb is great for drums and percussion. The new reverb 2016 retains all the charm of the original while greatly reducing the noise floor and and allowing much finer control of the reverb parameters.
—Mick Guzauski
I've been bugging any number of reverb manufacturers to emulate the 2016's "Stereo Room" for over a decade. I'm excited to finally have one of my favorite reverbs available again.
—George Massenburg
For those of us in the engineering profession, the Eventide 2016 has been the reverb by which we judge all reverbs. These legendary reverb algorithms are among the most eagerly anticipated plug-ins ever!
—Dave Pensado



Platform Compatibility

Microsoft Windows 7+ and Apple OS X 10.7+

DAW Compatibility

Software Plug-In Format
Pro Tools 10 + AAX Native
Cubase 7+ VST
Nuendo VST
Wavelab VST
Logic 8+ AU
Ableton Live 7+ AU, VST
Studio One AU, VST
Digital Performer AU
Reaper VST
GarageBand AU

Frequently Asked Questions


Eventide's native plugins do not require the use of an iLok USB dongle, however they do use PACE's iLok License Manger for authorization which is available from http://www.ilok.com.

Using iLok License Manger, you can activate the license in two separate locations, each of which can be either a computer, or an iLok license key. You can move these licenses at any time using PACE's iLok License Manager software.

In order to authorize your plug-in you need to install the iLok License Manager from www.ilok.com and move the license to either your computer or iLok license dongle. Even if you have a licensed iLok plugged in, the iLok License Manager must be installed.

There are several reasons you may see this error, but a common one is a mismatch of the serial number format. All Eventide plug-ins have a serial number in the form of XX-###### where XX represents a two letter sequence defining the product type and ###### is a 6 digit number. All plugins also have a 16 digit license key in the format ****-****-****-**** where each * can be either a letter or number. The license key is entered on the second page of the registration process.

If you believe your serial number and license key are entered correctly, please contact our Support department and we will solve the problem as quickly as possible.


All Eventide native plugins are 64 bit compatible with AAX, AU and VST.

We currently test in house against ProTools 10, ProTools 11, Ableton Live 8, Ableton Live 9, Apple Logic 9, Apple Logic X, and Steinberg Cubase 7. However, in the rare event that users encounter problems with other DAWs we make efforts to investigate. If you experience such problems please inform us in our Forum.

Our native plug-ins including H3000 Factory Native, Blackhole, Omnipressor, and 2016 Stereo Room native plug-ins support AAX32, AAX64, AU, and VST on Mac, and AAX32, AAX64, and VST on Windows.


Eventide has its own preset format using .tide preset files. By default the installer installs the .tide presets to your Documents/Eventide/Presets folder. It may be necessary to check that the installer has placed the presets in this location. You can load these presets using Eventide's Preset Bar which is part of the plug-in GUI itself. Some hosts have their own preset bars which are used by the host. Eventide's .tide presets will not show up in this preset bar. To load an Eventide Factory Preset you have to use the preset bar which is inside the actual plug-in GUI, usually below the hosts preset bar.


First you need to create an account at www.ilok.com and download their iLok License Manager software. Install it on your computer. Second, register your plug-in on eventideaudio.com, which will automatically send a license to your iLok account. Make sure to install the plugin into your computer. Intallation files are located on individual product pages and on the Downloads page.

Alternatively, for products that allow computer authorization, after you've installed iLok License Manger and registered the plugin, you can launch your DAW. Once the DAW scans the installed plugin it will present a dialog box to install the license on your computer or iLok.

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