Push the limits of reality and take the sound of classic plate reverb from zero to infinity with one simple knob twist. Get the new Little Plate FREE (reg $99) thru Nov 22.
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Current Version: 5.2.0
Plug-in Formats (both 32 and 64-bit):
AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite, VST, and Audio Units (AU)
Supported Sample Rates:
Minimum: 44.1 kHz, Maximum: 192 kHz
Operating systems: Mac OS X 10.8 or later; Windows 7 or later
An internet connection is required at the time of activation.
Pro Tools (10.3.5 or later), Live, Cubase, Nuendo, Sonar, Logic, Digital Performer
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The plate reverb is one of the most unlikely heroes in recording history, but it changed the sound of records forever. Simultaneously enormous and unassuming, the original wood-clad EMT 140 weighs in at about 600 pounds. It's not pretty. It's a piece of equipment that's essentially made to be hidden away in a utility closet, far from the studio's loud live room.
Despite it's humble, boxy exterior, the EMT 140 is undoubtedly the most iconic example of plate reverb, and remains a truly ingenious invention. Before the plate, when engineers wanted to add realistic reverberation to a recording they had to pipe sound into physical rooms or echo chambers. The EMT 140 instead uses a magnetic transducer to vibrate a massive sheet of metal, sending the result back to the engineer via a pickup that captures the resulting reverberation. While other early reverberation devices used springs, this tended to create a metallic and fluttery sound.
The plate, however, is capable of dense and smooth reverberation unlike anything the world had ever heard. While it doesn't exactly sound like a real room, it has a beauty of its own, which is why plate reverb is still such a sought-after sound even many decades later. 140s are getting hard to find though, and replacement parts even harder. Not to mention their sheer size and weight keep them out of reach of the average studio. But don't worry, we've done the heavy lifting for you.
Our new Little Plate plug-in faithfully recreates the 140 vibe right inside your favorite DAW – but of course we've added our signature Soundtoys twist on the original. While the original EMT 140 could only muster a modest five seconds of reverberation time, Little Plate is capable of a much, much broader range while still maintaining the sonic signature of a classic plate. The Decay dial ranges from .5 to infinity, where the reverberation never fades away and keeps evolving as it's fed with new audio.