Plate reverb is an artificial effect that utilizes a sheet of
metal that vibrates sympathetically with a soundwave that hits it. The
basic architecture of a plate reverb unit has a large, thin sheet of
metal (nearly 6.5â€™x3â€™ in the case of the legendary EMT140) that has a
transducer at one corner driving the sheet in much the same way as a
speaker would, on the other end a pickup to capture the vibrations of
the metal sheet, and a mechanical dampener that reduces the plate
vibration. The reverb sonically stays out of the way of the dry path due
to the minimal initial reflections and a full warm reverb that tapers
smoothly fades out into a tail. In the studio, plate reverbs were
routinely employed due to the way they added a natural ambience without
interfering with the original program materialâ€¦ That and the fact that
even though they were nearly 7 feet long and 4 feet tall, plate reverb
units were a heck of a lot smaller than a giant room or hall when
ambience was needed on recordings.
Plate reverb units were used on just about every instrument including
vocals. Though they sound particularly great with electric guitar due
to the minimal early reflections which keeps plate reverbs from sounding
too â€œeffectyâ€ and obvious. The warm quality of the full-bodied reverb
naturally tapering off compliments perfectly the voice and range of the
guitar. The problem has been until now, the giant size made plate reverb
units prohibitive to use on the road. We are proud to brag that the
Talisman is 479.99% smaller than the leading plate reverb!
We always felt something was amiss with so-called â€œplate reverbâ€
settings on many products in the marketplace. Lets be honest, they often
simply sounded thin, metallic and crappy. It was almost as if the
programmers said while tapping on a cookiesheet, â€œyeah I know what a
metal sheet sounds like, Iâ€™ll program it to sound that way!â€ Our goal
was to capture all the goodness of classic studio plate reverb by
actually experiencing a maintained EMT140 at Jackpot! Studios.
Because plate reverb was born in the studio, on the Talisman we
included studio style sidechain effects that are routinely paired with
plates. These controls are PRE DELAY, which delays the reverb by about
100mS. And HIGH PASS, which rolls off the low frequencies of the reverb.
Both of these controls allow you to tune the reverb, in order to keep
it from interfering with the dry signal.