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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Jun-16 > WAVES Abbey Road Reverb Plates

WAVES Abbey Road Reverb Plates

Waves’ latest offering, Abbey Road Reverb Plates, focuses on a true classic of vintage reverb. Mark Cousins enjoys a helping of diffuse, warm reverb, handed to him on a plate…

Long before the rise of digital reverb, ingenious audio engineers used a variety of electromechanical means to create artificial ambience in their recordings – from primitive springbased units, to dedicated reverb chambers with a speaker and microphone at either end of a tiled room. Arguably the most well-respected ‘vintage reverb’ is the plate reverb, as exemplified with the classic EMT 140, which used a large suspended metal plate as a means of producing its unique form of artificial ambience. Plate reverbs were renowned for their sumptuously smooth sound, devoid of the spring reverb’s characteristic ‘boing’ and without the somewhat brittle edge of a digital reverb.

Although it’s likely that you’ll find plate-like settings on your existing software reverb, or indeed, an impulse response sourced from an original EMT unit, the number of modelled plate reverb plug-ins is relatively small, with Universal Audio’s EMT 140 arguably being the favoured choice among many professional sound engineers. Given Waves’ close alliance with Abbey Road Studios, it makes sense that the company’s latest plug-in – Abbey Road Reverb Plates – models the four plate reverbs installed deep in the studio’s vaults. Based on the original EMT 140 reverbs, but with modifications implemented by Abbey Road’s engineers, these classic plate reverbs have been in service since the late-50s, gracing countless hit records.

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