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The Best Plate Reverb Plugins In The World

Plate verbs are the new Rock’n’Roll – at least we think so,  here at APN Towers. We’ve been hearing so much plate love in the the top 100 that it almost seems like they haven’t been around for 50 years…

However, a good Plate these days is hard to find so we went in search of the best of the best and ended up drawing a short list of our favorite plates. so here they are. Let us know if there’s anything we missed..!

FIRST PICK

KuSH Audio and Relab: GoldPlate

What a simply stunning Plate. This is a perfect example of why technical partnerships should be encouraged. Gregory Scott’s legendary KuSH audio have teamed up with LX480 recreationists Relab. There are a ton of excellent GUI features including the fabulous PARAMETER LOCK page which takes parameter locking to the next level. Now we’ve been spoiled like this it’ll be hard to go back. The idea is that when you have certain controls set and you have decided that they are Globally relevant you can still scooch through the excellent on-board presets and those settings (such as Mix, Drive or Time) will remain intact as you do so. The presets are excellent, by the way, filtered as they are with

overall categories then sub categories beneath. Very intuitive also is the Reverb TIME slider and the STEEL to GOLD slider on the right. Gold gives a darker, heavier sound whilst steel is a great juxtaposition. The algorithms in this plugin are stunning. Everything from a Perrier-whipped ghost soufflé, to an infinitely dark miasma of sensimillia is available to your creatively stimulated mind. We loved the WIDTH control but also we’ve got to give major props to Gregory for that DRIVE knob which is just so useful and always occupies the space adjacent to what you think is right. This guy knows saturation and this is probably one of the most reached for adjustments on this beautiful, reverb.

“The algorithms in this plugin are stunning. Everything from a Perrier-whipped ghost soufflé, to an infinitely dark miasma of sensimillia.”

COMPATIBILITY

KuSH GoldPlate requires Mac OS X 10.9 or newer
or Windows 7 and above 64bit Only

   

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

KuSH GoldPlate costs $199

It is available to demo from here or you may want to subscribe to their excellent monthly OG KuSH Complete Bundle here for $9.99 p/month or $99.99 p/year

NB: Free iLok account, iLok License Manager and  an iLok version 2 or 3 USB key is required

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SECOND PICK

LiquidSonics: Lustrous Plates

Lustrous Plates will not be available ’till Spring 2019 when it will be included as part of the Slate Everything bundle as well as being available direct from LiquidSonics’ own website. Based on the behaviours of seven, classic plate verbs Matt, the genius behind LiquidSonics’ is showcasing  a new tech called Temporal Acoustic Spectral Mapping (TASM) technology. TASM is a way of snagging the impulses using a proprietary method of multi-band, dynamic capture which, according to LiquidSonics is one of the reasons that Lustrous Plates sounds so good. The frequency specific profiling which tracks the plate’s natural decay, is then mapped into a custom synthesis algorithm, which allows the user to get the kind of handles on the contained Fusion-IR’s that have only ever been available for algorithmic

reverbs. Lustrous Plates is a sweet plate – of that there’s no doubt. The layout is fresh intuitive and the GUI is very, very pretty. This is pro-grade eye candy. The sound is typical LiquidSonics. Deep, detailed and clean. Again, we found a plethora of locking options that you can add to the UI in the settings menu. Leaving them available permanently to use on the front end. This reverb is hot and promises to sweeten that Slate bundle later this year.

The sound is typical LiquidSonics. Deep, detailed and clean. “

COMPATIBILITY

LiquidSonics Lustrous Plates requires Mac OS X 10.9 or newer
or Windows 7 and above 64bit Only

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

LiquidSonics Lustrous Plates will cost  $199 direct from LiquidSonics when it arrives in Spring 2019

or you may snaffle it via subscription as part of Slate Digital’s Everything Bundle.

NB: Free iLok account, iLok License Manager and  an iLok version 2 or 3 USB key is required

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THIRD PICK

Rare Signals: Transatlantic Plate Reverb

The Transatlantic Plate Reverb is a tremendous source of joy for Team APN. We just LOVE the sound of this beauty. It’s like a

simple, city dress on a breezy day. But, before we wax lyrical about its superb sound, its realistic feel it’s unparalleled ease

of use let’s talk about it’s shortcomings. To be honest there’s only really a couple but they are worth noting.

Number one – there is no menu or indeed capability for handling, storing or saving presets. This is criminally insane for a plugin this good. Ooops. Spoiler alert. Yes, Transatlantic is one of our favorite new plugins. Period. Number two – it has a seemingly disproportionate CPU hit (at least on our iMac.) Okay. Now on to the good stuff. Transatlantic is a supra high-quality convolution verb, based on two specific units. The  first mode is EU (green) which is an EMT whilst  the second or US (black) version is a custom plate built in 1971 that resides and is still used to this day in Nashville, USA. Regardless, this is a very responsive plugin

we particularly loved the inversely linked lo and hi cut controls which allow you to pull off the Abbey Road reverb trick with very little effort.”

(for a convolution verb) and it’s one of the reasons that we find ourselves reaching for it over and over again. We personally favor the Euro settings as they seem more encompassing and silkier than the harder US characteristics. Either way though, you can’t go wrong. Transatlantic is well worth $149 of your reverb budget and you will know this the second you route a lead vocal to it’s return track – we particularly loved the inversely linked, lo and high cut controls which allow you to pull off the Abbey Road reverb trick (where you narrow the hi and lo frequencies of the verb to focus the sound) with very little effort.

COMPATIBILITY

Rare Signals’ Transatlantic Plate Reverb requires Mac OS X 10.8 or newer
or Windows 7 and above 64bit Only

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

Rare Signals’ Transatlantic Plate Reverb costs $149

It is available to demo from here or buy from here

NB: You will need a free iLok account, iLok License Manager and  an iLok version 2 or 3 USB key (Which is optional but not required)

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FOURTH PICK

Soundtoys: Little Plate

Oh how they must be kicking themselves now… We remember when this extraordinary EMT140 based reverb was being given away as a gift. For free. No such luck today though. However, with just a $99 ticket and just four controls Little Plate has no right to sound the way it does. This reverb is large and in charge. We love the sound of the short decay and use it a lot for rappers but LP really impresses when you dial in the high Decay numbers. We are talking four seconds up to thirty two seconds and then infinity (which is a wonderful touch, by the

way) a bona fide sound designers dream. However, the delicacy of the Little Plate’s tails are surprising. We also adore the fact that rather than have a billion professional nerd options, pages and tabs you can literally flick a switch to simply add modulation to the signal. The high pass knob is very effective and the WET/DRY is obviously essential. That’s all you get. This is a verb we ended up using as an insert from very early on – especially with its minuscule CPU hit as the level of control you get is worth the annoyance.

“Little Plate really impresses when you dial in the high Decay numbers.”

COMPATIBILITY

Soundtoys Little Plate requires Mac OS X 10.8 or newer
or Windows 7 and above 64bit Only

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

Soundtoys Little Plate costs $99

It is available to demo from here or buy from here

NB: Free iLok account, iLok License Manager and  an iLok version 2 or 3 USB key is required

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FIFTH PICK

Waves: Abbey Road Plates

Abbey Road Reverb Plates is pretty much a must have if a genuine vintage sound is important to you. The four plates are aqllegedly true to the four plates from Abbey Road. They have very different resonances and tails – so much so that you can tell the difference between A, B, C and D.  One supposes like real life. The Damper is what  controls the reverb time itself. The Bass Cut is exponentially set andf pretty effective – thankfully there is a pre-delay control unlike

“Abbey Road Reverb Plates is pretty much a must have if a genuine vintage sound is important to you.”

the original and also the de-rigeur WET/DRY which is essential in 2019. As per usual we’re happy to avoid the ANALOG feature which is essentially just a cornucopia of elctro-mechanical noise and bollocks, teleported straight from the 60’s. However, you might want this in certain circumstances. This reverb has a fantastic sound – it’s warm and vintage feeling, just as you’d expect from an Abbey Road endorsed recreation.

COMPATIBILITY

Waves: Abbey Road Reverb Plates requires Mac OS X 10.9 or newer
or Windows 7 and above 64bit Only

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PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

Waves: Abbey Road Reverb Plates costs $249 but is currently on sale for $49 You can purchase here

Abbey Road Reverb Plates is also available as part of the $1399 Abbey Road Collection which is currently only $399 and available here

It is available to demo from here or buy from here

NB: A FREE Waves account (JOIN HERE) is required to use or demo Abbey Road Reverb Plates. All Waves plugins may be licensed to a standard USB stick if desired.

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SIXTH PICK

ValhallaDSP: ValhallaPlate

ValhallaPlate and it’s cousin VintageVerb are at the top of most EDM producers shopping lists. Valhalla plate is a tremdously flexible beast featuring twelve original algorithms from proprieter, Sean Costello. After working and consulting for other companies including AudioDamage (on their famous EOS) His legendary work has finally found it’s spiritual home in his own company. What most people love about Valhalla (apart from their guaranteed $50 price tag!) is the stupidly functional (and actually rather fun to use) GUI’s. Everything is right where you need it and the preset lists and Mode menus are perfectly accessible and easy to pull up or flick backwards and forwards through. I do get why the EDM brigade spaz on Valhalla though – it’s not rocket surgery.

“The ValhallaPlate is a thoroughbred plate for the modern Auteur.”

The sound is bright, but not too bright. It’s expansive but slim at the same time. Are you sensing a theme here? That theme is that no matter how dense your mix, the Valhalla seems to find a way to cut through without you having to start making more and more savage or radical frequency cuts in your mix. The ValhallaPlate is a thoroughbred plate for the modern Auteur. A quality situation.

COMPATIBILITY

ValhallaDSP ValhallaPlate requires Mac OS X 10.9 or newer
or Windows 7 and above 32bit & 64bit

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

ValhallaDSP ValhallaPlate costs an almost unbelievable $50

It is available to demo from here OSX and PC or buy from here

 

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SEVENTH PICK

AudioDamage: ADverb2

Let’s get this straight. Everybody loves AudioDamage. What is there not to like? Awesome algos, great design and layout and a low cpu hit. ADverb2’s DNA does stretch back to a very well loved plate reverb plugin called Reverence (also by AudioDamage). Reverence sounded great and I believe that the main difference between these algos is that ADverb2 is

Awesome algos, great design and layout and a low cpu hit.”

capable of much longer delay times. The controls are as simple as you can get, starting with with pre-delay at the top, with the all important Reverb Time underneath that includes a simple but very important contour control. Then, at the bottom, you have the ubiquitous Size control. To help shape the reverb tail there is a very effective Roll Off section.

COMPATIBILITY

AudioDamage ADverb2 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or newer
or Windows 8.1 and above 32 and 64bit

 

AUv3 32/64 bit
IAA & Standalone 32/64 bit
iOS 9.3 or newer and a separate purchase
in the iOS App Store.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

AudioDamage ADverb2 costs $39
It is available buy from here

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EIGHTH PICK

UVI: Plate

It is great to see UVI enter the Plate reverb skirmish and we think Plate will bring a new character and dimension to your collection. As usual the plugin is beautifully laid out and, in typical UVI style it goes pretty much as deep as you are able to. To begin with, there is the option of five different types of plate; Steel, Gold, Silver, Titanium and Aluminium. Amazingly you can actually change the aspect ratio of the plates themselves. There are a huge amount

“There are a huge amount of interesting and unusual variables”

of interesting and unusual variables from, Tension to Area to Modulation, Speaker and pick up Damper, Friction and even Air settings. There are a fair few more recognizable functions too, such as Mix, Pre Delay and Low Cut. We loved the beautiful and very functional Visual Decay and EQ Editor – sort of a spectrum analyser with handles. Naturally the sound is excellent, showing it’s mettle with super tight, almost slap-back style decays to luscious, spatial soundscapes that seem beyond what a plate should be capable of. UVI Plate is so extremely flexible that, if you don’t want to fill your plugin garage with an entire collection of plate verbs then this might be the single one you should invest in. The presets are extensive and well organized and you should be able to find a great starting point for pretty much any situation.

COMPATIBILITY

UVI Plate requires Mac OS X 10.8 or newer
or Windows 8 and above 64bit Only

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

UVI Plate costs $129

It is available to demo from here or buy from here

NB: Free iLok account and iLok License Manager an iLok version 2 or 3 USB key is recommended but not required.

3 activations per license on any combination of machines or iLok dongles

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NINTH PICK

Lexicon: PCM Native Bundle

Here’s an oldie but goodie. In fact it wasn’t long ago that Lexicon’s PCM bundle was untouchable in terms of sound quality and algorithm implementation. It has to be said that the Graphical Interface feels extremely dated. Especially the Real-Time, Multiband display which is almost hilarious just a few years later. The sound however is absolutely not hilarious. It’s still very close to perfection all these years later.  This PCM bundle and particularly the Plate and Vintage Plate modules must have been used on a million hit records before, because the feel of them is ridiculously reminiscent. Back to the interface though because the PCM bundle and all of its modules had a pretty radical set of functions that you’ll still find useful and perhaps surprising even now. In the multiple tabs along the bottom (something that we used to love but a lot of GUI designers are trying to move away from), you’ll find something called soft Row which allows one to assign any control to any of the multiple sliders which is a great touch

for those who like that extreme, nerd-level of customization. We have heard from so many producers and engineers that the Vintage Plate is the best software reverb they’ve ever used. It cossets the instruments or vocals whilst conforming to both the creativity and technical nature of the track without taking anything away. We’ve lost count of the dewy-eyed, Lexicon fanboys over the years but, they weren’t wrong. The PCM bundle’s a steal at $600.

“We have heard from so many producers and engineers that the Vintage Plate is the best software reverb they’ve ever used.”

COMPATIBILITY

Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Bundle requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or newer
or Windows XP and above 32 and 64bit

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Bundle costs $719.94 but is currently on sale for $599

It is available to demo from here or buy from here

NB: Free iLok account, iLok License Manager and  an iLok version 2 or 3 USB key is required

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TENTH PICK

Overtone DSP: RVB500 Stereo Plate

The Overtone DSP RVB500 Plate had to be included in the mix here. Most notably for its tasteful, budget stance, low cpu usage, great sound and cross platform compatibility. Linux anyone? A couple of nice details are present in this plug. Firstly the simple and efficient, modestly proportioned GUI. It leads one from top to bottom in a quick flurry making it extremely easy to set up a hot sound.  Secondly, silly as it

seems, we like the convenience of the WET only switch for use on your Returns. This is a real workhorse plugin and one that you might find yourself sprinkling liberally throughout your documents as an insert for sweetening instruments, percussion, drums and so on. For sure it sounds nothing like a budget reverb which is why it made our list. Spoil yourself. For 20 squids you can’t really go wrong with this one, Guv’nor.

This is a real workhorse plugin and one that you might find yourself sprinkling liberally throughout your documents”

COMPATIBILITY

OverTone DSP RVB500 Stereo Plate Reverb require Mac OS X 10.8 or newer
Windows 7 and above 32 bit and 64 bit or
Linux x11 compatible distribution

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

OverTone DSP RVB500 Stereo Plate Reverb costs $27

It’s available to demo from here or buy from here

 

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::CONCLUSION::

It would seem that the ubiquitous plate reverb is here to stay. Thanks to it’s lush delicacy and slightly unreal delivery it is a perfect vehicle for delivering a Billboard fantasy and that is why we created this list. Come back and check it from time to time as we are fairly certain that the plate war is going to get more heated as we head towards 2020.

Baby Brown Publisher & Editor

Baby Brown is a Grammy Nominated Composer/Producer and guitar player. He’s privileged to have written, played, produced and recorded some of the coolest artists ever from Eminem to Xzibit, Mickey Avalon to Deniece Williams the Lady of Rage and C Murder – to name a few. His technology swag is strong and he’s happy to make friends with you on Instagram.

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