The unmistakable plate reverb sound – warm, rich and spacious – is now at your fingertips.

Inspired by the original EMT 140 plate reverb, we captured the gorgeous sound and vibe of this studio classic and turned it into a fun and musically inspiring plug-in. And we couldn’t resist pushing the limits of reality, so we added a couple of fun twists that let you take Little Plate to spaces the original hardware only dreamed of.

Little Plate
Little Plate

Simple Control, Infinite Possibilities

Once we recreated the iconic 140 sound, we couldn’t resist going even further.

While the original reverb could only muster a modest five seconds of reverberation time, we pushed that number higher. A lot higher. With Decay Time set to infinity, Little Plate’s reverb tails never fade away. Check out these audio clips of presets that demonstrate this:

Zero to Infinity and Beyond

(This sample was manually faded out because the preset goes on forever.)

Cut the Clutter

Keep your reverb and your mixes clean with the built-in Low Cut filter.

Sometimes the low frequency build-up in reverbs can get a little out of control. Use the Low Cut control to tame those boomy bass frequencies.

Little Plate
Little Plate

Space Modulator

Flip the Mod switch to introduce slight modulation into the reverb tail.

These subtle and chaotic variations can result in a thicker and smoother sound, especially at long decay times on pitched instruments like keys, guitar, and voice.

Heavy Vibes

At Soundtoys, we’ve got a reputation for obsessing over legendary hardware. But when we decided to build our first reverb plug-in, we went farther than ever before. We collected five EMT 140s from around the country and gathered them in our lab.

We tuned them up. We teched them out. We went to the chiropractor (that’s one and a half tons of plate reverb). Then we took our time listening and testing, zeroing in on a sound that we think captures the classic EMT 140 vibe. Warm, rich, spacious and slightly dark, Little Plate packs the essence of plate reverb into one little plug-in that won’t break your back.

Little Plate
Little Plate

A Little Plate History

The EMT 140 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.

The EMT 140 was introduced in 1957 and was capable of dense and smooth reverberation unlike anything the world had 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.

Highlights

Add the sound of vintage plate reverb to your tracks

Push beyond the limits of the hardware with extended reverb decay time

Create infinite reverb effects that never decay

Optional modulation for natural-sounding variation in the reverb tail

Low Cut filter to tame low frequency build-up

25 distinct presets to quickly dial in a sound

Quotes

“Soundtoys found a way to make a plate reverb sound unique and modern.” – Scott Jacoby

“Instantly fell in love as soon as I heard it!” – Trevor Wright aka @mixedbytrev (Pro Era)

“Little Plate sounds more like a plate than anything out there.” – Rachel Alina

“This is the best plate reverb plug-in I’ve ever heard.” – Peter Katis

Specs

Current Version: 5.4

Apple Silicon and VST 3 Compatible

Plug-in Formats (64-bit only):

  • AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite, VST 2, VST 3, and Audio Units (AU)

Supported Sample Rates:

  • Minimum: 44.1 kHz, Maximum: 192 kHz

System Requirements:

  • Operating systems: Mac OS X 10.12 or later; Windows 7 or later.
  • An internet connection is required at the time of activation.

Supported Hosts:

  • Pro Tools, Live, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic, Studio One, Reaper, Bitwig
  • Click here to view our full list of compatible host applications.

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Soundtoys, Little Plate and their respective logos are all trademarks of Soundtoys, Inc.

*All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Soundtoys. These trademarks are used only for historical reference or to identify products whose sounds or tone were studied in the development of Little Plate.

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