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SuperPlate brings the unique tonal character of five classic electromechanical plate reverbs into your studio – without the massive investment and back-breaking weight of the originals. Its advanced algorithms capture a level of unmatched realism and versatility and create luscious, expansive effects.
At the core of SuperPlate are meticulous models of the EMT 140, EMT 240, Audicon, Stocktronics RX4000, and EcoPlate III reverb units. Its three different flavors of analog coloration – Tube, Solid-State and Clean – can be used in combination with any of SuperPlate’s styles. Its wide range of modern digital features includes infinite decay time, built-in predelay, expanded modulation controls, full-featured EQ for detailed tonal shaping, and a unique decay ducking option that adjusts decay time to reduce overlap or build-up.
SuperPlate accurately reproduces the tonal characteristics and unique sonic signatures of each of its five plate styles. Inside one plug-in we’ve packed a collective 1450 pounds (659 kg) and 330 cubic feet (9.4 m3) of plate reverb evolution.
Based on the EMT 140 (1957), the most well-known and the first commercially successful plate reverb. It was made by hanging a plate of cold-rolled steel in a metal frame, and as legend has it, the steel came from one specific Welsh ore mine. The EMT 140 was a studio standard for many years, and is what most people reference when they talk about plate reverb.
Based on the EMT 240 (1970) the successor to the EMT 140. The EMT 240 was technically not a plate at all, and was designed to create a more compact and portable reverb. Instead of a steel plate, it used a thin foil of 24-karat gold to create its distinctive darker and tighter sound.
Based on Audicon’s “The Plate” (c. 1971) also known as the “Lawson Plate”. It was designed by Gene Lawson (Lawson Microphones) in Nashville to be a more economical plate reverb for those who couldn’t afford an original EMT 140. It was manufactured by console manufacturer Auditronics out of Memphis, Tennessee.
Based on the Stocktronics RX4000 (1978). The RX4000 is the only Swedish plate we know of, and it uses a steel alloy plate with “low internal crystallic damping characteristics”  which gives it a very distinctive extended high frequency response. In other words, this plate has zing!
1. Angus Robertson and Noel Bell, “AES 64th Convention, New York – A Report,” Studio Sound and Broadcast Engineering Magazine, vol. 2 no. 1, p. 50, January 1980.
Based on the EcoPlate III (c. 1982). The EcoPlate III was the third and smallest version of the EcoPlate series. All three EcoPlate versions were designed by Jim Cunningham. The EcoPlate series uses a stainless steel alloy to create its reverberation and all three versions have an exceptionally bright and spacious sound.
Pick Your Preamp
All plate reverbs use a pre-amplifier to drive the “voice coil” that turns electrical sound waves into the physical vibrations of a plate reverb device. We’ve included two different preamp models in SuperPlate, Tube and Solid-State, along with a Clean mode – which can each be used in combination with any of SuperPlate’s styles.
Let It Breathe
SuperPlate’s unique Auto-Decay feature shortens the decay time to a desired “target” setting when the input signal is above the adjustable threshold. This feature is crucial in keeping the sound clear and prevents punchy transients from being overpowered by excessive reverb tails. Combined with the recovery speed control, you can make your reverb breathe with the pacing of your music.
Tame Your Tail
SuperPlate’s built-in filters and EQ makes it easy to sculpt the reverb to fit your mix. The low-cut filter is essential to prevent excessive low-frequency energy from building up, and the high-cut filter can be used to help the reverb to blend in naturally with the original sound. The two parametric bands are super flexible and can be used to help tame mid range resonances or add high frequency sheen.
Little Plate is included with your SuperPlate purchase
“SuperPlate is a superhero of reverbs! It brings the best of both worlds by capturing the legendary characteristics of the plates and preamps and then superimposing detailed digital features that allow for deep sound shaping and expansion. In particular, the pre-delay and ducking controls enable you to precisely sculpt the relationship to the dry source material, while the full output EQ and additional modulation controls enable bolder creative processing choices. Soundtoys has made another modern classic.” – Bryn Bliska
Current Version: 5.4
Apple Silicon and VST 3 Compatible
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