We recently featured an ingenious video from Youtuber Leomakes in which, by adding a transducer and pickup, he converted a steel shelf into a rudimentary plate reverb. While this was a very clever illustration of the operating principles of a plate reverb, the sound was at best a character effect. Not even a shelf EQ was going to help (groan…). If you wanted unique, trashy reverb it might have seen use but for the 99.9% of the rest of the time it wouldn’t be a serious alternative to a “proper” reverb.
Fixing The Issues, One At A Time
To address this, Leo has revisited the project and has worked through the issues one by one and has taken a proof of concept, through to a not at all bad DIY plate reverb working through issues with the plate itself, how it is mounted, how effective the driver and pickups are and how well it matches in terms of impedance with the rest of the system.
0.57 - The Sound
3.02 - Form Factor
5.25 - The Electronics
9.35 - On Failure
12.09 - Final Assembly
12.54 - Audio Examples
17.22 - Conclusion
We like this project as it shows the problem solving process in action and even if you never touch an electromechanical reverb, those same principles are essential to everything we do as audio engineers.
In this video we give you a quick guided tour of Lustrous Plates followed by a demo that shows you a number of different sounds you can achieve quickly on a lead vocal track.
Earlier this month Acon Digital released a cost effective surround and 3D capable version of their Verberate 2 algorithmic reverb plug-in which supports surround and immersive formats all the way up to 7.1.6 channels. In this article we explore the features in this new surround reverb plug-in, how it works, what it sounds like and what we think of it.
In this video, I have talented flutist/vocalist Ruth Schwarcz improvising over an extended arrangement. With the Universal Audio Capitol Chambers reverb toggling between wet solo, and mix blend, you will hear the stunning dense reflections and unique qualities these chambers offer. Simply put, this reverb has VIBE and character!
In this free video tutorial we use LiquidSonics Seventh Heaven reverb to show you a visual representation of how a pre delay works along with a basic drum mixing application in which pre delay works very well.
In this free video tutorial iZotope’s Geoff Manchester shows how to use tools from Exponential Audio, the newest member of the iZotope family, for post production. Geoff focuses on how to blend ADR (automated dialogue replacement) within a new acoustic environment, and how to artfully situate foley and sound effects against footage with reverb.
In this free tutorial Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers uses a combination of Sonnox Oxford plug-ins to add polish to a vocal, including the excellent and often overlooked Oxford Reverb.
As a bit of fun on the team we’ve challenged one another to this; you get to keep all the plugins supplied with you DAW but then you only get to keep one more plugin. Russ Hughes makes his choice.