The teams at Slate Digital and LiquidSonics are very pleased to announce a new Plate Reverb plug-in called Lustrous Plate. If you like me, love Plate style reverb you are going to love this plug-in. And if you are a Slate Digital Everything Bundle customer, you are going to be getting it as part of your subscription.
The new Lustrous Plates reverb plug-in recreates the tone of seven plate reverbs using LiquidSonics new Temporal Acoustic Spectral Mapping (TASM) technology.
Powered by “Fusion-IR | Synthesis”, Lustrous Plates has at its heart seven distinctive models and plate styles. TASM uses a proprietary multi-band dynamic capture and analysis process which allows an unprecedented frequency specific profiling of the plate’s natural decay, which is then mapped into an advanced reverb synthesis algorithm, so that it not only achieves the beautiful decay of real mechanical plate, but also gains the benefit of having classic algorithmic reverb parameters which allow fine tuning in ways that we have never been able to do with any other plate plug-in.
Lustrous Plates comes with a wide selection of presets for different sources including drums, guitars, vocals and strings so you can quickly find the ideal plate for your music.
Temporal Acoustic Spectral Mapping (TASM)
The seven plate styles each have a unique tone and the same multi-band decay characteristics of an actual plates, modelled using the TASM technology.
Chrome is a rich, full-bodied plate with a classic multi-band decay profile
Silver is light, airy plate with de-emphasised low-mids for enhanced clarity
Steel is similar to the chrome plate with a reduced low band decay time
Rhodium is bright and rich with a neutral decay profile
Beryllium is a reflective, lustrous, metal-based plate with a bright tone
Corbomite is a dense and heavy plate
Iridium is dense, with a highly-emphasized low decay profile
Why Plate Reverb Sounds So Good
The amount of simulated dispersion for each plate in Lustrous Plates is controllable via a single ‘frequency dispersion’ parameter for quick and powerful and easy to “tweak” results.
The dispersion of frequencies within a plate reverb plays a critical role in its sound. It’s one of the key reasons why a plate reverb sounds as it does, especially in the way it can impact a sounds transient. A plate’s whip-like onset is especially audible with percussive material and is very well suited to guitars and vocals as well.
Sound travels through a metal plate at different speeds depending on its frequency. The plate then temporally disperses sound by delaying different frequencies by different amounts. Low frequencies travel relatively slowly through the metal and are delayed more than high frequencies.
Take Control Of Your Reverb
Lustrous Plates’ Fusion-IR Synthesis engine is capable of fully modulating its reverb in a very natural, organic manner. It does not induce any unrealistic chorusing or other colorations of the reverb and does not compromise the decay profiling in any way. The amount of modulation can be controlled from low to high with the depth control, and the speed of modulation is set using the rate control. Modulation can be bypassed entirely by setting the rate to its minimum value resulting in a traditional static reverb.
The pre-delay of the reverb can be set in milliseconds, or click the metronome button to set it relative to the current project tempo to sync the reverb to the beat of the song.
The sense of space generated by Lustrous Plates is controlled as much by its width as by its length. The reverberation generation algorithm employed by Lustrous Plates is capable of producing mono and fully-decorrelated true stereo spaces or anything in between. In true stereo, it presents an optimally wide image without any phase or mono-compatibility concerns. For sources that do not require such a high degree of perceptual space around them, the width can be progressively collapsed down from true stereo down to mono, giving a high degree of control over how the reverb sits within the mix.
Lustrous Plates provides low and high cut filters, as well as switchable bell/shelf bass and treble filters.
You can find out more about Lustrous Plates and the rest of the Slate Digital Everything Bundle at the Slate Digital website. And while you are at it you can also find out more about other LiquidSonics reverbs and software products at their website.