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3. Recreating a vintage mechanical reverb
1 The realism offered by modern software reverb effects is unassailable, yet sometimes one prefers the flawed, flavourful sound of a vintage mechanical alternative. Soundtoys’ Little Plate is an inexpensive recreation of just such an effect. Here’s an old drum machine loop. In Cubase Pro, let’s create an FX Channel (ie, return) track. 2 Now, we’ll go ahead and send our drum machine track to our new FX Channel and activate it. We can immediately hear the effect of the Little Plate plugin’s default settings. It really is quite lovely ambience! Let’s crank the Decay knob all the way down. 3 That’s a pretty convincing small room sound, bursting with analogue character. Let’s try cranking the Decay knob up to 16 – far longer than the EMT 140 that inspired it could ever achieve! We can also switch in Modulation for some subtle movement.