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3. Recre­at­ing a vin­tage me­chan­i­cal re­verb

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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.

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