Soundtoys Little Plate Review
One of the greatest assets we have as mixers and producers is artificial reverb. Reverb that creates a space and mood if you will for the instruments to live in. The EMT 140 plate was introduced in 1957, benefited studios that didn't have the room to build artifical echo chambers and gave engineers more control over the reverb time. Enough about the history, how does it sound and this is how I use plate reverbs ITB.
I have a few plates reverbs on bypass in my mixing template. Just a few in there to audition which one is best for the track or song. The Soundtoys Little Plate has a great depth to it, a smooth tone and a wider stereo image than the Abbey Road's Plate. The Abbey Road is more of a metallic sound but has different versions of plates in their plug from all tube based to solid state,
The Soundtoys Little Plate has a great quality of blending in with the source and sounds great. The mod switch has some subtle chorus effect on the reverb tail which is nice. It has a build in mix control and a low cut up to 1 khz. The most creative aspect of the plugin is the decay time which changes the reverb time from half a second to infinite which you can automate.
I hope the bigger version of the Plate plugin has multiple plates or reverbs within the plugin. Also, there needs to be a predelay which could have different style like an Echoboy function that would be a nice feature for future plugins.
I'm panning my stereo return a litttle bit off from 100-100 to give that stereo reverb a different placement in the stereo field. Also, I always EQ my FX returns which shapes the effected signal as well.