I wanted to see how difficult it would be to tell real plate reverb from a plugin. I decided to record a few samples from our plates at Sabella Studios and make a quiz out of it.
Each reverb sample was set to a 2.0 second decay time, no pre-delay and uploaded as an Mp3 at 320kbps.
Here is the vocal sample I will be using dry without any reverb,
Is this real or fake plate reverb?
Correct! This sample uses the stock Pro Tools plug in, D-Verb.
Correct! This samples uses the Waves IR1. This plug in uses a recorded sample called an Impulse Response or IR to simulate the reverb.
Correct! This sample uses Waves H-Verb.
Correct! This sample uses Waves TrueVerb.
Correct! This sample uses the EMT 140 plate at Sabella Studios. Introduced in 1957, the EMT 140 was the first true artificial reverb. This was considered a more convenient and portable option than an echo chamber which required an entire room, yet the 140 weighs over 600lbs and is about 7.5 feet long (2.2 meters).
Correct! This sample uses the UAD 140 plug in.
Correct! This sample uses the Waves plug in Abbey Road Reverb Plates.