Soundtoys have announced that their long-awaited SuperPlate reverb plug-in is now available. Featuring meticulously modelled plate reverb units and analogue-style saturation processing, the plug-in promises to deliver unmatched levels of realism, with a range of modern digital features such as infinite decay times and built-in modulation increasing its versatility.
Plates & Preamps
Five different electromechanical plate reverbs have been modelled for SuperPlate, with the plug-in’s algorithms capturing the sounds of EMT 140, EMT 240, Audicon, EcoPlate III and Stocktronics RX4000 units. SuperPlate is also equipped with three modelled preamp options: Tube, Solid-State and Clean, each of which can be used alongside any of the reverb models.
The Tube mode models the EMT V54 preamp used in early EMT 140 units, and can be used to add varying amounts of harmonic distortion to the input signal before it reaches the reverb. Solid-State then emulates the EMT 162, a unit found in later versions of the 140 which also features a built-in compressor that helps to tame transients. Finally, Clean mode removes all of the preamp modelling entirely, preserving the sound of the plate models without adding any additional harmonic distortion or dynamics processing.
Control & Modulation
A control panel at the top of the GUI provides access to a range of the plug-in’s key parameters. The largest control dictates the decay time, and makes it possible to achieve much longer times than are possible with physical plate units. This extended range is indicated by a red marker around the control, and an infinite decay can be achieved by placing the control at its maximum setting.
A Modulation knob allows the creation of pitch-shifting effects in the reverb signal, something that isn’t possible in a physical plate reverb unit. The control offers a wide variety of effects that range from subtle to extreme, and is said to be most useful when processing pitched sources such as keys, guitars and voices.
A Tweak button below the Decay parameter then provides access to an additional set of controls, including a two-band parametric EQ, settings for modulation speed, an Auto-Decay feature and a stereo width processor. The Auto-Decay section is equipped with Threshold, Target and Recovery Time parameters, and is capable of reducing the plug-in’s decay time based on the input signal’s volume and dynamics, to avoid excessive reverb buildup.
Bundle & Effect Rack
In addition to being available as an individual plug-in, SuperPlate is included in the Soundtoys 5.4 bundle, as well as being available as an optional add-on for the company’s Effect Rack plug-in suite.
If you missed our NAMM 2023 show video on SuperPlate, check it out below.
SuperPlate is supported on PCs running Windows 7 and above, and Macs running macOS 10.13 and later. VST2, VST3, AU and AAX (Native and AudioSuite) plug-in versions are available.
Pricing & Availability
SuperPlate is available now, and Soundtoys are currently running the following introductory offers until 14 June 2023:
- SuperPlate: $79 (reduced from $149)
- Upgrade for users who received Little Plate as a free gift: $39 (reduced from $79)
- Upgrade for users who purchased Little Plate $29 (reduced from $59)
- Soundtoys V5.3 to V5.4 upgrade $29 (reduced from $59)
- SuperPlate for Effect Rack owners: $79 (reduced from $149)