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IK Multimedia Sunset Sound Studio Reverb

Reverberation Plug‑in By Dennis J Wilkins

IK Multimedia Sunset Sound Studio Reverb

Have IK managed to bottle the sound of the famous Hollywood studio?

I grew up just eight miles from Sunset Sound Studio. Sadly, I never got the chance to visit, but like many of you I've enjoyed many recordings made there over the years, by the likes of the Rolling Stones, the Doors, the Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan. Now IK Multimedia claim to offer some of the sound of that studio in their Sunset Sound Studio Reverb (let's call it SSSR from here on). Available as a VST 2/3, Audio Units and AAX plug‑in, and as a module for IK's T‑RackS software, SSSR employs a combination of modelling and convolution techniques that IK claim is unique and which they call 'Volumetric Response Modeling'. There's a low CPU overhead but for the first instance there's a moderately high RAM requirement, though using multiple instances doesn't seem to consume much memory. The GUI can be continuously varied in size from 852 x 461 pixels to your full screen width.

Spaces, Plates & Springs

SSSR includes emulations not only of all three of Sunset Sound Studio's live rooms, but also their associated isolation booths, the echo chambers, and the studio's most desirable mechanical reverbs. There are two plate reverb models, Plate 1 being an Echoplate (an American device) and Plate 2 the German-made EMT 140. There's also one spring type, an AKG BX-20E. Each plate model has controls for 'phase' and decay times. The Echoplate and the Spring...

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Published July 2020