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v5.3.1 Soundtoys Little Plate

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Soundtoys Little Plate
  
Soundtoys Little Plate

The lush sound of plate reverb – with a modern twist.

The unmistakable plate reverb sound – warm, rich and spacious – is now at your fingertips.


Highlights

Inspired by the original EMT 140 plate reverb, we captured the gorgeous sound and vibe of this studio classic and turned it into a fun and musically inspiring plug-in. And we couldn’t resist pushing the limits of reality, so we added a couple of fun twists that let you take Little Plate to spaces the original hardware only dreamed of.

soundtoys little plate

  • Add the sound of vintage plate reverb to your tracks
  • Push beyond the limits of the hardware with extended reverb decay time
  • Create infinite reverb effects that never decay
  • Optional modulation for natural-sounding variation in the reverb tail
  • Low Cut filter to tame low frequency build-up
  • 25 distinct presets to quickly dial in a sound

 

soundtoys little plate decaySimple Control, Infinite Possibilities

Once we recreated the iconic 140 sound, we couldn’t resist going even further.

While the original reverb could only muster a modest five seconds of reverberation time, we pushed that number higher. A lot higher. With Decay Time set to infinity, Little Plate’s reverb tails never fade away.

 

soundtoys little plate cutCut the Clutter

Keep your reverb and your mixes clean with the built-in Low Cut filter.

Sometimes the low frequency build-up in reverbs can get a little out of control. Use the Low Cut control to tame those boomy bass frequencies.

 

soundtoys little plate space modulatorSpace Modulator

Flip the Mod switch to introduce slight modulation into the reverb tail.

These subtle and chaotic variations can result in a thicker and smoother sound, especially at long decay times on pitched instruments like keys, guitar, and voice.

 

soundtoys little plate heavy vibesHeavy Vibes

At Soundtoys, we’ve got a reputation for obsessing over legendary hardware. But when we decided to build our first reverb plug-in, we went farther than ever before. We collected five EMT 140s from around the country and gathered them in our lab.

We tuned them up. We teched them out. We went to the chiropractor (that’s one and a half tons of plate reverb). Then we took our time listening and testing, zeroing in on a sound that we think captures the classic EMT 140 vibe. Warm, rich, spacious and slightly dark, Little Plate packs the essence of plate reverb into one little plug-in that won’t break your back.

 

soundtoys little plate historyA Little Plate History

The EMT 140 uses a magnetic transducer to vibrate a massive sheet of metal, sending the result back to the engineer via a pickup that captures the resulting reverberation.

The EMT 140 was introduced in 1957 and was capable of dense and smooth reverberation unlike anything the world had heard. While it doesn’t exactly sound like a real room, it has a beauty of its own, which is why plate reverb is still such a sought-after sound even many decades later. 140s are getting hard to find though, and replacement parts even harder. Not to mention their sheer size and weight keep them out of reach of the average studio.

Plug-in formats (both 32 and 64-bit):

  • AAX Native
  • AAX AudioSuite
  • VST
  • Audio Units (AU)


Supported sample rates:

  • Minimum: 44.1 kHz
  • Maximum: 192 kHz

System requirements:

  • Operating system: Mac OS X 10.8 or later, Windows 7 or later
  • An internet connection is required at the time of activation.

All version 5 Soundtoys products come with 32-bit and 64-bit VST, AU, and AAX Native plug-in formats.

Here is a list of all of the DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) that we currently support:

  • Pro Tools 10.3.5 - 2018 (Mac & PC: AAX Native and AudioSuite)*
  • Logic Pro 9 & X (​Mac: AudioUnits)
  • Digital Performer 8 - 9 (​Mac: AudioUnits & VST; Windows: VST)
  • Cubase 7 - 9  (Mac & PC: VST)
  • ​Nuendo 6 - 7 (​Mac & PC: VST)
  • Sonar X3 & Platinum (​PC: VST)
  • Ableton Live 9.2.2 - 10 (Mac: AudioUnits & VST; Windows: VST)**

*Our 32-bit AAX Native plug-ins will only load properly in Pro Tools 10.3.5 or later. If you are using Pro Tools 10.0.0 - 10.3.4 and wish to use Soundtoys 5 on your system, you will need to upgrade to Pro Tools 10.3.5 or later in order to do so. Our Native V4 products include RTAS, which will work in any version of Pro Tools 10.

**Using Live 9.2.1 or earlier can result in a nasty audio glitch when switching sampling rates during playback, or during offline bounce. We recommend using the latest version of Ableton Live.

Click here to view our full list of compatible host applications.

Other requirements:

iLok.com account (An iLok USB dongle is not required. Create a free account here)

Updates

What's new in v5.3

macOS and PC:

  • Plug-in activation window now includes support for Activation Codes, which will be distributed to customers who purchase a new product (not an upgrade) from our web store, and will allow those licenses to be activated without an iLok account (optional).
  • Little Plate is now included in the 5.3 license group for new Soundtoys 5 customers.

macOS-only:

  • macOS Mojave is now officially supported.
  • Graphics issue that was causing several components of the Soundtoys graphical user interfaces to display incorrectly on macOS Mojave has been resolved.

What's New in v5.2.3

All Soundtoys Plugins updated June 4, 2018 (Maintenance Update 5.2.3.13619 (Mac) and 5.2.3.13636 (PC))

  • Little Plate now included in the Soundtoys 5 installer
  • Fixed rare audio dropout/glitches under certain circumstances
  • Fixed crash that could happen sometimes on session recall
  • Fixed sluggish animation of tweak drawers on high DPI monitors on Mac
  • Fixed rhythm editor to allow for creation of multi-bar rhythms
  • Fixed “update nesting too deep” alert
  • Added support for MIDI triggering to AAX versions of FilterFreak and PrimalTap
  • Fixed CPU spiking in certain instances
  • Fixed AudioSuite support for different stem formats (mono-mono, mono-stereo, stereo-stereo) for Tremolator, Decapitator, Devil-Loc Deluxe, FilterFreak 1 & 2, Little Radiator, Radiator, and Sie-Q
  • Fixed occasional crash when rendering in Reaper on Windows
  • Fixed preset sorting in macOS High Sierra
  • Audio Units plug-ins will now scan correctly without requiring a restart in macOS High Sierra
  • Locked knob titles will remain red when GUI is closed and reopened
  • Fixed Pro Tools automation hotkey support for Effect Rack, as well as compound parameters like Delay Notes/Time in EchoBoy
  • Fixed Pro Tools automation hotkey support for all plug-ins on Windows
  • Fixed session recall in AU Lab
  • Fixed balance offset in in PanMan Random & Triggered modes
  • Updated VST plug-in names to make them consistent with AU and AAX versions when displayed in DAWs. *This included Little Plate, Little AlterBoy, Little Radiator, Little PrimalTap, Little MicroShift, EchoBoy Jr., and Sie-Q.

What's new in 5.2:

  • EchoBoy Jr. is now available in Soundtoys 5 and Effect Rack
  • EchoBoy Jr. is now included with individual EchoBoy 5 licenses and installers
  • Some Effect Rack presets now include EchoBoy Jr.
  • Fixed an issue where certain AAX plug-ins did not support multi-mono operation
  • The LFO rate parameter can now be automated in PhaseMistress and FilterFreak 1 & 2

What's new in 5.1

Sie-Q was added to the lineup.

What's new in 5.02

Features:

  • Plug-ins with the Analog Mode option now have a new “Op Amp” style to replace the Version 4 “Digital” style that was removed. In the previous version 5 release sessions using “Digital” defaulted to “Clean”. They now default to “Op Amp”. This will address the sound differences that some customers heard when recalling old sessions.
  • PrimalTap has a new Auto Gain switch added to the Tweak menu. When enabled, the output will automatically be lowered proportionally as the input gain is raised. This is the new default behavior for PrimalTap. Old sessions and user presets will open with Auto Gain set to “Off.”
  • Preset names, when edited, now display in italics to indicate an edited state

Fixes:

  • Preset names are now displayed correctly when sessions that were last saved with V4 are recalled (instead of reading “Default”).
  • Fixed an issue in PrimalTap where the Rolloff feature was not filtering the feedback loop as intended. (Note: this update will change the sound of some presets and sessions but is the correct and intended sound and behavior of PrimalTap).
  • Fixed an issue where Devil-Loc and Devil-Loc Deluxe knobs could jump to minimum or maximum when clicked in a certain area.
  • Fixed a problem where the delayed signal in EchoBoy might drop out under certain conditions.
  • PhaseMistress default settings will now sound identical to the default preset.
  • Preset names are now pre-populated when using the Save As… option.
  • Resolved a Windows problem where alerts could be hidden behind other windows.
  • Fixed issues that would cause the compare light to come on unnecessarily with certain plugins and presets.

New in Soundtoys 5:

  • Effect Rack, PrimalTap, and Little AlterBoy plug-ins
  • New authorization options
  • Workflow enhancements

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