Originally Posted by dfpratt04
I've been thinking about building a plate reverb unit and I have been researching them and they seem like they might not be too dificult to make. I found a good article in Tape Op that goes pretty step by step though the process ProSoundWeb | Building Your Own Plate Reverb: By Bob Buontempo pg. 1
My only real issue is that I'm not sure where to get the coneless speaker device to use as a driver. Any ideas?
My service tech who is supplying an EMT-140 stereo plate reckons the plate sound is mainly due to the steel plate itself! he waffles on about the type of metal that is used and how the steel was mined from a certain place in Wales he reckons this is the only place in the world for good sounding metal! and at the time EMT seemed to be aware of this. I would say it's better to try & get an old EMT 140 and refurbish it. The drivers and pickups were quite special also, and especially the earlier ones that had a warmer filter curve!
He also mentions the valve versions were noisy had 30 db signal noise ratio and there is no way of getting rid of the hum, the later transistor versions had 60db signal to noise figures and are a lot more reliable.
In my oppinion any plate would soung better than digital versions if built well and with good components... Home and studio recording magazine in the uk ran about 4 pages on the subject (how to make a diy plate reverb)in the early 1980s i will one day photocopy the pages and put them up on the net!
Note: the EMT-140 plate sounds way beyond good and more towards knock out!