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31st October 2011
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Building a Plate Reverb

Hello all,

I've just finished building a plate reverb. Thickness of the plate is 0.5mm, plate is made out of aluminium. I like the sound a lot, but I'm kind of missing some HF response I think, and the decay could be a bit longer in my opinion.

I'm using metal strokes on the top and bottom of the plate to reinforce it, so I can increase the tension. Maybe the metal strokes are killing some of the vibrations going on though.

Does anyone have an idea as to what I could do to increase the HF response and decay? Thanks in advance.

Here are some examples of the sound:

http://soundcloud.com/totalvolume/plate-3

http://soundcloud.com/totalvolume/plate-messin (this one is echo+plate reverb)

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You need to use steel, not aluminium.
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Would that really make such a big difference in sound? Either way I'll keep an eye out for steel plates, but they're kinda hard to find with a good thickness.
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Aluminum is too soft so will not have top end. It will not be able to be as tight either.
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Aluminum is too soft so will not have top end. It will not be able to be as tight either.
Thanks a lot for the reply, I really need to look for something else then.

If anyone has some more (general) advice I'd be really thankful! This is the first plate verb I'm building.
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i have two vintage EMT plates that i'm selling if you'd like to get a new (old) one.
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i have two vintage EMT plates that i'm selling if you'd like to get a new (old) one.
Hehe, thanks but no thanks. I'm building one myself so I can save thousands, and I'm guessing that those EMT plates you're selling aren't gonna be cheap (or do you mean plate only, not the machines?).

I also live in the Netherlands though, not sure where you are from, but shipping costs will probably make it too expensive for me. Thanks anyway though
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i have one perfectly working complete one, and another that's complete, but it's electronics (input or output amps) are in need of repair. since you're in the netherlands and i'm in california, shipping one would be almost impossible, but the one in need of repair i would sell cheap.
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i have one perfectly working complete one, and another that's complete, but it's electronics (input or output amps) are in need of repair. since you're in the netherlands and i'm in california, shipping one would be almost impossible, but the one in need of repair i would sell cheap.
Ah yeah, I don't think that's going to work. Still thanks a lot man, and hope you find a buyer soon!
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i have one perfectly working complete one, and another that's complete, but it's electronics (input or output amps) are in need of repair. since you're in the netherlands and i'm in california, shipping one would be almost impossible, but the one in need of repair i would sell cheap.
PM me what's cheap for a broken EMT
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PM me what's "cheap", too.

Where in California? I'll be in Palo Alto W-F this week.
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i'm asking $2.5K OBO for the fully working one (it sounds awesome) and it has a custom made motorized remote to vary the decay.

for the non working one i'd like to get $700 but i'm open to offers. (i beleive that theplate itself is fine, but the electronics may need some work (i never fired it up and just bought it as a spare for the working one).
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here's a pic of the remote:



i'm in thousand oaks california, but the EMT's are in baldwin park (where our home 24 track analog studio was). i still have four 3M M79's (1-24track, 1-16track, 1- 1/2 track and a 4 track for parts) that i'm selling too.
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