Universal Audio EMT 140 Classic Plate Reverberator Plug-In by Bill Hambone
I have worked with a real EMT 140 plate at Jackpot Studios in Portland. It is a wonderful thing. I've also used homemade plates, and I just love that type of echo, no matter what. The UAD EMT 140 is just as wonderful as any physical plate. I A/B'd the real EMT plate against the plug in a mix, and there was no noticeable difference. This plugin is one of the most natural sounding reverb plugs I have ever heard. Absolutely zero digital fizz on top. All of the factory presets are a lot of fun. One of my favorite settings is "Nylon Acoustic Ambience," it really does add some intangible quality to classical guitars. The EQ and pre-delay controls are a nice bonus, as well. It goes without saying that the ability to recall and change settings is a big advantage over an actual plate. Tracking reverb to tape can be a magical thing, but if it seems to be too much or too little later on, too bad. You're stuck with it. It also goes without saying that plates are large and noisy, and need to be isolated away from the studio and control room. Having the EMT in a plug is just great. As with the other UAD plugs, the price is ridiculously low compared to the sound quality and utility that they deliver.