Plate reverb is often seen as a Holy Grail of sorts in the reverb realm. Unlike spring reverb tanks that can sit comfortably atop an amp or in the corner of a studio, plate reverb units are massive beasts that are incapable of occupying just a studio corner. They are monolithic beacons of reverberation and stand as monuments to great tone. Plate units are one of the most ubiquitous sounds in classic rock (the entirety of Dark Side of the Moon is coated in plate ‘verb), and Catalinbread has captured all the magic of a real plate unit with its new reverb, the Talisman.
The main problem with a traditional plate reverb is its sheer size. Most studios simply can’t afford the space for a real unit, and don’t even think about taking one on the road. The Talisman is significantly smaller and sounds just as good. Everyone wins.
Based around the sounds of a real EMT140 plate unit (owned by Portland’s own Jackpot! Studios), the Talisman contains not only the core of the plate reverb, but a couple commonly sidechained effects as well; the High Pass control rolls off the low frequencies and the Pre Delay control governs the amount of time between picking and reverb. The Talisman’s Pre Delay control maxes out at 100ms, for those of you that prefer a “slap-back” type sound. Pick some strings and the reverb comes rushing in.
The three controls that round out the Talisman are Mix, Time and Volume, which can be fine-tuned to preserve your signal the way any good studio-quality reverb unit should. Mix controls the wet-dry blend of the effect, Time controls the length of the reverb’s decay and Volume balances the unit out nicely. A choice of operating voltages between 9–18 volts provide players with plenty of headroom.
Studio controls (Pre Delay and High Pass)
Based on real EMT140 plate reverb unit
9–18 volt operation for high headroom
Hand-built in Portland