Valhalla DSP ValhallaPlate v1.0.0 [WiN-OSX] Incl Patch and Keygen-R2R
With three rather fine reverbs (VintageVerb, Room and Shimmer) and one excellent modulation/delay (Ubermod) already under his belt, a plate reverb emulation feels like the next logical step for Valhalla DSP’s Sean Costello.
As it transpires, Valhalla Plate (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) has been on the completion list for some time, with an ongoing development process incorporating analysis of various EMT 140s with the assistance of Seattle engineer Don Gunn.
Valhalla Plate follows the developer’s established 2D design ethos with minimal controls – just 11 knobs and two dropdown menus.
Each of the plugin’s 12 Modes provides a different plate ‘flavour’, influencing the attack (fast, soft, medium and so on), colour (dark or bright) and density, ably demonstrated by a set of appropriately foldered (Small, Medium, Large, Huge) and sensibly labelled (‘MED-Perfect Tom Plate’, for example) presets.
The main adjustable parameters comprise Decay (0.5-30secs), Predelay (up to 500ms), gentle high and low shelving EQs (200Hz-20kHz and 20Hz-2kHz respectively, with +/-12dB of cut or boost), and reverb Mix.
There’s also chorus- style modulation on tap via the Rate (0.05-5Hz) and Depth (0-100%) knobs, and two further decay controls, Size and Width, ranging from 0%-200%, with 100% being the default setting.
The Width control behaves as you’d expect (0% is mono, for example), while the Size control not only adjusts the physical size of the plate (not something you could do in reality), but is also particular to each model. Smaller settings typically creating a more metallic sound, and larger settings a smoother, denser sound.
Plate reverbs typically have instant onset, short high-frequency decay (the mid-range usually defines the decay time), and a slightly weird but pleasant stereo image. Valhalla Plate emulates all of this perfectly while giving an amazing amount of sonic variety from mode to mode.
From the reasonably neutral and spacious Chrome and Steel modes, via the upfront and brighter Brass, to the darker Titanium and Lithium, the base options, even before you start editing them, are quite excellent.
Every model has its own depth, resonant character (Osmium picks up snare body beautifully, for example) and stereo image, and our favourites are Unobtanium (quite bright and wide) and Radium (wonderfully unobtrusive).
When you want to tweak, the EQ is powerful enough to curtail mid and low build-up and boost the top end for splashy effects, and the modulation delivers adequate (though not excessive) wobble.
Finally, Valhalla Plate allows decay times up to 30 seconds. That’s considerably more than you’d be able to coax from a real plate, which opens it up to more creative effects uses. It kind of makes you wish the modulation could be pushed to extremes, too…
Clearly, a lot of time and thought has gone into Valhalla Plate, taking it way beyond simply a slavish EMT 140 emulation, but retaining the subtlety and nuance required of any quality hardware emulation.
ValhallaPlate realistically models the physics of plate reverbs:
High diffusion, for reverbs that have maximally high echo density.
Frequency dependent decay time, for huge lows and clear highs, under the control of a single Decay parameter.
Dispersion, for creating 3D imaging in the decay. The reverb comes from outside the speakers, and decays into the depths behind the speakers.
ValhallaPlate extends the plate reverb into dimensions that real plates can’t reach:
Variable size, to control how metallic a reverb mode sounds. Small sizes result in more metallic delays, while larger sizes sound clearer.
Lush modulation, that eliminates any metallic artifacts, while retaining the pitch of the input.
Twelve original reverberation algorithms (5 new algorithms added to version 1.0.0):
Four reverb modes (Chrome, Steel, Brass, Cobalt) that emulate “true stereo” plates, with 2 input drivers and 2 output pickups.
Three reverb modes (Adamantium, Titanium, Osmium) that emulate the traditional mono-in, stereo-out plates. These modes have the resonance density found in real plate reverberators.
Five reverb modes (Aluminum, Copper, Unobtanium, Radium, Lithium) that combine the 3D dispersive characteristics of steel plates with the high resonance density found in reverberation chambers.
All of the modes can be run as a mono-in/mono-out, mono-in/stereo-out, or stereo-in/stereo-out plugin.
ValhallaPlate builds upon the Valhalla DSP plugin heritage:
Minimalist, resizable 2D GUI, with self-documenting tool tip area.
A comprehensive preset browser makes saving, recalling and sharing settings easy.
Fully compatible with 32 and 64 bit DAWs (32/64 bit VST for OSX and Windows, 32/64 bit Audio Units for OSX, 32-bit RTAS for OSX and Windows, 64-bit AAX for OSX and Windows).
Low CPU usage! You can use all the instances you need without your computer slowing down.