There have been at least a few makes and models of these reverberant beasts over the years, but there is one that has been hailed by some as the king of all reverbs, and that is the one we will kick this series off with. Not one, but in fact *two* of these brutes have been sampled and recreated through the power of Nebula, and are now destined to be key tools in your sonic arsenal.
No two plates of even the same make and model are going to sound exactly the same, especially when they may be up to half a century old! The manual (which I encourage you to look at! you can do so right from this site) goes into more detail about the hows and whys here. The odds are that if two of these plates have been well taken care of at different studios, both will provide great, but different sounding reverb. Because these plates are mechanical/electronic hybrid beasts, there is probably more variation between your average two examples of this classic reverb, than there is between any two examples of a well known ‘vintage’ compressor or EQ. For us this is a great thing, because it means more possibilities/flavors for us to use!
Here, one stereo plate (which does provide a subtle stereo widening effect) with solid state amplification (Codename: #1 Olympus) was used, and one mono plate with the earlier tube amp (Codename:#3 Styx). They were sampled for use in Nebula to include a fully functional, sampled dampening control. It sounds and works great. You won’t find too many other Nebula reverbs with sampled adjustable controls in them, besides some of the other ones I’ve done. This does however mean that to use the 96khz version of the set you will need to be using the 64bit Nebula plugin. If you’re worried about CPU usage, I’ve made lite versions of the programs that you can use while mixing, to set up the controls how you want them, before switching to the full versions to render.
Last there is a custom EQ program I’ve made using a custom built rack mounted stereo set of ‘Stooder’ 900 Series console channel strip preamps/equalizers. I have created a program that combines a fully variable high pass filter with a high shelf with adjustable gain. This EQ program is intended to be placed before the reverb so you can shape the results you get out of it. The use of the EQ is optional, but I definitely recommend using either it or any EQ you prefer before the plate programs, to get the most out of them.