Developer Black Rooster Audio presents its take on the old EMT-140 plate reverb. Before reverbs went digital, they used to occupy entire rooms. Produced in 1957, the venerable EMT 140 Plate reverb is 272 kilos worth of hardware. It’s also the definitive plate reverb until this very day, sparking the interest of audio plug-in developers.
Black Rooster Audio RO-140
BLA is rubbing shoulders with the likes of Arturia, Soundtoys, and UAD – all of which have an EMT 140 plug-in up their sleeves. Rather than sampling the reverb, the developer opted for physical modeling and built six kinds of plates – titanium, gold, silver, bronze, aluminum, and steel. The plug-in provides a good amount of customization options. There are input and output level controls, a dampening control, a three-band equalizer with an additional bass cut knob, three types of output (Mono, Mono + Stereo, Stereo), Pre/Delay, Size, and Dry/Wet knobs.
Whether the BLA RO-140 sounds the best of the bunch is up for you to decide. It is, however, the most affordable. UAD asks for USD 199, Arturia and Soundtoys ask for USD 99; BLA needs USD 71 (EUR 59). Add to that a 14-day free trial version for testing, and RO-140 makes for a wallet-friendly plate reverb. Additionally, the three videos below showcase how the reverb sounds on synth, guitar and drums.
Price and availability
RO-140 is available from Black Rooster Audio now, priced EUR 59. The plug-in works under Windows and macOS in VST, AAX, and AU formats. A free 14-day trial version can be downloaded.