Plate reverbs seem to be en vogue these days; various manufacturers have brought forth their spins on plates (did you see what I did there) in plug-in format. UVI enters the competition with the aptly titled Plate, a “custom-shop” virtual electro-mechanical reverb whose design is fully configurable.
You are given control over many aspects such as metal type, plate size and aspect, input and output position, component decay, modulation, octave-band and low-cut filters, preamp saturation, and render quality among other things.
According to UVI, their modelling engine is able to convincingly replicate classic hardware reverbs like the EMT 140/240 while going beyond traditional sounds and laws imposed by nature. Thus, any number of custom-made reverb configurations are possible, along with plenty of sound design potential.
UVI has structured Plate’s user interface around two views, namely Compact and Expanded mode. The latter allows more control with additional mix functions and a spectrum editor where precise sound sculpting is accomplished via a realtime analyser.
Overall, this is an accomplished plug-in with cutting-edge modelling techniques that’s also cleverly designed – it welcomes both novice and professional users alike, thanks to its sectioned graphical interface. Personally, I’m not a super fan of plate reverbs, but I am impressed with UVI’s level of involvement here.
Price & availability
UVI Plate is available in all major formats for Windows and Mac computers at an introductory price of EUR 79, down from EUR 129.