And now for the ultimate "checkmate" in the Audio Hardware vs Software debate. My professional gig has been in recording/production for the last 15 years and before that another 15 years as a working/touring musician. In all those years you pick up a lot of tricks to the trade and hard earned wisdom . The gear can't be some hobby type of indulgence it has got to earn its keep. Now behold the Pluto Plate. Every digital reverb ever made in the last few decades has a "Plate" setting in it, so you think you know what a plate should sound like by now right? I thought i did but how wrong I was. The Pluto Plate is an old design modernized by Mr Ed Riemer to carry the real plate reverb effect into the next golden age of recording and production. And not a moment too soon. At Woolly Mammoth Sound our use of the Pluto Plate is constant and critical, we can't live without it. It's ability to envelop sound AND spread it out beyond the left and right is breathtaking . Unlike digital reverb it is seamless in its ability to make the edges of the material sonically invisible . Now have some fun with the damper control system and the variances of long to short start to inspire even more uses you didn't think possible before! If you've got an area in your studio to accommodate the 1ft x 5ft x 8ft box that holds the dimensions to the universe of reverb then I say go for it,you'll never regret it. David Minehan Woolly Mammoth Sound Waltham,Ma.
Update! Just when you thought it couldn't get better, it did: Wooly Mammoth now owns TWO Pluto Plate Reverb!
Pluto Plate - Modern spec, handbuilt, old school amazing plate reverb
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Stuart Martin's Stonebridge Studios first major project with the Pluto Plate is the 10th Anniversary retrospective CD featuring one-off "tribute shows" for the DC area. The shows feature 30 to 50 musicians from the DC area plus a few "luminaries". Past tribute shows include Nils Lofgren, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Neil Finn and Crowded House, The Byrds, Woodstock, Bob Dylan, Allen Toussaint, British Invasion, etc. Past luminaries feature Nils Lofgren (hey, is that a theme?), Skunk Baxter, Steuart Smith (Eagles), Tommy Lepson (Root Boy Slim), Tim Biery (Danny Gatton), Jon Carroll (Starland Vocal Band and Mary Chapin Carpenter), John Jennings (Mary Chapin Carpenter), the Nighthawks, and me (well, I wasn't exactly "featured", but I can be ill-luminescent).
Stuart: "The collection of 37 songs features 10 of my previously released mixes, 17 of my new mixes, 6 unreleased board mixes, and 4 previously released board mixes. While mixing the compilation, the Pluto Plate provided the "that's it!" factor for tracks that needed to be highlighted (especially in several dense mixes where the vocals or guitar solos needed to stand out positively). Ed's plate also helped "stereo-ize" mono keyboard and guitar solo tracks, and it was also instrumental in providing a stereo version of mono-recorded audience tracks."