LX480 Essentials Plate on Vocals

LX480 Essentials Plate on Vocals


Plates were one of the first types of artificial reverbs used in recording and they were exactly what the name suggests – a steel plate under tension by springs.

The plate gets vibrated by a signal sent to it from the mixer and the vibration would be picked up by contact microphone and sent back to the mixer.

Since it’s not technically a “real space” – a plate reverb has some interesting and distinguishing qualities.

When you hear a sound In a “real space” – like a room or hall, you also hear the reflections of this sound or “reverb.”

This reverb is made up of echoes as the sound reflects off surfaces in the space (walls, floors, ceiling, furniture etc). In a real space, these echoes are more discrete at the beginning of the reverb and as the reverb decays, the echo density increases.

With a plate reverb, because the speed of sound is much faster in metal than air, plates have a higher initial “echo density”, which creates a much more even-sounding reverb tail from beginning to end.

It’s this rich echo density that makes the plate reverb sound so unique and it’s also what makes it great for smoothing out almost any vocal in a mix.

The plate algorithm in the Relab LX480 Essentials mimics this lush and rich reverb sound and it’s one of the many reasons why the original 480L became so famous.

Let’s hear an example of a plate reverb preset from the LX480 Essentials.

Here we have a typical vocal track, recorded fairly dry…

DRY VOCAL EXAMPLE HERE: https://soundcloud.com/relabdevelopment/vocal-dry


The reverb sound chosen for this tutorial is the “Fat Plate” preset from the LX480 Essentials by Relab. 


The plate algorithm chosen for the LX480 Essentials is based on one of the most famous presets in the original 480L (Fat Plate) and can be suitable for many different mix needs.


Here is the vocal with the reverb preset applied. 


WET VOCAL EXAMPLE HERE: https://soundcloud.com/relabdevelopment/vocal-fat-plate-75-25-lx480


A 75:25 mix of the reverb is chosen so that the reverb tail is clearly audible, while not being so high that it couldn’t realistically be used in a real-life mix.


In your own mixes, try the Fat Plate as a starting point for your vocals, and simply adjust the reverb time (RTM) to better suit the tempo and feel of the song.

You can also use the low frequency and high frequency cutoffs (LOF and HIF) to remove unwanted low end or high end from the reverb.


Getting a great vocal reverb sound can be as simple as that. 


With the LX480 Essentials, you can spend less time searching for sound and more time creating them.




If you’re the type of engineer or producer that likes to dig a little deeper and wants to have a bit more control of your reverb, check out the LX480 Complete from Relab. 


LX480 Complete is a fully-featured reverb plug-in and considered to be the most accurate recreations of the original 480L, including additional features and enhancements that meet the demands of the modern production workflow.