Catalinbread Talisman Reverb
The Catalinbread Talisman Reverb reflects an era-defining plate reverb with studio-style controls.
And it’s 479.99% smaller than the leading plate reverb!
Listen to any recording from the ’70s and you’ll most likely hear the sound of a plate reverb.
This is a giant mechanical contraption roughly the size of a king-size bed.
It was Pale in the studio and the only reverb on Pink Floyd’s iconic Dark Side of the Moon.
What made plate reverb so cool?
It adds lush ambience, dimension, thickness, and depth in an unobtrusive way.
When you listen to your favorite albums from the 70s you probably don’t even realize how much plate reverb you are hearing.
Go back and listen and hone in on the reverb sound. There is a lot of reverb actually there.
In the studio, the plate reverb signal is processed on the way back to the console, where filters and delays are applied.
What is a Plate Reverb
Plate reverb is an artificial effect that utilizes a sheet of metal. It vibrates sympathetically with a soundwave that hits it.
The basic architecture of a plate reverb unit has a large, thin sheet of metal (nearly 6.5’x3’ in the case of the legendary EMT140).
This has a transducer at one corner driving the sheet in much the same way as a speaker would.
On the other end a pickup to capture the vibrations of the metal sheet. Also, a mechanical dampener reduces the plate vibration.
The reverb sonically stays out of the way of the dry path due to the minimal initial reflections. A full warm reverb that tapers smoothly fades out into a tail.
In the studio, plate reverbs were routinely employed due to the way they added a natural ambience without interfering with the original program material.
That and the fact that even though they were nearly 7 feet long and 4 feet tall, plate reverb units were a heck of a lot smaller than a giant room or hall when ambience was needed on recordings.
Just about every instrument and vocal had plate reverb on it.
Plate reverbs sound great with guitars
They sound particularly great with electric guitar due to the minimal early reflections. Minimising these reflections keeps the reverbs from sounding too “effect like” and obvious.
The warm quality of the full-bodied reverb naturally tapering off compliments perfectly the voice and range of the guitar.
The problem has been until now, the giant size made plate reverb units prohibitive to use on the road.
We are proud to brag that the Talisman is 479.99% smaller than the leading plate reverb!
We always felt something was amiss with the so-called “plate reverb” settings on many products in the marketplace.
Let’s be honest, they often simply sounded thin, metallic, and crappy.
It was almost as if the programmers said while tapping on a cookie sheet, “yeah I know what a metal sheet sounds like, I’ll program it to sound that way!”
Our goal was to capture all the goodness of classic studio plate reverb by actually experiencing a maintained EMT140 at Jackpot! Studios.
- High Pass
- Pre Dealy
Because plate reverb was born in the studio, on the Talisman we included studio-style sidechain effects that are routinely paired with plates.
These controls are PRE DELAY, which delays the reverb by about 100mS.
And HIGH PASS, which rolls off the low frequencies of the reverb.
Both of these controls allow you to tune the reverb, in order to keep it from interfering with the dry signal.