DIY "IKEA Hack" Plate Reverb. UPDATE - Pt II

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DIY "IKEA Hack" Plate Reverb. UPDATE - Pt II

Post by parry » Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:21 am

Very cool, DIY video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZWAntOnrx4

you can skip to 2:13
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Re: DIY "IKEA Hack" Plate Reverb. Sub $100

Post by s_mcsleazy » Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:08 pm

i seen that earlier. pretty near wee idea.
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Re: DIY "IKEA Hack" Plate Reverb. Sub $100

Post by øøøøøøø » Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:47 pm

Looks like a fun experiment, but... to me anyway, the results of that experiment are unequivocally that you probably don't want to use an IKEA table as a plate reverb.

The demonstration in the video is unacceptably sproingy and muddy, and with a definite, distinct pitch set that's rather low. It doesn't sound like "plate reverb" so much as it sounds like someone banging on an empty metal trash can in unison with the snare.

A bit part of the reason is that an EMT is considerably larger, and placed under considerable tension. This experiment proves, if nothing else, that those traits are important, in part so that the metal plate's own resonant frequency doesn't make a note (or group of notes) that may or may not (and most likely not) be related to the music that you're adding reverb to.

Sadly, there's no free lunch ever in the world of hardware. Fortunately, you don't need to hack together a plate for $100. Valhalla Plate is $50 and really, really good.

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Re: DIY "IKEA Hack" Plate Reverb. Sub $100

Post by Larry Mal » Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:18 pm

I looked into buying a plate reverb. Like I'm some rich guy or something. I live in an apartment.

But I love plate reverb.
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Post by øøøøøøø » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:06 pm

Larry Mal wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:18 pm
I looked into buying a plate reverb. Like I'm some rich guy or something. I live in an apartment.

But I love plate reverb.
Sometimes you can get an old Ecoplate II or III for not-too-much.

It's not an EMT, no, but if tuned and in good shape it's a cool little reverb, and definitely a real plate

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Re: DIY "IKEA Hack" Plate Reverb. Sub $100

Post by parry » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:12 pm

øøøøøøø wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:47 pm
...it sounds like someone banging on an empty metal trash can in unison with the snare.
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Re: DIY "IKEA Hack" Plate Reverb. Sub $100

Post by Larry Mal » Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:30 pm

øøøøøøø wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:06 pm
Larry Mal wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:18 pm
I looked into buying a plate reverb. Like I'm some rich guy or something. I live in an apartment.

But I love plate reverb.
Sometimes you can get an old Ecoplate II or III for not-too-much.

It's not an EMT, no, but if tuned and in good shape it's a cool little reverb, and definitely a real plate
thank you- I'll keep an eye out when I buy a house. I'll be putting a little studio in that and a plate would be quite the tool to have there. We had one at school and I loved it on acoustic guitars and such.
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Post by øøøøøøø » Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:17 am

Some people try to ask a lot of money for those old Ecoplates. But if you wait around and find one locally or within driving distance, you can often score fairly cheap from someone who doesn't want the hassle of shipping a medium-large and very fragile heavy thing

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Re: DIY "IKEA Hack" Plate Reverb. Sub $100

Post by tele_pathic » Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:51 am

That was a neat video, and I appreciate that some people simply enjoy the build and experimentation.

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Re: DIY "IKEA Hack" Plate Reverb. Sub $100

Post by fuzzjunkie » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:00 am

tele_pathic wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:51 am
That was a neat video, and I appreciate that some people simply enjoy the build and experimentation.
I did at least, but it needs to be refined and tuned quite a bit before it’s more than a hack or special effect. I wouldn’t really call it a Plate Reverb at this point. It can make cool trashy sounds though, and sometimes that’s useful. It’s a bit like tape echo emulator pedals though. A lot of what they do doesn’t really sound like a real studio grade tape echo.
Some people gravitate towards the stranger sounds in the grunge, lo-fi, wobble and noise end of the spectrum that those pedals can do. That has an appeal as a special effect source, but it doesn’t sound like tape echo, although now with the proliferation of these pedals plenty of people think that’s what a tape echo should sound like. To me, that’s what’s happening here. A cool sound source, and a nice hack, but not something I would recommend for a Plate Reverb sound.

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Re: DIY "IKEA Hack" Plate Reverb. Sub $100

Post by tele_pathic » Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:35 pm

fuzzjunkie wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:00 am
tele_pathic wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:51 am
That was a neat video, and I appreciate that some people simply enjoy the build and experimentation.
I did at least, but it needs to be refined and tuned quite a bit before it’s more than a hack or special effect. I wouldn’t really call it a Plate Reverb at this point. It can make cool trashy sounds though, and sometimes that’s useful. It’s a bit like tape echo emulator pedals though. A lot of what they do doesn’t really sound like a real studio grade tape echo.
Some people gravitate towards the stranger sounds in the grunge, lo-fi, wobble and noise end of the spectrum that those pedals can do. That has an appeal as a special effect source, but it doesn’t sound like tape echo, although now with the proliferation of these pedals plenty of people think that’s what a tape echo should sound like. To me, that’s what’s happening here. A cool sound source, and a nice hack, but not something I would recommend for a Plate Reverb sound.
Oh no...I thought the reverb sounded terrible. I was just trying to avoid negativity.

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Re: DIY "IKEA Hack" Plate Reverb. Sub $100

Post by parry » Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:14 am

An update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OcRMA2FNUE
Now 100x better. ;)
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