Waves Abbey Road Reverb Plates Plug-in

Reverb Plug-in with Models of 4 Classic Abbey Road Reverb Plates - Mac/PC AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, AU, SoundGrid
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Get Your Plate Reverb!

Waves' Abbey Road Reverb Plates plug-in enhances your 'verb palette with meticulous models of four Abbey Road Studios EMT 140 reverb plates. Dating from the late 1950s, these large reverb devices were used on many legendary recordings, including, of course, classics by the Beatles and Pink Floyd. Flawlessly maintained by Abbey Road engineers, these wonderful-sounding plates deliver variable reverb lengths of up to six seconds. Three of the plates were modified by EMI Labs with custom hybrid solid-state drive amps; the fourth is fully tube powered. All together, Waves Abbey Road Reverb Plates gives you essential plate reverb, in all its sonic glory.

Waves Abbey Road Reverb Plates Plug-in at a Glance:
  • The origins of plate reverb
  • How plate reverb works
The origins of plate reverb

Bill Putnam, Sr. (the founder of Universal Audio) is credited with the first use of artificial reverb in 1947. His echo "device" was simply a loudspeaker and microphone placed in his Chicago studio's bathroom. And thus, the live-room echo chamber was born, and every studio had to have one. In the 1950s, the German company EMT introduced another device to complement the live room's fixed reverb times: Plate reverb.

How plate reverb works

A plate's stereo reverb results from the suspension, within a large wooden box, of a metal sheet (plate) with tensioned springs affixed to each corner. Audio energy is injected into the plate via a transducer. The sound off the plate is then captured by two contact mics on the plate's surface. An internal damper gives you control over reverb time. The warm richness of plate reverb is all over your favorite recordings from the 1960s and '70s. Although plates are not made anymore, Waves has captured what are probably the four best-sounding plates on the planet, complete with plate and damper behaviors, as well as harmonic distortion of both drive and output amps. Take it from Sweetwater: Waves Abbey Road Reverb Plates is a must-have plug-in.

Waves Abbey Road Reverb Plates Plug-in Features:
  • Meticulous models of 4 classic Abbey Road EMT 140 reverb plates
  • Each plate has its own unique sonic characteristics
  • Drive control lets you set THD for the input and output amps, and the plate itself
  • You can add analog noise and hum to taste
  • 4 original bass-cut positions included
  • Crosstalk between stereo inputs for "stereo leak" effect
Get your plate reverb with Waves Abbey Road Reverb Plates!

Tech Specs

Software Type Abbey Road Reverb models
Platform Mac, PC
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 64-bit
Format AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, AU, SoundGrid
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core i3 or higher, 4GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core i3 or higher, 4GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 SP1 or later
Manufacturer Part Number ABRRPLT

Customer Reviews

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The only reverb you'll ever need

All I can say is.....WOW. This reverb is lush, warm, spacious, crisp, versatile and everything else you would ever need in a reverb. A must-have plug-in.
Music background: Always learning

Best Plate Reverb

I try every plate plug in out there, Waves Abbey Road Reverb Plates is 99% close to the sound of my real EMT 140, but with much more options!
Music background: Producer


Best in my collection of reverbs...takes me back to recording in the late seventies....must have item....

The Best Plate Reverbs In The World!

The Waves Abbey Road Plate Reverbs are the best sounding reverbs I have ever heard coming thru my monitors! They fit easily in to any mix and mastering session you use them on. I can't praise them enough! Just thinking about them makes me want to write some more music to use them on! I give them 20 Stars, (but they only let me show 5).
Music background: 25 Years in the business.

Loving It

If you have not had a chance to hear what this plug in does I suggest you watch some tutorials quick. The minute I watched the 1st review I got it. Now when I tested this reverb it is the best reverb I have heard thus far in a plug in. I first tried it on a simple snare on a beat I really didn't care for too much. I added the reverb and it instantly opened up the drum kit with it just on the snare hit. I was truly amazed. Also tried it on a piano track same beat I was like d..........n!!!! Now do you get the picture try it if you haven't thanks to you guys at Sweetwater you're the best.
Music background: Hip Hop & R&B
See also: Reverb Plugins, Waves, Waves Plug-ins: Reverbs & Delays