Lustrous Plates recreates the beautiful tone of seven classic plate reverbs using LiquidSonics’ new Temporal Acoustic Spectral Mapping (TASM) technology.

Powered by Fusion-IR | Synthesis, Lustrous Plates is a rich and luxurious contemporary plate design with seven distinctive models. TASM uses a proprietary multi band dynamic capture and analysis method which allows an unprecedented frequency specific profiling of each plate’s natural decay, which is then mapped into an advanced reverb synthesis algorithm.

This not only reproduces the beautiful decay of real hardware plates, but it also gains the benefit of having classic algorithmic reverb parameters which allow fine tuning in ways that you’ve never been able to with any other plate emulation including precise control of frequency dispersion, width and modulation.

Lustrous Plates is available directly from LiquidSonics or as a part of the Slate Digital Everything Bundle.

Lustrous Plates - Main

Lustrous Plates comes with a selection of professionally designed presets for a wide range of sources including drums, guitars, vocals and strings so you can quickly find the ideal plate for your track.

See and hear more for yourself from Steven Slate in the Slate Digital NAMM 2019 launch video.

Or the light. The choice is yours! Lustrous Plates provides two colour themes, a light theme evoking the metallic feel of a hardware plate and a dark theme for those that prefer less brightly coloured UIs when working in lower lighting conditions.

Lustrous Plates - Themes

Each of the seven plate designs has the unique timbral and multi-band decay characteristics of an actual plate modelled using LiquidSonics’ proprietary Temporal Acoustic Spectral Mapping (TASM) technology.

Combined with the power of Fusion-IR Synthesis, this technique generates a very natural, high-quality plate simulation with the defining acoustic characteristics of the modelled plates and a reverberant fidelity usually only associated with the very highest quality hardware reverbs.

Lustrous Plates - Light Theme

Each of the models was designed following extensive measurements taken from real plates, so all have a distinctive and very realistic reverberant tone to them.

  • Chrome: A rich, full bodied plate with a classic plate multi-band decay profile
  • Silver: A light, airy plate with de-emphasised low-mids for enhanced clarity
  • Steel: Similar in nature to the chrome plate with a reduced low band decay time
  • Rhodium: Bright and rich, with a very neutral decay profile
  • Beryllium: A very reflective, lustrous metal inspiring a plate with a bright tone
  • Corbomite: A very dense and heavy plate
  • Iridium: Very dense, with a highly emphasised low decay profile

The dispersion of frequencies within a plate reverb plays a critical role in its sound. It is a major reason why a plate reverb sounds so distinctive, in particular with respect to the way it affects transients. A plate’s whip like onset is especially audible with percussive material, and is very well suited to guitars and vocals bestowing a unique and very desirable acoustic signature to the reverb.

This happens because sound travels through a metal plate at different speeds depending on its frequency. Similar in effect to a prism spatially splitting light into different colours, a plate temporally disperses sound by delaying different frequencies by different amounts. Low frequencies travel relatively slowly through the metal so are delayed more than the high frequencies.

Simulating the delay’s rate of change with frequency is crucial to achieving a convincing plate dispersion tone. In a real plate dispersion is largely determined by its dimensions and pick-up positions, but other factors including the construction material, tension, mounting factors and so on all make a difference. The amount of simulated dispersion for each plate in Lustrous Plates is all controllable via a single ‘frequency dispersion’ parameter for quick and powerful results.

The pickups in a plate can be repositioned such that there is a difference in the path length between the driver, left pickup and right pickup. This causes the dispersion present in the left and right channels to differ enhancing stereo depth and can also be controlled within the plug-in.

Modulated Reverb

Although traditional plate reverbs are static devices that do not modulate in time, we tend to find modulated reverbs more acoustically interesting (and even more realistic) than static ones. Hence modulation is a highly desirable characteristic in a reverb irrespective of the simulation type. This would traditionally be achieved in a plate simulation with small delay time deviations or delay tap motion which can cause unnatural chorusing and amplitude modulations.

Lustrous Plate’s Fusion-IR Synthesis engine is capable of fully modulating its reverb in a very natural, organic manner. It does not induce any unrealistic chorusing or other colourations of the reverb, and does not compromise the decay profiling in any way. The amount of modulation can be controlled from low to high with the depth control, and the speed of modulation is set using the rate control. Modulation can be bypassed entirely by setting the rate to its minimum value resulting in a traditional static reverb.

Rhythmic Reverberation 

The pre-delay of the reverb can be set in milliseconds, or click the metronome button to set it relative to the current project tempo to sync the reverb to the beat of the song.

A Unique Width Control

The sense of space generated by Lustrous Plates is controlled as much by its width as by its length. The reverberation generation algorithm employed by Lustrous Plates is capable of producing mono and fully decorrelated true stereo spaces or anything in-between. In true stereo it presents an optimally wide image without any phase or mono-compatibility concerns. For sources that do not require such a high degree of perceptual space around them the width can be progressively collapsed down from true stereo down to mono giving a high degree of control over how the reverb sits within the mix.

Parametric Filtering

Lustrous Plates provides low and high cut filters, as well as switchable bell/shelf bass and treble filters.

Lustrous Plates - EQ

Full Download and 14-Day Demo

The installer files for Lustrous Plates are linked below (these serve as demo and full version installers).

Slate Digital subscribers can get the plug-in through their download manager, or directly from the links below. The installers provided by Slate Digital and LiquidSonics are identical so it does not matter whether your authorisation comes from a perpetual LiquidSonics license or though the Everything Bundle subscription.

The Lustrous Plates demo is available for free on macOS and Windows.

To begin a demo please install the full software available from the tabs above and register the iLok code below in iLok License Manager:
1211-9044-5162-3365-6251-5462-6104-24

The demo will function for a period of 14 days. After this time a full license is required to continue using the software. 

The Windows installer for Lustrous Plates can be downloaded here.

Full Installer: Version 1.0.0

Download

Notes:
iLok License Manager software v4.1.2 and above is required, and you may need up update your iLok firmware by synchronising the iLok in iLok License Manager. No additional presets or content installers are required.

Alternative Download Link

If the standard download links are under heavy load you may download an identical file from a different server.

Download (US server)

The macOS installer for Lustrous Plates can be downloaded here.

Full Installer: Version 1.0.0

Download

Notes:
iLok License Manager software v4.1.2 and above is required, and you may need up update your iLok firmware by synchronising the iLok in iLok License Manager. No additional presets or content installers are required.

Alternative Download Link

If the standard download links are under heavy load you may download an identical file from a different server.

Download (US server)

The complete user guide for Lustrous Plates is available to download below.

User guide: Download

A summary of changes to Lustrous Plates since release is included below.

Version 1.0.0 (Released 19 March 2019)

Initial release

Windows v1.0.0: Download
macOS v1.0.0: Download

Purchasing and License Information

Available to buy from the LiquidSonics Store for $199

Lustrous Plates is also included as a part of the Slate Digital Everything Bundle subscription service.

Perpetual Licenses: Activations are supported via iLok 2/3 (sold separately), iLok Cloud or iLok computer based authorisation; two activations are included. 

Everything Bundle: Activations are supported via iLok 2/3 or iLok Cloud; one activation is provided per subscription.

System Requirements and Specifications

Lustrous Plates supports all major DAWs on Windows and macOS

  • iLok 2, iLok 3, iLok Cloud or iLok computer based authorisation
  • Windows 7 and above
  • OS X / macOS 10.9 and above
  • VST 2.4, VST3, Audio Unit and AAX Native plug-in formats
  • 64-bit DAWs are recommended (32-bit is supported)
  • 500 MB hard disk space is required
  • At least 8 GB of main memory is recommended
  • A dual core i5 processor or above is recommended

Lustrous Plates’ capabilities are as follows:

  • Seven unique plate models created with TASM
  • Faithfully reproduced frequency dispersion and damping
  • Modulated and fully decorrelated true stereo reverb design
  • Roll-off (6-24 dB), high cut, low and high shelf/bell filters
  • Width control (mono through to fully decorrelated true-stereo)
  • Pre-delay (0 to 500 ms or sync to tempo)
  • Light and dark colour themes
  • Tool-tip help system
  • Mono, mono-to-stereo and stereo-to-stereo channel configurations supported