Valhalla DSP Bundle (Plate, Room & Vintage Verb)

Valhalla Plate is modeled after the real world sound and behavior of steel plate reverbs and allows users to go beyond the physical capabilities of this sound. Steel plate reverbs were some of the first reverb sounds used in recording production, starting in the '60s, and quite complicated to set up. Now that we are well into the digital recording revolution, there are a plethora of digital reverb models that emulate this sound that we can quickly load up and implement. The Valhalla plate realistically models the physics of plate reverbs in addition to providing extra control or extended techniques. These include controlling how metallic the reverb sounds and a lush modulation setting that eliminates any metallic artifacts. There are Plate sounds available in the Valhalla Room plug-in but for producers and engineers who tend to gravitate towards plate for signal processing, this stand-alone tool is a worthy investment. 

Valhalla Room - If you were to decide on only one reverb of the four, Valhalla Room would be a great versatile choice. There is a little of everything here as far as sizes of rooms, including light ambiences, traditional hall and plate sounds and complex, modulated spaces. There are twelve unique reverberation algorithms to choose from and a host of presets to get started as well. Also of note are the ‘Early’ and ‘Late’ sections. The ‘Early’ section allows you to design short bursts of reverberation energy like gates and chorusing effects while the ‘Late’ section allows for shaping control over the decays up to 100 seconds. There are so many preset choices and possible algorithm combinations, that one could spend hours listening to the various nuances produce by subtle and dramatic changes a like. 

Valhalla Vintage is sweet sounding reverb inspired by classic hardware digital reverbs of '70s and '80s. The way Costello recreated the '70s and '80s version of the Vintage is fascinating. In the '70s hardware version, there was a 10 kHz maximum output frequency, and the sound was down sampled internally. He reproduced this sound with custom algorithms so that the modulation is dark and noisy and artifacts are intentionally produced to give the impression of running at a lower sampling rate. The '80s version has a brighter sound in comparison and runs at full bandwidth and sample rate, although the modulation is still dark and noisy. A ‘NOW ‘ setting is also included with clean and colorless modulation. The reverb algorithms include some standard Halls, Plate and Rooms but also interesting setting like ‘Nonlin,’ which combine gated, reverse and nonlinear into one and sound otherworldly. Many of the algorithms in Vintage emulate '80s style hardware reverbs as well giving this plug-in a unique vintage quality all its own.

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