I have been a fan of plate reverb for many years but I have never made one. The space and brightness it can add to vocals and solo sounds is unique and distinctive.
I understand the mechanism but the physics escapes me. Can a plate be too thin, thick, soft or hard? Is there a formula or am I in suckitandsee territory?
The back of a Kosmo rack seems like a natural place to fit up something like this; a largish rectangle.
Using multiple drivers, and dampers (my word for ‘tuning’ harmonic shiz from a plate reverb - aka blu tak or a blob or two of glue) to add (or remove) qualities of the sound much like a filter is something I’d like to play with.
I know we have some physicists here and wondered if anyone can point me to some laymans reference material so I can better plan an experimental muck about this summer.
There are things I want to know like what would a hole or holes in the plate do? Distortion, some weird 2d lens effect, nothing at all? Does it need to be flat? Could I spiral up a sheet (rolled up but not touching) and make a tube plate reverb or take an old pipe and make one cut lengthways to make it a curved plate?
What part does the environment play? What would a pressurised space or vacuum add or remove?
Too many unknowns for me so any steer to good info, algorithm, physical laws would be great.
Ok I’ve used up my daily quota of question marks…