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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Music Gear Monday: The VOG Plate Reverb

Lightning Boy Audio VOG Plate Reverb image from Bobby Owsinski's Big Picture blog
VOG Plate Reverb
You can buy a plugin to simulate just about anything these days, and there are quite a few that do an excellent job of reproducing the plate reverbs of yesteryear. As a result, you'd think there wouldn't be much demand for the 400 pound 5 foot tall by 8 foot wide real thing. Lightning Boy Audio thinks otherwise, with the release of its VOG (Voice of the Gods) honest-to-goodness real plate reverb.

The VOG tries to take the traditional EMT 140 to the next level, using a separate tube driver amp and output amp loaded with high quality tubes and components. It also has an adjustable dampening panel to set the decay time from between 2 to 5 seconds, and this can be remotely adjusted with an accessory motor, just like the plates of the past.

For those of you who actually have the room for a real plate reverb, be aware that the VOG will set you back anywhere from $6,000 to $6,850 for all the options. I can't even imagine what the shipping might cost.

Here's a bit about the VOG reverb and how it sounds in a video from the studio where it was born.


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