If you go back to the 70's nearly any recording you listen to will have some kind of plate reverb on it. Plates were one of the first ways that you could get a synthetic reverb that can help fill out a mix. The Catalinbread Talisman looks to capture the signature sound of 70's plate reverbs in a small compact pedal.
Based On A Legend
When looking at plate reverbs there was one model that stood out as an industry standard sound. This was the EMT140 a big luscious reverb that could really help fill out a mix thanks to the fact that it sonically stayed out of the way of the dry signal. Catalinbread wanted that to be one of the key features of this pedal so the sound is heavily inspired by this legendary piece of gear.
Controlling The 'Verb
While a lot of plate reverb style pedals feature your normal Mix, Volume and Time controls which don't really need any explanation the Talisman has a couple of tricks up its sleeve. Two common effects used with the old plate reverbs were high pass filters and pre delay so Catalinbread added in controls for these effects as well.
The pre delay controls exactly how long it takes for the reverb to kick in. You can set up to a 100ms delay really separating your original note and the reverb which works fantastic for slower chords based playing. To make sure that the Talisman always fits in to your bands mix you also have access to a high pass filter. This means that if your tone has a bit too much low end you can dial it out to make sure you still pop through.
Here's what Catalinbread say about the Talisman
Era-defining plate reverb with studio-style controls. 479.99% smaller than the leading plate reverb. It adds lush ambience, dimension, thickness, and depth in an unobtrusive way.
Listen to any recording from the 70’s and you’ll most likely hear the sound of a plate reverb, a giant mechanical contraption roughly the size of a king size bed. It was ubiquitous in the studio, and was the only reverb used on Pink Floyd’s iconic Dark Side of the Moon album for example. What made plate reverb so cool? It adds lush ambience, dimension, thickness, and depth in an unobtrusive way. When you listen to your favorite albums from the 70s you probably don’t even realize how much plate reverb you are hearing. Go back and listen and hone in on the reverb sound and you’ll probably be surprised how much reverb is actually there. In the studio the plate reverb signal was often processed on the way back to the console where the things like filtering and delays were applied.