Catalinbread Talisman Plate Reverb Guitar Effect Pedal


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The Catalinbread Talisman delivers era-defining plate reverb with studio-style controls and is 479.99% smaller than the leading plate reverb!

Listen to any recording from the '70s 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.

What is plate reverb? Plate reverb is an artificial effect that utilizes a sheet of metal that vibrates sympathetically with a soundwave that hits it. The basic architecture of a plate reverb unit has a large, thin sheet of metal (nearly 6.5’x3’ in the case of the legendary EMT140) that has a transducer at one corner driving the sheet in much the same way as a speaker would, on the other end a pickup to capture the vibrations of the metal sheet, and a mechanical dampener that reduces the plate vibration. The reverb sonically stays out of the way of the dry path due to the minimal initial reflections and a full warm reverb that tapers smoothly fades out into a tail. In the studio, plate reverbs were routinely employed due to the way they added a natural ambience without interfering with the original program material… That and the fact that even though they were nearly 7 feet long and 4 feet tall, plate reverb units were a heck of a lot smaller than a giant room or hall when ambience was needed on recordings.

Plate reverb units were used on just about every instrument including vocals. Though they sound particularly great with electric guitar due to the minimal early reflections which keeps plate reverbs from sounding too "effecty" and obvious. The warm quality of the full-bodied reverb naturally tapering off compliments perfectly the voice and range of the guitar. The problem has been until now, the giant size made plate reverb units prohibitive to use on the road. The Talisman is 479.99% smaller than the leading plate reverb!

Catalinbread always felt something was amiss with so-called "plate reverb" settings on many products in the marketplace. Lets be honest, they often simply sounded thin, metallic and lacking. It was almost as if the programmers said while tapping on a cookiesheet, "yeah I know what a metal sheet sounds like, I’ll program it to sound that way!" Catalinbread's goal was to capture all the goodness of classic studio plate reverb by actually experiencing a maintained EMT140 at Jackpot Studios with recording engineer Larry Crane.

Because plate reverb was born in the studio, on the Talisman Catalinbread included studio style sidechain effects that are routinely paired with plates. These controls are PRE DELAY, which delays the reverb by about 100mS. And HIGH PASS, which rolls off the low frequencies of the reverb. Both of these controls allow you to tune the reverb, in order to keep it from interfering with the dry signal.

Handbuilt in beautiful Portland, Oregon by a mostly caffeine-fueled staff of musicians, gear heads, and artists.

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      Comments about Catalinbread Talisman Plate Reverb Guitar Effect Pedal:

      I love reverb and a spring reverb was an "always on" setting for my amp... Until now! I have a simple stereo rig setup with Blues Junior set dry and a Hotone British Invasion/Orange speaker running The Tailsman thru the effects loop on 100% wet setting. It gives an amazingly lush / subtle delay and reverb throw in my home studio. Sit in the middle and you get a beautiful verb that brings to mind a bunch of classic guitar recordings. Never going back to the spring!

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      Warranty Info:

      3 Years Parts and Labor

      Catalinbread LLC will repair or replace this unit if it fails to operate due to defects in materials and/or workmanship for a period of 3 years to the date purchased by the original owner. This warranty does not cover misuse or neglect by the user. Nor does it cover cosmetic damage to the finish and external hardware. To qualify the unit must have been purchased by an authorized Catalinbread dealer in the country of the original owner.

      To qualify, simply fill out the warranty form and return to manufacturer within 10 days of purchase including a copy of the purchase receipt.