Ross School - Senior Project 2013


Student: Clark Hamilton

Mentor: Sy Abramowitz

Domains: Science, 75% Music, 25%

Faculty Grader: Adam Judd


Documentation of Product


Title: Reveerrrbb


I built a plate reverb unit after the style of the EMT 140's used in the audio recording studios of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. A plate reverb is an analog device used to create an audio reverberation by vibrating a stretched steel plate with the unaltered sound and then using an electromagnetic transducer to pickup the sound after it has vibrated through the plate. The goal of my project was to build a working, reliable plate reverb and be able to use it in my small home studio. I also used this project to learn electronic theory, welding and other manufacturing techniques.


Here is a more descriptive video of what I did:


Clark Hamilton's Senior Project from Ross School on Vimeo.


Exhibition & Presentation Summary


Presentation: PowerPoint



All were altered or changed, but these were referred to as reference.


Plate Construction

Jenson Transformers



Works Consulted


Buontempo, Bob. "Recording: How To Build Your Own Plate Reverb: A Concise Step By Step Process - Pro Sound Web." Pro Sound Web. Pro Sound Web, 11 Oct. 2011. Web. June 2012.

JCC & Associates. "JCC & Associates - Home of the Ecoplate and Plate Reverb Parts." JCC & Associates - Home of the Ecoplate and Plate Reverb Parts. N.p., 2007. Web. June 2012. <>.

"KVR: Building and Sampling a Real Stereo Plate Reverb." RSS Feed. Online Forum, May 2009. Web. July 2012.