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Customer Reviews 149 Reviews

4.84 out of 5 stars

by B. Lynch (12/19/2014):

One of the best sounding plug-ins I have heard let alone used. Excellent on most all Vocals and ... Read more

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Overview

EMT® 250 Classic Electronic Reverb Plug-In

Iconic Lever-Driven Digital Reverb & Modulation Effects Unit

Introduced in 1976, and still regarded as one of the best-sounding reverb units ever made, the EMT 250 was the first digital reverberator to operate through a purely electronic system. Today, Universal Audio is proud to introduce a faithful emulation of this iconic, lever-driven reverb as a UAD Powered Plug-In. Although only around 250 hardware units were ever built, the EMT 250 continues to leave an immeasurable mark on record-making history in the hands of studio legends like George Massenburg, Bruce Swedien, Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno, and Allen Sides.

  • Faithful recreation of the EMT 250 reverb unit, widely considered one of the best-sounding reverbs ever built
  • Very same algorithm found in the original, repurposed for plug-in use in conjunction with original EMT 250 designer Dr. Barry Blesser
  • Additional EMT 250 effects also included: Delay, Phasing, Chorus, Echo, and Space
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide
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The EMT 250’s distinctive clear and open reverb sound has appeared on countless records, including Prince & The Revolution’s Purple Rain, Elvis Costello’s Spike, and modern classics like The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Stadium Arcadium. Re-engineered by Universal Audio alongside EMT 250 creator Dr. Barry Blesser — and fully endorsed by EMT Studiotechnik GmbH — the EMT 250 Powered Plug-In goes far beyond emulation by using the very same algorithm found in these extremely rare units.

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Reviews

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  • Jacquire King

    (Norah Jones, Tom Waits)

    "EMT 250 is amazing. It’s all over Norah's [Jones] record, on all of the songs, I used the EMT 250 reverb plug."

    Just Blaze

    (Jay-Z, Saigon, Kanye West)

    "The modeling [was] done so faithfully to the original unit ... I’m a really big fan of that [EMT 250] plug-in."

    Andrew Scheps

    (Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Duke Spirit)

    "I use the UAD EMT® 250 Classic Electronic Reverb Plug-In reverb because it's such a specific sound, and that plug-in really does capture it."

    Joe Chiccarelli

    (The White Stripes, My Morning Jacket, The Killers

    "The [UAD] EMT 250 works great for snare drum. I sometimes use it very short and tight to give some dimension, or for more ballad-type songs in the four-second range with full pre-roll."

    Rik Simpson

    (Coldplay)

    "Forget any other plate emulation, the [UAD EMT 250] could actually be the real thing. Deep, wide, and full of personality."

  • Ryan Hewitt

    (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

    "The EMT 250 and EMT140 emulations [for UAD] are stunning. They're just absolutely phenomenal."

    Jeff Russo

    (Tonic)

    "The EMT 250 [plug-in] is the perfect reverb for vocals. Warm and perfect tails."

    Glenn Rosenstein

    (Ziggy Marley, U2)

    "One plug-in I’m particularly happy with is the EMT 250 reverb ... And UA got it right. I mean spot on."

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    EQ

    "To take your reverb to the next level, [the EMT 250's] full, spacious sound adds an overlay of reality that many digital reverbs lack."

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    EQ

    "You can't go wrong with UA's plugs, and these three [EMT 250, FATSO and Trident A-Range EQ] are no exception."

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    EQ

    "When I first called this [EMT 250 plug-in] up, waves of nostalgia kicked in ... the EMT 250 does an outstanding job."

    Jacquire King

    (Norah Jones, Tom Waits)

    "[The EMT 250] just puts this beautiful halo of space and sound around the voice"

    Ryan Hewitt

    (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

    "So now I have my UAD on everything, and I'm using the EMT 140 and the EMT 250 as effects. It's so much easier."

    Paul White

    (Sound On Sound)

    "To my ears it [EMT 250] has a plate-like character but with noticeably less density ... very flattering to vocals ..."

    Paul White

    (Sound On Sound)

    "[Cooper Time Cube, EMT 250, or FATSO] ... for the real vintage character, I don't think UA have any rivals at the moment."

  • (Computer Music)

    "[The EMT 250 is] easy to mix with & sounds 'right' on a variety of material — we tried drums, percussion, vocals, synths & guitars."

    (Computer Music)

    "The [EMT 250's] sound is very lush, with some pleasant modulation going on and a dark tonality."

    (Computer Music)

    "When you factor in the EMT 250's five funky extra effects, it all adds up to one outstanding plug-in. Great Work, UA!"

    (Computer Music)

    "[The EMT 250] only really has one sound. But what a fabulous sound it is! It has a 'magic' to it that few others can touch"

    Charlie Clouser

    (NIN, "Saw" Soundtracks)

    "The EMT reverb [plug-in] instantly took me back 20 years. I'm so glad to have such musical-sounding tools."

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    by B. Lynch (Friday 13 December, 2013)

    One of the best sounding plug-ins I have heard let alone used. Excellent on most all Vocals and Acoustic Instruments, flawless! … Read More

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    Nice multi FX
    by G. NOTERIS (Friday 11 October, 2013)

    The reverb part of the plug is really special. A very "light" kind of sound that have the ability to become almost unoticeable in the mix. So if you want to apply a lot of reverb on a source without muddying your mix this unit really is a must. As the EMT 140 this unit is very easy to use. 4 parame … Read More

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    fantastic reverb and more
    by J. Kehm (Friday 19 July, 2013)

    This ended up being my go to UAD reverb. It is not so much a dreamy reverb as it is a clean reverb that helps ground the source to the mix. The other FX are also wonderful. … Read More

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    Killuh Dilluh
    by C. (Buck) Anderson (Sunday 14 April, 2013)

    Wow ,,,,What a slick verb. I have the 224 which is way the deal! But!!!! when I add this puppy with it I get some very nice lush verb's. It's little bit of a tric to get it figured out as far as using it, so use the presets to get started and tweek it from there. By starting with the presets you als … Read More

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    UA Greatness!
    by D. Gallant (Tuesday 19 February, 2013)

    Love it... My new go-to reverb! Thanks for 12 years of fabulous plugs UA!! Davy Gallant Dogger Pond Music inc. … Read More

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Artists
  • Mixing The Pierces’ “Believe in Me” with UAD Plug-

    Christian "Leggy" Langdon is a producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and engineer. His credits include the Skins, UK singer/songwriter Charlotte OC, Swedish Grammy winner Laleh, and more. Read More

    Dave Tozer

    Here, Dave Tozer details how you can synthesize a powerful UAD/Logic Pro X production workflow. Read More

    Rich Chycki on mixing Rush and Dream Theater with

    Rock veteran Rich Chycki has crafted mixes for Rush, Dream Theater, and Aerosmith. Read More

  • Mick Guzauski On Mixing Daft Punk

    The Grammy-winner is one of the most skilled and accomplished mixing engineers the industry has ever seen. Read More

    Nashville Producer Jay Joyce Brings the Rock Edge

    Producer, engineer, and musician Jay Joyce has developed a thriving career in both the rock and country recording scenes. Read More

    Top Engineers Top "Desert Island" Plug-Ins

    If you were stuck on a desert island with your recording studio, what UAD plug-ins could you not live without?… Read More

  • Audio Legend Joe Chiccarelli

    The Grammy-winning producer, mixer, and engineer is responsible for capturing some of modern times’ most beloved sounds. Read More

    Producer/Engineer Billy Bush Mixes Garbage

    Bush uses UA tools extensively while sculpting the band’s edgy guitars, driving percussion grooves, and glistening electronics. Read More

    Tony Maserati

    Tony Maserati’s renowned chops has had him mixing everyone from Lady Gaga, Sting, and Mariah Carey, to The Notorious B.I.G. and Alicia Keys… Read More

  • Andrew Scheps on Engineering the Chili Peppers

    Andrew Scheps’ engineering and mixing credits read like a who’s who of popular music. Read More

    Rik Simpson

    Simpson has worked on three of Coldplay's albums, including Mylo Xyloto, which he co-produced, engineered, and helped mix. Read More

    Tucker Martine

    We talk to the GRAMMY®-nominee on how he incorporated UA gear into two new albums fromThe Decemberists and My Morning Jacket. Read More

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Features & Specs

EMT® 250 Classic Electronic Reverberator Plug-In

Features:

  • Faithful recreation of the EMT 250, widely considered one of the best-sounding reverbs ever built
  • Very same algorithm found in the original, repurposed for plug-in use in conjunction with original EMT 250 designer Dr. Barry Blesser
  • Modeled from Allen Sides’ EMT 250 “golden unit” at Ocean Way Recording
  • EMT 250’s delay and modulation effects also included : Delay, Phasing, Chorus, Echo, and Space
  • Fully endorsed by EMT Studiotechnik GmbH as the world’s only authentic emulation
  • Exclusive “UAD Powered Plug-In” features include Dry/Wet Mix, Wet Solo and Hard bypass via the lighted EMT power icon
  • Additional exclusive “UAD Powered Plug-In” features include Dry/Wet Mix, Wet Solo and Hard bypass via the lighted EMT power icon
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

Parameters:

  • Reverb program with lever selectable decay times from 0.4s to 4.5s
  • Four position lever selectable high frequency decay
  • Four position lever selectable low frequency decay
  • Delay program with two independent delay lines including lever selectable delay times from 0 to 315ms
  • Phasing program with lever controlled phase position
  • Chorus program with lever selection of four chorus variations
  • Echo program with lever selectable delay time from 0 to 315ms, with adjustable high frequency damping
  • Space which offers fixed reverb time of 10s
  • Lever selectable Pre-Delay for all programs (0, 20, 40, 60ms)
  • Outputs switch offers “Quad” tonal variations of original hardware for Reverb, Phasing, and Space modes (lit), while acting as a mono sum for the Delay and Chorus programs and an input mute for the Echo program (unlit)
  • Global Wet/Dry Mix slider
  • Global Wet Solo button defeats audible dry signal for Buss use
  • LED meter displays input signal level
  • “Register” LED indicates internal system clipping
  • Power switch via EMT icon offers a glitch-free bypass for comparison to original unprocessed signal
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Docs

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

Apollo Software Manual

UA Product Catalog.pdf

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