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Customer Reviews 199 Reviews

4.88 out of 5 stars

by E. Hansen (4/20/2016):

The EMT 250 is just a fantastic plug in. Sounds good and easy to dial in. Read more

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EMT® 250 Classic Electronic Reverb Plug-In.
Iconic lever-driven digital reverb & modulation
effects unit.

Still regarded as one of the best-sounding reverb units ever made, the EMT® 250 Classic Electronic Reverb plug-in for UAD-2 and Apollo interfaces is a faithful emulation of the first digital reverb/modulation effects unit introduced in 1976.

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.

Now You Can:
  • Track and mix with the only emulation of the EMT 250 reverb unit, fully endorsed by EMT Studiotechnik GmbH
  • Dial in lush delay, phasing, chorus, and echo effects
  • Add distinctive space and depth to drums, guitars, and vocals with the same algorithm found in the original hardware
  • Harness plug-in-only features including Dry/Wet Mix, Wet Solo, and Hard bypass

Used on Countless Classics
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.

Exclusively endorsed by EMT Studiotechnik
Designed in conjunction with EMT 250 designer Dr. Barry Blesser, the UAD plug-in version uses the same algorithms found in the original, extremely rare hardware. The EMT 250 plug-in was modeled from Allen Sides’ “golden unit” EMT 250 that resides at the legendary United/Ocean Way Recording.
With Unison Technology

Added Versatility with New Features
The EMT 250 plug-in goes beyond the original hardware, adding modern, workflow enhancing features like Dry/Wet Mix, Wet Solo, and Hard bypass. With these useful additions, the EMT 250 plug-in is even more powerful than the iconic hardware.


Note that artists names and/or likenesses contained herein do not constitute an official endorsement of Universal Audio products. All trademarks are property of their respective owners.



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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


    "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


    "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."



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



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

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    "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."

    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)

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

    (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 E. Hansen(Wednesday 20 April, 2016)

    The EMT 250 is just a fantastic plug in. Sounds good and easy to dial in. Read More

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    by . (Friday 19 February, 2016)

    I believe the 250 was used on "Pour out a lil liquor" by 2pac. It gives my voice the same effect Tupac has on that track. Definitely a great tool. Sounds like metal in your voice. Don't Demo it because then You'll want to buy it. Only thing I don't like is it isn't 5k resolution… Read More

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    Amazing for film music
    by . (Monday 15 February, 2016)

    The reverb is very deep and with a lot of harmonics. It doesn't add additional booming frequencies, which is amazing. It is perfect for film and symphonic music. Great plugin. Read More

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    Natural sound
    by H. Varvoglis(Monday 8 February, 2016)

    This is one of the best reverbs I've used in a computer, it doesn't have a lot of parameters to play with , but are enough to get a rich, musical and natural sound. I didn't have the chance to work with the original hardware but this plugin sounds great and "real". Read More

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    superbe !
    by b. martial(Wednesday 13 January, 2016)

    magnifique reverbe, très musical, enfin une belle reverbe! aprés avoir essayé pas mal de plugins, je suis satisfais de celle ci! Read More


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Features & Specs
EMT® 250 Classic Electronic Reverberator Plug-In
Key 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 United/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
See the UAD Instance Chart here
Amplifier Control Panel
  • Reverb program with lever selectable decay times from 0.4 s to 4.5 s
  • Four position lever selectable high frequency decay
  • Four position lever selectable low frequency decay
  • 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 315 ms, with adjustable high frequency damping
  • Space which offers fixed reverb time of 10 s
  • Lever selectable Pre-Delay for all programs (0, 20, 40, 60 ms)
  • 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 bus 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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