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Lexicon

Lexicon is considered the Grand Daddy of digital reverb, being one of the very early manufacturers in the reverb market. The company was among the first to produce commercially available digital reverb equipment, beginning in 1978/79 with the Lexicon 224. Also released in 1979 was the Lexicon Prime Time, one of the first digital delay units designed explicitly to provide effects. In 1986, Lexicon released the 480L, a successor of the Lexicon 224XL. The Lexicon PCM series was introduced as a smaller, more economical option particularly in live situations where the 224XL was too costly and cumbersome for a live effects rack. First in the series was the Lexicon PCM-60, followed a few years later by the Lexicon PCM-70, the latter adding multi-effects from the 224X and a digital screen interface.

In the 1990s Lexicon continued the PCM series with two new units, the Lexicon PCM-80 reverb/multi-effects unit and Lexicon PCM-90 digital reverb.  Lexicon continued the PCM series in the 2000s with new mid-level units including the Lexicon PCM-96 and PCM-96 Surround, standalone reverb units that easily integrate into DAWs. In the 1990s Lexicon released the consumer-level LXP series including the Lexicon LXP-1, LXP-5, LXP-15 and the LXP-15II, and later the affordable Lexicon MPX1. A new low-priced reverb series, the MX series, was introduced in the 2000s, with the Lexicon MX200 as the entrance model.

In 1993 the Harmon Group purchased Lexicon, and as happened many times before, innovation seemed to stop. Instead of a new top end reverb processor, cheaper models in the MX range were released. The last hardware effects processor of note was the PCM92 released in 2009. The algorithms from which have been available in plugin form in PCM Native Reverb Bundle and PCM Native Effects Bundle, but it is still the older hardware reverbs that most people lust after. Models like the 224, 480L and certain PCM series such as the Lexicon PCM70.

Lexicon PCM92 Digital Reverb

The Lexicon PCM 92 is quite likely the last high end reverb/effects processor we are ever likely to see come out of Lexicon sadly…Whether you require perfection on stage or the gold standard in the recording studio, the Lexicon PCM92 delivers the versatility and smooth, rich sound that is unmistakably Lexicon.

Lexicon PCM96 Digital Reverb

An artful blend of heritage and innovation, the Lexicon PCM96 Stereo Reverb/Effects Processor delivers 28 new and legendary Lexicon reverbs, delays and modulation effects straight into your DAW. Appearing for the first time in the new Lexicon PCM 96 are new Room and Hall algorithms, plus an assortment of new mono reverbs and effects.

Lexicon MX300 Stereo Reverb/Effects Processor

The Lexicon MX300 is designed to be ultra-easy-to use in demanding live sound situations, as well as in the studio environment. Lexicon’s revolutionary MX200 and MX400 changed everything. The great sound of a hardware Lexicon reverb — plus the ability to put that power to work as part of your DAW workflow via plug-ins (32-bit only).

Lexicon MX400XL 4-in/4-out Reverb/Effects Processor

You want the rich, luscious sound that’s defined studio reverb for three decades: then you need a genuine Lexicon hardware processor like the MX400XL. But you also want the flexibility of programming high-quality effects right inside your DAW program…without bogging down your CPU or resorting to expensive processing cards.

Lexicon MX400 4-in/4-out Reverb/Effects Processor

You want the rich, luscious sound that’s defined studio reverb for three decades: a genuine Lexicon hardware processor. But you also want the flexibility of programming high-quality effects right inside your DAW program…without bogging down your CPU or resorting to expensive processing cards.

Lexicon MX200 Stereo Reverb/Effects Processor

Whether you’re looking for raw processing power with instant front-panel access for live performance, or seeking rich, smooth and complex processing algorithms in the studio, Lexicon brings the best of both worlds together in the Lexicon MX200.

Lexicon 960L Digital Effects System

Lexicon 960L, was the last of the big reverbs from Lexicon and was a configurable Stereo/Surround Reverb Processor and Flying Fader Remote. (LARC) For nearly thirty years, the world’s most accomplished engineers and producers have relied upon Lexicon for their most critical music and sound productions, and the Lexicon 960L was a powerhouse.

Lexicon 300L Digital Reverberator

The Lexicon 300L not only contains the finest sounds, as you’ve come to expect from Lexicon, it incorporates new functions. The Lexicon 300L contains the very best of the Lexicon Sound – with new refinements such as dynamic size parameters in the Reverb and Ambience algorithms.

Lexicon PCM 81 Digital Effects Processor

The Lexicon PCM 81 takes over where the Lexicon PCM 80 left off, and adds AES/EBU Digital I/O, includes algorithms and presets from the Pitch FX and Vocal Fix Cards, and adds 24-bit converters for even higher quality audio.

Lexicon PCM 90 Digital Reverberator

The Lexicon PCM 90 gives you Lexicon’s renowned high-end reverb effects with a powerful new interface that provides easy access to superbly crafted presets as well as a wealth of programming capabilities for the sound designer. The Lexicon PCM 90 contains a built-in library of 250 reverb effects that simulate realistic halls, rooms and plates, and let you create completely natural, or other-worldly spaces.

Lexicon PCM 91 Digital Reverberator

The Lexicon PCM 91 gives you Lexicon’s renowned high-end reverb effects with a powerful new interface that provides easy access to superbly crafted presets as well as a wealth of programming capabilities for the sound designer. The Lexicon PCM 91 contains a built-in library of 450 reverb effects that simulate realistic halls, rooms and plates, and let you create completely natural, or other-worldly spaces.

Lexicon MPX1 Multi-Effect Processor

The Lexicon MPX1 was aimed at guitarists/home recording musicians, and while there are programs for guitar, it also makes an excellent all round effects processor. The Lexicon MPX1 multi processor technology gives you multi-effects the way you expect them to work with instant access to individual effects, and the ability to run uncompromised stereo reverb at all times.

Lexicon PCM 80 Digital Effects Processor

The Lexicon PCM 80 brings you exciting new effects with extensive processing and control capabilities, and uncompromising sonic clarity. The Lexicon PCM 80 contains a built-in library of 200 preset programs that provide a comprehensive array of effects ranging from beautiful and lush to completely wild.

Lexicon LXP-15 II Multi-Effects Processor

The Lexicon LXP-15 II offers a rich and distinctive palette of special effects, including 128 preset effects programs to get you started. Each program has up to five display pages of variable parameters that you can adjust for subtle or dramatic changes in the program’s sound, and you can store as many as 128 customized programs in user memory.

Lexicon LXP-15 Multi-Effects Processor

The Lexicon LXP-15 offers a rich and distinctive palette of special effects, including 128 preset effects programs to get you started. Each program has up to five display pages of variable parameters that you can adjust for subtle or dramatic changes in the program’s sound, and you can store as many as 128 customized programs in user memory.

Lexicon 300 Digital Effects System

The Lexicon 300 not only contains the finest sounds, as you’ve come to expect from Lexicon, it incorporates new functions that satisfy the needs of today’s audio production. For both analog and digital use the Lexicon 300 takes full advantage of recent advances in converter technology and combines them with flexible digital interfacing.

Lexicon 480L Digital Effects System

For many engineers, the Lexicon 480L is the pinnacle of digital reverbs and has never been bettered, not by Lexicon or any one else. The Lexicon 480L came along in 1988 and has remained in place at most studio around the world as it simply can not be replaced by a plugin according to those who own them, and love them.

Lexicon PCM 70 Digital Effects Processor

The Lexicon PCM 70 has become something of a legend of late, with good examples selling for the same money or more, than what they sold for back in the day. It is ironic really…when the Lexicon PCM 70 was released everyone said it was not a real Lexicon. While it may not be a 224X, released the same year, it does offer a taste of the Lexicon sound.

Lexicon 224X Digital Reverberator

The Lexicon 224X Digital Reverberator provides high-quality simulation of the acoustics of a variety of architectural spaces and a wide variety of special effects. The Lexicon 224X is an advanced two-in, four-out, all-electronic digital reverberation system. Its clean, natural-sounding reverberation is the result of blending digital audio hardware and software disciplines.

Lexicon PCM 60 Digital Reverberator

The Lexicon PCM 60 was the first in a long line of PCM named digital reverbs and it offered an affordable entry into the world of Lexicon digital reverbs. The Lexicon PCM 60 was a good digital reverb however it never enjoyed the same sales or current legendary status as the later model Lexicon PCM 70 would enjoy upon it’s release.

Lexicon Model 200 Digital Reverberator

The Lexicon Model 200 was introduced as a more affordable reverb after the success of the Lexicon 224 had enjoyed, but it did not find favour with larger studios as the 224 did. The Lexicon Model 200 Digital Reverberator is an economical, general purpose digital reverberation device designed for recording studios, musicians, film/video production houses, and broadcasters.

Lexicon Model 97 Super Prime Time Digital Delay

The Lexicon Model 97 “Super Prime Time” is a major advancement in digital audio equipment. With it you can create, store and recall an unlimited variety of effects which you have programmed, in any sequence you like. The standard unit offers a maximum delay time of 480 milliseconds, and memory extension options let you increase that to either 960 milliseconds or 1.92 seconds – all at full 20kHz bandwidth.

Lexicon PCM 42 Digital Delay Processor

The Lexicon PCM42 improved on the PCM41 and became a studio staple, even today you will find this nearly 40 year old digital delay in use aorund the world. The Lexicon PCM42 combines Lexicon’s reliability with features for musician. Unique in concept and execution, the Lexicon PCM-42 performs all of the functions you would of a high quality digital delay line, while the door to realms of musical expression that were only a dream now.

Lexicon PCM 41 Digital Delay Processor

The Lexicon PCM 41 was a huge success for Lexicon when it was released back in 1980 and even today you will still find them in use in major recording studios everywhere. The Lexicon PCM 41 was eventually replaced by the Lexicon PCM 42 which featured longer delay times, but retained the sonic characteristics of the Lexicon PCM 41.

Lexicon 224 Digital Reverberator

The Lexicon 224 digital reverb announced in 1978 is the kind of stuff legends are made of. It is without a doubt the most admired and desirable reverb of the Lexicon line-up. It may be over 40 years old now, but the Lexicon 224 is still in use today at many studios regardless of it’s limited bandwidth, and is loved by so many engineers, that they will only replace it when it dies. If it dies…
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