Vintage Digital

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 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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