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Today I will be discussing Universal Audio’s lexicon 224 Digital reverb plug‑in.
Ever since it's creation in 1978, the lexicon 224 reverb hardware unit was a winner. It became an industry standard in all professional recording studios worldwide. One of the traits that made it stand out from all the other reverb units available then, was the “luscious reverb tails:" it basically defined the sound of an entire era! Here's an illustration of what the plug‑in looks like.
What is the Lexicon 224 digital reverb plug‑in:
The lexicon 224 digital reverb plug-in is a plug‑in designed to be an exact replica of the legendary hardware version. The design and features were worked on for over one year at Universal Audio. They did extensive testing and analysis of the original hardware unit. Their main goal was to replicate the same exact sound that the hardware version produced. Their main concern was getting the reverbs to sound exactly the same! And they were able to successfully accomplish this! Making this reverb plugg-in a winner in today's arsenal of Digital classic reverb plug‑ins.
This plug-in reverb sounds amazing! This unit was used in many productions back in the hardware version days by many famous engineers and producers, from Talking Heads' “Remain In Light” to U2's “The Unforgettable”
It was designed to look and function in the same way the original hardware version functioned. Even the color of the unit looks the same. All the functions work it in the same fashion the old hardware unit did.
NOW YOU CAN:
- Track and mix with the legendary Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb, using the same algorithms as the original hardware
- Employ eight classic reverb programs and one chorus program on drums, vocals, guitars, and more
- Use the Plate and Concert programs for vintage '80s sounds
- Mix with presets from famous Lexicon 224 users Chuck Zwicky (Prince), Kevin Killen (Peter Gabriel), and others
- A Breakthrough in Emulation.
It uses the same exact algorithms and control processor code from the original hardware version.
This plug-in version captures all eight reverb and chorus programs they actually used the original input transformers and AD/DA 12-bit gain stepping converters. I must say the DA 12-bit gain stepping converters was a brilliant idea for (I'm going to make a guesstimated guess that this was what produced that luscious, silky sound that producers and engineers are all after.
“Lexicon’s distinctive Bass/Mid split decay adjustments and Crossover control set the highly tunable reverb image, while the Treble Decay rolls off high frequencies. Use the Depth control to adjust the distance between source and reverb, while Pre-delay produces a short delay between the sound source and the onset of reverberation. Diffusion affects how quickly the echo density in the reverb builds up over time.” Amazing!
Courtesy of Universal Audio
** P.S. Please Universal Audio, can you design a controller that we can all connect to our universal audio interface based studios so that we can control this amazing plug-gin via a small box that simulates the original lexicon 224 reverb controller!😀
I hope you have all enjoyed my review on this amazing plug-in and and the advantages it brings us in our mixing and production techniques. I personally will use it from now on.
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