Mid-Priced Reverb Units

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Doublehelix, Jan 16, 2004.

  1. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    Help me out here please...

    I am looking for a decent, mid-priced reverb unit, and have been searching Ebay at the Lexicon units.

    There are older PCM-40's, 70's, etc., and of course the more current 80's, 81's, 90's, 91's, etc. Can anyone help sort out this stuff for me? I can see the MPX stuff is their low-end line, but I guess I wonder how they might compare as well. For example, will the MPX550 give me a sound that compares to the PCM91 reverbs?

    I am looking *only* for reverb, I don't really care much about any other effects. I really need some good ambience patches, and also some stuff with nice rich tails...(think 80's).

  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    Skip that MPX crap. Don't go any lower than a PCM 90 and for few bucks more a used PCM91. You might also be able to snag a used TC M5000 that is just about as good as the PCM90/91 and does other effects as well. The M5000 can also be upgraded to a 2-engine (2 2-CH analog and digital I/O) or a 3 or 4-engine max(3 or 4 2-ch digital I/O but requires external converters) Plus you can upgrade it with MD2 and DSP toolbox option that gives you multiband comp/limiter and eq as in the Finalizer.
  3. Dan Licks

    Dan Licks Guest

    Have a look at the TC M-ONE. I used to have a Lex MPX100 and the move up th the M-ONE was enormous! And NOT expensive!
  4. sapplegate

    sapplegate Active Member

    Mar 5, 2001
    I second AG's comments, don't go any lower than the PCM 8x/9x in the Lexicon line. The M-One is a great sounding unit, but a little cumbersome to use as a true dual effects unit. The M2000 and M3000 are very good and very easy to get around on as dual effects units. To me, they sound more organic than the Lexicon's, but that may not be what you're looking for.
  5. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Jan 11, 2003
    Woodbridge, Va
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    I own a MPX-1 and wished I had a PCM-91. The MPX is barely OK and does'nt house the converters like it's more advanced upscale sibblings. Better yet, you have the option of using memory cards with the PCM series (if necessary). I'm going to confess. I'm starting to really like S/W effects now-a-days. Some hold there own.
  6. Jonesey

    Jonesey Active Member

    Mar 25, 2003
    Western Pennsylvania
    How about the Kurzwiel Rumour? It's fairly cheap and heard it may have the same reverbs as its big brother the KSP8. Has anyone heard it? (Excuse my spelling I'm not sure how Kurzweil is spelled.)
  7. anodized

    anodized Guest

    Old post, I know.

    However, I own both an 81 and a 91, in addition to an MPX1 and the 1 is certainly not crap.
  8. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    Having used just about every hi-end world class reverb at one time or another and currently owning many of them, I can say I very strongly Dis-Agree. The MPX1 is indeed crap. Mabe not the most foul and stinkyest of reverb crap, but crap non the less...
  9. anodized

    anodized Guest

    I define crap as Alesis 3630s and Behringer mixers.

    No, it is not 500,000$ studio quality - however it is totally usable and acceptable. Perhaps it's that last part that some people around here have issues wrapping their heads around.

    I'm not interested in stroking "hi-end world class reverbs." I'm interested in creating output, not listening to 60 second reverb tails all day.
  10. drbam

    drbam Guest

    I have a PCM 80 and the verbs can be exactly what you describe you are looking for. For the rich 80's tails, the PCM 70 is also great, but noisier than the newer models. The lower end units (MPX, etc) although usable in some situations, just don't cut it for this kind of thing. I find the difference to be stunning.

  11. Just got a Kurzweil Mangler, brother of Rumour, will feed back with my observations soonest. David
  12. Roly

    Roly Guest

    I'll vote for the TC M1
  13. anodized

    anodized Guest

    Here's an awesome one:


    :) :) :p
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