Over the years, I’ve used just about every piece of Lexicon hardware there is. From the warm Lex 200, through the LXP-1/5, to the 300, 480L and 960L, they’ve always worked well. I also loved the Lexiverb software for Pro Tools TDM, which appeared and regrettably disappeared, orphaned by Lexicon during the transition from Nubus to PCI. Since then, I simply lost track of what’s current from Lexicon.
After recently installing the LXP Native Reverb Bundle in my rig, I’m glad to be back.
The LXP Native Reverb Bundle features four plug-ins: Chamber (LXPChamber), Hall (LXPHall), Plate (LXPPlate) and Room (LXPRoom). Authorization is via iLok License for both Mac and PC.
The LXP interface is clean, elegant and very simple to use. It provides I/O metering for visual feedback; a Realtime Display that shows either frequency content, impulse response or multiband; Store/Compare/Reload control buttons; a soft row of Parameter knobs; a customizable soft row of Assignment buttons; and a Soft Row of Navigation buttons at the bottom. The software itself is loaded via your DAW either as Plate, Chamber, Hall or Room.
A Category Selector offers up categories for the selected algorithm (such as Small, Medium and Large Plates) and the Preset Selector reflects that chosen category. For example, in the Category of Short Plates, one of my favorite presets is Dessert Plate, with a nice 0.86 RT, roll-off and RT HiCut just around 3 kHz. Small Slapback is also very nice, adding in some nice clean echoes. Put that on a clean electric or acoustic guitar, and you’re good to go: nothing else needed.
I appreciate the thoughtful design that makes it easy to dial up great sounds, and the included presets are also quite good (it’s nice that there are not that many of them!). All you have to do is poke around at controls that should be familiar to most of us in order to start tweaking. For example, selecting Reverb in the Soft Row Navigation buttons bring up the relevant parameters in the Soft Row parameter area. The parameters are Size (2.0 meters to 80 meters); Reverb Time (0.4054 sec to 210.399 sec ... yes, that’s not a typo!); BassRT; Bass Xov (crossover) and RT HiCut.
One of the great things about this plugin is you can either go shallow or deep with it. I like that it includes an Echoes page, where you can choose from Eko Time Master (percentage); Eko Feedback Master (percentage); L Eko Dly (0.00 to 2.00 seconds); L Eko Feedback; then R Eko Dly and R Eko Feedback. Also, you can invert the Eko feedback. I do wish it included a tempo map/BPM sync in this section. If I could tap tempo directly on the L EKO dly button, that would be cool (note to Lexicon).
LXP Native sounds seriously good, and I’m a reverb snob. The Halls are gorgeous (as I would expect), and Large Deep Hall will satisfy a long, slow vocal. The Rooms I like (but don’t love), and the Chambers are top-notch (especially the Drum Chambers). And while I have a lot of excellent Plates in my collection, none are this tweakable: certainly a strength of this software.
Since these plug-ins are native, the efficiency will be related to the power of your computer. But I even tested them on an old G5, and running all four at once kicked the processor up just over 1/5th, so they seem quite efficient. My Intel didn’t even blink at them. However, you can also choose to turn off the active displays and close the plug-in editor after tweaking. With the Lexicon Native Reverb Bundle, it’s like having a modern version of an old, trusted friend. I truly am glad to be back in the Lexicon camp.
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