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Never Mind the Plug-Ins; Here’s the 500 Series AMS Neve RMX16

The classic 1980s AMS Neve RMX16 digital reverberation system has been revived and reinvented in a new 500 Series hardware format for NAMM 2020.

Anaheim, CA (January 13, 2020)—A 500 Series edition of the classic AMS Neve RMX16 digital reverberation system will be unveiled this week at the NAMM Show.

The original RMX16 was released in 1982 and went on to be a part of era-defining music in the ensuing decades. The new 500 Series edition, then, revives the original hardware in a three-slot 500 Series format while adding new features and hitting a more attainable price point.

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The new unit provides the nine programs that came as standard with the original AMS RMX16, including Ambience, Nonlin and Reverse. It also employs micro-programmed parallel processing of 16-bit data, plus an additional nine aftermarket programs that were only available to users via remote control with bar code reader input.

The unit employs an 18 kHz bandwidth, allowing it to also be used as a digital delay line; has a 90 dB dynamic range and 0.03 per cent distortion in delay mode; adjustable input and output levels for optimum signal to noise performance; control of each program’s reverberant parameters; and more.

New additions to the AMS Neve RMX16 include a rotary push encoder, enabling all parameters and settings to be adjusted by ear; a new wet/dry mix blend function; and a new save/recall feature with 100 user-defined memory slots. The RMX16 500’s new OLED display also continuously displays all data, including variables (pre-delay, decay time, high-frequency decay profile and low-frequency decay profile) on the reverb front panel so that users can see ‘at a glance’ how the unit is currently programmed.

“We are very excited to be bringing back the much loved and instantly recognizable sound that made the original AMS RMX16 everyone’s favorite ‘go to’ reverb,” said AMS Neve’s distribution manager David Walton. “Its unique sound has characterized an enormous number of seminal recordings from the 1980s onwards. Indeed, the AMS RMX16 has remained such an essential piece of kit for any self-respecting world-class studio that vintage units still sell for a substantial proportion of their original cost.”

The 500 Series AMS Neve RMX16 is available for $1,295. Visitors to NAMM 2020 can see the new unit on booth 14008 in Hall ACC, North Level 1.

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