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Old 10th November 2005 | Show parent
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For modulation fx, you could do much worse than to snag a Lexicon Vortex on Ebay -- around $150 (they started out much more expensive, but something about their interface and general concept made them fall out of favor). Very odd little box, can go places most fx units cannot -- whether you want to go to those places is another question altogether -- but has some great delays and solid, lush, Lexi choruses that can be the bomb in certain applications.

Cheap and lush. Can't be that.

Old 21st November 2005 | Show parent
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Great thread!

How do the TC Electronic M-One and M300 compare? Has anyone compared both?

As someone who's only ever used VST delays and reverbs, I'm looking forward to my first hardware verb. And other forums I've researched have led me to the M-One. Worth the extra bucks? Or are they both entry-level products in the league of software verbs?

Thanks! thumbsup
Old 15th March 2006 | Show parent
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Ensoniq DPpro - I'd still have it if Ensoniq hadn't broken their promise to bring out the digital board for it, rrrr.

Digitech Studio 400 - A poor mans Ensoniq DP4 but quite an amazing box for the money.

Roland SE50 - Great for f*****g things up. Yep, noisy but one mans noise and dirt is another mans character!
Old 16th May 2006 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by frothingbadger
This discussion has been extremely helpful. However, perhaps a few of you knowledgable types could weigh in for me on the Lexicon Lxp-1. It has only been mentioned indirectly here but I keep hearing studio type gurus etc. wax amazed about this little gem. I'm looking at acquiring one but would like more info!

What I'm really interested in with the LXP 1 other than its "colour" (which has been widely discussed elsewhere as warm and on the "dark" side of the spectrum) is whether I can get deep "SPACEY" ambient stuff out of one of these little bastids. Any other remarks would be greatly appreciated.

Also, anyone know where I can find some sound samples using one of these?

cheers,
FB
i own two LXP-5s, and i gues those are comparable to the LXP-1s...they really made a difference to my sound, the verb is really nice, warm, and dark..thats true..

really cheap gem...
Old 16th May 2006 | Show parent
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Those little Lexi MPX-100 rigs are really nice. About three really good verb settings.

Lexchip sound.

Dirt cheap.
Old 14th July 2006 | Show parent
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the lex. lxp15/15II is a great studio box that excels at reverb (vocal plates!!!) and also has very usable pitch-shift/delay fx (don't mean to damn the ps/del. fx with faint praise, i just have other units i go to first for these). they don't go for much, given the quality of the algorythms (i'll never learn to spell that word!)...and the ensoniq dp (2/4/pro) series is a phenomenal (the pro is pro in every way) but somewhat overlooked line that will sometimes slide by cheap in used gear shops/craigslist/ebay--great multi-fx with tons of versatility, some excellent room algos.

and keep an eye peeled for the mxr pitch-shift doubler...a neat and apparently rare little 1ru box that i go to again and again for backing vocal wonders (and other such). they're obscure but seemingly not sought after either--i forget what i paid for mine but i remember it was ridiculously low, maybe $35? couldn't find any info on it but figured at that price i couldn't go wrong...and i didn't!
Old 4th April 2007 | Show parent
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just to keep things up to date, the cheapest pro sounding reverb box available new these days is, wait for it...





the behringer v-verb. It's excellent, sounds quite similar to the kurzweil rumour, but maybe a couple of percent less finished than the rumour in a few ways. Really Berry's best product to date. I just put one in my studio recently and it is my new go to vocal verb (plates particularly but lots of settings sound great on it, I mean really really great).

Very convincing real life verbs. That plus my lexicon plus my alesis gear and my in the box convolutions gives me every verb my clients can dream up and many they've never heard before.

I did rent a rumour for a while before and it was great, a little nicer to use, but really to purchase for $250 new more or less the berry v-verb could sell for as much as the rumour and just be it's direct competitor, it's that good. And of course, both the rumour and the v-verb sound like units that used to cost $$$$ a few years back, so they're both steals.

I hope it's ok to add to these cheapness metas after such a long break like this, I figure we might as well keep the useful stuff up to date for the cheapo purchases.

Cheers,
Don
Old 11th April 2007 | Show parent
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also, I suppose I can post my sleeper cheapness reverb box here, I already have mine so I doubt there will be a huge jump of people trying to find these and escalate the prices LoL. It's just me probably, but I own a yamaha fx500 half rack sized fx box, originally intended for guitar use but also many other studio type presets in it. Only -10db output (or -20????), not +4 which sucks. mono in, stereo out, not balanced connectors either (at least not on the inputs, not sure about the outs.

However, all things being equal, I use this box for it's very natural sounding reverbs all the time. Rest of the fx are guitar oriented (and not that great, modulation stuff is pretty good I guess, but I don't use it with guitar any more so whatever).

In case you want good sounding realistic reverbs on the cheap, pick up an old 80's fx500 for as little cash as you can. Learn how to use it, you'll have to mess with the settings a lot ot get it right, mix to 100% if you use in on aux, etc, crank the output to get -4 output from it which will at least be audible on a +4 mixer, and watch the input gains because this thing suffers from digital clipping on the input badly if you give it excessive drive (but it has excellent led warning of that well in advance which is good).

I use my quadraverb for dirty delays and pingpongs and pitch shifted delays, I use the fx500 for verb on background instruments or sometimes on snare/toms, and v-verb on lead vocals (assuming pop mixing).

This is all within the cheapness category of course, I use better gear when in a better studio, but in my own studio this stuff sounds incredible and nobody questions the quality of gear, in fact I get compliments on mixes and tone all the time using this stuff. The point being, you too can get great sound with crappy old gear (ok, this was like $600 new in the late 80s, but still, fairly low end 16 bit digital).

cheers,
Don
Old 11th April 2007 | Show parent
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Cool midiverb II

Ah, Yes the alesis midiverb II

dirt cheap.

presets only.

08-- a very nice small room
16 a very nice plate
23 a long verb with a lot of swoosh
26 bowling ball in the swimmingpool toms

I like the wedge too.
and the quadraverb
Plus the tc D2 is a great ddl and chourus box, but perhaps not quit worthy of the "with a cheapness" moniker.
Old 7th April 2016
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Decade bump. What's the word in 2016?
Old 23rd September 2016
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Love this thread fantastic Idea - So I'll throw in my picks for Best Cheap Fx Units from Delays to Reverbs etc.
V- Verb Man Behringer took some coding and bang, it's in their!
Lexicon LXP 1,5 and 15 and 15 MKII the LXP 1-5 need serious midi programming, though there is deep Reverb and crazy Fx in these.
LXP-15/MK II like a poor mans PCM 70 again midi programming required so Midiox or some Sytem ex type app needed though quite simply great!
Lexicon Alex, Jam Man and Vortex, used on 100's of Hit records underground to commercial shushhhh, don't tell!
TC M- One easy work
TC D-Two 10 Second delay though use Regeneration....it explodes, many faulty units so buyer beware!
TC 300 snap, bargain had.
TC Triple C stereo or Mono one of the best and cheapest "Expensive Compression sounds" go check me out.
Korg SDD 1000 stunning!
Korg SDD 2000 same 4.096 delay loop midi included plus button recall great box!
Korg SDD-3000 nope...got named and the box in stomp mode to much cash!
Korg 1200 two Korg 1000 delays, feedback loops, extreme and serious delay, flange, tunnels and cardboard tube fx ala Marshal Time Modulater etc.
Roland SDD 3000 Delays nope boat is still in port
Roland SDD 2000
Roland SDD 1500
Roland SDE Reverb and Delays - same deal.....they are abundant parts fixable and plenty of Ommph for near any effect often Eq might be needed to taste or cheapo compressor, though hey....great value, look to Japan, their selling them near new $125-200 max including Korg Etc.

To be honest...you switch most of these on - Junk, it's programming that's the key, if you dig in, you will be rewarded, better their is huge supply awaiting everyone, the Japanese feel selling to be very rude, not something to do, so look for western Japanese eBay Kds whom are business savvy as they will box 3-4 units for you and send you an SH-101 or TB303 included...talk to them, Skype or phone, English might be wonky, though hey, you could resell that Korg SDD1200 for $450 bucks! Guitarists know now racks can't be beaten, more so when a board with 20 pedals is stacked and powered!

Lastly bid on those PCM 80/90/91 units, you'd be floored that most go no where near asking price, chuck in a bid....then get set for ten lost years of near Synth PCM 80/81 fun, it's a no lose scenario even an LXP-15 for 224/XL concert hall Tiled Room will give you two flavours!

TC 2000
TC 3000
Both cheaper than Pcm lexis.
Grab them, it's real Reverb from the M5000 unit, not Lexi a Effects Verb....yeah Lexicon verbs work, real they are not!
Lastly look anything odd, check back..,CV gating...grab it...hundreds of stunning units from names Unknown.
You...only get what you put in....these are designed for Messing up, feed them back into and out of each other until you think you speakers might crack up and burst.
Lastly
Aphex gear
Any....Compeller and various gates and parametric Eq's are great and cheap...go hunt!
Also it's the music Phucknthe gear....make music add spices and enjoy!

Kind regards
TheLastByte!
Apologies for quick post I'm on my iPad so no doubt Siri has phucked my spelling or my Dyslexia is ShOwIN BaDLIeee
Cheers
J.
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