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Lexicon LXP-15 II (1995) multi effects processor
« on: September 30, 2015, 02:22:20 PM »

PAUL WHITE looks at the latest incarnation of the LXP15 and finds that it neatly bridges the gap between Lexicon's budget products and their top-of-the-range pro reverb units.


It seems ironic that it took over six million years of evolution for man to do with technology what nature managed to do perfectly well with just a few large rocks! Reverberation is simply the result of sound bouncing back and forth between reflective surfaces, but trying to duplicate the effect, substituting thin slices of silicon for big chunks of stone, is no simple task. Though Lexicon would be the first to admit that even they haven't quite caught up with nature, they're still the undisputed big name in artificial reverberation, and the LXP15 II is their latest product.

The new unit appears to be based on the original LXP15, but with the addition of new effect algorithms, so though the hardware may be familiar, when it comes to sound, much of what you hear is brand new. The LXP15 II is a multi-effects processor but its processing power is directed towards quality rather than quantity, so don't expect to be able to string a dozen or more effects together in one patch. As you might expect, the main aim of the unit is to provide high-quality, versatile reverb treatments, and a high proportion of the 128 factory presets are studio reverb settings. The remaining patches rely mainly on modulated or unmodulated delays and pitch shifting, often in combination with reverb. Extensive real-time MIDI and footpedal/switch control is offered over various effects parameters, and some of the algorithms allow parameters to be linked to the envelope of the incoming signal to provide effects such as ducked reverb.

Some multi-effects units can be quite challenging if you want to use them to their fullest extent, Lexicon's own PCM80 being just one example, but the LXP15 II is designed to be very straightforward to use. There are hidden depths to explore, especially if you want to make the most of the MIDI facilities, but in the main, you can get just about anything you want out of this unit after just a few minutes' exploration.