“All of the reverb algorithms work well in surround but the real stars of the show are the chambers and rooms…these can produce some stunningly realistic recreations of space…”
Last year audio production magazine ‘Resolution’ gave Lexicon’s long-awaited PCM96 a glowing review. Reviewed in the latest issue is the latest edition to the PCM series, the Lexicon PCM96 Surround.
In particular the PCM96 Surround is praised for the “much improved I-O capability”, “terrific surround reverb algorithms”, “flexible multimachine capability”, “ease of editing” and the “range of factory presets”.
“To accommodate this surround I-O capability, the algorithms have also all been tweaked slightly, with Chambers, Halls, Delays, Rooms, Plates and Resonant Chords all supporting surround operation. Rather neatly, the parameters available for each preset intelligently re-map themselves according to the machine configuration chosen…”.
“Also new to the PCM96 Surround are a set of Pitch shifting algorithms, which can work as multi-voice shifting with separate level and pan for each output (which can give some wonderful rising and falling shift effects in surround)…”.
“The presets are all enormously useable and in truth most users will go no further than calling them up and tweaking them to fit using the three small rotary encoders on the front panel as these can bank through the parameters that the preset designers have deemed most likely to need tweaking”.
“All of the reverb algorithms work well in surround but the real stars of the show are the chambers and rooms…these can produce some stunningly realistic recreations of space…Also worthy of special mention are the surround implementations of pitch and resonant chords, which become very creative tools for effects design and that’s something that hasn’t escaped the attention of the preset programmers”.
“…the PCM96 Surround is a great step forward. To be honest, even if you don’t specifically need the surround algorithms it probably makes more sense than the original PCM96 because of the enhanced I-O options and the ability to run simultaneous mono or stereo virtual machines with separate inputs and outputs. Throw in what are some truly excellent sounding surround reverbs and effects, and you can’t help but feel that this is what the PCM96 should have been to start with…”
To read the full review, pick up the October Issue of Resolution Magazine (V8.7). The Lexicon PCM96 is available now at £3852.50 RRP.
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