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by B. Oszczak (10/12/2016):

Absolutely great! Especially Athmosphere preset. Must have! Read more

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Lexicon® 224 Digital Reverb Plug-In.
An era-defining digital reverb.

From the moment it was unleashed in 1978, the Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb — with its tactile, slider-based controller and famously lush reverb tail — single-handedly defined the sound of an entire era. From Talking Heads' Remain In Light and Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five's The Message, to Vangelis' incredible

Blade Runner soundtrack and U2's The Unforgettable Fire, the Lexicon 224 remains one of the most popular digital reverb units of all time. Now you can track and mix with this singular piece of audio history with the Lexicon 224 Reverb plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces.

Now You Can:
  • Track and mix with the legendary Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb, using the same algorithms as the original hardware
  • Employ eight classic reverb programs and one chorus program on drums, vocals, guitars, and more
  • Use the Plate and Concert programs for vintage '80s sounds
  • Mix with presets from famous Lexicon 224 users Chuck Zwicky (Prince), Kevin Killen (Peter Gabriel), and others

A Breakthrough in Emulation

Using the exact algorithms and control processor code from the original hardware, the Lexicon 224 plug-in precisely captures all eight legendary reverb programs and the chorus program — based on the Lexicon 224's final and hard-to-find firmware version 4.4. The Lexicon 224 plug-in also incorporates the original hardware’s input transformers and early AD/DA 12-bit gain stepping converters.

Easy Navigation
Every parameter from the original hardware is present in the Lexicon 224 plug-in, and exposed as dedicated sliders and buttons. Lexicon’s distinctive Bass/Mid “split decay” adjustments and Crossover control set the highly tunable reverb image, while the Treble Decay rolls off high frequencies. Use the Depth control to adjust the distance between source and reverb, while Predelay produces a short delay between the sound source and the onset of reverberation. Diffusion affects how quickly the echo density in the reverb builds up over time.
Modeled to the Last Detail
For total authenticity, the UAD-2-only System Noise control enables or disables the inherent dynamic system noise of the original Lexicon 224 hardware — removing the modeled gain stepping, parameter zippering, and quiescent noise.
Clicking the “Open” text to the right of the display panel exposes several hidden controls, including Input/Output gain and Pitch Shift, and even a selectable “Bug Fix” mode which enables/disables historical bugs fixes from the Hall B and Chorus programs.
Taken together, the Lexicon 224 plug-in for UAD-2 and Apollo interfaces is the world’s most authentic model of a true studio classic.




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  • Paul White

    Sound on Sound

    "The 224 plug-in sounds as you'd expect...[it] sits well in a pop mix and doesn't overwhelm the source sound, even when used at quite generous levels."

    David Issac

    (Prince, Marcus Miller, Luther Vandross, Eric Clap

    "The Lexicon 224 plug-in not only looks and sounds like the original hardware, but man it feels like it in the mix! It's like I'm home again."

    Kevin Killen

    (U2, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush)

    My love affair with the Lexicon 224 continues unabated. UA has done a tremendous job bringing this original classic into the software realm.

    Jeff Balding

    (LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill)

    “I'm very familiar with how the Lexicon 224 sounds and the UAD plug-in is an amazing replication!”

    The Glitch Mob

    “[The UAD Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb] is a good reverb for just fattening up sounds. It sounds awesome.”

  • Ivan Barias

    (Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, Estelle)

    Warm, lush and detailed with the right amount of vintage is the perfect way to describe the UAD Lexicon 224.

    Jono Buchanan

    Future Music UK

    "The sound is everything you could hope for -- warm, rich, lush, and mix-enhancing."

    Kevin Becka

    Mix Magazine

    "[The Lexicon 224] is excellent, and there are some great presets written by top engineers who have used the 224 for many years."

    Mick Glossup

    (Frank Zappa, Van Morrison, UFO)

    "The [UAD-2] Lexicon 224 is excellent! It's just like I remember it from back in the 80's!"

    Jerry Harrison

    (Talking Heads, No Doubt, Violent Femmes)

    "Convolution reverbs can be great, but they don't offer the direct, simple path of adjusting a parameter on the Lexicon 224. I'm glad to have an old friend back."

  • Eric "E.T." Thorngren

    (Bob Marley, Robert Palmer, Talking Heads)

    "When I began mixing 'in the box' I missed the Lexicon 224 [more than anything else]. Now it's back, with that dense, flutter-free reverb that I love so much."

    Chuck Zwicky

    (Prince, Soul Asylum, Reggie Watts)

    I can remember the first time I heard a Lexicon 224, the excitement from that huge sound and its haunting beauty. When I listen to this plug-in I'm transported to that place.

    Eli Janney

    (Jet, Ryan Adams, Wilco)

    "This [Lexicon 224] recreation brings back so many memories of big studios and well-crafted records. With this emulation, I can do things I could never do before!"

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    by B. Oszczak(Wednesday 12 October, 2016)

    Absolutely great! Especially Athmosphere preset. Must have! Read More

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    I use this reverb before any other.
    by . (Saturday 8 October, 2016)

    This reverb is great and gives you great control of the parameters of your reverb so you can easily get the sound your looking for. It immidiatley enhances you mix. I love it! Read More

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    Lexicon 224 reverb
    by D. Morgan(Thursday 29 September, 2016)

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    Lexicon 224 reverb
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    I like the sound
    by z. de(Friday 23 September, 2016)

    Yes, the classic sound,Feel already very close to the hardware of sound Read More


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Features & Specs
Lexicon® 224 Digital Reverb Plug-In.
Key Features
  • Lexicon-endorsed, using the very algorithms from the orginal hardware
  • Models entire analog circuit and digital path for total authenticity
  • Eight reverb programs and one chorus program from final Lexicon v.4.4 firmware
  • Features Artist Presets from famous Lexicon 224 users
  • All of the original parameters maintained including unique Lexicon Bass/Mid split decay and Mode Enhancement
  • Plug-in only features such as Dry/Wet Mix and System Noise defeat/enable
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

See the UAD Instance Chart here

  • Final and complete v4.4 firmware with the following programs:
    • 1: Small Concert Hall B
    • 2: Vocal Plate
    • 3: Large Concert Hall B
    • 4: Acoustic Chamber
    • 5: Percussion Plate A
    • 6: Small Concert Hall A
    • 7: Room A
    • 8: Constant Density Plate A
    • Chorus A (shift + click any program button)
  • Bass — reverb decay of 0.6 to 70 seconds below crossover frequency
  • Mid — reverb decay of 0.6 to 70 seconds above crossover frequency
  • Crossover — sets crossover point between Bass and Mid between 100 Hz and 10.9 kHz
  • Treble Decay — sets the high frequency decay cutoff between 100 Hz and 10.9 kHz
  • Depth — sets the effective distance between source and reverb with a range of 0 - 71
  • Predelay — sets delay before onset of reverberation between 0 and 255 ms (actual range determined by selected program)
  • Reverb Diffusion — sets diffusion amount between 1 and 63
  • Mode Enhancement — Off/On improves the naturalness of the sound of the 224 reverb programs preventing modes from ringing in the reverb tail
  • Enhance cycle — sets Mode Enhance range between 1 and 16 (smaller values give a more dramatic effect)
  • Pitch Shift cycle — secondary Mode Enhance parameter, range between 1 and 16
  • Decay Optimization — Off/On reduces the coloration in the decay of the 224 reverb programs
  • Optimize cycle — sets the decay Optimize range between 1 and 16 (smaller values give a more dramatic effect)
  • Immediate — enables parameter persistence when switching programs
  • System Noise — Off/On toggles noise components such as AD/DA conversion and gain stepping, parameter zippering and quiescent noise
  • Rear Outs — switches “A and C” 224 hardware outputs to “B and D” 224 hardware outputs
  • Dry/Wet Mix — continuously blends between dry signal and effected signal in 1% or 0.1% increments
  • Wet Solo — overrides Dry/Wet mix control and solos effected signal
  • Open/Close — allows access to Lexicon 224 hidden parameters:
    • Input Gain — adjustable input gain from -12 to +12 dB
    • Output Level — adjustable output level ∞ to +12 dB
    • Link — links left/right Gain and Level controls for continuously matched left/right balance
    • Display Hold — allows user to switch between 1.5 seconds and infinite LED numerical display hold for last changed parameter
    • Bug Fixes — Clicking “UA” logo allows the user to enable/disable bugs in the original Lexicon code found in the Hall B and Chorus programs
    • Power — enables/disables entire 224 plug-in
  • Numerical Value Display — three character numeric LED displays current parameter values for most 224 parameters
  • LED value display — indicates parameter type associated with Numerical Value Display when applicable
  • Left/Right LED Metering — six segment LED metering with -24, -18, -12, -6, 0 dB range
  • Overflow LED — displays processor overflow that may occur with heavy input or certain parameter settings

Chuck Zwicky
(Prince, Jeff Beck, Jonas Brothers)
  • 80s Fine Grained Gate
  • 80s Snare
  • 90s Big Kick
  • Acoustic Solo Chamber
  • Ballad Vox Plate
  • Density Plate
  • Drum Ballad Plate
  • Drum Crunch Room
  • Fat Drum Plate
  • Hard Chamber
  • Horn Hall
  • In the name of Lex
  • Live Room
  • Loose Chamber
  • Loose Hall
  • Lush Piano
  • Mid Tempo Snare
  • Moments in Lex
  • Mountains of Needles
  • Percussive Slap
  • Plateau Piano
  • Shock the Toms
  • Shuffle Slap
  • Smooth Vox Hall
  • Snare Plate
  • Vocal Slap
  • Vocal Wide Chorus
Dave Isaac
(Prince, Marcus Miller, Vigilant, Taylen)
  • A Little Bit Of Hall
  • Ballad Vocals
  • Chamber Made
  • DI's Drum Room
  • DI's Room
  • Lingering Hall
  • Marv Conga Plate
  • Midnight Plate
  • Room 4 Growth
  • Slap Hall
Eli Janney
(Jet, Ryan Adams, Wilco)
  • Big 80s Snare
  • Brooklyn BVs
  • Echo Robo Voc
  • Heavy Echo
  • Indie Drum Room
  • MidTempo Snare Room
  • Smooth Vocal Hall
  • Thicker Voc Plate
Eric "E.T" Thorngren
(Bob Marley, Robert Palmer, Talking Heads)
  • Mexicon Snare Plate
  • Mexicon Snare Room
  • Vocal Slap
  • Wider-1
  • Wider-2
  • Wider-3
Kevin Killen
(U2, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush)
  • Atmosphere
  • Percussion Plate
  • Vox Plate


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