The World's Finest Emulation of the Classic Lexicon Reverb that Started it All.
From the moment it was unleashed on the audio industry in 1978, the original Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb — with its tactile, slider-based controller and famously lush reverb tail — almost single-handedly defined the sound of an entire era. It served as a major player in the sound of highly influential classics such as Talking Heads' Remain In Light, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five's The Message, Vangelis' incredible Blade Runner soundtrack, U2's Unforgettable Fire, and Peter Gabriel's So. With such a refined legacy, it's no surprise that the Lexicon 224 remains one of the most popular digital reverb units of all time.
The result of using the very same algorithms and control processor code from the original hardware, the UAD-2 Lexicon 224 precisely captures all eight reverb programs and the chorus program — based on the Lexicon 224's final and hard-to-find firmware version 4.4. In UA's exhaustive modeling tradition, the Lexicon 224 plug-in also incorporates the original unit's input transformers and early AD/DA 12-bit gain stepping converters — nailing the entire analog and digital circuit paths right down to the last detail.
Additionally, the Lexicon 224 emulation for UAD-2 features direct input and presets from famous Lexicon 224 users, including Chuck Zwicky (Prince, Jeff Beck), Eli Janney (Jet, Ryan Adams), David Isaac (Eric Clapton, Luther Vandross), E.T. Thorngren (Talking Heads, Bob Marley), and Kevin Killen (U2, Peter Gabriel).
Developed by renowned physicist/engineer Dr. David Griesinger, the Lexicon 224 is the most ubiquitous and best-selling studio digital reverb ever made. The original 224 was a landmark achievement in digital reverb and served as the very product to put Lexicon on the studio map — and a remote control on every console. The 224's Concert Hall A program is considered to be one of the finest reverbs ever made, and its plate programs practically defined the 80's drum sound.
Every tunable parameter from the original is present in the Lexicon 224 plug-in, and exposed as dedicated controls — inviting easy experimentation and sonic exploration. All seven algorithms/nine programs are available under the Program selection. Lexicon’s distinctive Bass/Mid “split decay” adjustments and Crossover control set the highly tunable reverb image, along with the Treble Decay for rolling off high frequencies. Depth sets the apparent 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.
For total authenticity, the UAD-2 only System Noise control enables or disables the inherent dynamic system noise of the original Lexicon 224 hardware. Specifically, disabling System Noise enables a more modern (i.e., cleaner) sound, removing the modeled gain stepping, parameter zippering, and quiescent noise. The unique Lexicon 224 Mode Enhancement and Decay Optimization controls improve reverb clarity. For insert use, the UAD-2 only Dry/Wet and Solo parameters control the effect mix within the plug-in.
Clicking the “OPEN” text to the right of the display panel exposes several hidden controls, including Input/Ouput 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 emulation for UAD-2 is the world’s most exhaustive and authentic model of a true studio classic.
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