AMS RMX16 Digital Reverb
A reverb like no other — back after 30 years.
The AMS RMX16 was the world's first microprocessor-controlled, full-bandwidth, digital reverberator. Heard on hundreds — if not thousands — of seminal recordings from the 1980s onward, the RMX16 is still found in nearly every major recording studio the world over.
The unique and lush reverb programs of the RMX16 are instantly recognizable, from U2 and Peter Gabriel to Radiohead and Rihanna. Today, AMS Neve and Universal Audio proudly present the authentic AMS RMX16 Digital Reverb plug-in — exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces.
Now You Can:
Record and mix with the only authentic RMX16 digital reverb plug-in, developed by original hardware designer Mark Crabtree
Harness the exact legendary reverb and delay algorithms of the famous hardware
Apply classic Ambience, Nonlinear, Room, Hall, or Plate reverbs and unique Echo, Chorus, and Reverse effects
Get plug-in-only features including Dry/Wet Mix, Wet Solo, and easy “click-and-type” editing of control values
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AMS Neve RMX 16 Digital Reverb plug-in
The Only Authentic AMS RMX16 Emulation — Anywhere
In developing the UAD plug-in version of this landmark processor, Mark Crabtree of AMS Neve dusted off his original schematics and extensive notes. It was a laborious two-year process, but well worth the effort. The end result is a UAD plug-in that contains exact instruction-for-instruction models of the original algorithms — giving you iconic reverb sounds in your DAW.
Designed to be musical rather than mathematic (Peter Gabriel owned a prototype unit and delivered notes), the original RMX16 was tuned and re-tuned by ear to provide as wide a "sweet-spot" of settings as possible. The RMX16 plug-in faithfully emulates the original’s straightforward control set — meaning no menus to navigate.
The RMX16 is famous for its nine programs, each bringing its own identifiable sound and texture to instruments and tracks.
A Legendary Second Act
Whether you’re putting the finishes touches on a lead vocal, transforming a drum bus, or using an Apollo interface to track guitar with shoegaze ambience, the RMX16 plug-in marks the welcome return of a landmark studio tool.
“Only a full and faithful implementation of the RMX16 would satisfy me,” said Mark Crabtree. “I have spent nearly as long designing the plug-in as I did on designing the original unit from scratch!”
“I've used the AMS RMX16 on every record I've made since the early 80s. I doubted if a plug-in could truly capture all the nuances of my very favorite digital reverb. I'm blown away with the result.”
– Ross Hogarth (Van Halen, Ziggy Marley, Motley Crue)
“Anything that was used to make Thriller, and used by Quincy Jones and Bruce Swedien, is a no-brainer in my book. Now the RMX16 is back and better than ever as a UAD plug-in. Outstanding.”
– David Isaac (Marcus Miller, Luther Vandross, Eric Clapton)
“During the 80s the AMS RMX16 was the go-to reverb for many record producers, including myself. Now with the UAD plug-in, you will be creating your own classic reverbs in seconds.”
– Steve Levine (Culture Club, Beach Boys, Ziggy Marley)
“The AMS RMX16 plug-in has all of the musicality, detail, and elegance of the original unit. It provides endlessly superior options to your search for that sound.”
– Kevin Killen (U2, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush)
“I’ve been using the AMS RMX16 since the mid 80s. It’s indispensable to nearly every project I have worked on. Having the plug-in on the UAD platform gives me the same sound without compromise.”
– Mick Guzauski (Daft Punk, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton)
“The AMS RMX16 plug-in raises the bar of vintage equipment reproductions in software. It has a permanent home in my virtual effects arsenal.”
– Richard Chycki (Rush, Aerosmith, Dream Theater)
“The UAD AMS RMX16 is one of the most detailed plug-ins I have ever used. The response and tonal quality is incredible. If you want that classic 80s reverb in your mixes get it now!”
– Darrell Thorp (Beck, Radiohead, Charlotte Gainsbourg)
“It’s great to see that the RMX16, once only found in the top studios, is finally available to all, reborn in the UAD platform.”
– Chuck Zwicky (Prince, Soul Asylum, Reggie Watts)
Now I understand what the fuss was all about!
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord, And I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, Oh Lord!!!Read More
We're gonna party like it's 1983
This reverb sounds great, is super versatile and just has "that" musical sound and character. I love to use this thing on drum machines from the era in particular and I've found great uses...Read More
best software reverb on the planet
this is simply the best sounding reverb you can get besides lexicons 480/960l. due to its vintage nature the editing is also stoneaged. it made 5 other high class plug-ins unemployed after 5...Read More
Go for it !
This reverb sounds absolutely fantastic ! Although most people only ever swear by its "ambience" and "non-linear" modes, History of music provides us with multiples instances of...Read More
I mix on a real one of these all the time and this emulation is fantastic. I gave it 4 stars because the hardware unit is a bit darker, but to be honest, the emulation with an EQ sounds pretty much...Read More
I would put 5 stars if those two things were present: The possibility to load the different firmware version of the presets of the reverb (some machine don't have the exact same algorithm) The...Read More
Modeled exactly after the original AMS RMX16 design and schematics under supervision of its original designer, Mark Crabtree
Fully endorsed by AMS Neve as the world’s only authentic emulation
Record and mix with the authentic AMS Neve RMX16 in use by top studios worldwide
Apply classic RMX16 Programs such as Ambience, Room, Hall, or Plate reverbs, as well as Echo, Chorus, Nonlinear, and Reverse effects
Exclusive plug-in-only features include Dry/Wet Mix, Wet Solo, and easy click-and-type editing of controls
Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide
AMS RMX16 Digital Reverb
Now I understand what the fuss was all about!
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord, And I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, Oh Lord!!!
We're gonna party like it's 1983
This reverb sounds great, is super versatile and just has "that" musical sound and character. I love to use this thing on drum machines from the era in particular and I've found great uses for the Echo and Plate algos in addition to the famed Ambience and Nonlin algos.
I agree that it needs a touch of EQ to darken it up a little but aside from that it's a thing of beauty and saved me over $2000 that I was about to spend on a hardware unit!
best software reverb on the planet
this is simply the best sounding reverb you can get besides lexicons 480/960l. due to its vintage nature the editing is also
stoneaged. it made 5 other high class plug-ins unemployed after 5 minutes of trying....
Go for it !
This reverb sounds absolutely fantastic ! Although most people only ever swear by its "ambience" and "non-linear" modes, History of music provides us with multiples instances of how all of the other modes were put to a good use (and particularly with the new trends for 80's music revivalism - think Ariel Pink, John Maus & Washed-Out). One of my favorite mode : the Plate mode, which has a very distinct and colorful feeling, and a very musical ringing if you play around with the decay time. All in all : this reverb sounds so good you'll probably find yourself soaking most of your tracks with it ! Go for it !
I mix on a real one of these all the time and this emulation is fantastic. I gave it 4 stars because the hardware unit is a bit darker, but to be honest, the emulation with an EQ sounds pretty much identical. It does that RX16 thing, so you should know what that is before you buy it. Good job on this one UA..
I would put 5 stars if those two things were present:
The possibility to load the different firmware version of the presets of the reverb (some machine don't have the exact same algorithm)
The emulation of the AD/DA audio path which is really important for me. Some people may find that not so important, but I love the noise characteristic of the orignal machine.
The possibility to turn that feature on and off for those who don't want the sound of the AD/DA.
Apart from that this is perfect, I love this reverb and couldn't live without it now.
Some things just have it
The interface is nostalgically not-so-intuitive and this plugin is a bit of a CPU hog but it's just so lush and full of character that the minuses are well outweighed by the pluses.
Reliving my youth
This was the first "wow" processor I experienced as a young pianist in the studio in the 80s. I've owned an original unit with its noisy fan & background noise also.
True it's not for everything, but for the dreamy verb factor it is a gem. Also the ambience algorithm is superb on drums.
Having multiple reliable instances makes it better than owning the hardware.
The emulation is superb & although the GUI may not be everyone's cup of tea it again reflects the original giving the same readout of genuine presets so suits me perfectly.
Why four stars & not ten? Purely because it's a hungry beast on DSP but if that's the price of having modern Daw access to one of the most iconic reverbs I'm happy to pay it!
Dense, beautiful, musical, clean, versatile, dozens of useful presets, stereo wide, natural! Different but as good as the L224, can not tell which is better. Just different. But it is my favorite now!
Wow, what a sound!
Because I already had all the other UAD-reverbs in my account, I thought "oh well, just another verb, I already have enough". I thought wrong.
The AMS Verb is in two words "instant character".
Whether you want ultra-wide slapbacks or dark alley vintage-ness, it's all there. And it sounds extremely good.
Together with the Lexicon-emulation, these two are my favorite reverbs to go to.
One minor comment is the GUI. I understand that this is an identical remake of the original hardware-unit, but I'm using this plugin with my mouse, not with real buttons. Therefore, a more user-friendly GUI would be nice for guys like me, who rather use a slider with the mouse instead of clicking on nudge-buttons.
Almost as good as the real thing
I've been looking for a decent-sounding reverb plug-in for 10 years and have tried most of the popular plug-ins, but the AMS RMX 16 is the first a good-sounding and versatile reverb that I've heard.
There seems to be a bug in one of the delay programs that puts a bit of unwanted reverb on the left channel, but aside from that, I'm very pleased with it.
Simply put; if you can only have one reverb, this is the one to get.
Worth the long wait
I have been wanting to own an AMS RMX16 for quite some time now, but the cost and fragility of these old units kept me away. So I was really hoping to get hold dog a plugin version and so when this was released I knew I had to own it.
All of my favourite records have RMX16 all over them, so it was with great expectations that I fired up my first mix, replaced the reverb with the RMX16 and listened.
Now I have never owned the real deal so can not comment on how close it is to the real unit, but what I can say is that the reverbs this plugin provides are excellent and sit in a mix extremely well.
The Ambience reverb is just perfect for vocals and guitars, it gives a nice space around the instrument or vocal with out drowning it. Recommen
Best of The best!
i couldnt believe in my ears when i firstly heard it and test the demo.
it changed the sound of my mixes !
John Jeff Touch
Very close to the real deal
This is a very good plugin.
It may sound silly to some, but what i miss is the noise part of the original hardware.
i wish they would have modeled the AD/DA circuits, cause this part really sounds amazing.
I also wish they would have include all the modes from the AMS, as in the update you can get from the company in LA who fixes those. (i think it is 6 additional mode).
I compared some recording of the effects i have using the same modes and sometimes it doesn't really sound as huge (especially with reverse and non lin mode) but still I'm really happy UA and AMS-Neve did it.
I demoed it for two weeks and two days ago i started a session and i realized i was missing it and went straight to the cart! five stars if they'll add the AD/DA noise
One Of My Favorites
This has been one of my favorite reverbs since the 1980's. It was my "go to" unit in almost every mix I did that called for reverb. I did a lot of R&B mixes and I used it almost exclusively on ballads. I was waiting on UA to come out with this guy for quite some time now and I wasn't disappointed. It gives you that lush AMS sound and they really captured the factory presets.
I have a lot of UA Plugins and I said that I wasn't going to buy one more until they brought this one out, and I picked it up the day it was released!
Now I'd like to see a DBX-165, a Lexicon PCM-42, or an AMS Delay and I'll scoop those right up too!!!
It's been years since I've Used RMX16.... and I must say that non lin and ambiance are my all time favorite classic on it....
But having gone Live, mixing FOH, taking the RMX16 on the road was like killing it....
Now, Thanks to AMS NEVE and UAUDIO, I can take it wherever I have to mix, and have Multiple instances of it... what a luxury.... and top of the tops: no noise... at all....
Long live AMS RMX16, long live Apollo 8 !!!!!!
Better than my AMS Hardware unit
I have the original AMS RMX16 and the only difference is my old unit has an often unacceptable noise floor for ballads and quiet material.
Its a spot on port over to the computer world.
This plug in will change your mixes dramatically for the better, specially on drums.
Fabulous AMS RMX 16
In the 80's when this was first released, it instantly became my first-choice reverb device. It was the original "Fairy Dust". The Ambiance programme became a classic reverb for it's musicality, character and overall richness. Increasingly, it's become harder to source a decent, fully-working hardware version from hire companies. With the arrival of this superb re-incarnation from the original coding of Mark Crabtree, life will have come full circle. The Apollo version is identical, and still has the identifiable character and life, without the noise. All the original features are lovingly re-created, all the pre-sets, including another classic, the Non-Lin. Go on, give your mixes some magic, it really is very special.
Holy pepperpots Batman
I rarely review. But this reverb is just fantastic!! I had to say something. Everyone appears to be blown away by its use on drums, vocals and maybe some nostalgic effects. I've found that it can give a blissful, blurring glow on sustained strings with the non-linear program, and a Rhodes sounds just delicious with the Dark Plate preset. It truly does respond musically when you want it to. Personally I prefer not to hear the obviously electronic artefacts on a transient's tail, but on sustained material the glow it gives I just LOVE!