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Re: New Lexicon Reverb...MPX 500


        It looks like I mis-remembered the article, yes, the reviewer put 
between the _MPX100_ and the PCM90. 

        Regardless, I'm still wondering how well the MPX500 is in general. 
any MPX is not much more than some hardware chips and software, I was
hoping that the "new" MPX500 would have a reverb fairly close to the PCM90.
>From just a hardware/software standpoint, I'd expect the MPX500 to blow 
MPX100 and MPX1 out of the water due to the MPX500 being a much new piece
of equipment.

        Perhaps hardware/software based musical instruments don't follow 
Law as closely as the PC marketplace does.  :-D

        Anybody own an MPX500?


At 02:15 PM 2/29/00 GMT, you wrote:
>Steven Woods suggested:
>>The reverbs are not the same as the MPX 1
>>they are the same as the MPX 100.
>>For a magazine to  suggest that to the readership is ridiculous, they 
>>look at the price point.
>To be fair to all sides, I'm not sure that the "Sound on Sound" reviewer
>*did* claim the MPX 500 and the MPX 1 shared reverbs.
>In part it reads:
>The Lexicon MPX1 is an established multi-effects/reverb all-rounder that
>started life at over a grand, but now sells for little over half its
>original price, while the more recent MPX100 is an altogether simpler 
>based on presets with limited editability at under 200. I think it's fair
>to say that the MPX100 set a new standard for very-low-cost 
>but although it sounds impressive for the price, if you put it up against 
>PCM90 or 91 you can hear straight away that the more expensive unit sounds
>richer, smoother and more spacious.
>While the MPX100 is a fine reverb for the fiscally challenged project
>studio, the more serious user may demand a little more sonic refinement 
>more editability, which is why Lexicon developed the subject of this 
> the MPX500. Based on the same Lexichip III reverb engine that powers the
>new generation of Lexicon reverb processors, the MPX500 expands on the
>MPX100's philosophy while offering a sound quality that lies somewhere
>between the MPX100 and the PCM90/91. So new is this processor that I had 
>visit the Lexicon factory in Boston in order to get my hands on one in 
>for this review, and while I was there, I was able to do direct comparison
>with other Lexicon products in a studio environment before bringing it 
>to do further tests. If the MPX100 sits at 1 on a scale of 1 to 10 with 
>PCM90 at 10, I'd say the reverbs of the MPX500 score a five or better.
>                                 Conclusions
>You can buy more versatile multi-effects boxes than the MPX500 for around
>the same price, but I don't
>think any of them offers the quality of reverb available here. Similarly,
>the non-reverb effects may provide
>nothing new, but they sound just right. Is the MPX500 an alternative, or
>even a replacement, for the more
>expensive MPX1? Their reverb quality is certainly comparable, but the MPX1
>is a far more capable
>multi-effects unit, with rather more depth to its editability. At the same
>time, more flexibility makes the
>MPX1 more time-consuming to program, and for tweaking effects during a
>session, the MPX500 is about
>as close to perfection as you can get.
>In fact, the only real criticism I can make of the MPX500, given its very
>attractive price, is its limited
>number of user memories. I'd recommend the MPX500 either as a second
>reverb/general effects box for
>someone who already has something better, or as a main reverb for the
>smaller studio owner who
>appreciates the benefits of a Lexicon reverb. I'm buying one to back up my
>Hope that clears things up!