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  • Recommend me good, cheap (hardware!) reverb and delay for my synths

    For the past few months, my Line 6 M13 has been doing double duty for both my guitar rig and my keyboard rig--for keys, it has been a very good source of delay, reverb and occasionally compression. The only problem is, on the Sundays where I play both keys and guitar in the same set, it obviously presents a little bit of a logistical issue, to say the least.

    So I would like to get a unit to dedicate solely to the keys. Rack unit or something floor-based like the M13 is okay either way. Buying a second M13 (or even an M9, for that matter) is not really an option because they are both more than I would like to spend.

    I have never used rack-based effects so I am not very familiar with them. But I am guessing there are some units with good quality delays and reverbs, a little older perhaps, that go for reasonable prices on the used market.
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    lexicon mx200

    http://www.lexiconpro.com/product.php?id=12

    http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Lexicon-MX200-Dual-ReverbEffects-Processor?sku=181014
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    • #3
      My go-to cheap reverb, chorus and delay processor is the Digitech TSR-24. To me it sounds like a million bucks.
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      • #4
        Lexicon MPX 100

        sound of a Lex for the price of a Boss
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        • #5
          I'd also recommend the Lexicon MX200. I have one and it sounds great, is user-friendly, and inexpensive. It's also stereo in/out, which some floor units are not, plus it has dual processors which can be used independently or together.

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          • #6
            Ensoniq DP/4, perhaps? Very cool effects processor, these days you can get one for around $300 used. I don't know if that's "cheap" or not, but I think the effects sound nice enough to justify the extra dough.
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            • #7
              Lexicon MPX 100

              sound of a Lex for the price of a Boss


              Yes, I second that - I have a Lexicon MPX110, sounded great when I used to use it w/mixers that had no FX built-in.

              Now I have a Soundcraft MFXi8 mixer w/built-in Lex. effects, so I use the outboard MPX100 unit only occasionally - esp. on Halloween, when I set it up to change pitch on my voice to sound like a low-talking devil and scare the neighborhood Trick-or-Treaters as I say "WEEEELLLLCOOMMMME" in the Satan voice, coming out of my JBL EONs which are hidden in the bushes right by the front door - bwoooohahahahahha!! :facepalm: :lol:
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              • #8
                cheap yet great multi fx>

                Boss SE-70
                Ensoniq DP4
                lex mpx-1 (the original "mid-end" mpx unit. new mpx units are low end, not up to par)


                if you can, id recommend springing for a sml analog delay pedal for delay duties. theres nothing like an analog delay on a synth lead or arpeggio line. theyre jut meant to go together. also, its sound fantastic when you do subtle tweaks on the delay time. or not so subtle.. very musical and organic results..

                something like malleko 616 , or EHX memory boy, or deluxe version (with foot pedal control of the delay time.)

                also, reverb only options:
                lexicon lxp15 II
                roland srv330
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                • #9
                  Alesis Wedge. :love:
                  Quite a little surprise! I liked it so much I got a second unit.
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                  • #10
                    Alesis Wedge. :love:
                    Quite a little surprise! I liked it so much I got a second unit.


                    Is the wedge really that great? Stereo or mono and how much did you pick yours up for?
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                    • #11
                      im a fan of yamaha SPX series reverbs. lovely
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                      • #12
                        TC Electronics M300. I picked one up on my local CL for $50. Good sound, easy to use, and two separate effects engines.
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                        • #13
                          Is the wedge really that great? Stereo or mono and how much did you pick yours up for?


                          i have wedge in andromeda. definitely belongs to pleasant suprises for peanuts (considering the wedge going prices).... it works great with pads, in general bigger spaces for synths when you dont need ultimate density/diffusion. also, i really like its delay with ability to HP and LP the feedback you can get impressive dubby and loungey delays. ive used it on many sequencerarpeggio type lines and leads. flexible delay section all together. i like it so much that i thought of picking up another standalone unit. awesome dela if u need something small in a live setting.

                          i less prefer its rooms, flangers and choruses.
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                          • #14
                            i less prefer its rooms, flangers and choruses.


                            Yeah, that's my impression. If it's really cheap, it'd be pretty interesting as a "delay pedal". I do not care for its reverbs at all though, and sold the Wedge I had for that reason. I use a Lexicon MPX-1 for most of my reverbs, sometimes 2C Aether on the software side.
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                            • #15
                              im a fan of yamaha SPX series reverbs. lovely


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