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  • #16
    I've just had a look at the MX200 and MX400. I've got two synths with just mono outputs but the MX400 has L and R inputs. MX200 at least has got an L (Mono). Is there any point of getting the MX400 in this scenario? I like the duality of the MX400 but no mono inputs?

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    • #17
      I read that the Lexicon MX400 has +4 dB inputs. The same may be true of the MX200 - look up the specs just to be sure. You may or may not need a preamp between your synth and an MX400, since a lot of synths have -10dB outputs.

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      • #18
        That would be strange. The MX reverbs are so popular and I've never heard or seen anyone running a synth through a preamp before the effect. I don't know, is this the case?

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        • #19
          That would be strange. The MX reverbs are so popular and I've never heard or seen anyone running a synth through a preamp before the effect. I don't know, is this the case?


          That someone that you saw is probably using a mixer. Mixers can easily boost a signal to +4 dB and in that sense can serve as preamps.

          I first heard about the MX400's +4dB input level on a guitar players' forum. Guitarists complain the loudest about this because they are used to running their guitars into pedals that take -10dB input or less, and output straight to guitar amps which also take a signal level in that range.

          What typically happens when you plug a -10dB output (such as a synth) into a +4dB input is unusually low output volume level.

          Sorry for the confusion and possible worry. Just use a mixer with the MX400 and you should be fine.

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          • #20
            That someone that you saw is probably using a mixer. Mixers can easily boost a signal to +4 dB and in that sense can serve as preamps.


            I've just read the MX400 manual and it appears to be true. Only mixer connections are shown. I'd use it with a mixer anyway. I also read that you can use the menu to set the input and output to "mono mode" when you've got just a mono lead connected to the L socket.

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            • #21
              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.


              Just ordered one off of ebay for $75 shipped. I'll play around with it's delay and if I don't like it, it'll go on craigslist.
              lots of gear and not a computer in sight.

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