An outboard effects processor for around $2500
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An outboard effects processor for around $2500

What would some of you suggest I buy. I'm looking for something that does good reverb, delay and modulation effects. While I have some great plugins, I'd like something that will bring my mixes up to world class standard.

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Kurzweil KSP8. With careful shopping, you can get one for your budget. Also, they come up used occasionally for around $2000.00 usually.

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I'd like something that will bring my mixes up to world class standard.

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IPH
No one unit will do that alone.

Better to use the dough and focus on seperate units that specialize on those specific things.

Problem is with $2500 you can't get all 3.

The most expensive will be the reverb and a "world class" reverb machine(ala Lexicon 480L or EMT 250) will be either twice or triple your budget
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No one unit will do that alone.

Better to use the dough and focus on seperate units that specialize on those specific things.

Problem is with $2500 you can't get all 3.

The most expensive will be the reverb and a "world class" reverb machine(ala Lexicon 480L or EMT 250) will be either twice or triple your budget

With the $2500 where should I start? I could possibly pad that amount a little. Maybe as high as $3500, but I'd be stretching it.

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For the money your spending, you aren't going to find anything as nice as a Kurzweil KSP8, you get really nice reverbs and tons of really useful and interesting fx. You can have up to 8 mono engines with their own I/O or any combi of mono and stereo up to 8 in and out. The reverbs are absolutely record quality, there really is nothing like it for the price, unless you can find a crazy deal on one of the eventide boxes.
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If I was about to spend $3K specifically on reverb I'd wait for that Bricasti unit to come out... at least to take a listen to it. The old guys from Lexicon have developed a new rack unit that will *supposedly* step to some of the high end reverbs. Of course, it's all heresay... but you might as well hold out another month or two if you can.

If you need to get rolling and need one good multi-purpose unit, the KSP8 does seem like a logical choice. Can you get one to listen to before you buy?
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Years ago I had a DP/4 and loved it, so I know Kurzweil can do great effects. The KSP8 is in the budget and from what I've read and your recommendations seems like the way to go.

Of course I'm always open to other suggestions, but this seems right.

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I agree about the KSP8. Do some price comparative shopping and get a KSP8 with the remote and whichever I/O expansion board suits your needs.
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For $3500 i would:

1) Buy an H3000 DSX or DSE for pitchshifting effects and modualtion effects-$800

2) A pair of Lexcon PCM42's for delays-$2K

3) A Sony DPS-V77 for modulation and synthethic plates-$350

4) A Ensoniq DP4+ or Yamaha ProR3 for "blending" darker type of effects-$350

Total-$3500

Hopefully for plugs you have Altiverb and the Princeton Digital reverb for rooms and real spaces.
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you can also get a used TC 5000 these days for cheap. maybe $2K or less. nice all around box, though it won't give you the Lexicon vibe.
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For $3500 i would:

1) Buy an H3000 DSX or DSE for pitchshifting effects and modualtion effects-$800

2) A pair of Lexcon PCM42's for delays-$2K

3) A Sony DPS-V77 for modulation and synthethic plates-$350

4) A Ensoniq DP4+ or Yamaha ProR3 for "blending" darker type of effects-$350

Total-$3500

Hopefully for plugs you have Altiverb and the Princeton Digital reverb for rooms and real spaces.
that's 3rd world class
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Yeah...I'd spend that $3000 on seperate FX boxes too I think...

Get a used Lex PCM 90/91 or 300...the TC M3000 is pretty hip too. Maybe a TC M2000 or Eventide H3000 of some type for multi-FX...a pair of delays like PCM 41's or the Roland ddl box, 3000? Maybe a couple of less expensive multi-FX boxes like Yomama's to cover the extra flanges, chorus & whatever else crops up during a mix. Plus, sometimes a mix just calls for grainy 12-bit verb on some element...
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a platesonics plate and 2 x lex 42, or one lex 42 and an echoplex. starkly simple, utterly basic, undeniably world class.

use plugs for your modulation effects. not as good as hardware, but with a real plate you won't care. well, at least i wouldn't.


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Where can you get a pair of PCM 42s for $2k?
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that's 3rd world class
*cough*

3rd world class is a few old DeltaLabs Effectron Delays...
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Where can you get a pair of PCM 42s for $2k?

Look on Ebay.
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