8th July 2013
I've only heard the Phoenix algorithm from Michael. It has a level of transparency that I haven't heard from any Lexicon reverb, past and present. I haven't listened to R2 yet, as I might get too curious. My guess is that Michael was compelled to create algorithms at Lexicon that had the "Lexicon sound," and that his Exponential Audio work is informed by his decades of experience, yet can move into new sonic directions. The Exponential Audio stuff is "post Lexicon," in the best sense of the phrase.
As far as Valhalla DSP, which is me, I'm not sure that my stuff is "flawless." I try to err on the side of the awesome, versus perfection. ValhallaVintageVerb was inspired by the Lexicon algorithms from 1979 through 1986, with the beautiful and freaky aspects equally embraced. I'm currently working on my own "post Lexicon" algorithms for VintageVerb, where I am entering the realm of alternative history reverbs (or "digital audio fanfic" as one of my Twitter followers wrote). Things along the lines of "what if the 224 Concert Hall had been redesigned by Michael Gerzon?" Pretty nerdy concept, but I'm hoping that the sonic results will be cool and inspiring.