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Opinions on a few digital fx units Condenser Microphones
Old 25th July 2016
Opinions on a few digital fx units

Long story short, came across these units in an old pal's 90's touring rack... He's not using them... Not a gtr player, so I'm primarily interested in whether any of them stand up as studio pieces as send fx.

What are your opinions on:

TC 2290
Roland SRV
Yamaha spx990

Old 25th July 2016
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All very useful. The Yamaha is a little noisy but it does a few really nice things.
Old 25th July 2016
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SPX990 sounds nice on drums. 2290 is a great delay.
Old 25th July 2016
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Agree with the above.

You say "stand up as studio pieces", and it depends on what kind of units you have in mind and compares them with. If you think of Lexicon 960, T.C. 6000, Bricasti, EMT25x, those are common in large studios, they sounds spectacular, but also costs north of $10000. The units in that rack may not be as .. 'respected' or versatile as those I mentioned. But those you mention are good units.

Each fx unit bears the mark of the time it was made in I think. Today, we look at the 80s as a time when things were drenched in reverb and chorus. The effect was used as much to create the character of a part/instrument as dynamics and EQ as.
Today the trend is different, considerably less fx. Reverb is often used to imitate the sensation of a real room, or close to it. The Bricasti is one unit that is just right in today's environment, because it sounds just how alot of people think of reverb usage today. The studio presets in it, for example, sounds rather close to natural ambience of room mics.

The units above, the 2290 is from 1986 and the other two are from 1993. I would say they sound a bit like that era too. For good or bad.

Last edited by Sk106; 25th July 2016 at 10:21 AM..
Old 26th July 2016
Definitely pieces "of their time"... This was my pal's touring rig in the 90's... He's since retired as a muso and I bet none of this has been powered on since 1998 lol. I'll plug it into the board and see if I use any of it...

Thanks for all of your input!
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