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Meet The Dank Tank: My Goldilocks 80s Reverb
Dark, dense, a bit grainy, and sounds "right" at nearly every setting and mix amount.
I went on an 80s algorithmic reverb odyssey in the early '10s, scooping up a range of different 80s reverb flavors (real and virtual) for my synth/electronic hardware/software home studio pleasure.
Of the hardware units I decided to keep (which include a Lexicon PCM-70 on the high(er) end and an Alesis Quadraverb+ on the low) the LXP-1 was my hands-down favorite. There's a thickness and density to the sound that just works for me and my personal expectations, without a lot of tweaking and A/B comparison second-guessing. Everything in my setup is some kind of 80s or 90s synth or sampler, so I've got enough things to tweak to death already. These little LXP units (I scored an LXP-5 too) give me a few different flavors of "usable, pleasing and familiar" as soon as I switch them on, and (unlike many I tried) mixing in a #$%&-load of LXP-1 doesn't sound sound like "this tasteless idiot is using too much reverb" ... it just sounds like another (dank) creative possibility.
Thanks to @federicovaona for reminding me I need to hunt down an MRC controller for a little more hands-on fun
Oh! and I should note that, despite all one might have learned about restoring crackling pots over the years, crackling pots on these LXP half-rack units = 90% chance you'll have to replace the pot (cleaning won't do much). I'm having this (worsening) problem with both units... and I'm talking speaker-hammering static blasts, not little pops. Worse: there's no off-the-shelf replacement part either (last I consulted with a tech experienced in LXP modding, a few years back)... apparently one must hunt down a Lexicon product of the same vintage with the same exact pot and cannibalize... so while these units may seem like a bargain on Craigslist (at least they were when I bought 'em), know that some very likely repairs may cost you as much or more than the units themselves in parts alone.
Still worth it? For me, yes. :)