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Lexicon PCM-81

  • Studio-standard reverbs and effects, including all of the algorithms from the Lexicon PCM-70
  • A single Adjust knob is automatically attached to all applicable parameters in each preset. This allows modification of the pertinent parameter of each preset in real time without ever going into the Edit mode.
  • Optional (PCMCIA) Cards for both new algorithm programs and user presets
  • Pro and Go Modes: Go mode gives you access to as many as ten hand-picked parameters for any particular preset. Pro Mode allows full access to an Edit Matrix of as many as a hundred parameters.
  • Balanced Analog I/O - XLR and 1/4" inputs and outputs.
  • Digital 48KHz Inputs & Outputs (S/PDIF & AES/EBU)
  • 300 Presets and 50 internal user registers
  • 24 Bit Internal Processing
  • Multiple DSP Architecture
  • PCMCIA Card Slot for software updates and program storage
  • Over 21 seconds of delay time
  • Tempo Modes including Tap-Tempo and MIDI clock control
  • Dynamic Spatialization: 3-D effects processing (compatible with Surround Sound systems)
  • A Library of over 700 factory presets with resident and PC-card software
Lexicon PCM-81
pdf-icon 1991 Advert
pdf-icon Quick Reference Guide
pdf-icon User Manual (Rev 2)
pdf-icon Preset Menu
ie-icon PCM-81 MIDI Presets Instrument Definition File (*.ins)

TC Electronic M3000

M3000 contains the VSS-3 and VSS-3 Gate reverb algorithms, which are specifically designed for music production applications.

Since the mid-eighties a lot of effort in the high-end effects companies have gone into reverb technology. However, these technologies have all been built upon variations over the same theme, and thus only marginal improvements were created. Some of the main complaints relating to existing reverbs, are that they have unrealistic imaging, sound too metallic and have a tendency to impose unwanted modulation on the signal. With VSS-3 these drawbacks all belong to the past.

The main sonic advantages of VSS-3 are:
  • Ultimate realism - Combining a perfectly smooth diffuse field with detailed Early Reflections, VSS-3 is the ultimate reverb technology in the search of sonic realism.
  • Accurate early reflections - By employing a large number of directional taps - between 40 and 100 - VSS-3 is capable of simulating the Sonics of actual rooms with an unprecedented precision.
  • Smooth diffuse fields - VSS-3 gives you the highest degree of smoothness and clarity to the late reflections - diffused field.
  • Pitch-accurate - The gentle signal processing of VSS-3 keeps the signal in 100% correct pitch, even when engaging extensive effects processing.
  • Modulation free - VSS-3 is the first reverb technology that has the ability to keep the signal 100% free of sound deteriorating modulation, yet still provides additional modulation as an option that can be added.
  • All this gives you the ability to experience a completely new approach to reverb while still preserving the virtues of the old style effects.
TC Electronic M3000
pdf-icon User Manual
pdf-icon User Manual Addendum
pdf-icon MIDI Spec
ie-icon Sound on Sound M3000 review

TC Electronic Triple C

TC Electronic's Triple*C is a 1U rackmount unit providing a variety of digital compression treatments. Its three operational modes provide either Finalizer‑pedigree multi‑band algorithms, SPL Transient Designer‑style envelope shaping or flexible full‑band compression.

Since the mid-eighties a lot of effort in the high-end effects companies have gone into reverb technology. However, these technologies have all been built upon variations over the same theme, and thus only marginal improvements were created. Some of the main complaints relating to existing reverbs, are that they have unrealistic imaging, sound too metallic and have a tendency to impose unwanted modulation on the signal. With VSS-3 these drawbacks all belong to the past.
TC Electronic Triple-C
pdf-icon User Manual
pdf-icon Midi Spec

Drawmer DS-201 Noise Gate

The Drawmer DS-201 is the classic industry standard noise gate.
DS201 is a sophisticated dual channel noise gate incorporating a number of features pioneered by Drawmer, which are invaluable to the sound engineer, and not found on conventional noise gates.
Features:
  • Variable high pass and low pass filters for "frequency conscious" gating
  • Comprehensive envelope control, attack, hold, decay, and range
  • Key input for external triggering
  • "Key Listen" facility
  • Extremely fast attack time, to preserve the natural attack of the sound
  • Balanced inputs and outputs
  • Stereo linkable
  • Can be used for "Gating" or "Ducking"
  • High audio specification
DrawmerDS-201
pdf-icon DS-201 Manual

Watkins Copicat

The first Copicat echo unit was invented by Charlie Watkins in 1958. Mk1 & Mk2 Copicats were valve driven and used ¼" tape loops passing over the 4 heads. Erase functionality was care of a magnet on the tape tensioner. A solid state version as well as the old tape loops are still available from WEM. Mine is a late MkII (c 1961) version.

Watkins Copicat
ie-icon Watkins Electronic Music (WEM)
ie-icon Copicat identification and chronology
ie-icon Schematic
ie-icon MkII Schematic

Peavey NGT2 Noise Gate (SOLD)

The Peavey NGT2 Dual Channel Noise Gate is a standard noise gate with threshold, attenuation, attack, release and bypass controls for each of the two channels as well as a link control for true stereo operation. This must have been a fairly pro product as it runs in balanced mode (input ¼") at +4dBu; output is on unbalanced ¼". Peavey NGT2
ie-icon NGT2 circuit diagram

Peavey Univerb (SOLD)

This was one of the first batch of affordable digital reverbs and you can tell. The controls are just input level, output level, mix and a rotary knob for 15 presets in each of two banks. Useful for adding a little reverb to a monitor mix or even background guitar part, but really too obvious for anything much else. Peavey Univerb