Holiday Gear Guide: UAD Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb Plug-In

UAD Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb Plug-In
List Price: $279.49

Possibly no reverb has been more common place in studios around the world than the classic Lexicon Digital Reverb. Universal Audio chose to model the Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb (found on U2’s The Unforgettable Fire and Talking Heads’ Remain In Light) , and it’s a stunning recreation. Dissecting a real unit, UAD captured the essence of the machine down to the circuit board, alternate outputs, and system noise for starters (which is an adjustable feature). For those who already own or are willing to invest in the UAD2 platform, this reverb is a worthy addition.

Pulling up a mix, I went straight for the vocal loading the Vocal Plate with fairly exaggerated pre-delay for a slap back effect which created tremendous depth. Next, I inserted the 224 on a drum group using the Large Concert Hall and immediately could hear that signature Lexicon sound coming off the snare hits, but seeing as the song is more country swing, it definitely wasn’t the right fit for this song. Loading the Percussion plate with slight adjustments to the Treble Decay and Bass Reverb Time dialed in what I was looking for. The ease in which you can tweak parameters makes for some fun experimenting.

Overall, the Plug-In captures the details of what makes a Lexicon unit special, with an authentic user-friendly interface that lets you quickly dial up what the track needs and move on, or tweak for hours crafting just the right tone. I only scratched the surface of what the Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb can do, and I can’t wait to use it again.