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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Feb 2019 > UNIVERSAL AUDIO Lexicon 480L £260

UNIVERSAL AUDIO Lexicon 480L £260

The Holy Grail of digital reverb – the Lexicon 480L – finally gets the Universal Audio treatment. Mark Cousins flexes up and enjoys the ambience…

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There are few more iconic studio scenes than a Lexicon 480L reverb perched on top of an SSL 4000 Series console. Indeed, walk into any control room in the 1980s and the sight of the 480L meant you were undoubtedly at a ‘professional’ facility. The 480L’s reputation was rightly deserved as, even to this day, it remains one of the finest-sounding algorithmic reverbs ever produced, with a highly recognisable sound heard on countless records. Even though technically superior iterations came along – notably the 960L – the sound of the 480L became synonymous with wide and expansive reverb, making it arguably the pinnacle of Lexicon’s achievements.

Given the pedigree of the 480L, it’s no surprise to find a number of plug-in versions claiming to be ‘inspired’ by its sound, although none to this date have been officially endorsed by Lexicon. The precursor to the 480L – the Lexicon 224 – was previously modelled by Universal Audio (under full endorsement from Lexicon) and remains a firm favourite in my studio. Lexicon itself has released various plug-in reverbs (most notably the Lexicon PCM Native Reverb series, which borrows its algorithms from the PCM96), but has so far avoided revisiting its 480L legacy. The UAD Lexicon 480L is significant, therefore, both in the fact that it’s endorsed by Lexicon, but also as we’ve had to wait so long for its arrival.

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