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PSP Lexicon PSP 42 Vintage Delay Plugin

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Lexicon PSP 42 is a high-quality digital stereo delay and phrase sampler plug-in (VST, and RTAS for Windows; VST and RTAS for Mac OS classic and AudioUnit, VST, RTAS for Mac OSX Universal Binary) based on the legendary Lexicon PCM 42 processor famous for its distinctive sound and unique concept. Lexicon PSP 42 has been carefully designed to accurately reproduce the flexibility and warmth of this renowned classic. This has been accomplished by incorporating precise tape saturation algorithm and a delay line operating with variable sampling rate which simulates physical properties of vintage tape machine delays. The plug-in has been designed with consideration to preserve maximum signal quality at every processing stage.

The Lexicon PSP 42 is capable of generating wide variety of delay-based effects ranging from tempo-locked feedback delay with high frequency absorption and tape saturation to flanging and phasing effects. A flexible modulation section for continuous delay time and pitch control allows the user to add subtle animation or swing to the processed signal as well as to create unpredictable, alien sounds when pushed to its limits. The freely adjustable delay line sampling frequency makes Lexicon PSP 42 a good tool for creating low-fi effects that sound smooth thanks to the superior characteristics of employed interpolation algorithm. Close attention has been paid to make the unit operate without audible clicks or pops.



The PCM 42 became a classic because it sounded good - not transparent, and certainly not clinical, but with a nice characteristic for delay and echo. I'm happy to say that PSP 42 holds its own, exploiting PSP's expertise in emulating tape saturation to achieve a sound that is pleasing and warm. In fact, I resurrected my old PCM 42 and tried it right up against the PSP version. I have to say that for some settings, I actually preferred the sound of PSP 42.
Gary Hall (designer of the original Lexicon PCM 42), Electronic Musician

The results are truly excellent, with the interactions of the many controls providing a far wider range of treatments than you'd find elsewhere. [...] The factory presets are impressive, as are the graphics and the audio quality - I'm not surprised that Lexicon gave this the thumbs up!
Martin Walker, Sound on Sound

The real beuty of the Lexicon PSP 42 is that you can't get hold of an original PCM42 for love nor money, so this could be your only chance to get a taste of the classic sound, no matter who you are or how much money you've got to throw away. We tried contacting a few of the best second-hand studio dealers in the UK and no one had (or knew of anyone who had) a PCM 42 for sale...
Computer Music



High quality signal processing algorithms,
Up to 9600 ms of delay time depending on internal sampling frequency,
Continuous control of delay time,
Tight synchronization to the host tempo and its changes,
Tape saturation simulation based on the algorithm used in the line of our mastering processors,
Low pass filter for high frequency absorption modeling,
Modulation section with three different modulation signal sources (sinus, square, envelope detector) mixed in any proportions,
Phrase sampler capability,
Parameter filtration and on-the-fly cross-fades for smooth and click-free operation,
Support for sampling rates of up to 192kHz,
MIDI and VST automation,
Logic Control support.
Library of presets



The Lexicon PSP 42 is primarily intended for processing individual tracks within a mix. It can be productively used to add superior sounding delay-based effects to solo instruments and vocals as well as to simulate vintage delay with tape saturation, high frequency absorption and variable tape speed. Tempo locking and handy modulation section make Lexicon PSP 42 an essential tool for experimenting with drum loops and other rhythmic patterns. Variable delay line sampling rate allows to generate good sounding low-fi effects as well as out-of-this-world sounds. Short delay times, pitch modulation and phase inverters reveal Lexicon PSP 42 potentials as a source of vibrant modulation effects such as flanger and doubler. Last but not least Lexicon PSP 42 is a simple ring reverb for a denser output.


Minimum system requirements

Windows XP with ServicePack 2 or later

VST or RTAS compatible host application
ProTools TDM/LE 7.3 or later for running RTAS
256 MB RAM
Pentium III 600 MHz
High Color S-VGA, 1024x768

MacOS X 10.4.0 or later

IntelMac or PowerPC G4 or G5
512 MB RAM
AudioUnit, VST or RTAS compatible host application
ProTools TDM/LE 7.3 or later for running RTAS

MacOS 8.5

VST or RTAS compatible host application
256 MB RAM
G3 300 Mhz
High Color S-VGA, 1024x768

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