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2. Clas­sic dig­i­tal de­lay with PSP-42

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1 Though Lex­i­con are of­ten seen as the masters of re­ver­ber­a­tion, they’ve also made some bril­liant de­lay boxes in their time. The PCM-42 is a per­fect ex­am­ple. A mid-priced box, it has a de­cid­edly dig­i­tal char­ac­ter, beau­ti­fully recre­ated in PSP Au­dioware’s Lex­i­con PSP-42. Here, we’ve tracked and looped a gui­tar clip.

2 Let’s have a lis­ten. Our record­ing con­sists of sim­ple, palm-muted eighth­notes played on a cheap elec­tric gui­tar. Let’s load an in­stance of PSP Au­dioware’s awe­some Lex­i­con PSP-42 onto the track. The plugin’s de­fault set­tings are not at all ap­pro­pri­ate, with its two-sec­ond de­lay! We’ll soon see to that…

3 We’ll start by re­duc­ing the De­lay time all the way down to around 428-430 mil­lisec­onds. This is done by click­ing in the LED dis­play and drag­ging up/down with the mouse, or us­ing the up and down ar­row keys for finer ad­just­ments. We’ve not got a syn­co­pated pat­tern, but some­thing doesn’t seem right…

4 The trou­ble is, our echo is only oc­cur­ring once. This would be fine for a slap­back echo, but we want some­thing more dra­matic. We’ll crank the

Feed­back knob up to around 11 o’clock. That’ll give our echoes a nice tail. Let’s re­duce the Out­put Mix a lit­tle to give our gui­tar a bit more room.

5 That sounds much bet­ter – and not un­like the sort of thing one might have heard on an al­ter­na­tive rock sta­tion in the 80s. Let’s add a bit of mo­tion. In the VCO Sweep sec­tion, nudge the Depth knob by the tini­est amount, set the

Wave­form knob fully left, and set Rate to the sec­ond hash mark. Woozy!

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