Relab Development is making a long-overdue move happen by making its excellent emulation of the Lexicon L480 digital reverb available on a budget. Where the LX480 Complete plug-in alone costs a steep USD 349, the new LX480 Essentials offers a taste of what makes the former great for USD 99. At a USD 35 introductory price, LX480 Essentials is an okay proposition. It lets you dial in a great-sounding reverb fairly quickly.
Relab LX480 Essentials
The Essentials plug-in homes in on four signature algorithms from the original Lexicon unit and supplements them with presets by professional producers. The algorithms in question are Fat Plate, Small Ambience, Medium Hall and Large Wood Room.
The Fat Plate algorithm conjures bright, colored metal plate reverbs that sound best on vocals and percussion. Medium Hall is a smooth and even hall reverb that’s more or less traditional-sounding. Small Ambience is good at adding what’s missing to dry-sounding tracks. Large Wood Room is useful at creating a sense of space and depth that’s more subtle than a hall or chamber.
The reverb effect is controlled from four sliders that adjust the reverb time, pre-delay, low filter, high filter, and wet/dry mix. You also get input and output signal meters.
Price and availability
Relab LX480 Essentials is being sold for USD 35, down from USD 99. The plug-in is available in VST, AU, and AAX 64-bit formats for computers running Windows 7 or later and macOS 10.9 or later. The introductory offer is limited to one license per customer. The plug-in requires an iLok account (free) or USB dongle (paid) for authorization.