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Team R2R | 05 Feb 2024 | 7.3MB
Vintage Symphonic Effect Plug-In
Since 1985, musicians and mixers have cherished the SPX 90 and its symphonic effect for wide, lush, sweeping modulation on guitar, bass, synths, keys, and vocals. Now it has been profiled and meticulously modeled as a dedicated plug-in. Insert on any mono or stereo track in your favorite DAW and instantly get the exact same fierce beauty used on countless records and rigs. Dial in your favorite vibe with just two parameters: Modulation Frequency and Modulation Depth. It has no latency so it’s great for tracking. It supports AAX DSP so it always runs on any Pro Tools Hybrid track or Avid Live Sound system.

Monster Hit Approved
Now you can instantly insert the exact same symphonic effect that multi-platinum artists and mixers have been using for over 35 years. Famously used on bass on all tracks on Nirvana’s Nevermind. Famously used by Zack Wylde on No More Tears and No Rest for the Wicked. The symphonic effect adds width and movement while still sounding solid.

Advanced Modulation Modeling
The SPX 90 was first released in 1985 when digital effects were implemented with incredibly simple DSP hardware compared to modern standards. But Paul Neyrinck discovered why nobody has done a precise model until now. The symphonic effect uses a unique LFO modulation scheme that defies standard audio analysis. Paul had to invent custom signal processing software to try and unlock its secrets. After several iterations, he was able to profile it in great detail and built a detailed model implemented with high-precision floating point arithmetic.

V-90 also models the 31.25 kHz sample rate and 12 kHz bandwidth which are significant to its vibe. It does not model the 16-bit analog-to-digital, 16-bit digital-to-analog converters, and 16-bit delay memory so that the DAW’s 24/32-bit audio path is maintained end-to-end.

Symphonic Effect Mysteries
Is it a chorus? A flanger? Automatic double tracking? It is a separate effect category that uses LFO modulated delays. It is inspired by orchestrations that use three instruments playing the same part to make it more rich. The SPX manuals describe it as a “broad sweep effect.” Musicians and mixers love it as an effective chorus without any of the wobbly, detuned artifacts of typical chorus effects. But there is also a sweeping, textured feel that adds some drama. It can also do wide, fast modulation like a rotating speaker.

Paul Neyrinck discovered another mystery. The SPX 900 and SPX 990, successors to the SPX 90, don’t sound as good. The SPX 900/990 increased the sample rate to 44.1 kHz. But the symphonic effect did not get ported correctly to the higher sample rate. The modulation sweeps less by 30%! Needless to say, the effect lost some of its original vibe. V-90 Symphonic is faithful to the original SPX 90 symphonic effect at all sample rates.

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  Member 4.12.2023 130
this sounds good from the demo.. Like how it sounds on 50% quick way to get that type of effect
  Member 20.03.2020 1 224
One of the new big iLoks, the approved SPX 90. Impressive sound from this box! Thanks R2R
  Member 10.12.2016 92
Excited to compare this against Gem Modula
Thank you R2R
  Member 22.01.2022 2 76
The one from Overloud TH-U is my favorite so far (better than their own Modula plugin version IMO). I will have to check this one out.
  Member 16.02.2014 169
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  Member 22.10.2021 252
All sound examples sounded better dry, less is definitely more.
  Member 28.07.2020 6 129
Yeah, but they don't sound better if you're specifically looking for that 80s style, chorus-y SPX 90 sound.
  Member 4.12.2023 130
I liked most of em at 50%.. What I think it might need is also one of AA's Pre on it maybe to get some of that juice back
  Resident 16.09.2013 238
This is NOT a SPX90 plugin.

It's just the "SYMPHONIC" preset.
In theory, theory and practice are the same.
In practice, they're not.
  Resident 28.09.2015 1 249
So they charge $89 for a plugin that emulates just one preset...?
  Member 20.10.2016 116
Yes, I was thinking at first it was an emulation of the SPX90, but only below their video there is this accompanying clarification text:
"V-90 Symphonic is an audio plugin precisely designed to sound exactly like the SPX90 symphonic preset 15."........
  Resident 4.05.2011 933
I had an SPX 90 back in the day and used the Symphonic patch a lot. For 89 bucks this plugin is insanely overpriced. I could buy a hardware SPX 90 for under $200 and maybe I'll do just that.
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  Moderator 21.01.2012 2374 16076
I thought it was a complete emulation of the SPX90. I was already looking for the random reverb patch for Typical 80's snares.
But that's one preset only of the SPX90 ...
  Resident 13.12.2012 98
Never actually owned one but used them hundreds of times as they were stock processing in virtually every PA rig in the early 90s, as were their offspring until fully integrated digital mixers took over the game. Can't say I ever used this particular patch though as in a live mixing situation I never touched modulation, reverbs and delays were more obviously the thing.

They were decent enough units for the time I guess but what I'd consider junk by today's standards. Can't say I ever heard anyone ever revering the quality of an SPX90's processing, they were nowhere near the standard that Lexicon and Eventide were producing at the same time (considerably cheaper though). They were, after all, low bandwidth processors, had no top end to speak of and were quite noisy.

Like you say, what a con this plugin is, as you can pick up an actual SPX90 for not much more than they're asking for a single patch! I'd spend your money elsewhere if I were you. I think you'd plug in an SPX90, get a momentary glow of nostalgic satisfaction, then never switch it on again coz you'd realise that it's not 1988 and it's just a waste of good electricity.

Whilst I understand the nostalgia and retro processing desire, which can be useful in certain scenarios, I seriously doubt that the patch itself is anything particularly special that can't be recreated with any stock or free modulation plugins. Just set up a chorus in a similar fashion to the original patch, mix in some pink noise at an annoyingly audible level, stick a bit reduction plugin set to 12 bit afterwards, reduce the sample rate to 32k, 12dB low pass at 8k and you've probably recreated it.
  Moderator 21.01.2012 2374 16076
I owned one. And loved it at that time. Specially for the reverse / random reverb on snares.
Honestly, for super lush synth, even at that time, I would have gone better to a Lexicon or a Yamaha Rev 7.
  Resident 13.12.2012 98
I'm sure that if I had owned one I'd have better memories of it. It's certainly the case with some of the other old digital processors that I've still got racked up like Lexicon, DigiTech, ART etc. There's always certain sounds that some of this gear can produce that can still give unique and interesting results even to this day.
  Resident 2.10.2013 322
I also owned a SPX-90 and a REV 7. The REV 7 was by far superior, unfortunately it died a few years ago. I still have the SPX in my rack but not using it anymore.
I used it all the time on the road in the 90's.

I also thought the post was a complete emulation of it.

Thanks for sharing anyways!
  Moderator 21.01.2012 2374 16076
For me they were different and complementary. I used SPX 90 mainly for its random Not sure the name was random or revers) reverb on snares or even lighly on BD or synth basses, and rev 7 for biggest reverbs on voices, very warm sound, or synth pads etc...
  Resident 13.12.2012 98
I got curious and did some digging...

From the SPX90 manual:

"The programmable parameters for this preset are identical to those for the Stereo Flange preset, omitting FEEDBACK GAIN and MOD DELAY.

MOD FREQ. Range: 0.1 ~ 20.0 Hz
Sets the speed of modulation, and hence the rate at which the effect varies.

MOD DEPTH. Range: 0 ~ 100%
This sets the amount of delay time variation, thus adjusting the “depth” of the effect. At the maximum setting, the delay time is varied by +/- 4 msec."

If the accompanying graphic in the manual actually means anything, it looks like the patch was a stereo flanger with three different fixed delay times and zero feedback, the only adjustable parameters being the mod depth and speed. I suspect that the fixed delay times were on the slower side, more like a chorus, probably between 10-30 ms or there'd be more obvious flanging, and all three were panning.

You could most likely achieve this with Valhalla UberMod or as I've just discovered, this..

  Moderator 21.01.2012 2374 16076

That one seems interesting.
As well as his other free plugins.

Honestly, this sound from the SPX90 became mythical, but I'm sure that we can do it again today with plugins we have.
  Resident 2.03.2019 5 193
Yeap.. this one is nice sounding, yes. However it's a complete VST plugin for ONE (count 'em "1") single effect - a deep stereo chorus/flange. I am not complaining as it's free, but an entire VST is rather excessive for ONE effect. This thing is certainly NOT 90$ worth of plugin in any reality.

Kinda funny because as soon as you call it up you see the "memory" indicator at "15" so you're like OOooo! there's presets! But then you learn rather quickly that "15" is just a pretty and worthless prop that indicates nothing.

Rather odd that there is no decent quality algo SPX90 (990) VST plugin anywhere. There's just a few IR captures in other plugins...
  Member 2.02.2024 28
They should use a lower sale price like $29.99 but what do I know?
As a Talkbox vocal this would be fun to use for adding a few words to my music.
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