Sonic State Studio / Effects Units / LEXICON Vortex

Average rating: 8.7/10 out of 10

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Eye Candy a part-timer user from USA writes:
This is one of the most under rated sound processors. It has a simple layout and not too many possibilities, but what is there is more than enough for the low price you will pay for these. It is best at spacy type effects, delays, Flange and Chorus. I own 2 of these and I would recommend you get 2 as well. It gets real fun when you split your stereo outs and feed one Mono to each unit and pan one Vortex to left and the other to right using the same exact delay type effect, but then EQ each channel diffrently.

The only reason I give it a 9 is that some effects are a little noisy on the high end.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Sunday, 04-Jul-04 at 17:19
Nicholas Kisler a hobbyist user from USA writes:
this thing is capable of some effects that are truly original. the main downside is the -10/+4 issue stated above, and the fact that it is REALLY NOISY. the way to work around that is to structure your tracks such that it provides a lo-fi color to the sound. but it's still a big limitation. the morphing is fun to play with, but is really a gimick. I use it mainly on drum tracks, the combination of rhythmic delay and pitch effect is quite good for this. It also gives a good "old" sounding chorus/delay effect (think of early skinny puppy).

Rating: 8 out of 10 posted Tuesday, 05-Feb-02 at 22:36
spectralab a Professional user from Canada writes:
This is indeed a "space-music" processor, although, used subtly, it is also capable of adding some nice motion to more conventional sounds. You definitely need a manual to truly appreciate what it's capable of... the morphing, especially when set to the full ten seconds, is quite interesting - sometimes the most bizarre stuff occurs DURING morphs... I mean, imagine morphing from a ring-mod to an auto-panner and think of what would happen on the way...

The Vortex is also capable of great sounding standard effects like chorus, flanger, delays etc... in most cases, it's warm enough that it sounds pretty close to analog versions of these effects... a couple of the delay algorithms incorporate a low-pass filter in the spin circuit to approximate the classic tape-delay sound...

The only negative thing I would say about the unit is that the inputs are optimized for guitar levels, so driving it from a mixer with pro-level (+4) sends leads to easily clipping the input, even when the Vortex trim pot is turned almost all the way down. Obviously it was intended primarily as a guitar processor, and failed in that regard, with the exception of more adventurous guitarists... still, given their otherwise impeccable history in FX manufacturing, Lexicon should have had the foresight to include a -10/+4 switch for the inputs...

But, a minor complaint for an otherwise very creative and inspiring piece of gear. Indispensable for synth processing, sound-design, bizarre electronic music, etc...

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Saturday, 17-Mar-01 at 7:23
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