Sonic State Studio / Effects Units / BEHRINGER Virtualizer Pro DSP2024P 24-Bit Multi-Effects

Average rating: 6.5/10 out of 10

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Sašo Podobnik a hobbyist user from Slovenia writes:
In the world of pro audio, Behringer are known as inveterate imitators of other companies' designs, yet when it comes to products that are a little harder to copy, such as platform-specific software, Behringer often show that even unassisted, they can still deliver a decent product that can't be beat for the price. The Virtualizer Pro DSP2024P, which replaced and improved upon both the old Virtualizer and the Modulizer, has been with us for over five years now, and it's still a current product and a strong seller. Despite its shortcomings, therefore, it must be doing something right.

It's difficult for me to give a fair comment on most effect types the Virtualizer offers as I preferred to use dedicated units or better (and mostly more expensive) processors, but I did work with the reverb, the delay, and the compressor quite a lot. I liked the delays best: you get up to 5.4 seconds, which is enough for most applications, you can specify the exact time in milliseconds, something I really miss on the budget bracket units nowadays - there is no tap tempo, however - and the feedback can be both low- and high-pass filtered. With both stereo delay channels sharing the dry/wet setting, there is also no dual mono delay like there is on the Midiverb 4 - a rather unfortunate oversight. The compressor is actually useful (unlike the Ultramizer, which is the multi-band variation), certainly much better than I expected and about on par with the ones found in the later Yamaha SPX's, and it proved a functional stand-in when one of my Composers developed a problem. Since it doesn't feature in Combinations, however, it probably won't get used much by most people, so that's only a minor plus.

Finally, the reverb, which is actually a bit of a sore spot for the Virtualizer. Most of the algorithms aren't even close to simulating actual spaces - well, maybe if they were named "Tin Container" 1 through 12 - and only the Early Reflections algorithm is in true stereo, which I also found slightly disappointing. Still, most reverb types are nicely configurable and as long as you don't use the unit on vocals or complete mixes, you should be fine. I used it mostly on drums and got decent results - get in touch to hear it in action - but I do feel the engineers at Behringer should've spent more time with the reverb algorithms. At a glance, the rest of the effects sounded passable, except for the distortions, which are hopeless, along with most of the other guitar-oriented effects, and the psycho-acoustic effects, where you often can't tell what they're supposed to be doing to the input sound beside ruining it.

I guess it sounds like I'm coming down hard on the Virtualizer, but I am keeping in mind its price at all times, as well as the curious fact that Behringer's own V-Verb, which Americans can nowadays get for $99 (the steal of the century as far as I'm concerned, and it's only 2007), has become unavailable in Europe. Really, for less than 100€, the Virtualizer pays for itself as a delay unit alone, especially since it appears to be built quite well and looks like it could hold up on stage. I also appreciated its internal power supply and added XLR inputs and outputs, two things which the Midiverb 4, which used to be Virtualizer's main competition, doesn't have despite costing twice as much. Still, at the end of the day, I prefer the Alesis unit for some reason. As far as character is concerned, its shimmering, sparkly, animate reverbs give even the V-Verb a run for its money, and its independent parallel effect combinations are a truly brilliant feature. With TC and Lexicon units also slowly coming down in price, there is less and less going for the Virtualizer, particularly in the US, where you can pick up its slightly more studio-oriented successor for the exact same price. My Virtualizer served me well for several years and it gets a 6/10 for that, but I doubt I'll ever own another one.

Rating: 6 out of 10 posted Thursday, 04-Oct-07 at 17:58
Rambo a hobbyist user from Poland writes:
It seems that people who give this thing a low rating don't quite know what's the thing about (I guess just that they heard of Behringer's bad hype).

Anyway, this is surprisingly good unit. The reverb is really nice in quality and versitality of algorithms; Chorus is flat, just one modulation section (per channel); Phaser rocks- you can pretty nicely emulate Electroharmonix Small-stone, there are also two more algorithms- one for kraftwerk-like and other for "modern" sound. Nice delays (5.5 sec for channel), however I miss real ping pong delay. The "misc/fx" algorithms are splendid, you have filterbank, vocoder (only mono, but well, c'est la vie for 100 bucks), ring mod, some tube and distortion emulation, and my fave: "resonator"- a cross between flanger and ring mod.

Taking away 2 points for noise- not really bothering, but still high for "Pro" unit.

Rating: 8 out of 10 posted Sunday, 13-Aug-06 at 9:19
Giovanni Alexi a hobbyist user from Jax FL,USA writes:
Well I had the older one of this and the integrated version in my mixer.The unit is ok for home recording of keyboards and some vocals but forget guitar or grunge music which is very popular even in RAP!!The vocoder is tame and is usable by the way,by pluging in a synth in the left input and the microphone to a mic amp that then you plug into the right input or is it vice versa?Either way that is the only way I got it to work.It is not a midi triggered vocoder like the digitech vhm5 or vocalist series!!the bands are 8 so not very usable for vocal sounds.The dual dsp engine is great but again,robotic or grungy vocals is what is in now and this thing is more for studio finishing effects,not live.

Rating: 3 out of 10 posted Friday, 19-Nov-04 at 16:37
Patrick a hobbyist user from The Netherlands writes:
Compared to a $2000 Lexicon, this hits the dust hard. As a $150 unit, used wisely in a multi-effect/synth rack, it can't be beaten.

Bottom line: If you are a pro and want crystal clear effects without compromise, then run from it. If you need some good effects often and are not that demanding, get this.

I also own a Lexicon MPX100 next to this unit. My setup is complete for the time being.

Check out other Behringer stuff. Price/quality ratio is amazing!

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Thursday, 26-Feb-04 at 4:53
Justin a Professional user from U.S. writes:
I have a ton of effect units from Lexicon to Zoom and I have been able to rely on only a few and to be honest the virtualizer is one of them. Forget the price factor take a listen! The analog simulation of delay and chorus are pretty damn good! The pitch shifter tracks better than my VF-1 and it cost three times what the virtualizer cost. With the right know how and editing this thing can shine. For instance I use the modulation as an extra LFO for my older synths that don't have that many options and the thing works great.Some of the esoteric effect and filler effects are usefull but to SFX. Other than that the quality and the performance is a great thing at this price!!

Rating: 7 out of 10 posted Sunday, 23-Feb-03 at 0:21
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