Stereo multi-effects processor
Our take on the Lexicon MX200 by Crutchfield's Bob Bihlmayer
Legacy of innovation
Lexicon pioneered the use of digital technology for reverb and was among the first first to offer digital reverb processors. Their 35-year legacy of technology and achievement continues with the affordable, feature-rich MX Series processors.
Dual processing, double duty
Lexicon's MX200 multi-effects processor lets you utilize two of Lexicon's legendary reverbs and effects simultaneously. You can choose from multiple routing options, including Dual Mono, Cascade, Dual Stereo (Parallel) and Mono Split modes. You'll find 99 factory presets that give you an immediate palette to choose from, and 99 user program slots allow you to create and save your own sounds.
Best of both worlds
For studio use, the MX200 features a USB interface with cross-platform VST and Audio Unit plug-in windows, allowing the MX200 to function as a 32-bit plug-in while operating as a dedicated hardware unit. This feature allows you to control the MX200 from your recording application's graphical interface. The included MX-Edit cross-platform software editor/librarian lets you create, edit, save, and load reverb and effects programs on your Mac or Windows computer.
For live performances, you can access dual independent processor areas on the front panel with dedicated Effects Select, Tempo and Bypass controls, while three parameter knobs control the most important facets of the selected effect. LEDs highlight any parameter changes from the selected program, and five digitally-recorded audio samples are available to test the selected settings using the MX200's Audition button. You can access all 32 effects immediately via a single button or knob.
Whether you're working live or in the studio, Lexicon's MX200 gives you world-class sounds and simplicity of operation. Find your sound with the power of Lexicon.
- stereo multi-effects unit with dual processors for simultaneous use of two effects
- 32 Lexicon reverbs and effects with adjustable parameters
- built-in dbx® compression and de-essing
- USB and MIDI interface implementation
- MX-Edit editor/librarian software included
- Dual Mono, Cascade, Dual Stereo (Parallel) and Mono Split effect routing options
- tap tempo using the Tempo button for each processor
- bypass control with optional footswitch
- two 1/4-inch TRS balanced or unbalanced inputs/outputs
- VST/Audio Unit plug-in capability via USB interface
- S/PDIF Digital In/Out (44.1/48kHz)
- balanced TRS analog In/Out
- frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
- input/output level: +4dBu nominal, +20dBu Maximum
- 24-bit audio processor
- weight: 3.75 lbs.
- dimensions: 19"W x 1-3/4"H x 4-3/4"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- MX200 Stereo Reverb/Effects Processor
- PS0913B Power supply (9 VAC/1300mA)
- User Guide
Overview: The Lexicon MX200 is a dual-processor multi-effects device that can be used for live sound and home recording applications. You can choose from multiple reverbs and delays, as well as other effects, all from the front panel. The unit comes with powerful MX-Edit Editor/Librarian and VST/Audio Units software and a USB interface, which allows it to function as a "hardware plug-in" that functions with the software. The MX200 fits into a single rack space.
Dual Applications: The MX200 can be used effectively in the recording studio as well as for live performances:
- Studio Applications: In the studio, the MX200's USB interface lets you integrate the functionality of a complex effects processor into your computer-based recording. The included MX-Edit Editor/Librarian software lets you create, edit, compare, save, and load reverb and effects programs for use with the MX200 on your Windows or Mac computer. The included VST and Audio Unit software allows you to use the MX200 as a "hardware plug-in" to give you access to the reverbs and effects within your software recording projects.
- Live Applications: With the MX200 in your equipment rack, you can dial in the sound you want directly from the front panel. The unit's dual processors have independent controls, complete with Effects Select, three parameter control knobs (Pre Delay, Decay, and Variation), Tempo, and Bypass. You can instantly view on the Active Reverb/Effects Matrix which two of the 32 available reverbs and effects are active. You can preview a program using the Audition button to play one of five audio samples (drums, vocals, guitars) through the effects processors.
Reverbs and Effects: There are 32 total reverbs and effects that are available, right from the front panel:
|Small Hall |
|Vocal Hall |
|Studio Delay |
Factory and User Presets: The MX200 has 99 Factory Presets and 99 User Presets that allow you to create your own effects. The Factory Programs are combinations of the 32 built-in reverbs and effects, while the 99 User Program locations provide a place for you to store your own reverb and effects combinations. The User Programs are identical to the Factory Programs until you change them. A two-character LED display indicates which of the programs is loaded, while a small dot appears in the display to indicate when the selected program is a User program.
Routing Options: The MX200 offers four signal routing options, which allow you to use it as two independent effects processors, or combine the reverbs and effects for more complex sounds. You can choose from the following routing options:
- Dual Mono: The left and right input signals are sent through Processor 1 and Processor 2 independently. Each signal is then routed to its respective output, completely independent from the other.
- Cascade: Left and right input signals are first sent through Processor 1, then through Processor 2, and routed as a stereo signals to their respective outputs.
Dual Stereo (Parallel): Left and right input signals are sent through both processors independently. The output signals of both processors are then mixed together, and routed to both the outputs as a single stereo signal.
- Mono Split: Left input signal is sent through Processor 1, while the right input signal is sent through Processor 2. The output signals of both processors are then mixed together and routed to both the outputs as a single stereo signal.
Parallel and Serial Connections: The MX200 can be used as both a Parallel and Serial effects processor:
- Parallel: A Parallel processor is connected by sending a copy of a signal into the effects device and the effected (or "wet") signal is returned to the mixer or amp, where it is blended together with the original unaffected (or "dry") signal. Parallel processing is typically used for reverbs, delays, and some modulated effects.
- Serial: A Serial processor is connected by sending the entire signal through the effects device and then to the amplifier or mixer. It is not blended with the unaffected signal. Serial processing is used for a compressor, de-esser, EQ, and modulated effects such as a tremolo, vibrato, and rotary.
Connections: The MX200 has the following rear panel connections:
- Footswitch: 1/4" TRS for connecting an optional 2-button footswitch (such as the Lexicon LEX-DFS) for independent bypass control of Processor 1 and Processor 2.
- MIDI: Two 5-pin MIDI DIN connections (In, Out/Thru)
- USB: Type B USB port for connecting to a computer using MX-Edit and MX200 plug-in window.
- S/PDIF: Two Coaxial Digital (RCA) jacks (In, Out); Digital In accepts 44.1kHz and 48kHz signals
- Analog Output: Left and right balanced/unbalanced 1/4" TRS line outputs; Left output can be configured as a mono L+R summed output.
- Analog Input: Left and right balanced/unbalanced 1/4" TRS line inputs. If only one plug is connected to the Left input, the signal is split to both the left and right signal paths.
- Audio Inputs: Two 1/4" TRS balanced or unbalanced
- Input Impedance: 20k Ohms balanced, 10k Ohms unbalanced
- Input Level: +4dBu Nominal, +20dBu Maximum
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ref 1 kHz +/- 1dB
- THD+N: <0.07% 20 Hz - 20 kHz
- Audio Outputs: Two 1/4" TRS balanced or unbalanced
- Output Level: +20dBu Maximum
- Dynamic Range: >107dB A-weighted
- A/D Converters: 24-bit 48kHz
- Power: 9V AC (power supply included)
- Audio Processor: 24-bit
- Software: Windows XP/Mac OSX VST GUI interface
- Crosstalk: >80dB
- Size: 1U
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Why did you buy this?
Great price for this effects processor. Who cares if its got a scratch on it. Believe me when you go to the gig scratches are least of my concerns. Still has full factory warranty. Didn't know CF carried pro audio! [ Christopher May 24, 2016 ]