For more than 15 years the letters "SPX" have been synonymous with professional multi-effect processors, and over that time you would almost always find an SPX90, SPX90II, SPX900, SPX1000 or SPX990 in any well-equipped studio or live-sound rack. The SPX2000, while inheriting the standard interface and popular programs from its predecessors, brings a new dimension to the SPX sound with advanced REV-X reverb algorithms and 24-bit, 96k-Hz audio processing. It also offers an innovative user interface with features such as five assignable LCD backlight colors, operation lock modes, and computer-based editing. The SPX2000 is a new-generation multi-effect processor that delivers performance that is a perfect match for Yamaha's DM series Digital Production Consoles, and is suitable for applications from live sound to production studios.
The New Generation SPX with 96kHz Audio and brand new "REV-X" Reverb Algorithm
The name "SPX" has been synonymous with "professional multi-effect processor" for more than 15 years, and the models like SPX90, SPX90II, SPX900, SPX1000 and SPX990 have been the most commonly found equipment in the studio and SR racks.The SPX2000, while inheriting the standard interface and common programs from its predecessors, brings a new dimension to the sound quality with the new "REV-X" reverb algorithm and the 96kHz audio DSP. It also offers advanced user interface like 5 assignable LCD back colors, operation lock mode and computer based editor program.SPX2000 is the new generation equipment in line with the DM series Digital Production Consoles, and is suitable for broad range of applications, from Live SR to production studios where professional quality effect processing is required.
Superb Sonic Quality with 24bit/96khz Standard Throughout
The heart of SPX2000 hardware is the 96kHz audio DSP, with 32-bit internal processing (58-bit accumulator) which offers abundant processing power for the advanced effect algorithms. The 24-bit 128-times over-sampling AD/DA converters deliver 106dB dynamic range and flat response from 20Hz to 40kHz at 96kHz sampling rate. Both are in line with the DM series Digital Production Console quality.
Refined Preset Programs Including the Newly Developed "REV-X" Reverb Algorithm
There are 3 banks to the SPX2000 memory: "PRESET", "CLASSIC" and "USER". "PRESET" bank contains 97 programs. 17 programs are made with the newly developed "REV-X" reverb algorithms. "REV-X" is a whole new generation of Yamaha Reverb programs with the richest reverberation tone and smoothest decay. There are "REV-X Hall", "REV-X ROOM" and "REV-X PLATE" algorithms. Newly introduced parameters like ROOM SIZE and DECAY envelope also bring much higher definition and finer nuances.
Other 80 presets consist of the popular trademark SPX programs such as gate reverbs, delays, pitch effects, modulation and other special effects. All programs went through refined editing by the top engineers, and no program is the same as the ones offered in the previous effect processors or digital consoles. The "CLASSIC" bank on the other hand consists of 25 programs giving you the reminiscence of the original SPX90 presets. "USER" bank can store 99 user programs.
Reliable and Efficient Front Panel User Interface with Colors
SPX2000 hardware cosmetic is designed to offer optimum reliability for the engineers on site. The rugged aluminum front panel features 2 sets of "Cross-keys" – simple navigation tool anyone is familiar with. Parameters are sorted in 3 groups; "PARAMETER","FINE PARAM" and "UTILITY" to ensure speedy access. Also other dedicated buttons like UNDO, COMPARE, BANK, MODE, METER, TAP, and BYPASS ensure efficient operations.
SPX2000 LCD offers 5 back light color variations(!). You can freely assign any of the 5 colors to user programs. The preset programs are colored by effect groups giving you an instant recognition of the effect type even from the distance. (CYAN: Reverbs, WHITE: Delays, MAGENTA: Pitch & Modulations, YELLOW: Others, GREEN: CLASSIC Bank) RED is reserved for warning messages. SPX2000 "OPERATION LOCK" function offers 3 security levels; from preventing accidental changing of Utility settings, or protecting stored memories to prohibiting almost all operations.
Professional Audio I/O and Control Connectors
SPX2000 Rear Panel houses, for analog connection, XLR type (w/latch) and quarter inch L + R INPUT and OUTPUT connectors both with +4dBU/-10dBu selector switch. Professional digital connection is secured with AES/EBU XLR type I/O connectors and BNC WORDCLOCK IN connector. Also MIDI IN, OUT/TROUGH and USB TO HOST connectors are provided for remote control and data management using computers, Digital Consoles or any MIDI device. Foot Switch connector for effect tempo control is placed on the front panel.
"SPX2000 Editor" for Mac OSX and Windows
SPX2000 Editor will give you the editing, data management, and remote control capability using computers, in the same environment and common interface as the STUDIO MANAGER for Yamaha Digital Consoles.
SPX2000 EFFECT PROGRAMS
The REV-X presets in particular all 17 of them were redesigned completely from the ground up, with new reverb algorithms. The Hall presets (#1 - 7) provide various natural, high-density reverb programs, while the Plate programs (#16 - 18) give you a crisp, well-defined sound perfect for vocals. The seven Room presets (#27 - 33) feature realistic recreations of various environments, with fine parameter control over room size, as well as a variety of wall materials and sound-absorption characteristics.
Each and every one of these programs boasts incredibly rich tone and a super-smooth, grain-free decay giving you authentic ambience for enhancing the original sound. Moreover, various parameters provide detailed, comprehensive control over the processed sound.
- The SPX2000 also features: Stereo Reverb, Gate Reverb and special Drum Machine Reverb programs refined and updated from the SPX990.
- ER group effects especially for enhancing drums, percussion and guitar, as well as creating powerful, in-your-face sounds. These include #34 Fat Reflections, #41 Full Metal Gate (a dynamic gated reverb program), and #42 Reverse Gate.
- The Classic bank offers 4 basic reverbs Hall, Room, Vocal and Plate, as well as the early reflection, gate reverb and reverse gate programs from the early SPX models.
REV-X PARAMETER LIST
|BASIC PARAMETER||REV TIME||0.10~46.92s||Determines the amount of time until the reverberation decays to silence.|
|HI.RATIO||0.1~1.0||Determines the reverberation length (release time) for the high and low frequency sounds. This is used to simulate the damping factor of walls and ceiling.|
|LO.RATIO||0.1~1.4||Determines the reverberation length (release time) for the high and low frequency sounds. This is used to simulate the damping factor of walls and ceiling.|
|INI.DLY||0.0~125.0ms||Determines the time that elapses between the original sound and the reverberation.|
|DIFF.||0~10||Determines the density and separation of the reverberation.|
|ROOMSIZE||0~28||Determines the virtual 'size' of the room, and affects the reverb time.|
|MIX BAL.||0~100%||Determines the level balance of the original (dry) sound and the processed (wet) sound.|
|OUT LVL||0~100%||Determines the overall level of the mixed original and processed sound.|
|HPF||Thru, 22.0Hz~8.00kHz||Cuts the low frequencies of the processed sound.|
|LPF||1.00~18.0kHz, Thru||Cuts the high frequencies of the processed sound.|
|LO.FREQ.||22.0Hz~18.0kHz||Basic frequency for the LO.RATIO parameter.|
|DECAY||0~53||Determines the shape of the reverberation envelope.
This affects the 'color' of the reverberation.
DELAY AND ECHO
The Delay/Echo presets feature versatile, high-quality delay effects allowing you to tap out a tempo for the delay time with the [TAP] button or a footswitch, or synchronize the SPX2000 to the tempo and note values from an external MIDI device.
A full selection of delays is provided, with mono, stereo, and a special stereo with center channel (#50, Delay L, C, R) for creating three-dimensional ambience. There’s also a Stereo Phasing preset (#66) that allows you to modulate the delay sound with a sine or triangle wave for complex, unique delay effects.
The Classic bank also effers two popular programs from the early SPX models: Delay L, R and Stereo Echo.
These programs give you sophisticated, high-quality pitch shift effects at your fingertips, updating the original SPX programs with enhanced sound, greater musical control and dynamic expressiveness. The new effects have many functions such as mixing of the sounds, feedback, and synchronizing to tempo. The Classic bank includes Pitch effects from the early SPX models, giving you MIDI note control over the pitch change.
A wide variety of modulation effects are included on the SPX2000 for fattening the sound, enhancing it, giving it animation and depth, or completely transforming it. Programs include Flanger, Phaser, Chorus, Symphonic, Tremolo, Auto Pan, Ring Modulation and Modulation Filter. The Rotary Speaker program (#71) faithfully recreates that rich rotating speaker sound for organ and other instruments. Special Dynamic Modulation programs, such as Dyna Flange (#76) and Dyna Phaser (#77), let you vary, respectively, the delay time and the frequency of the effect sound with the dynamics of your playing or MIDI velocity for even greater expressive control. Also included are combination programs such as #62 Reverb + Symphonic, gives you Yamaha's original multiple chorus effect with modulated delay time, and a high-quality reverb. Preset #64 Chorus + Reverb also lets you use both chorus modulation and reverb simultaneously.
The Classic bank features the original modulation programs of early SPX models.
These new programs include Dynamic Filter, Multi Filter and Multi-band Dynamic Processor. Program #78 Dyna Filter gives you powerful control over the sound by allowing you to vary the central frequency of the filter with the signal itself or via MIDI velocity. The Multi-band Dynamic Processor is also exceptionally versatile, giving you independent control over the dynamic range for three separate frequency bands each with an expander/compressor/limiter allowing you to create extremely fat, full and rich sounds.
The SPX2000 also has your distortion bases covered, with an Amp Simulator effect (#83) for recreating vintage guitar amps, and a special new Distortion program (#82) featuring five different distortion characteristics (DST1/DST2/OVD1/OVD2/CRUNCH), a noise gate, and comprehensive control over the tone. The SPX2000 also has combination effect programs, #84 Distortion _ Flanger and #85 Distortion _ Delay, letting you combine distortion with modulation or delay effects for an even wider sonic palette.
A variety of multi effect programs give you even greater signal processing flexibility and creativity, putting reverb and modulation together, or combining delay with ambience. These combination effects are provided in two different types, one routing the signal in parallel (for example, #94 Delay + Reverb), the other using serial processing of the signal (for example, #95 Delay _ Reverb).
The Freeze effect turns the SPX2000 into a phrase sampler, ideal for looping parts during live performance. Quality is exceptionally high (96 kHz), even for long phrases up to nearly 3 seconds. The sampled audio can be played by pressing a panel button or by using an external MIDI trigger. You can even specify the number of playback repeats, up to 100 and shift the pitch of the sample (in semitones). The Classic bank brings 2 programs from the early SPX models. Preset #23 Freeze A lets you set the start and end points, while #24 Freeze B allows you to finely change the playback pitch of the sample in 1-cent units (1/100 semitone).