XILS-lab LX122 Rotary Speaker Plug-in Review


XILS-lab’s LX122 and LX122 Premium rotary speaker emulation plug-ins both feature their True Stereo Dynamic Engine (TSDE) that adds the room’s effect on this excellent emulation of the classic rotary speaker. Both the horns and the sound baffle for the rotating bass speaker are modeled to create Doppler-based vibrato, tremolo and chorus effects. You can stop, switch between slow (chorale) and fast (tremolo), or transition between the two settings easily by using the MIDI-controllable (and programmable) Slow and Fast mode buttons.

Some other completely programmable features on LX122 are: the angle of the two “recording” microphones anywhere within five different room models, internal cabinet modification, tube power amplifier emulation and overdrive, room choice, room size, horn diameter, speaker configuration, drum balance, rotational direction of the horns and more.

XILS-lab’s LX122 and LX122 Premium Rotary Speaker plug-ins are infinitely malleable in so many ways—some possible only within virtual reality—so I would recommend starting with one of the factory presets to get close—then tweak away. The LX122 comes with 14 factory presets while LX122 Premium comes with 75. Audio examples are available at http://xils-lab.com/pages/LX122_Audio.html.

XILS-lab LX122 Rotary Speaker plug-ins run in both Mac and PC hosts and you can purchase and download them at http://xils-lab.com/products/LX122.html.

By Barry Rudolph

miniBIO: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA.http://www.barryrudolph.com