Duro, CEO of Desert Storm Records (Def Jam), is a music mixer, producer and engineer based in New York and has worked with many of the top artists in urban and pop music including Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Will Smith, the Beastie Boys, T.I. and others. The five time Grammy winning master mixer, producer and engineer has relied on LexiconÂ® hardware reverb/effects processors from the beginning of his career â€“ but lately, heâ€™s made the switch to plug-ins, thanks to the Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle.
â€œIâ€™m extremely particular about the quality of the reverbs I use on my productions,â€? said Duro. â€œIâ€™ve used Lexicon since day one, going all the way back to classic units like the 224 and 480L to the 960L, PCM70, PCM81 and PCM91. I used different Lexicon units for the distinctive reverb sounds and effects I liked from each unit.â€?
Clearly, Duro didnâ€™t make the switch to plug-ins overnight. He noted, â€œThere is nothing else that compares to the sound of a Lexicon. Prior to using the PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle, I tried other brands, but none gave me what I wanted to hear.â€?
The PCM Native Plug-In Bundle finally gave Duro the level of sonic excellence he needed from a plug-in. â€œCompetitors came out with reverbs with algorithms that supposedly were the same as Lexicon â€“ but I could hear the difference. I can tell when the Lexicon plug-in is being used. No other reverb is as transparent.â€?
Duro has used the PCM Native Plug-In Bundle with artists including Fabolous, Jay Sean, Jay-Z and Big Time Rush, to name a few. He particularly likes the Medium Room and Percussion Plate settings. Duro concluded, â€œIâ€™ve used Lexicon with every single artist Iâ€™ve worked with, on every single production. Iâ€™m still exploring and tweaking the sounds in the PCM plug-in bundle, and discovering many unique and intriguing new sounds that I look forward to using on future recordings.â€?
The Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle is designed to work with popular DAWs like Pro Tools and Logic, as well as with any other VSTÂ®, Audio Unitâ„¢ or RTASÂ®-compatible platform. Compatible with WindowsÂ® Vista, XP and 7 and MacintoshÂ® computers, it offers seven unique Lexiconâ€™s plug-ins including Vintage Plate, Plate, Hall, Room, Random Hall, Concert Hall and Chamber, along with hundreds of presets including classics from Lexiconâ€™s extensive library of sounds.
Its intuitive user interface provides ready access to key parameters, with a graphical real-time full-color display that illustrates all key sonic parameters. Virtual input and output meters provide ready indication of audio levels, and presets can be stored in a DAW-independent format that can be transferred to a different DAW.
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