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Lexicon Model 97 Super Prime Time Digital Delay
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The Lexicon Model 97 “Super Prime Time” is a major advancement in digital audio equipment. With it you can create, store and recall an unlimited variety of effects which you have programmed, in any sequence you like. The standard unit offers a maximum delay time of 480 milliseconds, and memory extension options let you increase that to either 960 milliseconds or 1.92 seconds – all at full 20kHz bandwidth.

Because it is exceptionally flexible, as well as programmable, one Lexicon Model 97 can do the job of a dozen conventional signal processing units. Two separate inputs provide versatile mixing and allow for cross-connection of two delay lines for stereo – or for complex processing. Separate input mix, output mix, and delay only outputs are provided.

To ensure compatibility with virtually all professional equipment, there are standard phone jacks and balanced XLR connectors, plus a 20 dB input gain boost switch for low-level sources such as electric guitars or -10dBV to -20 dBV line level equipment.

The Lexicon Model 97 is perfect for you if you’re a performing musician who needs to work out a variety of special effects prior to the show or recording session, and then have the effects instantly available. That’s because, at the touch of a button, you can store all the Lexicon Model 97’s front panel settings in internal memories, and later recall the settings as needed, in any sequence you like. The storefrecall capability is equally useful to a busy recording engineer, since it allows changing the delay effects with split second timing and unparalleled precision. There are a total of 40 storage registers, 32 of which are user programmable and 8 of which are factory preset. The presets, built-in effects, are typical versions of flanging, resonant flanging, doubling, tripling, chorusing, slap echo, short echo and long echo. You can use them “raw” or, by modifying them, you can very quickly create and store your own customised effects.

With 32 memories “on line” several users can store their own effects. Built-in trickle charged Ni-Cad batteries keep the effects in memory after the power is shut Off. However, in those instances where greater storage is required, all 32 user programmable registers (or individual banks of 8 registers) are easily transferred onto magnetic tape, either cassette or reel-to-reel. This makes it possible for you to build an effects library of unlimited size. Effects stored on tape can later be loaded back into your Lexicon Model 97, or any Lexicon Model 97, so you can carry the sound effects without carrying the machine.

The Lexicon Model 97 is an invaluable tool in video and motion picture production, where the speed and accuracy of switching effects makes it possible to closely track the effects with the picture. To make the job even easier, the Lexicon Model 97 can be made to automatically cycle through up to 32 stored effects in sync with the program by means of cue tones applied to a spare track of the master audio tape.