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Levine opts for Lexicon’s PCM Native plug-in

MPG chairman Steve Levine has turned to Lexicon’s PCM Native reverb plug-in for some of his latest projects

Acclaimed award-winning record producer and Music Producers Guild chairman Steve Levine has been putting the Lexicon PCM Native plug-in to the test while working with London-based Ivor Novello nominated band Patch William and 22-year old MIBI award winner Natalie McCool, who are both signed to his own record label Hubris Records. Levine has won a number of awards in his illustrious career, which began as a trainee tape-op at CBS studios in 1975, including a Grammy for his work with Deniece Williams, Musicweek top singles producer, and BPI producer of the year. A long-time Lexicon user, Levine still uses the PCM 42; and has worked with the 224 and 480 units in the past. He says that the PCM Native plug-in has proved much easier to use than the hardware and retains the same quality of sound, praising its automation control and its quickly-configurable room sounds and source reflections. It has also been a hit with the artists themselves. “With the younger generation of musicians, they don’t necessarily know the heritage of Lexicon, but when they hear something they like, they will ask you what they are hearing,” explains Levine. “That has been the case on more than one occasion when I’ve been using the Lexicon plug-in.” The PCM Native is Lexicon’s first foray into software plug-ins. It is multi-platform compatible and features seven Lexicon reverbs, a visual EQ section for adjustment of reflections, graphical real-time display illustrating the frequency stages of each algorithm, full parameter control and automation and a host of custom presets.