Some time ago, we reviewed the Lexicon PSP 42 by the Polish company PSP Audioware. This very nice peace of VST-ware inspired the developers at PSP to further programming. Recently, they came up with the PSP 84, the 42's bigger brother. We installed PSP 84 under Cubase VST 5.0 and did some audio file processing. In one word: we're impressed. In this review you can read why.
What is PSP 84.
From previous products of PSP we know that this
supplier is very well capable to explain to it's customers what a
certain product can do. So we take the best route here and copy the
explanation text in the press release PSP sent us, and paste it here.
Why invent the wheel once again, right?
What can you use PSP 84 for?
Once again, we take the explanation from the press release PSP sent us:
The PSP 84 is primarily meant for applying to individual tracks within a mix and experimenting with drum and synth loops. The included presets reveal its huge potential in processing vocal, guitar and bass tracks. Though it can be successfully used for adding classic sounding delay, its capabilities go far beyond that. The PSP 84's independent channel settings and cross-channel feedback allow for creating animated delay effects that are more spatial and cut better through the mix than a simple center-panned delay. Resonant filters and a modulation section that synchronizes to the host tempo make it possible to create superb auto-wah-wah effects, warm smoky dub sweeps, evolving ambient textures, as well as to easily shape the wet signal's spectral contents. The PSP 84 can create both pristine clean sounding echoes or degenerate the signal to great extent - all depending on your needs -, thanks to the variable internal sampling rate allowing the pitch-twist effects, rich vocal doublers, flangers and unsurpassed detune effects to be achieved. Guitarists that are not satisfied with dry and cold sounding tracks recorded using direct-boxes will appreciate saturation algorithm, great for adding mild overdrive and harmonic contents enrichment. Last but not least, the unique reverberation unit allows for adding space and warmth that most of the digital reverbs lack.
- High quality, unique signal processing algorithms,
The first track contains a steady violin chord,
which remains the same throughout the production. Pretty dull, but
this is not the important track here. Important is the second track,
which contains simple drums. This track is modulated in blocks by
10 of the 60 presets you get with PSP 84. In chronological order,
they are: 12 Feedback, Dropper, Splasher, Nanobot, Southpole, Gasherbrum,
Hautend Playground, Inertia, Rainforest and finally Dylatation. All
processing on the drum track is done only using PSP 84, no further
stuff. Notice the very strong and natural sounding reverb in some
of the parts. We emphasize here that these examples are only the top
of the creative iceberg of effects we created during the test...
Ease of use.
PSP 84 is pretty easy to use. It's user interface is built up like the good old hardware stuff, with turn knobs and press buttons. You don't have to be an outstanding studio technician to operate this. The presets give you a broad and good start, but -like we did- you may want to start playing around with the parameters very as soon as you get thrilled by the possibilities of PSP 84 (again: like we did). We already were impressed by the work, PSP did with the PSP 42 Lexicon. And we are again: the sound is very crisp and clear, the bouquet of parameters is colorful. PSP 84 will keep you creatively busy, we can assure you.
PSP 84 brings you basically all you can
wish for when it comes to functionality like altering individual tracks
within a mix, or experimenting with drum (like we did in the sample
production) and synth loops. But PSP 84 is also very useful for e.g.
guitar players who want to enrich dry and non spatial sounding tracks.
The reverb unit in PSP 84 is one of the best we've heard this year.
It's quality and parametring possibilities are truly outstanding.
PSP84 comes with 60 presets that are very fun to play with, and can
act as a starting point for further adjustments to your audio taste.
PSP already has shown with the PSP 42 that its programmers know what
they talk about when it comes to programming VST-ware. This PSP 84
proves this once again.
Demo download and online information.
PSP has demo versions available at its web site.
For Mac OS 9 and OS X VST only):
For Windows (VST and DirectX):
Detailed product information can be found
And if that's not enough for you: the
PSP 84 operation manual can be downloaded as well at:
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