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Anyone here have experience with the Symphonic preset from the Yamaha SPX90? If so, any way to replicate that in Helix native?

 

thanks guys!

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14 hours ago, shawnt113 said:

Anyone here have experience with the Symphonic preset from the Yamaha SPX90? If so, any way to replicate that in Helix native?

 

thanks guys!

 

Hi shawnt113,

 

I have an early Yamaha SPX90 in a rack, gathering dust in the corner of my studio! I would probably have to give “it the kiss of life” and spark the thing up to check the settings, and no guarantee of figuring it out, but it maybe worth finding out!

 

IIRC, it was like some sort of multi voice chorus effect. A big fave of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois back in the 80s along with that AMS shimmer and Eventide H3000. To get that ensemble sound you could try using a  big 70s chorus and the legacy “dimension” to get you in the ball park.

 

I may investigate further.

 

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Thank you, I’m gonna check it out. I only recently became aware that I’m even interested after watching a video with Rick Beato where he was discussing using that preset gently on the distorted bass track to give it a little character and movement. 

 

Since I've also heard it’s great on backing vocals. 

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My SPX90 fried long ago. I wish it still worked. I liked it and miss it very much. *sigh*

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Mine did too about a year ago after trying it for kicks within 30 minutes. Did a bit searching and found the most likely failure is due to leaking capacitors in the power supply. In fact after opening it up the capacitors leaked in mine. Have not found the time and patience to find replacement parts and try a home repair though ...

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10 hours ago, shawnt113 said:

Thank you, I’m gonna check it out. I only recently became aware that I’m even interested after watching a video with Rick Beato where he was discussing using that preset gently on the distorted bass track to give it a little character and movement. 

 

Since I've also heard it’s great on backing vocals. 

 

 

Here ya go!

 

You should be able to get something out of this quick and dirty patch.

 

You mentioned Bass - so I have included the basic "Tuck n' Go" (change to whatever suits) in the first slot followed by an Harmonic Flanger at 40% mix, then a Dual Pitch for a slight chorus and finally a legacy Dimension with SW4 on and about 25% mix. Seems like a lot of bother for what the SPX does in one preset. Anyhow kick it around – you may find something in there. Oh, yeah – Zakk Wylde used the SPX90 for those Symphonic tones on No Rest For The Wicked and No More Tears.

 

PseudoSymphonic.hlx

 

I read the Yamaha SPX90 Manual, and on Page 13 it states that,
"The programmable parameters for this preset are identical to those for the Stereo Flange preset, omitting the F.B. Gain and MOD DELAY TIME".
Note: Stereo Flange specs a MOD FREQ Range 0.1 ~ 20.0Hz and a MOD DEPTH of 0 ~100%

 

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I do believe I may have one or two SPX90 units in storage. If anyone is interested in them feel free to let me know. 

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