In the A-Z of UAD, for the letter R Julian looks at the AMS RMX16. This famous digital reverb from 1982 is still coveted today. Well known for its ambience, reverse and nonlin algorithms, this reverb was as central to the sound of the 80s as its Lexicon counterpart, the 224.
The ambience algorithm is a neutral, expansive reverb, somewhere between a hall and a plate and specifically designed to be useful for adding to already reverberant sources without adversely affecting their character.
The Nonlin algorithm is a gated reverb effect and, while it fell out of favour due to its relentless use at the time, is a great way to introduce power to percussive sources.
Both of these algorithms are demonstrated in this brief overview of the RMX16. Thanks to Corinna Jane for the use of her track “Floodlights”.