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Lexicon support for MX range of fx processors

Postby Moroccomoose » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:18 am

Hi folks,

I use an MX400 fx processors in my setup. It is controlled by vst within the DAW, which is in theory, brilliant. However the vst is 32bit so I have to Jbridge it into Cubade 10. I am suspicious that this is giving me stability problems (occasional BSOD wdf violation)... anyway, have contacted Lexicon, requesting a 64bit update to vst, to which their response is 'This product is end of life and no longer supported'. I have responded with my disappointment given that the product still features on their website and is still very much for sale.

I am therefore asking if those in the SOS collective who also use a Lexicon MX range FX processor to put in a similar request so that it might get some traction.

At the same time, I am going to attempt to make a cubase MIDI panel for it. I think I'm okay with basic cc controllers, but struggle a bit when it comes to things like patch banks. Is anyone interested in a collaborative effort to make such a panel?

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Re: Lexicon support for MX range of fx processors

Postby jimjazzdad » Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:13 pm

Lexicon is under the Harman/Samsung aegis... good luck getting support for an older product!
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Re: Lexicon support for MX range of fx processors

Postby Moroccomoose » Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:34 pm

Yeah I know. It's very frustrating though. After their first response, they are no longer answering my emails.

I guess I'll have to have a go at making a controller panel in cubase then!
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Re: Lexicon support for MX range of fx processors

Postby CS70 » Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:53 pm

Moroccomoose wrote:Hi folks,

I use an MX400 fx processors in my setup. It is controlled by vst within the DAW, which is in theory, brilliant. However the vst is 32bit so I have to Jbridge it into Cubade 10. I am suspicious that this is giving me stability problems (occasional BSOD wdf violation)...

Couple things you can try:

1) If you install Cakewalk (for free from Bandlab), the bitbridge built-in into the software is absolutely rock-solid. I still use 32 bit effects which I love and have done it daily for years, and have experienced zero problems related to it.

Actually I can't remember the last time I had a BSOD since installing Windows 10 a couple years back). If you work a little in CW and you no longer experience issues, it's more likely you are correct and it's indeed jbridge.

2) However, it's a big possibility that the BSODs are due to the interface driver making wrong assumptions rather than jbridge. All applicative software (be it the DAW or other audio processing apps like a word length converter) relies on drivers being correct - and often it's the software that gets the blame when it's actually the drivers which are buggy.

Which interface do you use? Are there new drivers?

For a short time I was using my eleven rack as an interface, and BSODs were fairly frequent due to the poor quality of the drivers. After switching to an RME interface and its driver - zero problems since.
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Re: Lexicon support for MX range of fx processors

Postby Moroccomoose » Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:43 pm

I'm using a Profire2626. The latest driver is windows 8 IIRC. It's a firewire interface and I'm careful to ensure I have the Texas Instruments driver. In truth, I had not ruled out the Profire as the problem. Shame it'll be a little while before a similar USB interface will be cheap enough on ebay, so I'm stuck with it.
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Re: Lexicon support for MX range of fx processors

Postby CS70 » Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:53 pm

Oh well, then I'd definitely look into trying a different, more modern interface with good and up to date drivers. Had to bet my money, I would definitely put it on the interface (drivers) rather than whatever bitbridge you're using.
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Re: Lexicon support for MX range of fx processors

Postby James Perrett » Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:56 pm

CS70 wrote:1) If you install Cakewalk (for free from Bandlab), the bitbridge built-in into the software is absolutely rock-solid. I still use 32 bit effects which I love and have done it daily for years, and have experienced zero problems related to it.

The same goes for the bridging software in Reaper too - no worries about using 32 bit plugins here.
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Re: Lexicon support for MX range of fx processors

Postby Watchmaker » Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:36 pm

the 2626 is a bit long in the tooth...
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Re: Lexicon support for MX range of fx processors

Postby Moroccomoose » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:43 pm

It's quite old... Drivers aside, it's perfectly functional... I have loads of kit WAY older. I do wish it was possible to keep this stuff running for longer, whether its MS or equipment vendors keeping interfaces compatible.
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Re: Lexicon support for MX range of fx processors

Postby blinddrew » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:56 pm

Just on that last point, I saw this today on a proposed EU 'Right to Repair' law: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200 ... ment.shtml
The devil will be in the detail of course, but something has to change surely.
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