Send­ing to Lex­i­con Effects

This guide will explain how to send audio sig­nals to the Lex­i­con Effects unit from the XL desk and then back into the SSL XL desk from the Lex­i­con Effects unit before finally show­ing how to record the audio sig­nals into Pro Tools.

Set­ting Up an Aux Send on the XL Desk:

1. For chan­nels 1 – 16, in the St Cue and Mono Auxes sec­tion located in the mid­dle of each chan­nel strip, ensure the POST switch is not pressed in for each chan­nel that needs to be sent to the Lex­i­con Effects Unit.

This will set the sig­nal of the chan­nel strip to be sent pre fader to the St Cue bus.

2. In the ST Cue and Mono Auxes sec­tion located in the mid­dle of each chan­nel strip, turn the ST CUE gain knob fully clock­wise for each chan­nel that needs to be sent to the Lex­i­con Effect Unit.

This will out­put the entire dry sig­nal to the ST CUE bus pre fader.


Patch­ing into the Lex­i­con Effects Unit:

1. Use two ban­tam cables to con­nect from XL Ster Cue L and R to either PCM 81 In L and R or PCM 91 In L and R respectively.

This will patch the stereo bus to the Lex­i­con Effects Unit.


Con­trol­ling Input Sig­nals on the Lex­i­con Effect Unit:

1. On the Lex­i­con Effects Unit adjust the INPUT knob slowly from the 0 value mark­ing (fully anti-​clockwise) to an appro­pri­ate level.

The red LED indi­cates the input sig­nal is clip­ping there­fore adding dis­tor­tion to the signal.


Patch­ing Out of the Lex­i­con Effects Unit:

1. Use two ban­tam cables to con­nect from either PCM 81 Out L and R or PCM 91 Out L and R (this depends on which unit has been used) to SSL XL Stereo In 1L and 1R respectively.

This sends the stereo sig­nal from the Lex­i­con Effects Unit to stereo chan­nel 17 – 18 on the XL Desk.


Set­ting Up a Direct Out on the XL Desk:

1. In the TRIM sec­tion of chan­nel 17 – 18 located at the top of the chan­nel strip on the XL Desk, ensure the CHOP POST is not pressed in.

This sends the effect out of the direct chan­nel of the SSL XL Desk and into Pro Tools.

2. For stereo effects ensure the MONO switch, located next to the chan­nel strip’s pan knob, is not pressed in.

3. For mono effects ensure the MONO switch is pressed in.

This will sum the left and right chan­nels together.


Set­ting the Inputs for Wet Sig­nals in Pro Tools:

1. Click Track to open the drop down menu, located on the MAC tool­bar located at the top of the screen, and Click New.

This will open the New Tracks window.

TIP: Alter­na­tively use the key­board short­cut shift + cmd + N to cre­ate a new track.

2. For stereo effects cre­ate 1 new stereo audio track in sam­ples using the drop down menus in the New Tracks win­dow.

3. For mono effects cre­ate 1 new mono audio track in sam­ples using the drop down menus in the New Tracks window.

4. In the Mix win­dow change the input of the track to Desk Inputs 17–18 (Stereo) for stereo effects or Desk Inputs 17 (Mono) for mono effects located in the I/​O sec­tion of the chan­nel strip.










5. Arm the record but­ton for track and click the play button.

This will record the effect onto a Pro Tools track.

TIP: For every new effect sound cre­ate a new track and repeat steps 4-5 for that track.