By now you've heard the fantastic news that AMS Neve has revived the beloved RMX16 for the 500 Series rack. The new module was the talk of the NAMM Show in January and had pro audio lovers speculating just how close AMS Neve would get to the original unit. Newsflash! They don't disappoint.
The 500 Series version of the RMX16 follows suit with the classic nine reverb programs (plus nine rare aftermarket programs) and allows users to control all parameters in three distinct ways. Dialing in the perfect reverb for your source is possible by way of the pot control section (a rotary dial), the nudge section (Down/Up buttons), and Alphanumeric keypad entry. How does it sound though?
When we got our hands on the new AMS RMX16, we knew we wanted to do a shootout with a vintage unit and the exceptional Universal Audio emulation. The only problem was finding a classic RMX16. The original RMX16 had its heyday in the 1980s, but these rackmount units are getting harder and harder to find. They have become unreliable in their older age, harder to fix, and easily get damaged during shipping.
Thanks to our friends at Blackbird Audio Rentals, we were able to track down a working vintage RMX16 for our shootout. While we'll leave you to make your own judgment, the new AMS RMX16 500 Series shines in terms of sound, control, and functionality. The tactile control offered by the new unit really makes dialing in the reverb you're looking for easier than ever.
Watch below to hear our shootout of the new AMS Neve RMX16 500 Series, a vintage RMX16, and Universal Audio's RMX16 plug-in emulation. You'll be able to compare all three reverbs with identical settings on performances by Bryan Reilly (drums, acoustic guitar, and Mellotron Micro), Bob Mervak (vocals), and Dustin McLaughlin (electric guitar).