Behringer Virtualizer 3d Fx2000 User Manual

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Multi-Effects Processors

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VIRTUALIZER 3D FX2000

High-Performance 3D Multi-Engine

Effects Processor

71 breathtaking new algorithms— true RSM (Real Sound Modeling) stereo and 3D effects

Wave-adaptive virtual Room reverb algorithms for natural reverb and delay

Awesome modulation, dynamic, psychoacoustic and EQ algorithms Authentic amp simulation, distortion and special effects

11 effect combinations with selectable serial / parallel configuration

Up to 7 adjustable parameters plus 2-band EQ per effect

24-bit A/D and D/A converters with 64/128-times oversampling

True stereo processing for realistic channel separation in stereo image

100 factory presets plus 100 user memory locations

Extensive MIDI implementation

Accurate LED level meters for perfect level setting and optimum performance

Servo-balanced XLR and ¼' TRS inputs and outputs

High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life

Conceived and designed by

BEHRINGER Germany

Get even more mind-expanding power for your keyboard, bass, guitar or vocals with the VIRTUALIZER 3D FX2000 Effects Processor. This amazing rack unit has 71 incredible new algorithms, including true studio-grade stereo and 3D effects that will add a head-spinning new dimension to your sound, both live and in the studio. The FX2000 employs BEHRINGER RSM (Real Sound Modeling) technology to simulate acoustic environments with stunning accuracy. Effects options include powerful modulation, amp simulation, distortion and special effects,

as well as effective dynamic and psychoacoustics processing.

Performance is further enhanced through user-addressable high and low EQ and wave-adaptive VIRTUAL ROOM reverb algorithms. The FX2000 has a total of 200 presets (100 factory / 100 user) that can be recalled or switched via an optional MIDI foot controller, such as our FCB1010.

Reverbs & Delays

Because it is one of the most desired effects, the FX2000 provides 12 different reverb programs, so you always have the ideal reverb for your live performance or studio needs.

Reverbs include:

CATHEDRAL

GOLD PLATE

SMALL HALL

ROOM

STUDIO

CONCERT

STAGE

SPRING REVERB

AMBIENCE

EARLY REFLECTIONS

Specialty reverbs include:

GATED REVERB – reverb is synthetically turned off after a predetermined amount of time

REVERSE REVERB – reverb envelope is reversed—it slowly gets louder

Delays include:

STEREO DELAY – delay is processed across the entire stereo image

TAPE ECHO – simulates classic tape echo devices, pre-dating the advent of digital delays

PING PONG – delay signal is “bounced” from left to right at an adjustable tempo

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VIRTUALIZER 3D FX2000

Much More than Just Reverb and Delay

The FX2000 has some of the bestsounding reverb and delay programs, but that’s not all. It also provides excellent modulation effects (such as chorus, flanger and phaser), including special variations like musical pitch shifter, tremolo and even a leslie simulation.

Modulation and Pitch Shifter FX:

STEREO FLANGER – originally generated by playing back two synchronized “reel to reel” tape recorders with a finger rubbing on the flange of one of the take-up reels

VINTAGE FLANGER – simulates a guitar flanger stomp box

JET STREAM FLANGER – sounds like a classic analog flanger

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STEREO CHORUS – combines a slightly detuned signal with the original

ANALOG CHORUS – simulates a guitar chorus stomp box

VINTAGE CHORUS – imitates a classic analog studio chorus

ULTRA CHORUS – creates the sound of an eight-person chorus

STEREO PHASER – combines a second, phase-shifted signal to the original

VINTAGE PHASER – represents a guitar phaser stomp box

DUAL PHASER – processes the left and right channels separately

LESLIE – simulation of the rotating speakers typically used on an organ – Slow or Fast

PITCH SHIFTER – changes the pitch of the original signal – can be used to create harmonies with the original signal or replace it entirely with the altered pitch. Choices include stereo, two and three vocal pitch shifter

VIBRATO – the peak frequency of the tone is periodically and uniformly changed (quickly or slowly)

TREMOLO – common vintage guitar amplifier effect – a fast or slow periodic variation in volume

AUTO PANNING – signal is automatically sent from one side of the stereo image to the other, either once or multiple times

Dynamic FX:

COMPRESSOR – reduces the dynamic range of the signal, maintains consistent signal level and thus avoids distortion associated with input levels

EXPANDER – effectively broadens the dynamic range of source signals while reducing background noise

GATE – this noise gate algorithm helps to reduce background clutter by setting a specific threshold level which mutes all surrounding noise below this threshold. Particularly effective on drum mics and vocals

ANALOG COMPRESSOR/LIMITER – similar to COMPRESSOR but with Limiting functionality

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ULTRAMIZER – analyses incoming signal and automatically applies compression across two independent frequency bands

DENOISER – eliminates or reduces noise and other interference

DE-ESSER – reduces or removes sibilance (Ssss sound) from signal

WAVE DESIGNER – allows you to influence the envelope by adjusting Attack and Release of the signal

Psychoacoustic FX:

EXCITER – adds artificially generated overtones to the original signal, increasing presence and perceived loudness without significant increase in signal level

ENHANCER – a dynamic equalizer which brings more clarity and a better stereo locating to your sound, similar to the effect of an exciter

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Studio Application (stereo return)

FX2000 REAR Panel

Right

Left

AUX

AUX

RETURNS

SEND

X1622USB mixer

Live Performance (mono)

FX2000 REAR Panel

MIDI Out

RETURN

SEND

BUGERA 1990

Half-Stack

FCB1010 MIDI foot controller

Electric

Guitar

412H-BK

VIRTUALIZER 3D FX2000

ULTRA BASS – sub-harmonic processor combined with bass exciter and limiter

STEREO IMAGER – divides the signal into middle and side signals, allowing individual signals to be amplified when desired and placed on the stereo image

ULTRA WIDE – creates a broader stereo image

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Front Panel

DISPLAY shows effect

EDIT KNOBS adjust

name, parameter

EFFECT GROUP LEDs

various effect parameters,

name, and parameter

indicate category of

EQ settings, MIDI functions and

value of current preset

current effect

INPUT/ OUTPUT configurations

LEVEL METERS display

STATUS LEDs

EDIT LEDs indicate which

signal level relative to

indicate type of

parameters are adjusted

setting of OPERATING LEVEL

value ready for edit

by the EDIT KNOBS

button on rear panel

BINAURALIZER – also creates a broader

EFFECT button enables

PRESET button

MIX knob adjusts

JOG WHEEL to scroll

enables JOG WHEEL

STORE button saves

stereo image and compensates for

wet/dry mix of

through 71 basic

to scroll through

altered preset to

crosstalk between both speakers

output signal

effect algorithms

200 presets

desired location

Filter/EQ FX:

AUTO FILTER – influences the frequency

response of a signal: Three filter types in

different variations are included: low pass,

band pass and high pass

LFO FILTER – similar to the auto filter

algorithm, but modulated by an

EDIT button selects

SETUP button enters

COMPARE button

JOG WHEEL scrolls POWER button

oscillator with different wave types and

function and LEDs

Setup Mode, enabling

temporarily

through presets

speed adjust

indicate active function

EDIT KNOBS to select

restores altered

and adjusts

categories within MIDI,

preset’s settings

parameter values

PARAMETRIC EQ – allows you to control

INPUT, OUTPUT, and

for comparison to

CONFIGURATION

original sound

the bandwidth, frequency and amplitude

of a signal

GRAPHIC EQ – the sound spectrum is

divided into six (6) adjacent frequency

Rear Panel

bands, which can be cut or boosted,

MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, and MIDI

bandwidth is predetermined

THRU connectors transmit

Distortion FX and Amp Simulations

and receive MIDI commands

The FX2000 is also equipped with

distortion, amplifier and speaker

simulation including VOCAL DISTORTION,

TUBE DISTORTION, GUITAR AMP, TRI FUZZ,

SPEAKER SIMULATION, RING MODULATOR

and LO-FI.

Special FX:

OPERATING LEVEL button

VINYLIZER – adds clicks and/or noise to

switches between

-10 dBV and +4 dBu

the signal, reminiscent of old vinyl records

and tape machines

SAMPLER – allows you to record and

playback up to five (5) seconds of

program material

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INPUT and OUTPUT connections are available as balanced

¼' TRS and XLR jacks

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VOCODER – allows the input signal to modulate another signal (usually a

synthesizer sound), creating the familiar “talking synthesizer” effect

VOICE CANCELER – removes mono vocal parts from stereo recordings for “instant Karaoke”

RESONATOR – simulates an oscillating system that amplifies a specific frequency

Specifications

Analog Inputs

Connectors

XLR and ¼' TRS

Type

RF filtered, servo-balanced

input stage

Impedance

80 k Ω balanced

Nominal Operating Level -10 dBV or +4 dBu (selectable)

Max. Input Level

+15 dBu at +4 dBu nominal level,

+1 dBV at -10 dBV nominal level

Analog Outputs

Connectors

XLR and ¼' TRS

Type

Electronically servo-balanced

output stage

Impedance

80 Ω balanced

Max. Output Level

+15 dBu at +4 dBu nominal level,

+1 dBV at -10 dBV nominal level

System Specifications

Bandwidth

20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/- 3 dB

SNR

91 dB, unweighted, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

THD

0.018 % typ. @ +4 dBu, 1 kHz,

0 dBu input, gain 1

Crosstalk

< -76 dB

Our FX Combinations Go to 11

Sometimes you want to add a little (or a lot) of color to your reverb and delay patches. The FX2000 allows you to layer modulation effects like chorus, flanger, pitch or tremolo with your reverb or delay selections.

FX Combinations include:

Chorus & Reverb

Phaser & Reverb

Flanger & Reverb

Chorus & Delay

Leslie & Reverb

Flanger & Delay

Pitch & Reverb

Pitch & Delay

Delay & Reverb

Tremolo & Delay

Tremolo & Reverb

Enhanced User Editability

Logical grouping of parameters, along with the combination of encoders, buttons, LEDs and an easily readable LED display, make operating the FX2000 a breeze. You are free to edit up to seven parameters per preset, and then save them for future use in the 100 provided memory locations.

Value

With its extremely powerful processing capability and versatile array of features, the FX2000 will become the busiest

tool in your audio arsenal. Stop by your BEHRINGER dealer today and find out why professional sound engineers all over the world are turning to the FX2000 as their primary FX processor—both in the studio and on the road.

MIDI Interface

Type

5-pin DIN-socket IN / OUT / THRU

Digital Processing

Converters

24-bit Sigma-Delta,

64/128-times oversampling

Sampling Rate

46.875 kHz

Display

Physical

Dimensions (H x W x D)

8.54 x 1.75 x 19.01'

217 x 44.5 x 483 mm

Net Weight

approx. 4.18 lbs / 1.9 kg

Please note these specifications are preliminary and conceptual in nature, and as such are subject to change as product development progresses. This information is supplied for market research purposes only and is not to be made public in any manner. This document is solely the property of The MUSIC Group, or one of its subsidiaries, and must be surrendered upon request of the owner.

Type

4-digit 14 segment alpha-numeric

LED-Display

Power Supply

Voltage/Fuses

USA/Canada

120 V~, 60 Hz

Europe/U.K./Australia

230 V~, 50 Hz

Japan

100 V~, 50 - 60 Hz

General export model

120/230 V~, 50 - 60 Hz

Fuse

100 - 120 V~: T 200 mA H 250 V

200 - 240 V~: T 100 mA L 250 V

Power Consumption

15 Watts max.

Mains Connection

Standard IEC receptacle

For service, support or more information contact the BEHRINGER location nearest you:

Europe

USA/Canada

Australia

Japan

MUSIC Group Services UK

MUSIC Group Services NV Inc.

MUSIC Group Services AU Pty Ltd

MUSIC Group Services JP K.K.

Tel: +44 156 273 2290

Tel: +1 702 800 8290

Tel.: +61 03 9877 7170

Tel.: +81 3 6231 0454

Email: [email protected]

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Virtualizer 3d Fx2000 Manual

Dual-channel Multi-effects Processor

Photo: Mike Cameron

A low-cost multi-effects unit with a huge repertoire of effects.

Although software plug-ins have made huge inroads into studio recording, hardware effects and processors shown no sign of becoming extinct. Indeed, some of the lower-cost units can cost significantly less than an equivalent set of effects plug-ins, which makes them attractive in a number of areas, including hardware-based studios, live sound rigs and software studios with sufficient I/O to accommodate them. The name Virtualizer may not be new, but this Pro model, which can run both its channels independently, claims 71 new effect types, including improved reverberation capability.

To simplify editing, each algorithm has no more than seven editable parameters (not counting high- and low-pass filters) and there are 100 user memories for patch storage as well as 100 factory presets. It's also good to see that the user patches come filled with effects that are not simply copies of the factory patches. All the familiar effects types are available, from reverb and delay to pitch-shifting, modulation and rotary-speaker simulation, but, as you might expect, there are lots of other treatments in there including enhancers, stereo width manipulators, bass enhancers, equalisers, distortion effects, speaker simulators, vinyl emulators and so on.

The 1U unit uses 24-bit converters running at a 46.875kHz sample rate, providing a 20Hz to 20kHz bandwidth (±3dB) and a signal-to-noise ratio of 91dB unweighted. As there's no digital I/O, it doesn't matter that this is non-standard. Analogue I/O (stereo, both in and out) is provided on both balanced jacks and XLRs, with buttons for selecting -10dBv or +4dBu operating levels (independently for each channel). MIDI In, Out and Thru connectors are fitted to allow remote patch selection, real-time parameter control and, according to the manual, even patch editing via PC software (not included, nor indeed mentioned again elsewhere in the manual). Patches may be saved and restored via MIDI SysEx using any external MIDI recording device that can handle SysEx.

Surfacemount technology is used both to expedite manufacturing and to improve reliability, and, unlike some devices that use regular potentiometers as input devices, the Virtualizer Pro features five small rotary encoders and one large encoder as the main data entry wheel. Power is provided through an IEC mains socket, so there are no wall warts or carpet carbuncles to worry about.

Using The Virtualizer Pro

The only sign that this is a budget product is that it uses four alpha/numeric LED read-outs rather than an LCD, so patches can only be numbered, not named, though abbreviated parameter names are visible when editing. Several status LEDs to the left of the numeric read-out depict the effects type (there are eight algorithm groups) and also the units of the values being adjusted (percent, decibels, hertz or seconds). Every patch has at least four editable parameters, which are adjusted via the four rotary edit controls. Up to two pages of effect parameters can be accessed, with a further level addressing mix, MIDI and I/O settings. Three LEDs show which page the controls are currently addressing, and the edit modes are clearly marked. The master wet/dry mix is set using the fifth small encoder, which also doubles as a bypass control courtesy of an integral push switch, though when an EQ algorithm is loaded, where mix would have no meaning, the control functions instead as a gain adjustment.

Behringer Virtualizer Pro £114
pros
  • Good-quality effects.
  • Easy to use.
  • Affordable.
  • Can be used in dual-channel mode.
cons
  • Four-character display is limiting.
summary
The Virtualizer Pro handles all the usual effects well and also provides a number of less obvious treatments, such as guitar amp simulation, vocoding and phrase sampling. The restricted editability may put some users off, but it's my guess that most users will welcome it.

Presets are dialled up using the large data wheel after first selecting the Preset button, which is one of the six buttons to the left of the data wheel. New effects are based on the 71 effect algorithms — pressing Effect and using the data wheel scrolls through them. The Edit button gets you into Edit mode while Store saves the edited patch into any desired user patch location. While the Store LED is blinking pending a final jab at the button, the Compare key allows the original and edited patches to be compared. The Setup key gets you into the utility mode, more of which later.

Going back to the effect algorithms, many of these are based round a single effect, but there are also a number of combination programs, such as distortion fed via a flanger, or modulation fed through a reverb. The algorithms also determine the signal routing, where some patches are dual mono-in, mono-out, some are stereo-in, stereo-out, and others allow the two channels to operate as independent mono-in, stereo-out devices, where the two stereo outputs are summed. The Mix parameter accessed using the small encoders sets the signal balance within the algorithm when multiple effects are in use, while the main Mix control sets the overall wet/dry mix. Additionally, the setup menu enables the unit to be configured as mono/stereo in and also provides for a global 100 percent wet mix setting for where the unit is to be used in a mixer effect send loop. This is a real blessing, as there's nothing worse than having to adjust the mix setting on every patch. Setup also allows certain dual effect programs to be configured as serial or parallel. MIDI setup allows any MIDI channel to be selected, and you can decide whether MIDI controller information is sent and received. The MIDI Continuous controllers used by the Virtualizer Pro run from 102 to 116, and their destinations vary depending on the effect selected.

Loading a new algorithm takes roughly one second after you stop turning the data wheel and, as you'd expect, all the usual reverb types are available, from stage and ambience up to plates, halls and cathedrals. There's even a spring reverb simulation for guitar players who can't live without the 'sproing'. On top of that there are gated and reverse options, as well as stereo, tape and ping-pong delay variants, where tape creates progressively duller sounding repeats.

Joining the usual modulation suspects are auto-panning and pitch-shifting in both mono and stereo. Dynamics are represented by compressor/limiter, expander, gate, split-band compression, denoising (which seems to be based around an expander, possibly in conjunction with some dynamic filtering), de-essing, and something called Wave designer, which is essentially an input triggered envelope shaper. The psychoacoustic enhancement section comprises both exciter and enhancer working on different principles, a sub-bass process, two types of stereo-image expander and even a binauraliser designed expand the stereo image using interchannel crosstalk cancellation.

As far as EQ goes, there's a choice of high or low-pass filtering, parametric EQ or an eight-band graphic EQ, while for the guitarist (or dance producer into lo-fi), there are four types of overdrive/distortion, speaker simulation (eight cabinet types), ring modulation and a dedicated lo-fi processor that adds both noise and hum. The special effects section offers more in that vein, with vinyl simulation plus a simple five-second phrase sampler. Unusually for a budget effects box, there's also a rather neat vocoder, a vocal canceller for taking out centrally panned mid-range sounds, plus a resonant filter. The combination effects offer the various modulation and pitch effects with reverb; delay with reverb; tremolo with reverb; plus a choice of chorus, flanger, pitch or tremolo with delay. Detailed block diagrams are included for each algorithm.

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Unlike many budget effects processors, the Virtualizer Pro has a built-in power supply and both balanced and unbalanced analogue I/O.Photo: Mike Cameron

Pro Sound?

This range of Behringer effects has always offered great value for money, but I've never been convinced that the quality of effects lives up to serious studio expectations. Happily, the Virtualizer Pro does sound rather better, especially in the reverb department, where the reverb now knits convincingly with the dry sound and exhibits a natural, warm decay characteristic. It's still not up there with the better Lexicon or TC units, but then neither would you expect that at the price. However, it would make an ideal main reverb in the budget-conscious project studio and could be used in a supporting role for more serious recording work. It also includes some useful ambience treatments for creating a sense of space without swamping the sound in reverb.

Of course, the effects don't stop with reverb — having a tape delay algorithm completes the repertoire of stock delay-based effects, while the chorus effects are warmer and more analogue-sounding than I remember from previous models. I was particularly taken by the vintage flanger preset, which reminded me of an original Electro-harmonix Electric Mistress, but without the noise, and, while the rotary speaker simulations wouldn't fool Hugh Robjohns or Gordon Reid for a moment, they are musically attractive and fall somewhere between a true rotary speaker and a tweaked flanger.

I've never tried a pitch shifter that I've been happy with that cost less than a small car, but the one provided here is quite a bit smoother than you'd expect to find in a budget unit, and is more than adequate for layering with other sounds or for fine detuning/chorus. And then there's the amp and speaker modelling, which again I don't think rivals stand-alone preamps such as the Line 6 Pod or Behringer's own V-Amp, but it is still more usable than I was expecting and doesn't have that awful gritty edge that so many economy amp simulators seem to. In combination with a little compression and EQ, you can get a very passable blues or rock sound. The lo-fi effects sound just as nasty as you'd expect them to and the vinyl scratches are, well, scratchy. The inclusion of a simple vocoder is a great bonus, as is the phrase sampler, but for me the decent reverbs and the warm modulated delay effects are the best reason to choose this unit.

In fact the only real dislikes I have centre around the lack of a proper display. Certainly the designers have done the best they can to make the system friendly — the knobs briefly display an abridged parameter name when you first turn them — but that's not the same as seeing a full and complete description of each parameter and its current value, as you'd expect to see when using a piece of gear equipped with an LCD readout. I don't know what a good display would have added to the price, but it would probably have been worth it. The other feature the unit could usefully have incorporated, given its better-than-average amp and speaker emulation capabilities, is a high-impedance instrument input, possibly with an amp voicing EQ circuit, but as it is you'll need to use a DI box and a touch of high EQ to get the best results with electric guitars.

Verdict

The Virtualizer Pro is a smart-looking box that, in the main, sounds good and has a simple user interface. Perhaps it's because it looks more expensive than it is that I complained about the lack of an LCD readout, but it really is more awkward to program something using just a four character display, not to mention finding your patches once you've saved them. I don't think I could remember what 100 user patches were from their numbers alone. That issue aside, there's little to complain about when you take the relatively low cost into consideration. Some users may prefer more programmability, but, as the basic effects are good in the first place, you don't really need to change very much to customise them. In any event, I'd rather have a simpler unit that I can be bothered to program than a more sophisticated one that intimidates you into sticking with the presets.

The Virtualizer Pro is a smart, easy-to-operate multi-effect processor that handles all the usual effects well and that manages to fit in a lot of less obvious effects too. It can be used in dual-channel mode, if you need to treat two different aux sends at once, and the reverb quality is certainly a step up from earlier Virtualizer products. If you want good-quality multi-effects at a bargain-basement price, this is a good place to start looking.

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