SPX NEVERMORE – SYMPHONIC FLANGER
SPX Nevermore is my attempt at replicating the Symphonic preset from the 1990s Yamaha SPX 90 rack effects unit. As this was a budget 12 bit digital FX unit, and notoriously noisy, by default I have enabled the ‘Noisy’ and ’12 Bit’ switches. I found that this low bit rate, and background noise, needed to be fed into the signal before the stereo flanger effect, in order to emulate something close to the distinctively lofi sound of the original.
The SPX Symphonic preset was most famously used on bass for Nirvana’s ‘NEVERmind’ album, and by Zakk Wylde for the guitar on Ozzy’s ‘No MORE Tears’.