Sony MU-R201 digital reverberator

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Vintage stereo reverb and effects

[ Sony MU-R201 front panel ]

This was one of the very first single rack space true stereo multi-effects unit ever made. It was a favourite of the late Roger Nichols, and Takehito Shimazu (electroacoustic composer of Zytoplasma from Inventionen 2) used one from 1985-1988. This unit (and the Ibanez clone version) was meant to take on the Lexicon PCM70 in the marketplace, when being true stereo was quite unique. Some presets are dual mono, where each input feeds a different algorithm. It also features other modes beyond reverb:

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  2. Room
  3. Plate
  4. Multi Gate Reverb
  5. Multi Reverse Reverb
  6. Dual Multi Delay
  7. Multi Auto Panning
  8. Dual Reverb
  9. Reverb and Gate
  10. Reverb and Delay

MU-R201 specifications

You can buy the MU-R201 Owners Manual, but I've never found the remote control anywhere. Sony also made a similar unit rebadged for Ibanez (called the SDR-1000) with a different coloured front panel (black instead of pale blue/green). There was also a more coveted SDR-1000+ enhanced version, which was found in Mayfair Studios 1,2 and 3 (I forget whether the SDR-1000+ or the SDR-1000 was identical to the MU-R201). The SDR-1000 was reviewed in Sound On Sound in September 1986, but that article is no longer online.

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