October 13, 2011

More Disembodied Hands Doin' Stuff...

by Chris Randall

I got an Eventide Space pedal yesterday, and only had a chance to fool with it for a few minutes. But today, I had a couple-hour window between when Adam decided he couldn't take AudioUnits any more and when the folks at $MEGA_CORP get to work, so I decided to spend some quality time with the Space.

I started at the last preset, #100, since I have 25 years of experience with virtually every product Eventide has ever made, and I know that they put the best presets at the end, always. I only made it to, like, 85 or something before I was all like "man, I gotta bust out a track." So I fired up the Tempest on a Project of synthesized drums I've been working on in my copious free time and whacked in a couple patterns. Then I pulled out the Genome sequencer from White Noise for my iPad and went to town.

So, the net result is that this video is essentially an advertisement for Eventide, Dave Smith Instruments, and White Noise Audio. And, I guess, polyrhythms. As you're aware, I'm one of the only music-tech bloggers that actually informs you when I get freebies, and the Space falls in to that category. But you also know that I have purchased, at one time or another, virtually everything Eventide has made, from the H910 on up to the H8000FW. The Space is, like the other pedals in this series, top notch.

In other news, after a week of truly nightmarish problems (brought on, no doubt, by my sanguine outlook in the previous post) we now have in our possession all 10 (yes, you read that right, the number ten, including 32- and 64-bit builds of VST3, VST2.4, and AU) builds of Filterstation. We have some tidying up to do, and a couple little bugs to work out, but we're getting very close. I'm guessing this will go out to the NFR list shortly, so they can bang on it while we write the manual, and at some point Real Soon Now, Filterstation will be on sale.



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Oct.14.2011 @ 2:25 AM
It's taken like 12 years, but you have finally made me a micornaut fan over the last little bit. The transparency in story behind each track, combined with the video element has made the project far more interesting to me.

I think what I learned today is that what I am looking for in music is storytelling, something that you've always been good at in your vocal projects. Your recent release style has brought storytelling to the electronic project, and I count that as a win! :)

Oct.14.2011 @ 3:42 AM
Eventide is either the record label of FX units, or they have some secret procedure for generating awesome presets.

Which is it?

Oct.14.2011 @ 4:55 AM
Cool track. That Tempest is just pure 100% win...

Oct.14.2011 @ 11:14 AM
This track is probably my favorite of your "experiments" series. Really great stuff.

Oct.14.2011 @ 12:30 PM
interesting stuff, as always. i try to watch/read everything about the tempest, and it sure seems like a dream machine. one thing bothers me though, and it may sound silly, but i just can't get over those blue lights of the pads. watching this video (and chris's others) every bit of gear looks cool, the tempest does, too - but that is before those blue lights start to dance.

Oct.14.2011 @ 1:06 PM
@obscurerobot I don't follow wrt record label of fx units, but one of the design requirements for the pedals has been, "you can't make out sound bad" and we've put a lot of care into the presets. I didn't realize the good ones were always at the end though, that's funny.

@Chris, nice tune.

Oct.14.2011 @ 1:15 PM
Chris Randall
@DGillespie: For values of "best," coming from me, you might want to swap "weirdest," or "oddest," or something. Room? Hall? Studio A? Don't give a fuck. I want to hear "LazerOrgazmHall" and "HoardsOfWildHorsemenAttackingOverThePlainsVerb" and those are always at the end, in the "Unusual" category. ;-)


Oct.14.2011 @ 2:13 PM
From reading the presets list of the Space, the ones at the end don't seem like "the weirdest" so much as "those created by the guitarist from Blonde Redhead." But I could be wrong.

Oct.14.2011 @ 5:48 PM
That just sounds fabulous all around.

Oct.14.2011 @ 6:37 PM
@DGillespie what I mean by that is - does Eventide ask lots of people to create presets and then pick the best? Or do they have a few people that make hits all day long?

Either way, Eventide is full of win.

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