May 24, 2006

New Toy Alert!!!

by Chris Randall

I know you guys just _love_ it when I get new shit, and I, being me, love to inflict the fact on anyone that will listen. In that light, today's visit from the UPS man brought me an Eventide Eclipse, courtesy of the fine folks at Analog Haven. (I'm of the considered opinion that I should have gotten it for free, for all the promo I do for that store. Shawn, unfortunately, did not agree. Why he wouldn't want to just give me a $2K effects unit is utterly beyond me.)

In any case, this box is for shizzle, my nizzles. Worth every single penny, and a couple more besides. Hooked up to AES/EBU I/O on my Lynx card, it magically becomes a low-latency insert and send effect in Nuendo. I use this feature a lot (Or, rather, I did before I sold all my gear to buy new shit) and think that external hardware as inserts with PDC is the best feature of Nuendo (and Cubase). Anyways, the net result is that I have a $2000 hardware-based plugin with 0.45 seconds of latency.

There are a lot of factory programs to go through before I even scratch the surface of programming this monster. I've made it through about half, then came to a rest on #257, "EMT Plate." A perfect verb for the track I was working on at the time. This box is Eventide through and through. Just because it's their cheapest unit doesn't mean they scrimped at all. I'll be honest and say I don't care for all the guitar shit in it. I think that the guitar effects are a little too far in to Fuzak Jazzion land for my tastes, but to each his own. All Eventide products are mainly about the pitch shifting, and things that can be accomplished with same. In that regard, this box is the business.

Strong "buy" recommendation from me with only 8 hours of experience. I'll post some more thoughts after I've attempted to program it.




May.25.2006 @ 8:00 AM
i wish that programming the eventide could be done by drag and drop software on mac or windows ala the orville software. besides that its a regular eclipse love fest here

May.25.2006 @ 11:30 AM
Adam Schabtach
The lack of the low-level programming with its supporting Windows editor (I don't think that there is a Mac version) was partly why I once bought a DSP7000 rather than an Eclipse. I ended up not using that feature of the system as much as I expected, partly because the editor is kind of awful to work with and partly because the presets offer so much tweakability that I could get lots of stuff done without the editor. I ended up selling the DSP7000, and now I have an Eclipse, so it will be interesting to see how much I miss the editor and editability.

However, Chris won't let me take my Eclipse out of its box until I've finished the AU version of Discord 2. He's just no fun sometimes.





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