Hands On - Eventide H3500 (part 1)
Eventides top-of-the-range H3500 is to normal effects what Gareth Blackstocks salmon mousse is to fish paste...
Other than a digital reverb, have you ever seen, experienced or used anything
that you would call an effects unit? You have? I dont believe you. I dont
believe you, that is, unless you have used an Eventide H3000 or H3500. Anything
else, no matter what proud title it gives itself, is not an effects unit. Eventides
top-of-the-range H3500 is to normal effects what Gareth Blackstocks salmon
mousse is to fish paste. If you believe what I say, two questions you are probably
asking right now are, How much does it cost? and, Why havent
I heard of it before. If you are indeed asking the first question then
Im afraid you probably cant afford it. The H3500 is only for those
who can afford not to count the cost (or sensible people prepared to hire it
as and when necessary). The answer to the second question is just a little more
Some time ago in Sound on Sound I reviewed the Eventide H3000 when it was
fresh out of the laboratory. At the time, Eventide were most famous for their
pitch changers. Indeed, the word Harmonizer is their trade mark.
The H3000 made its mark as a very good pitch changer, with a couple of reverb
programs thrown in for good measure. But most of us dont really need a
very good pitch changer, we need something that does the job to an adequate
standard, and many multi-effects units make a good enough attempt at pitch changing
for anything else, particularly at the H3000s price, to be overkill. Over
the years however, a quiet revolution has been going on. Eventide have been
adding to the factory programs supplied with the H3000, in its various versions
(which include the H3500) and they have made the unit into probably the most
wonderful effects unit on Earth. Where the H3000 had a very basic range of factory
programs on its introduction, the H3500 now has a total of four hundred and
four, developed from twenty-three basic algorithms.
The Eventide H3000 comes in a variety of versions. You may be excused for
thinking that the H3000, H3000S, H3000B, H3000SE and H3500 are different models.
In fact they all have the same mainframe and one can be upgraded to another
by the addition of extra factory presets in ROM and/or add-on hardware. Let
me give you a quick run-down:
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