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:
Q: What is a buss?
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Q: If I filter out low frequencies, can I get them back again later?
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Q: Do I lose quality in some way when I consolidate an audio track?
My tracks get pretty messy by the time I'm done editing, then if I want to do something like move the track in time, it's hard. But if I consolidate the track to make it easier to work with, will it still sound the same? Read more...
A heroine for live performance on TV?
Viola player Natalie Holt throws eggs at Simon Cowell on Britain's Got Talent. She protests at having to mime playing her instrument. Read more...
Why pan in live sound when it only makes the audience's experience worse?
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The shocking truth about working in pro recording studios
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Retro recording: How to get more tracks through bouncing and track sharing
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Q: What equipment do I need to set up a home recording studio?
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Q: Can I use a low-pass filter to remove noise from my recording?
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Now at last you can replace your nearfield monitors with proper main monitors!
Any pro studio would have both main monitors and nearfields. But now you can have both in one package. Read more...
Admit it - do you always raise the microphone up and point it down?
Are you guilty of recording cliches? Do you do things because you've seen other people doing it like that? Or do you decide for yourself what's best? Read more...
Do vintage musical styles benefit from modern mastering techniques?
Take some music in 1970s style, then apply mastering processes from the 21st century. Will it work? Or will the two eras clash horribly? Read more...
Does limiting make your audio clip and distort?
Push your levels too high and you will break the bounds of your system's capability. But will a limiter make things any better, or simply act as another source of distortion? Read more...
"She Caught The Katy" by Geoff Hinch Band
I was able act as sound engineer, producer, session player and mastering engineer for this project.... Read more...
What are your 'pain points' in audio? How would you like them to be healed?
"Into each life a little pain must fall" - So what is causing us pain in the studio, and what kind of aspirin do we need to make it go away? Read more...
Are your college tutors assessing you according to real-world criteria?
Your college tutors don't work in the real world, so how can they possibly assess you by real-world criteria? Read more...
Do you make this simple schoolgirl error in production?
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Copyright case - songwriters to lose $MILLIONS!
An Australian court has recently decided that a song that is almost a national anthem rips off another song written 49 years previously. And someone is going to have to pay... Read more...
Is there such a thing as a loudspeaker that doesn't sound like a loudspeaker?
Although modern loudspeakers are capable of reproducing the sound of virtually any instrument, somehow they seem to sound more like a loudspeaker than the instrument itself. Why is this so? Is there such a thing as a loudspeaker that actually doesn't sound like a speaker? Read more...