Celebration of Technical Excellence and Creativity
Eventide has been honored with one of the most prestigious awards for a manufacturer of studio equipment. The NAMM TEC Awards show occurs every year at the same time as the convention by the same name. For 33 years the music industry have voted on their favorite gear of the year. Eventide has won TEC awards several times (H9, H9 Max) but this one is different.
The TEC Hall of Fame began in 2004. It was created as a way to honor audio products and innovations that have made significant contributions to the advancement of the craft. Products or innovations must be at least 10 years old to qualify. This year's inductees includes the 1857 Phonautograph, Tape Slap Echo, and the Eventide DDL 1745.
The 1745 was the world's first piece of digital studio gear, ever! Even the term "digital" was new. The protype of this unit may even predate the world's first digital clock. There were no LEDs, only incandescent bulbs. The DDL 1745 used a myriad of shift registers to delay signal.
Check out this video featuring Richard Factor, founder of Eventide, and producer/engineers Rod O'Brien, John Agnello and Stewart Lerman. They discuss the days before digital delay, and their experience with the first prototype. These interviews were taken from GearClub's amazing podcast. If you're an audio nerd, its a must-subscribe. Later on in the video, studio technician Susan Rogers talks of her fond experiences with Stephen Stills, Prince, the DDL 1745 and H3000. Coincidentally, the Eventide H3000 (as well as the H910) are also TEC HOF inductees.
Eventide's MangledVerb combines reverb with distortion and the results are quite unique. If you're into sound design, this is a must. It works great on synthesizers, vocals, and guitars. Check out our audio demo.
Newfangled Audio's Elevate is the only multi-band limiter with a brain. Check out how we quickly master a track. Grab the fully-functional 30-Day demo here!
This new plug-in (free until October 31st, 2017) is a superior equalizer that is based on the way humans hear (the Mel Scale). It's elegant and natural and has a great Match EQ feature. In this tutorial we'll show you how to match the EQ from one song to another, make two tracks sound like they came from the same source, and how to apply inverse EQ curves for mixing.
We created a track using only Eventide UltraTap on every channel, no other effects. We explore Ableton Live's automation envelopes to create dynamic changes in the track.
Eventide has a brand new plug-in called UltraTap and until the end of the month it's only $49! Ported over from their award-winning H9 guitar pedal, UltraTap sounds great on all instruments. Multi-tap delays, swelling reverbs, modulated glitchy effects, chorus, you name it. We made this video to showcase The Ribbon & HotSwitch which can be used in real time for effect morphing.
Fission is a brand new, ground-breaking plug-in that does something entirely new to audio. It allows you to split a sound into its transient and tonal parts, independently manipulate them using Eventide's world-class effects and then fuse them back together. With the ability to add effects and dynamic controls to the transient and tonal sections, you can produce a wide range of effects, from the subtle to the extreme. This video shows a track we made using 10 different instances of Eventide Fission. This is a great example of how to use the plug-in for sound design.
With so many innovative products and amazing musicians on hand, NAMM is always a treat for the ears and eyes. Here is a tiny sampling of some of the cool stuff we saw at the show this year.
We're big fans of MasterWriter, a cloud-based app that can be accessed from any desktop, tablet or smart phone. It's a suite of writing tools for songwriters, emcees, & creative writers. It's super easy to use and has a lot of features that can help anybody suffering from writer's block.
The Samchillian is a project by Leon Greenbaum. Its a keyboard MIDI controller based on relativity. All keys are relative notes which means less, keys, but the ability to play in key with mind-blowing speed. It uses a wireless connection with a modular design that can easily be customized.
Progressive NY artist, Gruenbaum, uses the Samchillian on his new EP which can be purchased from Agenda Del Mondo Records via Bandcamp. We recently had a chance to listen to it and it as beautiful sounding as it is evil. We highly recommend you checking it out if you're into experimental music.