Eventide has released Crystals, the next plug-in of the H9 series. Based on an algorithm from the famed H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer, Crystals combines reverse delays, pitch shifters and a huge reverb for a wide variety of twisting, warbling, modulating effects from outer space. It’s available now for Windows, macOS and iOS.
Crystals is based on dual pitch shifters paired with dual reverse delays and reverb. According to Eventide, this combination makes Crystal a source of “out-of-this-world climbing and cascading pitched delays”, but it’s also useful as a unique-sounding reverb or to help instruments sit in the mix. Eventide says that you can even use it as an ambient looper, due to the rather long delay times of up to four seconds per voice.
The two reverse granular delays each have their own controls for the delay time and pitch. The delays can also be tapped or synced to the song tempo. Each delay can be up to four seconds long and offers an independent feedback loop. While the two pitch shifters offer a maximum range of two octaves above and below the original pitch, they also work in the microtonal range. There’s also a FLEX button, which shifts both voices up one octave when pressed. The reverb finishes this off with a maximum decay time of a staggering 100 seconds – that’s Valhalla territory right there.
Like the other effects of the H9 series such as MicroPitch, RotaryMod and CrushStation, Crystals features a virtual ribbon controller. This lets you manipulate several parameters at the same time, or morph between settings.
Of all the Eventide H9 series effects so far, Crystal has impressed me the most. Judging by the demos, it seems like a very versatile effect that can add another dimension to pretty much any signal. And the introductory offer is pretty tempting.
Price and compatibility
Eventide Crystals is available for macOS 10.9 or higher (64 bit) and Windows 7 or higher (32/64 bit) in VST, VST3, AU and AAX formats. You can request a 30-day trial version on the developer’s site. An iLok account is required for authorization.
Eventide is offering an introductory discount for a limited time. You can get the plug-in from Plugin Boutique* for USD 39. The regular price will be USD 99.
The iOS version requires iOS 11 or higher. It supports inter-app audio and works stand-alone and as an AUv3 plug-in. The app costs USD 9.99.