Earlier this year I reported on news that something was brewing at Eventide. See my earlier post here: “Eventide prototype multichannel effects processor seen“, where I speculated on the sort of product I’d like to see from Eventide. Well, perhaps it’s becoming a reality as photos and info about a new ‘H9000’ have been leaked on FreeVox’s website.
Eventide H9000 Multi-Effects Processor
If this is true, then not only will this product be big news but will demonstrate that the era of external DSP processing is still very much alive. While many of us may be mixing ‘in-the-box’ more and more these days, that doesn’t mean dedicated processing hosts are dead. In fact, I think the challenge has been about how we can integrate external hardware in an efficient way, so that it also harbours the efficiencies that in-the-box processing delivers. UAD are one of the most successful providers of this concept at the moment, but there’s certainly room for development.
The supposed H9000 that we’ve seen on FreeVox.fr seems as though it will fit that bill. Apparently, it will have ten times the power that their current H8000 offers, and will contain all of Eventides signature effects along with some new ones. The site suggest users can create “FX Chains” by combining up to 4 algorithms to produce a “Super-Effect”. This is thanks to a new modular architecture which they believe far surpasses any current plug-in solution.
For me, the big news would, if the H9000 turns out to be a real product, be the flexibility of integration and I/O capabilities. According to the leak, the unit will feature 8 analogue line I/O, AES, ADAT, SPDIF, Firewire and USB as standard. However, it’s the potential expansion cards that are really exciting. Three slots will apparently interface with Pro Tools, Thunderbolt, Dante, MADI, Ravenna, AVB, and AES67. Now that’s got to be the most versatile effects processor we’ve ever seen yet, suitable for studio and stage. The hardware will apparently be controlled remotely via a software plug-in called Emote, for which we have subsequently discovered a trademark application filed.
Watch this space…
Obviously there isn’t any information available on Eventide’s own website yet, but interestingly this link on the Eventide site brings you to a page that requires a login. Here’s the link to the page found on FreeVox. Obviously we’re not sure how long this link will continue to work! All seem a bit suspicious? It does to us…
Keep an eye on their site, particularly around NAMM 2017: www.eventideaudio.com