Eventide H3000 Factory
By Joe Gore
Not many digital devices have attained “studio classic” status. One exception: Eventide’s H3000, thanks to the unit’s quality and its groundbreaking flexibility. Since its 1989 introduction, the H3000 has been the ultimate tweaker’s effects box — at least until the advent of software multi-effect plug-ins.
Speaking of which: Eventide’s new H3000 Factory reincarnates the device as a Pro Tools plug-in (TDM systems only). It faithfully recreates the original’s features while adding such software advantages as the ability to store your patches with your session, instantly sync any parameter to tempo, and automate all buttons and sliders.
Like the original, the H3000 Factory features 18 effects “blocks,” including delays, pitch-shifts, filters, envelope generators, and modulation effects. They’re displayed side-by-side on a large programming
page. Clicking on any effect brings up the relevant parameters. None are arcane effects, but you can configure them in arcane ways via an “anything to anything” virtual patchbay reminiscent of a modular synth. You can modulate any parameter from a sophisticated LFO section or via audio input (including aux-send sidechain signals). The ability to re-order effects via standard drag-and-drop eases your passage through this patch-cord jungle.
Other cool bits: User-programmable soft knobs; the ability to save favorite patches as MIDI-recallable snapshots on both a global and per-session basis; and a “beat grid” that allows you to set delay times via an
intuitive drumbox-style step sequencer.
There’s just one catch: Eventide doesn’t sell the H3000 Factory as a standalone plug-in. It’s only available as a part of their Anthology package, which includes all the company’s Pro Tools plug-ins: H3000 Band Delays, Eventide Reverb, Octavox, and the six Clockwork Legacy plug-ins. It’s an impressive array of effects, and a relevant one too, given music’s current passion for all things ’80s.