Over the last few years these have become some of our new favourite things. We're really loving what these high quality, late 70s units do to even the simplest of sounds. Early digital gear is in a class all of its own and we are hooked!
All of these have through are worked on by a specialist in these units, followed by a long soak test period, plus additional final checks by our in-house tech Dr. Huw who also knows these very well.
These machines require a serious amount of work to bring them back up to this state, not to mention the many, many hours of tech time that we’ve invested in to understand the way they were built and are meant to function. Even when we find “working” units, they may be making some great noises but are unlikely to be running as they should be; some have been worked on in the past and unpicking what “damage” has been done is also very laborious.
Combining pitch change with delay and feedback, when it was released in the mid-70s it was the first commercially available digital effect. Zappa, Bowie, AC/DC and a slew of other artists made use of it. The game-changing quality of what Eventide did is evident from the fact that the sound still in demand enough for Universal Audio to develop a plug in. It’s the Bowie/Visconti snare sound – for us that’s enough right there…
If you want a good, concise run-down of what it does then the H910 page on Eventide’s site is a good place to start.
Below is a quick Instagram demo when the synth tech put a 949 through its paces while it was being serviced. It takes a simple beat from an old analogue drum machine and fires it into the space age. 40 years old and it still sounds like it has come from the future.