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Eventide Audio celebrates its 50th anniversary with the introduction of the Eventide Clockworks Bundle, bringing DAW users a virtual rack full of the groundbreaking effects processors that propelled Eventide to success. Each of the eight processors in the Windows and Mac OS X bundle represents a creativity-unleashing milestone in audio technology.

The Eventide Clockworks Bundle for OS X and Windows supports VST, AAX, and AU plug-in protocols for compatibility with every DAW. Valued at over $1000 if purchased separately, this collection of legacy Eventide processors is available for immediate download at a special introductory MSRP of $299 through June 30, 2021, and $499 thereafter.
In 1971, in a New York City basement, Eventide Clockworks revolutionized the audio industry by creating the world’s first studio effects processor – the Instant Phaser – and pro audio’s first digital device, the Digital Delay Line. Over the course of the following decade, Eventide continued to introduce new processing paradigms – the world’s first Harmonizer®, the H910, followed by the Omnipressor®, Instant Flanger, H949, and the SP2016. Meticulously modeled to accurately produce these legacy effects – with dual versions of the H910 & H949 – the Eventide Clockworks bundle of plug-ins also includes sonic and DAW-friendly features even beyond the hardware’s capabilities.
The Instant Phaser was the world’s first studio phaser and the first-ever rack-mount effects unit. Originally intended to make the painstaking task of tape flanging quick and easy, engineers and producers found the Instant Phaser could also produce a smooth, transparent modulation and pleasing stereo decorrelation. The Instant Phaser’s analog all-pass filters could mimic the effect achieved by time delay, resulting in a modulation effect all its own. The Instant Phaser Mk II plugin brings that iconic sound to the desktop and additionally lets users dial in “Age” to their taste, emulating the spectrum of effects from component aging.
The Omnipressor, released in 1974, set the stage as the first dynamics effects processor, introducing the concepts of infinite compression, dynamic reversal, and side-chaining. The flexible Omnipressor plugin offers options to control all aspects of dynamics modification.
The H910 Harmonizer was the world’s first digital effects unit. With its unique combinations of pitch shifting, feedback, modulation and delay, it earned a home in the racks of studios worldwide. Thickening tracks is the H910s forte, with radical effects from robot sounds to gritty octaves also on tap.
The Instant Flanger utilized the then-newfangled bucket brigade ICs for swept delay, resulting in a time-based emulation of tape flanging true to the physical effect. Whereas the Instant Phaser offered several methods of controlling modulation, the Instant Flanger allowed engineers to combine these controls. The result: more control layers and less predictable sweeps.
In 1977, Eventide released the H949, standing on the shoulders of the H910 as the second in Eventide’s family of Harmonizers. It introduced a formal micro pitch-shifting mode, which became a mainstay for lead guitar processing. The H949 also had the first Reverse delays and introduced advanced autocorrelation techniques and also a Random pitch mode adopted to produce an automatic double-tracks for guitars and vocals.
In 1981, the SP2016 was released – the world’s first programmable effects processor featuring ROM chips that “plugged in” under the hood, making it possible to add new effects in the field and introducing the concept of the plug-in. While it was not a Clockworks-branded effects unit, the SP2016 earned its spot on this roster, as it marks the opening chapter of modern Eventide effects processors, beginning the progression through to today’s flagship H9000 networked multi-effects processor. The SP2016 Reverb plug-in includes modern and vintage versions of its signature Stereo Room, Room, and Hi-Density Plate.
  • H910 — original Harmonizer® and first digital effects processor

The H910 was the first ever digital effects processor introduced in 1975. It was so revolutionary because it wasn’t possible to produce these effects before it was released. You can tell how awesome its introduction must have been by the fact that producers such as Tony Visconti and Shelly Yakus used it on records by artists such as John Lennon, Patti Smith Group, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Suzanne Vega, AC/DC and many, many more.

When you start using this effect you see exactly why it was so revered. It can thicken and double any input source such as vocals, synths and guitars as well as adding ambience and a subtle delay. Things get more interesting when you use some of the pitch shifting, you can microshift up and down in cents which is brilliant for fine tuning as well as using note intervals such as 2nds, 3rds, 4ths and fifths both up and down. I have to say that using the ‘min7 down’ preset on a drumloop is a revelation. Throw in some modulation and things can get crazy – wobbles, glitches, risers and drops there are some very psychedelic effects possible when you dynamically alter the pitch, envelope and feedback settings.

  • H910 Dual

Studios would often use two H910s in parallel and the H910 Dual replicates this configuration to give even more creative possibilities.

  • H949

Built on the legacy of the H910, the H949 introduced de-glitching, micropitch, reverse and random delays and reverse pitch shifting. This is an excellent evolution, it does everything the H910 can do plus a lot more, the reverse sweeps, random delay and flange create some very cool and interesting effects. It has a kind of sample and hold function where you can change settings ready for when you release and dynamically changing controls gives some amazing time mangling effects.

  • H949 Dual

As with the H910, these were often used in parallel in studios and the dual version replicates this configuration and similarly offers even more creativity.

  • Omnipressor

This compressor / expander / gate was introduced in the early 1970s. It’s a very versatile effect, capable of subtle compression, expansion and gating. However, it can also be brutal, squeezing the life out of drums, producing glitchy and lo-fi sounds as well as acting as a dynamic reverse gate and also producing very loud sounds.

  • Instant Phaser

This was the world’s first studio phaser and it sounds excellent. It can handle subtle, slow to more intense sounds.

  • Instant Flanger

The first faithful simulation of a tape flanger, this can handle slow, subtle and more intense flange effects and again sounds superb. Using it in conjunction with the H910 ‘min 7 down’ preset on a dub drum loop produces a very cool trippy effect.

  • SP2016 Reverb

I’ve previously reviewed Sp2016 reverb which you can read here. It sounds awesome, is easy to use and is my go to reverb, I use it on pretty much everything. There are effectively 6 reverb effects – Room, Stereo Room and High Density Plate in Modern and Vintage versions and it can do everything from small to massive spaces and is suitable for any instrument. You get the best of both worlds – a faithful recreation of the original unit along with modern touches. It comes with a large range of presets that are suitable for use as they are, can be tailored to your specific requirements or you can just start experimenting and see what happens.