Review: Eventide Anthology X Bundle

Top-notch plug-in bundle for nearly any DAW
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The monikers “H910,” “H949,” and “H3000” can still inspire awe within the pro audio community. These hallowed Eventide effects processors imparted their singular sonics to countless recordings, and many units are still in use today.

About 12 years ago, Eventide began introducing software emulations of its legacy products, as well as new software processors, culminating in 2006’s Anthology II bundle of 15 plug-ins. Available for Pro Tools TDM only, the bundle was so valued that some users delayed transitioning away from the TDM format because they didn’t want to give them up.

The expanded Anthology X bundle offers legacy processors in AAX, VST, and AU formats. The Anthology X bundle not only includes updated versions of those original plug-ins—now available in AAX, VST, and AU formats for both OS X and Windows—it includes two new plug-ins, the Dual H910 and Dual H949. These “dual” plug-ins were inspired by the many engineers who used to run a pair of hardware H910 or H949 Harmonizers in tandem, with the mono units panned hard right and left and the dry sound in the center. Tom Lord-Alge sometimes used H910s in this way on Steve Winwood’s vocals, and Eddie Van Halen used the technique on his guitar in the mid-1980s.

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Both of the new plug-ins come chockablock with fantastic-sounding presets that fully exploit the classic dual-unit setup, and more. For example, the maximum delay times in the hardware units were quite short, whereas the delay times in the plug-ins are considerably longer, allowing you to create effects that weren’t previously possible.

However, while the two dual plug-ins allow MIDI keyboard control of the pitch ratio via Note On and Pitch Bend information in much the same way that the optional hardwired keyboards did with the original units (middle C = unison, E above middle C = a major third, etc.), there is no provision for synchronizing delay time or modulation rate to the host DAW tempo.

Detail of the H949 Dual Harmonizer. Also included in the Anthology X bundle are non-dual versions of the H910 and H949 Harmonizers, two extraordinary plug-ins derived from the H3000 Harmonizer (H3000 Band Delays and H3000 Factory), the unique Omnipressor, the glorious UltraReverb, two versatile multivoice pitch shifters (Octavox and Quadravox), two rare UREI equalizers (EQ45 Parametric Equalizer and EQ65 Filter Set), two exceptional channel strips (Ultra-Channel and E-Channel), Precision Time Align, and stunning emulations of the analog Instant Phaser and Instant Flanger.

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Eventide now offers the subscription-only Eventide Ensemble collection of all 20 of its plugins, including the new T-verb, for $29 per month or $299 per year. In every case, these plug-ins make outstanding additions to any studio, and many of them will be of interest to sound designers and other sonic adventurers. Recommended.

STRENGTHS

Extraordinary variety of classic and contemporary signal processors in a reasonably priced bundle.

WEAKNESSES

Some plug-ins lack DAW tempo sync capabilities.

$1,199; Upgrade discounts available for existing users
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Barry Cleveland is a San Francisco -based journalist, guitarist, composer, recording artist, and audio engineer.
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