Million-dollar vocals cost $3995. If you are serious about getting the best sound on your vocal tracks, you must buy an Eventide H7600.
This thing sounds even better than I remember Eventide ever sounding. I have never seen a device that can begin to approximate the colossal modulating verbs and delays that this provides, and its harmonization capabilities make for the most deep and beautiful effects I have heard. Do your studio (or guitar rig if you are a true megalomaniac) a favor, and get one of these! Or get even more DSP with the H8000.
The Eventide H7600 and its bigger brother are the secret weapons in countless studios around the world. If you're looking for a world-class box that is the quintessential "kitchen sink" for effects algorithms, then look no further. The preset editor is where the real beauty of the H7600 because it enables you to create your own signature sound. The H7600 and the H8000FW are a crucial tool for anybody who is serious about getting a seriously professional sound!
H7600 does it all
I've been seriously using and learning the H7600 for 4 years now. As an effects tool, tracking tool and as a mastering tool recording at 24 bits to 30 ips tape, then copy to Samplitude and then mastering to tape... I find nothing any where that can compare. One will most likely be sickened when the end result goes to mp3 or 16 bit cd. standard distribution. This machine has fully out classed a music market...
I can die happy now
I started out with an Alesis Quadraverb back in the late 80's.
Owned a few other forgettable FX units since then.
Bought (and still have) a used Lexicon MPX-1 and understood what kind of quality can be had for an FX unit.
Bought 3 Eventide Eclipses and loved them and was blown away with the quality - but - no software editor to really punish my own setups.
Sold all 3 and bought the H7600.
Within a day or two I recreated an effect using Vsigfile that I made using Reaktor and was stunned how good it sounded WITHOUT the pops and clicks that Reaktor struggled with because I was throwing the sink at it.
After having it now a few weeks, I just can't understand why anyone would buy the cheap stuff if they are trying to record music in their own studio. Take a year (or two) and save up for one of these and but it. From all of the FX units that I have owned and heard there is nothing like this. On top of that, you can make this guy perform audio tricks that you thought only Synths can do. And no matter what you create with it on your own, you are using the best algorithms that can be purchased. So when you are creating your own Vsigfile effect and you add a "reverb" it is the absolute best reverb that you have ever heard. Add a filter to it? It is the best filter you have ever heard. Delay? ... well....you get the idea. If you can't afford it, get a used Eclipse (around $1000 on Ebay) and at least hear what you have been missing.
When you are ready to graduate from 'pro-sumer'...
First and foremost: this thing is DEEP and COMPLEX. It is not meant to be a plug-and-play stage performer's FX tool...it is more like a piece of serious laboratory equipment. To get the most out of it, you should expect to spend some time learning how it works. Yes, you can simply dial up a preset and go, and it will sound fantastic and clean, but to really get the full potential, requires a commitment of time and some technical aptitude. Especially if you want to design your own patches from scratch. The learning curve is somewhat steep.
One thing that impressed me right away was how QUIET it is. On almost any prosumer FX box, you can dial up a phaser/flanger preset, mute the input, and hear lots of noise swishing around. Not with the H7600--The idle output is surprisingly quiet--effectively silent. Reverb tails fade very gracefully into complete silence, not an artificially raised noise floor with undesired oceanic swooshing effects being added to your music. The output is clean and creamy.
To illustrate how deep this thing can get, and how it really is like a synth in some respects, there are presets that turn off the inputs and generate sound entirely internally (DSP). Also, there are presets that chain numerous modules in series AND parallel, leading to some very complex and sophisticated patches that do intricate things to the sound. Some of the results are sonically surprising--jarring, even.
The unit comes with over 1000 factory presets, which is a huge assortment that caters to just about every imaginable profession that has to do with sound/music...there are presets that cater to guitarists, synth geeks, sound designers, live sound reinforcement, post-processing, etc. etc. The H7600 is full of surprises, that's for sure. It offers something for everybody.
But don't underestimate it, and don't fool yourself into thinking you're going to replace that old $300 'toy' FX box with this unit and instantly transform your music. This is a serious professional tool, which you could spend a good long time learning, and it will probably serve you well for the rest of your life. This thing is built like the proverbial tank...heavy, more metal than plastic...just like in the old days. Built to last. It's a cliché, but it's true: "They just don't build 'em like this anymore".
Best Effects Processor Around!!!
I know I know, $4,000 is a lot of money to spend on a product but if you REALLY want to stand out you need that EVENTIDE sound. It comes loaded with 1,100 presets, When I first tried this product my plan was to go over all the presets to see witch where my favorite, I was already stuck on the first 10 because there ALL amazing. Listen to Coldplay they use this baby a lot. If you got the money don't think twice just get it. Like Carson McClain said about this product million dollar vocals cost $4,000 do yourself a favor and get an EVENTIDE!!!
I will say that today I am uncharacteristically fatigued - I couldn't help but stay up until the wee hours of the morning playing with this device. The H7600 has an intoxicating arsenal of effects, ranging from standard (albeit great sounding) reverbs, choruses, and delays to complex, multi-faceted algorithms incorporating several different effects simultaneously. The MIDI input is a great tool that allows you to instantly sync delays, LFOs, and the more outlandish modulation effects that the H7600 has under the hood.
But it doesn't stop there - this box goes on to serve as a great mastering limiter/compressor/expander, a sampler that can automatically replace sub-par drum sounds, and even a sound generator capable of creating complex synthesized tones. All this power coupled with a great complement of I/O (including instrument inputs for the megalomaniacal guitarist) and a thousand presets catered for all natures of studio applications, makes it a must-have for any studio venture. And NOTHING sounds like an Eventide processor!
After testing it to process guitar tracks, vocal lines, and stereo mixes in a variety of musical styles, I was impressed each time I heard the result. Put simply, this is the ONE outboard effects unit you should have. Or, step up to the massive H8000FW for even more DSP and firewire connectivity!