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Digitising a classic

Digitising a classic
Instant Phaser Mk II

Digitising a classic

The Instant Phaser Mk II provides a pair of de-correlated outputs offering three different sonic characteristics

Eventide has released a new phaser effects plug-in that has been crafted from the original Instant Phaser analogue hardware it created in 1972. The new Instant Phaser Mk II claims to deliver the original sonic character while retaining the same look and feel.

‘A true recreation of the Instant Phaser had to satisfy not only our ears but also the ears of studio owners and the pro audio community who still own and use the original hardware,’ commented managing director, Anthony Agnello. ‘A strict digital simulation of an analogue component is precise, whereas components in the real world are not. We discovered that the imprecision of the values of the analogue components are key to the Instant Phaser’s sonic character. The challenge was to write code that captured that imprecision.’

Controls include a manual mode, allowing for precise automation of the phasing effect, an oscillator that modulates the phasing at a user-defined rate and an Envelope Follower that allows the input signal to drive the phase effect. The plug-in can also accept input from a sidechain source, while Remote mode maps the phasing control to a modulation wheel for tactile manipulation.

Like the original hardware, the Instant Phaser Mk II provides a pair of de-correlated outputs offering three different sonic characteristics – shallow, deep and wide – for creating a stereo image. These effects can be used to turn flat-sounding mono guitars into stereo leads or make a single-channel synthesiser fill out the soundscape of the mix. The plug-in is available in AU, VST and AAX Native formats.

Instant Flanger Mk II
Instant Flanger Mk II

Over 40 years after the release of the Instant Flanger hardware in 1975, Eventide has unveiled its Instant Flanger Mk II plug-in. Features include three modes – shallow, deep and wide – and the manual control allows adjustment of the ‘comb’ effect by turning the big knob. The oscillator drives the flanging at a user-determined rate, while the Envelope Follower drives the flanging based on the source signal’s amplitude. The Remote setting maps the flanging control to a keyboard controller’s mod wheel for tactile manipulation and the Depth setting allows users to set the intensity of the effect: 100% adds the dry signal to the delayed signal; –100% adds the phase-inverted dry signal to the delayed signal. A Side Chain triggers the Envelope Follower from a separate source in the mix for inter-track mingling.

The company has also announced a significant software update for its flagship H9000 and H9000R multi-effects processors. The v1.1 software adds popular vintage effects and a new surround tool, as well as support for the most popular DAWs.



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