Tony Agnello and Richard Factor chat to Sam Inglis about the 50 year history of Eventide, from their groundbreaking use of digital technology in the early ’70s to the modern challenges of adapting their algorithms for plug-ins and stompboxes.
00:00 - Introduction
00:27 - 50 Years Of Eventide
01:04 - The Early Days
02:52 - Introducing Digital Technology To The Studio
04:20 - H910 Harmonizer
07:49 - The Birth Of The Effects Unit
09:23 - Eventide Everywhere!
10:58 - The Strangest Use For A Harmonizer
11:33 - Auto-Tune Before Auto-Tune
12:50 - SP2016 Array Processor
15:21 - Eventide's Weirdest Product
16:51 - Rare Items / The S1066 Effects Unit
18:52 - Adapting Algorithms
22:35 - Physion / Structural Effects
24:21 - The Use Of Software In All Tech
26:12 - Audio Networking
27:30 - Ending
Eventide - Company Biog
Eventide have spent the past 50 years creating technical solutions for various industries. Richard Factor initially founded the business in 1971 to create custom-made solutions for studio engineers. The first product was a tape search unit for the Ampex MM1000, built for New York producer Steve Katz to assist his workflow in the studio. This led to Ampex themselves requesting units and a range of small electronic projects followed. One of those projects became the 1745 Digital Delay Line with the introduction of RAM and, later, pitch change.
In 1972 Tony Agnello joined the company and developed the H910 Harmonizer® which became a huge success and was followed by the H949 with ‘deglitch’ feature, allowing for cleaner pitch control. At this time they started to develop products for the broadcast market, including the Monstermat and the Mono Stereo Matrix unit. This led to them developing HP compatible RAM boards, and HPIB buffers and ethernet cards. In the '80s they returned to their original idea of developing a general purpose digital audio processor utilising DSP, and the Eventide SP2016 was created.
Following a move to larger premises, Eventide became involved in developing moving maps for aviation use. They also solved another problem for the broadcast and customer service industry by creating the Logging Recorder, using DVD-RAM storage media. Today their tech is used extensively within the broadcast, music, aviation and customer service industries.
Interviewer: Sam Inglis - Biog
Editor In Chief Sam Inglis has been with Sound On Sound for more than 20 years. He is a recording engineer, producer, songwriter and folk musician who studies the traditional songs of England and Scotland, and is the author of two books: Neil Young's Harvest (Bloomsbury, 2003) and Teach Yourself Songwriting (Hodder, 2006).
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