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Yes, the full name is a bit of a mouthful. I cant see the producer saying, Lets add some Eventide H3000S Studio Ultra-Harmonizer to the vocal when all he means is, Lets thicken it up a bit. The H3000S has eleven basic algorithms from which are developed fifty-seven standard factory presets and another forty-eight known as the Steve Vai Preset Collection which apparently were designed for Whitesnakes Slip of the Tongue. Apparently in the US this constitutes a recommendation.
When youre bored with the range of sounds that the H3000S can offer (probably after a long long while), youll want to upgrade to the SE version. Considered as a model in its own right rather than an upgrade, the SE has seventeen algorithms and two hundred factory presets. Maybe I should stress at this point that when I say factory preset I dont mean something that can easily be developed from the original algorithm with just a bit of knob twiddling as you do with something like a Yamaha SPX model (no disrespect). If you could mount these presets in a frame they would be on display in the Museum of Modern Art. With some effects units, a tour round the presets is like yeah - yeah - yeah. With an Eventide, its Wow - WOW - WOW!
Eventide advise that this is just the model for you if you want to simulate a Four-Headed Grinchosaurus in your on-air booth! Broadcast users tend to want equipment that does the job and is simple to use, so with fourteen algorithms and seventy-two factory presets tailored to broadcast requirements engineers should be able to get the result they want. One particularly interesting feature is the TimeSqueeze algorithm. This adds control over the speed of an audio recorder to the pitch changer, so if you have a jingle which overruns at thirty-two seconds and you want it to be twenty-nine, all you have to do is enter the current running time then enter the running time you want it to be. The H3000B will adjust the recorders speed and convert the audio to the proper pitch. Dont tell this to your jingle composers though - make them work for their money!
OK, lets get serious. This is the mega monster of the H3000 range and, apart from TimeSqueeze, which requires an upgrade, can do just about everything any of the other versions can do. As far as physical appearance and basic operation go, its pretty much the same as any of the other versions so what you read here will be generally applicable. On the front panel you will see two red buttons which you wont use very much (one is for setting the input and output levels, the other is the effect in/out button), four soft keys, three buttons, a soft knob and a numeric keypad. Actually the soft knob is anything but - it feels like an offcut from an apprentices lathe. Sometimes however, truly professional equipment is a little rough around the edges. The display isnt very big by modern standards, but it is bright and as informative as it can be for its size.