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Blackhole Reverb by Eventide

Eventide finally frees me from my lust for an H9 pedal with today's release of Blackhole Reverb as an AUv3 effect! This is a cosmic scale reverb that lets you send your music through unreal spaces.

Blackhole Reverb iTunes Description:

Create out of this world ambiance with Blackhole, a reverb effect as big as the cosmos. Blackhole breaks the rules by allowing you to create virtual spaces that could never exist in reality. At large sizes, its soft attack and lingering, harmonic tails allow it to really shine on guitars, strings, vocals and pads. At small sizes those very same qualities can add an angelic sheen to vocals or turn a simple drum track into an otherworldly rhythm section.

Features:
- Incredibly easy to use with over 80 presets; many created by Eventide artists.
- Ability to create extremely musical effects useful for highlighting key instruments.
- Supernatural settings for abstract spatial effects and drones.
- Subtle settings for ambient washes and track highlighting.
- Unique “Gravity” control reverses the arrow of time by inverting the reverb's decay.
- Innovative Ribbon and Hotswitch allow for changing any combination of parameters simultaneously.
- Fully flexible mono and stereo options. Bring new realms of stereo imaging to mono instruments.
- Mixlock allows for scrolling through presets or settings while keeping the wet/dry mix constant.
- Available as an Audio Units AUv3 plug-in, Inter-App Audio, and Standalone App.

Reader Comments 15

Eventide is even more famous than Synclavier, but I find I don’t really know much about them musically or technically.

In short, can you point me toward anything that might inform or persuade me to look past my existing effects to snag these? I’m certainly enticed by the accompanying blurbs, but you know how that is. Reasons for excitement are welcome!
July 17, 2019  | person Trilobyte
I haven't used Eventide, but their stuff is very well reviewed. See for example, https://www.musicradar.com/reviews/tech/eventide-blackhole-556994 or https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/eventide-blackhole.

As usual, iOS pricing is absurdly low.
I was thinking about an H9 this week, as I discovered a disappointing fidelity issue with another multi-effect pedal I use.

The H9 does have a lot going for it. Great build, super high-fidelity, great effects, MIDI in/thru for preset selection and realtime control, expression pedal in, AND lots of deep editing via app. The two main downsides are: one-effect-at-a-time, expensive-- both the pedal and the fx add-ons, I'll add that there are some weaknesses in the effects, but not many.

I ended up ordering a digitech RP360 to replace the other pedal. It's also got it's strengths & weaknesses, but does what I need.

I'm not ready to use an iPad for gtr/bass FX. I have zero tolerance for latency, zero patience for touchscreens, and generally like the work flow I've got going in hardware.
bit Expensive for a reverb, but I’ve heard good stuff about eventide, will wait to see a review on this new effect apps
July 17, 2019  | person_outline Synthesaurio
Horrendous advert.
July 18, 2019  | person Re5etuk
On July 17, 2019 - @stub said:
I'm not ready to use an iPad for gtr/bass FX. I have zero tolerance for latency, zero patience for touchscreens, and generally like the work flow I've got going in hardware.
Interesting. Especially given your involvement in discussions of iOS musicking. We probably compartmentalizations our setups in different ways. For instance, i have a very high threshold for latency and I find touchscreens really freeing. I’ve been buying several hardware devices but I keep coming back to my iPad Pro.
On July 17, 2019 - @amcpherson said:
As usual, iOS pricing is absurdly low.
Funnily enough, Eventide sold the desktop version for 29$ while the blackhole pictures were getting their time in the sun. Grabbed it then and been experimenting a bit with it. It can sound pretty good and it has some clever features. So do other plugins.
At this point, it feels like there’s a kind of price adjustment going on in both desktop and mobile plugins. Some more expensive mobile plugins might get some success and some desktop plugins are reaching broader audiences with cheaper prices.
I use it for sci-fi effects on my desktop. I am utterly appalled that they are trying to sell it to the hip hop generation with such a nonsensical video. Please fire the iOS advertising division. Now. A disgrace to one of the finest reverbs ever made. Instabuy for anyone who doesn’t own it yet.
July 18, 2019  | person_outline Metalized
"hip hop generation" ...is that a dog whistle i hear? hip hop has been around for about 45 years now... what generation are you from metalized?
July 18, 2019  | person_outline blorp
On July 18, 2019 - @Enkerli said:
Interesting. Especially given your involvement in discussions of iOS musicking. We probably compartmentalizations our setups in different ways. For instance, i have a very high threshold for latency and I find touchscreens really freeing. I’ve been buying several hardware devices but I keep coming back to my iPad Pro.
Yea. I kind of have a love-hate relationship with the iPad. I think the reason why I am so involved is that the iPad is a way to explore new things. And the love-hate is that I sometimes get frustrated that many things seem to be same-old-same-old-- or, much worse than the same old. And there are missed opportunities for something truly new and fun. But, when new things come out of it-- or things that used to be so expensive, but are now very affordable-- that is exciting.
On July 19, 2019 - @stub said:
Yea. I kind of have a love-hate relationship with the iPad. I think the reason why I am so involved is that the iPad is a way to explore new things. And the love-hate is that I sometimes get frustrated that many things seem to be same-old-same-old-- or, much worse than the same old. And there are missed opportunities for something truly new and fun. But, when new things come out of it-- or things that used to be so expensive, but are now very affordable-- that is exciting.
Glad you’re thoughtful about it. The exploration part is pretty important. Feel the same way about Raspberry Pi (and the latency is pretty low with a Pisound HAT).
Not so sure about the “same old”, but that might be because I bypassed the whole DAW era. My iOS workflow tends to be in AUM and it’s pretty new to me. Sounds like it’s new to others as well. It’s easier to prep things to play live than in MainStage, for instance. Some of the generative stuff is much more fun than in, say, Max or Pd because it’s less about setting things up. And for those of us who enjoy touchscreens, it can be very flexible when you can have access to several custom interfaces at once.
But I guess portability is what seals the deal, for me. I always bring my iPad Pro in my backpack and I often start musicking from a café or park without having had to think about it in advance.
But, of course, this is all because the things which bother you don’t bother me at all. To each their own.
@Enkerli

For live keys, I've been using Kurzweil K2xxx series keyboard since the mid 90s. Currently it's a K2661. Though it has low sample memory, and polyphony, it can do everything I throw at it. Mainstage and AUM are weak in some categories. However, not synthesis. I think the iPad synths are quite good. The difference is with the ability to map things on keys, including having very complex key/velocity maps, control setups, effects, "events" etc. It's easy to get to everything and it's reliable.

For live guitar, I have a few different rigs depending on the show. I have a few multi-effects systems, and mix and match with a couple analog pedals. It's pretty much all covered.

The only thing I find lacking that I would immediately love to see is a responsive pitch-to-MIDI system-- the iPad had MIIDMorphosis, but Secret Base Design pulled it. WTF? Is there another one?

I'm one of those people that has to touch a screen 3 or 4 times for it to acknowledge my existence. For that reason, I shall always hate touchscreens. That and "put hand between eyes and display, adjust value carefully"-- always seems dumb-- but people love it, so what can I do.
Ah you got me. I’m old. Hahahah. Dead giveaway. Right? Is that a crime in today’s modern political world? Is it still there or has it vanished? I’m into electronic spacey sounds on distant planets...
July 19, 2019  | person_outline Metalized
Probably not older than me, don’t sweat it 👍
July 29, 2019  | person Trilobyte
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