Eventide H3000 Questions, Tips & Tricks, all about it...

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  1. italo de angelis

    italo de angelis Member

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    THE classic box that changed FX for ever...


    All you want/need to know about it, gathered in a single reference place for the ages.


    Originally this "game changer" product (16 bit/44.1KHz) came to the market in 1988 as H3000 and a bit later as the H3000S (STUDIO), the H3000SE (STUDIO ENHANCED) and the H3000B (BROADCAST) models. In the second half of the 1990s the old models were replaced by the H3000D/SX (Dynamic/Studio Expanded), the H3000D/SE (Dynamic/Studio Enhanced) and H3500DFX which contains ALL algorithms/ALL presets/Sampling board. The top dog of the line!

    Let the dance start... the H3000 Ultra Harmonizer(R)

     
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  2. italo de angelis

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    H3000 records:
    -first unit introducing high quality deglitched pitch shifting
    -first unit introducing true stereo pitch shifting
    -first unit introducing reverse pitch shifting
    -first unit introducing CUSTOM SCALEs pitch shifting
    -first unit introducing STUTTER effects
    -first unit introducing STRING MODELLER effects
    -first unit introducing MODULAR ALGORITHMS for cutom fx building
    -first unit introducing VERY LONG delay times (w/the Sampling Board)
    ... and more...
     
  3. jbrown013

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    Whats even better you can make a h3000 base model a d/se! I upgraded a h3000 i got for 550 and never looked back :)
     
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  4. italo de angelis

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    YES!
    Any H3000 model can be converted/upgraded to any other version. The very first one needs some tracks cutting. More recent units kust need a different EPROMs set to be swapped in.
    Eventide no longer sells them. They are only available on the used or black market. Ebay is full of offers, more or less. Cheap these days.
    What you want to get is the D/SE Conversion Kit to bring your H3000 to full charge.
    If you happen to have the sampler board, then looking for an H3500 Conversion Kit is what will give you the Sampler algorithms too and more presets.
     
  5. italo de angelis

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    Some interesting pictures inside the box:
    http://studiorepair.com/gallery/Eventide/H3000-D_SX/index.html

    The H3000 runs on 3 Texas Instruments TMS32010 DSPs, the fastest chip available in the mid '80s, clocked at 18,3 MHz.
    The architecture is quite a work of genius, but I won't get into these deep nerdities.
    For those interested in the architectural details of this masterpiece, please download Ken & Bob's AES Paper here:
     
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    Question: if one was interested in purchasing one of these units, but need digital i/o, how would one go about the purchase? Is there a digital i/o add-on? Or does one need to buy the 4000 or different model? While I realize how cool they are, I definitely do not need or want the converters.
     
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    You DO WANT (and need) the H3000 conversion! That's one of the aspects people pay money for today. It sounds unbelievable.
    There is no digital I/O because the standards were still "up in the air" back then and because the algorithms use different techniques, including sample rate modulation or reduction.
    A digital connection could be a serious problem when clock would be subject to such cool modulation tricks. You would go nuts in a DAW environment.
     
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    I worked in a recording studio and used one. I already have excellent, state of the art converters.

    But, it's interesting that word clock might be an issue. I don't need the headaches.
     
  9. italo de angelis

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    I have been in studios with gazillions dollars converters. They didn't care and used H3000s by the dozen, along with PCM70/PCM42/PrimeTime/SuperPrimeTime/224XL/480/TC2290 all running on analog.
    There are tones you just can't get in any other way... the H3000 split and ADT is just not of this earth. Massive and <<<HUGE>>...
    Yeah... word clock would be an issue with ALL those old ladies.
     
  10. italo de angelis

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    if you happen to have defective keys, here are replacements:

    They are Marquardt 6425 series (the square ones) and 6450 series (the rectangular ones)
    They are sold separately as pushbutton switches and switch caps.
    You can find them in EU at RS Components and Farnell and in the US at Mouser.

    Here are some links from the manufacturer:

    https://www.marquardt-shop.com/products/switches/tact-and-key-switches.html

    https://www.marquardt-shop.com/products/switches/tact-and-key-switches/6425.html

    https://www.marquardt-shop.com/products/switches/tact-and-key-switches/6450.html
     
  11. italo de angelis

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    A collection of scans of the original literature for several H3000 models and the H3500, gathered in a single doc...
     
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    Inside my H3000:

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    Amazingly CLEAN, H3000, Bix!!!
    Did you put it into the shower?

    The DSPs are in the bottom right corner... those large rectangular ones. The yellow thing should be the NVRAM battery.
    Well kept unit!
     
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    Yeah it's really clean, was quite surprised the first time I opened it, was expecting dust-o-rama. :)
     
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    Still grateful for the H3000 fx download I bought from you Italo!
    You definitely have a way with programming these things.
    As one would expect :)
     
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    I would buy one at whatever asking price if it came with the In A Big Country presets already created.
     
  17. italo de angelis

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    Can you explain what is "In a Big Country"?
    thanks.
     
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    I think he's talking about the lead guitar/'bagpipe' sound from Big Country's 'In A Big Country' single from 1983. I believe there might have been an MXR Pitch Transposer rack used for that sound but I can't verify.
     
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    What a great song. Catchy lick.

    JK
     
  20. italo de angelis

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    Ah..that!
    Easy. He could do that in a sec. on the H3000.
     

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