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Eventide Audio Releases Blackhole Reverb, UltraTap Delay and MicroPitch for iPhone and iPad

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Summer NAMM 2019 – July 18th, 2019, Little Ferry, NJ – Eventide Audio is proud to release three new iOS music creation and live performance effects apps from their legendary catalogue of studio hardware and software: Blackhole Reverb™, UltraTap Delay™, and MicroPitch™ for iPhone® and iPad®. Blackhole Reverb, a reverberation effect for sound design and creating out-of-this-world ambiance on instruments and vocals, is available for just $19.99. UltraTap Delay, a rhythmic audio effect for stylistic glitchy delays on drums, pads, vocals and guitars, while also featuring on-board modulation for all styles of music and performance, is now available for just $14.99. MicroPitch, a pitch-shifter capable of deep pitch dives, slap-backs, and unparalleled detuned delays, is available for just $9.99. Eventide’s Blackhole Reverb, UltraTap Delay and MicroPitch are all available now as standalone apps and as AUv3 plugins for use in popular iOS DAWs, ready for download from the App Store®.

“Entering into the iOS music creation ecosystem is an exciting new horizon for Eventide! Beginning years ago with our ‘Factor’ series of guitar pedals, our mission has been to put studio-quality performance effects within the grasp of all artists. A decade ago audio production techniques evolved from the exclusive world of the recording studio and expensive consoles to working ‘in the box’. Eventide is now focused on partnering with Apple to help take the next step – moving music creation and audio production from ‘in the box’ to ‘in the hand.’ We also believe that each effect should be a ‘playable’ instrument in its own right and so we’ve developed our innovative ‘Ribbon’ to unleash a new level of instant creative control. Our first three releases for iPhone and iPad – Blackhole Reverb, UltraTap Delay and MicroPitch – offer just that, playable effects and sound design tools for mobile musicians and producers, in every genre, from beginner to professional.” 

~ Richard Factor, Eventide Founder

Blackhole Reverb, a reverb effect as big as the cosmos, is poised to create out-of- this-world ambiance for iPhone and iPad.

Blackhole Reverb for iPhone and iPad

Derived from the original hardware versions of Eventide’s flagship studio processors and the popular “Space” pedal, the original Blackhole Reverb was created as “an abnormally large reverb, sucking everything into a bottomless chamber.” Later in the Mac/PC plug-in version, the meta-controls offered by the added Ribbon and Hotswitch allowed musicians to musically manipulate multiple parameters for enhanced playability.  Blackhole Reverb’s remarkable otherworldly sound designs have been used on hundreds of recordings and in outstanding science fiction films: for Prometheus it created the large cavernous soundscapes that evoked eerie, unsettling sensations. Skywalker Sound has used it on numerous film productions to create massive explosions and searing light-UltraTap Delay for iPhone and iPadsabers. and it can be heard throughout Blade Runner 2049’s soundtrack enhancing the film’s disturbing atmosphere.

Blackhole Reverb for iOS breaks the rules by allowing musicians, producers and sound designers for film and game audio to create virtual spaces on their iPhone and iPad that could never exist in reality. At large sizes, Blackhole Reverb’s soft attack and lingering, harmonic tails allow it to 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 50 presets; many created by Eventide artists, such as Black Violin, Vernon Reid, Jakob Haq, MIKNNA, and many more
  • 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 ‘playing’ the effect by changing any combination of parameters seamlessly and simultaneously
  • Fully flexible mono and stereo options bring new realms of stereo imaging to mono instruments
  • Employ “Mix Lock” to scroll through presets while keeping the wet-dry mix constant
  • Available as an Audio Units AUv3 plug-in, Inter-App Audio, and as a standalone app for iPhone / iPad

UltraTap Delay is an audio effect for rhythmic delays, great for reverbs, huge volume swells and modulation

UltraTap Delay for iPhone and iPad

With origins in the studio classic H3000, UltraTap Delay for iPhone and iPad is a versatile, multi-tap delay effect capable of rhythmic delays, glitchy reverbs, wacky comb-filtering and huge pad-like volume swells by employing extraordinary and innovative modulation techniques. Creative controls like “Slurm” for juicy tap slurring, glitched auto-volume chopping and enormous swell features for breakbeats or atmospheric rises make it the perfect tool for creating drum fills, vocal choruses, swelling guitar chords and other evolving effects. UltraTap Delay for iOS can create everything from reversed reverbs to a massed church choir singing a Gregorian chant in a cathedral!  With playable Ribbon and Hotswitch meta controls, it’s a must-have for sound designers, DJs, EDM, Trap, Hip-Hop producers and musicians for creating, enhancing and performing music.

Features:

  • Up to 64 taps to create simple repeats or morph delays into choruses and reverbs
  • Control for speeding up or slowing down of the rhythmic spacing between taps using the Spread knob
  • Onboard LFOs and envelopes to chop sound sources into stuttered rhythms
  • Innovative “Slurm” control to smear taps together or modulate them to create truly unique reverbs and ‘mushy’ stutter effects
  • Stereo image control of taps to alternate between hard-panned and mono
  • Over 150 presets designed to inspire, including artist presets by Chris Carter, Colin Newman, Sasha, Jakob Haq and many more
  • Playable Ribbon and Hotswitch allow for changing any combination of parameters simultaneously
  • Use “Mix Lock” to scroll through presets while keeping the wet-dry mix constant
  • Available as an Audio Units AUv3 plug-in, Inter-App Audio, and standalone app for iPhone / iPad

MicroPitch is a fine-resolution pitch shifter for subtle tone fattening, delays for interesting slap back effects, chorusing depth creation and more

MicroPitch is one of the effects that put Eventide Audio on the map – with origins in Eventide’s legendary studio hardware – the H3000, H949 and H910 Harmonizer®. MicroPitch for iOS allows musicians to mix in detuned and delayed versions of a signal. It creates depth and dimensions never before possible, with expanded controls for deep pitch dives, haunting echoes, and pristine chorusing effects. MicroPitch’s included playable Ribbon and meta controls make it the perfect companion app for live performance on stage, or as a plug-in for popular iOS DAWs for use in the studio on all genres of music.

Features:

  • Two voices of pitch shifting, one from unison to -50 cents, the other from unison to +50 cents, each with up to 2 seconds of delay
  • Create classic stereo-spreading effect
  • Create slap back effects using longer delay times
  • Mod Depth and Rate provide chorusing effect on each voice
  • Feedback control to perform pitch dive or rise effects
  • Incredibly easy-to-use with included presets
  • Innovative Ribbon control allows for changing any combination of parameters simultaneously
  • “Mix Lock” feature to scroll through presets while keeping the wet/dry mix constant
  • Available as an Audio Units AUv3 plug-in, Inter-App Audio, and standalone app for iPhone / iPad

Price and Availability: 

Eventide Audio’s Blackhole Reverb, UltraTap Delay and MicroPitch for iPhone/iPad are available for download from the App Store™. 

Blackhole Reverb is available for direct download at just $19.99, please visit: www.appstore.com/blackholereverb 

UltraTap Delay is available for direct download at just $14.99, please visit: www.appstore.com/ultratapdelay 

MicroPitch is available for direct download at just $9.99, please visit: www.appstore.com/micropitch 

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Bruegel Masterpiece (1565) Inspires BITE Masterpiece (2023)

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Bruegel Masterpiece (1565) Inspires BITE Masterpiece (2023)

Bruegel Masterpiece (1565) Inspires BITE Masterpiece (2023)…

Flemish Master Pieter Bruegel the Elder probably had many things in mind when painting his Hunters in the Snow in oil on oak wood in 1565. This masterpiece tells plenty of little stories about winterly pastimes and precarious livelihoods in the Early Modern Age. What Bruegel presumably did not have in mind was that this painting would, several centuries later, become one of the most popular ones in fine arts globally, displayed in a permanent exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) Vienna. The painting’s popularity was lately taken to a different level as it was replicated by hand to design an exclusive BITE bass.

An international art collector and bass player who regularly visits Vienna to immerse himself in the wonderworld of Kunsthistorisches’ Bruegel Hall asked BITE to replicate the painting on a bass body. BITE Guitars, an Austrian premium manufacturer exporting most of their basses to the US, has become renowned for colorful artwork basses, offering a range of manual and digital techniques. The firm’s art director Peter, a trained scenic painter of Oscar and Palme d’Or rank, specializes in photo-realistic reproductions. He also painted the bass for Robbie Williams’ 2023 world tour by faithfully replicating Robbie’s own stage design onto the tour bass.

Peter copied the Bruegel motif onto the bass body in minute detail, little twigs even by one-hair-brush. Positioning the rectangular image section on the body shape proved to be a special challege that he met by repositioning little elements, a bird here, a horse and cart there.

It all came together in a memorable video shooting in front of the original painting in the Museum’s Bruegel Hall: venerable fine arts, premium handicraft and groovy jazz tunes.

View video at the museum: www.youtube.com/shorts/2evdqfR6gUE

What’s the conclusion of BITE’s client, our Vienna, art and bass lover? “It’s a magical bass! When I touch the strings, I feel warm inside.”

Specs highlights:
Bass model: BITE Evening Star, the proprietary BITE premium model with inward curved horns
Pickups: 2 x BITE 1000 millivolt passive split-coils (PP)
Neck: roasted maple neck and roasted flamed maple fretboard

Price tag incl. insured door-to-door express shipping:
New York: 4726 USD
London: 3645 GBP
Berlin: 4965 EUR

Full specs available at bite.guitars/old-master-bass/

Bruegel Hall at Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna: 
khm.at/en/visit/collections/picture-gallery/the-best-of-bruegel-only-in-vienna/

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Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser

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Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser

Bassist Ciara Moser…

Ciara and I sat down for this interview a few months after the launch of her debut album, “Blind. So what?”

Blind since birth, she is a powerhouse of talent; she is not only a professional bassist, but also composes music, and is a producer and educator. I am just blown away by her talent and perseverance.

Join me as we hear about Ciara’s musical journey, the details of her album, how she gets her sound, and her plans for the future.

Visit online:

www.ciara-moser.com 
IG @ moserciara
FB @ ciara.moser

Photos by Manuela Haeussler

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New Gear: Black Ice Boost and Distort, Battery-Free Modules for Bass and Guitar

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New Gear: Black Ice Boost and Distort, Battery-Free Modules for Bass and Guitar

Black Ice Boost and Distort, Battery-Free Modules for Bass and Guitar…

Black Ice Enterprises introduces Black Ice Boost and Black Ice Distort, small, battery-free devices that can be easily installed in a bass or guitar.

Black Ice Boost offers two selectable stages of up to 7 dB of boost, broadly concentrated in the midrange frequencies to add humbucker-like qualities to Strat®, Tele® and other types of single-coil pickups. Black Ice Distort is an overdrive module that can be configured to offer anything from slight overdrive to distortion. Both models are compatible with all passive guitar pickups and electronics (they’re not compatible with battery-powered active pickups).

Black Ice Boost (SRP: $119.95; MAP, $79.95) can be installed using several wiring options, including a simple “stealth” install that utilizes a single push-pull pot, and a dual-switch option that allows users to select between two different levels of boost. For those using the boost along with Black Ice Distort, a second push-pull pot or switch can be used to select a clean or distorted boost.

The Black Ice Boost module is approximately 2/3 the size of a 9-volt battery, and can be easily installed in most instruments with no routing or permanent modifications required. The tone of the instrument remains completely unaffected when the boost is bypassed.

In addition to use with popular single-coil pickups, Black Ice Boost can also be used with other pickup types. Use it to fatten up a P-90 style pickup, or add girth to a low-wind humbucker. Jazz Bass® players can use the additional midrange content provided by Black Ice Boost to produce a sound that’s reminiscent of a P-Bass® or soapbar-type pickup. Black Ice Boost is not recommended for use with high-output humbuckers and other dark-sounding pickups.

Black Ice Distort (SRP: $27.95; MAP, $21.95) is an overdrive module that can be configured for just a touch of grit, or a more aggressive grind, all the way to a 1960’s-flavored fuzz. While its battery-free circuit will never replace the more refined sound of a well-designed pedal, it provides handy, there-when-you-need-it access to a variety of fun old-school flavors, and is a great way to add additional textures to an already overdriven amp or pedal. Bass players will especially dig its raw dirty grind.

Like Black Ice Boost, the sugar-cube-sized Black Ice Distort provides a lifetime of tone with no maintenance or power source required. A variety of wiring options are included that let you activate the Distort via a switch or push-pull pot, or by easily converting your guitar’s tone control into a control for the Black Ice Distort circuit. It can be used in conjunction with the Black Ice Boost for a wide variety of useful tones.

Black Ice Boost and Black Ice Distort are now shipping.

Visit online at www.blackiceoverdrive.com

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This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

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Check out our top 10 favorite basses on Instagram this week…

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New Gear:  D’Addario’s New Humidipak

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New Gear:  D’Addario’s New Humidipak

D’Addario’s New Humidipak Absorb Protects Instruments Against Excess Moisture…

Utilizing two-way humidity control technology, D’Addario’s new Humidipak Absorb protects against damage to wooden instruments in environments with too much humidity. 

Humidipak Absorb allows players to safely return an instrument and case to the ideal relative humidity level. Using Boveda’s patented two-way humidity control technology, Absorb automatically soaks up excess moisture at a safe rate, re-establishing the right humidity level and eliminating the guesswork of revitalizing your instrument. 

Like all the Humidipaks before, using Humidipak Absorb is easy—there’s no dripping sponges or manual adjustments. All players need to do is put the humidification packets in the included pouches and place them in the instrument case, close the lid, and relax. The instrument and case will remain at the optimal 45-50% relative humidity level for 2-6 months. 

D’Addario’s other Humidipaks, Restore and Maintain, are still available for those who need to increase and sustain the humidity around their instrument. 

To learn more about Humidipak Absorb, visit ddar.io/absorb-pr 

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