The Eclipse V4 Multi-Effects Processor by Eventide is compact, yet packs a huge range of detailed algorithms which enable you to have that classic Eventide sound at an affordable price. Eventide has provided almost 100 algorithms in the Eclipse, any of which can be routed to the two independent effects blocks and then outputted in stereo or mono. It is also the only processor in its class which can process audio at 24-bits, and also handle 96kHz sampling rates. The rear of the unit shows that Eventide was serious about connectivity. Digitally, the Eclipse can handle AES/EBU, S/PDIF, and ADAT Lightpipe. For analog, the Eclipse features balanced XLR and unbalanced 1/4" inputs and outputs. The left 1/4" jack even allows for high impedance instrument signals. There also is word clock I/O, an external power jack, Midi In/Out/Thru, and two pedal ports for live performance triggering.
As far as sound goes, the Eclipse has been described as deep and warm. It boasts 11 reverberation algorithms plus four plex algorithms. These algorithms were originally developed for Eventide's industry-standard Orville and DSP 7000 series reverb modules and are all true stereo in and out. The Eclipse also features the Micro pitch shift technology that has become an industry standard for improving vocal tuning. You also get a vast array of delays, 20 seconds of mono looping, and 10 seconds of stereo looping. Start combining these effects together using the two independent effects blocks, and the possibilities are endless.
The user interface of the Eclipse is easy to operate and intuitive. The layout of the knobs and keypad are similar to the H3000 Harmonizer units, and Eventide then adds hot keys to help speed up the tweaking process of the presets. A dedicated tap button can affect the delay timings, LFOs, autopanner speed, or tremolo and makes locking into a live performance tempo a breeze. You can make your own presets and then save to a compact flash card or the internal memory. Once your presets are saved, the use of compact flash cards allows you to easily transfer your data from one Eclipse to another if needed. Overall, Eventide has successfully designed a superb sounding multi-effects processor into a compact and affordable package.
- Dual Effects Block Architecture
- The Eclipse features two configurable effects blocks which can be set to serial, parallel, or dual-mono, allowing you to use two independent effects at the same time in mono or stereo. The Eclipse comes packed with almost 100 algorithms and is the only processor in its class to feature 24-bit conversion and 96kHz sampling. Combine two algorithms into one preset and the result is a huge sounding multi-effect which doesn't sacrifice sound quality.
- Classic Eventide Effects
- The Eclipse features many classic Eventide effects including Micro pitch shift for vocal tuning, 11 reverberation algorithms/4 plex algorithms developed for the DSP 7000 series, multiple delay types, and 20 second mono/10 second stereo looping. All the reverbs are true stereo and the vast array of delays result in lush, dense soundscapes. Run a 20 second loop on one FX block and use the other FX block for ambience and the possibilities are bound to be deep and complex.
- I/O Ports for Maximum Versatility
- The Eclipse features AES/EBU, S/PDIF, and ADAT Lightpipe for digital applications. Analog connections include balanced XLR, unbalanced 1/4" ins and outs, high impedance 1/4", word clock In and Out on BNC Connectors, Midi In and Out, and two pedal ports for live performances. The Eclipse comes with an external power jack input and a serial port, which allows you to easily update the firmware through your home computer.
- Easy Setup and Operation
- The Eclipse knob and keypad layout makes setup and operation very easy. Those familiar with the H4000 Harmonizer already know the basics.
- Hot Keys
- The hot keys provide quick access to the 8 most important parameters of each preset. You can also save custom hot key mappings in your own presets.
- Dedicated Tap Button
- The tap button can control delay timing, LFO Modulation, autopanner speed, and tremolo speed. You can also set the Tap function range to average from 2 to 12 taps. The tap button makes locking into a live performance tempo a breeze on stage.
- Design Your Own Preset
- It is really simple to design your own preset on the Eclipse. Choose one or two algorithms, then pick a routing, apply hot keys, and fine tune the parameters until it's perfect for your needs.
- Flash Card Slot
- Your presets can be stored in the Eclipse memory, or on an external Compact flash card. You can then easily transfer presets between internal memory and your flash card quite easily.