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Sound Quality

The H3000 Factory is a DAW plug-in that re-creates several key algorithms from the H3000 Harmonizer® effects processor (rackmount unit). There are over 450 presets, along with 100 artist presets (and over 100 original presets from the H3000).  Amazingly, you can combine upward of 18 effects blocks in any number of configurations with elements such as sweepable delays, 19 wave shapes, filters, pitch shifters, mixers, modulators, oscillators, envelope generators, etc. Some effects can be locked into a tempo and each preset can be adjusted in real time or synchronized to a session.  There’s also a Snap Shots section that allows you to create variations on a preset and then select those sub-presets at a click of a mouse.

 

Although there are many presets and effects made for drums, voice, bass, synth, etc. (and some do not even require an input as they are sound generators), I focused on the electric guitar.  My first interest was with pitch shifting, and although many can sound dissonant when high in a mix, they produce some noticeable fatness and depth when low (25%) in the mix, which is what I did in the demo’s samples.  I also included some of my favorite delay presets, as well as some presets that are not strictly delay, pitch shifting, etc.  Hours of discovery and fun, the H3000 Factor plug-in offers a wealth of awesome and unique sounds.


Reliability/Durability

Currently in use with Cakewalk Sonar X3 DAW on Microsoft Windows 7, 64-bit platform; no issues.


Price/Value

Pricey at $349, think of this as the actual operating guts of an H3000, but at a fraction of the price.  


General Comments

Several sound effects that do not require an input (you tweak the controls to make sounds), but obviously hundreds of effects for guitar, voice, drums, synth, bass.


Reviewer's Background

Brian Johnston is a guitar gear enthusiast who likes to develop reviews and demo videos on stuff he likes.  His YouTube channel is CoolGuitarGear.



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