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Sound Quality

If you want to get freaky, then the H3000 Band Delays (derived from the H3000 Harmonizer studio processor) is the ticket.  You can take a sound, separate it by frequency bands, change the filter type and then individually process those bands with delays. What you get is beyond psychedelic, and the demo I created using a guitar proves just that – it’s almost as though I’m using a synth guitar.  In most instances I kept the mix rather high just to demonstrate how awesome the tones are, but keeping it lower in the mix (e.g., around 25%) still has the effect coming through with a raw guitar signal.  Many of the sounds make it obvious how ideal they are for synth, but a bass or drums would be quite at home with many of the presets. 

 

 

What makes this plug-in so useful is that you can achieve very standard-sounding delays and filters, as well as stereo-widening and rhythmic effects, but can sound other-worldly with its 8 voice capabilities (while controlling frequency, resonance, filter type, delay time, volume and panning individually for each voice).  Filters can be assigned as a band pass, low pass, high pass, all pass or notch filter for some incredible variation.  The Beat grid provides visual representation for creating unique rhythms, while MixLock keeps the wet/dry mix of the effect static as you scroll through the presets or user-defined snapshots.  Speaking of which, there is a Snap Shots section that allows you to create multiple variations of any of the presets for some truly customizable work.  And if you’re into MIDI, then you can manipulate every parameter in real time with your controller.


Reliability/Durability

Working with Windows 7, 64-Bit and Cakewalk's Sonar X3 DAW with no issues.


Price/Value

At $199, a fair price for some incredible presets from the original H3000 hardware rack unit.


General Comments

A ton of editing options, which can seem intimidating at first, but stick with the presets (and the degree of mix for different result) initially and you will have plenty of fun.


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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