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Over the past quarter century, Eventide's unique hardware and software have defined the state-of-the-art of pro audio signal processing...

Brace yourself, the bar is about to be raised...

Eventide is marking its 25th anniversary in the pro audio industry with a milestone event: The introduction of the groundbreaking Orville, the most powerful effects box ever produced.

We could describe Orville as delivering eight times the signal processing power of the legendary DSP4000, but that would be just scratching the surface. The fact is that Orville builds upon the same high sonic quality (96kHz/24-bit sampling) the industry expects from an Eventide Harmonizer® brand special effects processor, while redefining the state-of-the-art audio signal processing standard.

Please strap in as we take you on your first flight in the pro audio industry's "flagship of signal processing": Eventide's Orville


Plug-ins and computers are nice for simple algorithms, but if you've ever had your whole session grind to a halt because of a sluggish outboard machine that can't handle the large algorithms, you know that it costs real money, and can be embarrassing if clients are in attendance.

With Orville, you'll never feel "under powered," and you'll no longer have to endure disastrous computer hangs or crashes. Why? Because whether you're dialing in a preset program or writing one of your own, processing one channel of audio or two sets of dual stereo signals, Orville is a self-contained, powerful, fully independent signal processing platform, unburdened by exterior hardware or software uncertainties. No need to find room for another computer monitor, no loading of software necessary, and most important, Orville won't let you down when the going gets processing-intensive.

ULTRASHIFTERTM - The Apex of Pitch Manipulation

Eventide has always made news with introductions such as the world's first digital audio pitch shifter, the first de-glitched pitch shifter, the first pitch shifter with stereo phase compatibility, and the first diatonic pitch shifter.

Orville incorporates Eventide's newest pitch-shifting technology, the UltraShifter. This formant-maintaining algorithm gives you the ability to produce natural sounding vocal harmonies in real-time. Conventional pitch-shifting technology simply cannot produce the natural and powerful vocal harmonies that the UltraShifter does throughout its full four-octave range. No longer are you limited to "thickening" vocals by shifting them up or down a few cents; try a fifth or an octave! And you don't have to bury it in the mix. The UltraShifter's real-time adaptive resynthesis technique allows for unmatched modification of vocal timbre. So, if you're changing gender or even trying to produce something that's totally bizarre, we've got you covered!

BILLIONS AND BILLIONS of STARS - The Eventide Factory Programs

Orville features hundreds of new presets along with many of the best from our DSP4000 Ultra-Harmonizer® line and is compatible with 99 percent of those available on DSP4000/4500 plug-in cards. But, there's more...

You want four-channel reverbs for 360-degree surround-sound ambiance? Orville has got 'em, not to mention an abundant array of reverbs, pitch shifters, distortion, dynamics, EQ, phasing, flanging, and other music and production effects: all front-panel selectable using either the Eventide knob or keypad.

All programs are grouped into banks. For example, reverbs are grouped into "Small," "Medium," Large," "Huge," etc. This makes it easy to choose the right preset by scrolling through similar types of effects until you hear exactly what you're after.

GETTIN' GUI WITH IT - Orville's Programming Interface

Need something you don't see in the program list? Want to create effects no one else has? New programs can be created with the on-board object-oriented algorithm construction kit. This kit is a "virtual patchbay" that includes over 150 distinct effects modules, all editable using the large LCD window on Orville's front panel.

There's also an algorithm construction kit interface that can be used with Eventide's VSIGFILE, a PC/Windows-based* freeware editing tool-of-choice for the hardcore preset developer. Communicating with Orville via the rear-panel MIDI or direct COM ports, VSIGFILE offers an object-oriented GUI (Graphical User Interface).

*VSIGFILE requires Windows 3.1 or higher (including Windows NT) and at least a 486 machine, 8MB RAM, or a Power Macintosh running a suitable Windows emulator.

SAMPLE THIS - You have about 3 minutes of recording time to play with

That's right - Orville gives you up to 174 seconds of recording/sampling, depending on the sampling rate you choose. We're not talking about your run-of-the-mill sampling, either - Orville's sampling features the fastest, most precise triggering, letting you execute your tricky drum fixes and vocal fly-ins faster and easier, and permits accurate, real-time triggering from another signal source.

Eventide's Timesqueeze® algorithm, tested and proven in the demanding arena of broadcast production, ensures real-time, high-quality pitch change and time-compression/expansion on playback. Record your material into the sampler and apply this feature when, for example, you need to "Timesqueeze" a 35-second piece of audio into 30 seconds or stretch it to fit a music cue. It's fast, it's simple, and it sounds great.

Need additional proof that this is NOT your father's sampler? Try this on for size: Orville's integral sampler can be programmed to interact with ALL of the unit's effects.

FINE, FINE, FRAME - Orville's Construction

Large, easy-to-read screen graphics and simple controls are mounted on a brushed stainless steel front panel on a rigid steel rack-mount enclosure. It's an ideal package designed for professional working studios, as well as front-of-house and on-stage performance use.

Of course, Orville wouldn't be a traditional Eventide design without the familiar keypad, knob, and soft key controls. Menu and parameter selection are accomplished with expanded up/down/left/right keys. An all-new 4x9 LED array permits monitoring of any input, output, or preset entrance/exit. It also features sample rate indicators for 96, 88.2, 48, and 44.1 kHz rates. An 'EXT' digital stability indication LED completes the monitoring array.

A standard PCMCIA card loaded into the front panel adds portability and additional storage of your processing and routing programs. Future software enhancements will be available on PCMCIA cards (and over the Internet) for uploading into Orville.

CONTROL FREAK? - You've Got the Remote

So, you're a performer and you want hands-off control of almost every Orville parameter, running the gamut from preset changes to individual wet/dry mixes.

Eventide has listened to your requests, and we've placed the power squarely at your feet. Orville offers 7-pin (remotely powered) full MIDI control, and two external foot pedals or six external foot switches.

A LITTLE UPLIFT, PLEASE - Eventide Support

Eventide's software packages can be upgraded via the Internet at www.eventide.com. If you are an Orville owner be sure to check this!

SETTING THE NEW STANDARD - Orville continues the Legacy of the Eventide Harmonizer

With its exquisitely engineered DSP power plant, 96kHz/24-bit sampling, "anything-to-anything" multi-channel routing facilities, and vast programming and control capability, Orville will let you master any signal-processing task that comes your way.

To find out how easy it can be to negotiate the complexities of audio signal processing, including demanding applications such as DVD and surround-sound production, take Orville for a test flight at your local audiodrome.

"ANYTHING-TO-ANYTHING" - Expanded I/O Routing

Put away your routing box - Orville can handle routing tasks from here on in. It simultaneously supports up to four digital AND four analog inputs and outputs. Orville's flexible routing programmability and its A/B set of four DSP effects provide true multi-channel operation.

The heart of Orville's DSP "power plant" is its two-machine system. While each four-channel processor, A & B, can be loaded/programmed independently, Orville also lets you configure the A & B processing relationship to permit signal processing in parallel, in series, or in almost any combination of the two!

Digital inputs and outputs can be operated as 4 AES/EBU or 2 AES/EBU and 2 SPDIF at 96, 88.2, 48, or 44.1kHz or external, all with optional sample rate conversion/synchronization. Meanwhile, the 24-bit conversion analog inputs can be used with any combination of 4 XLR (10k bridging) or (guitar-friendly 150k) mono jacks.

Orville information and documentation links:

New!  Upgrade your Orville to H8000 or H8000A
PC based Graphical Preset Design Editor

Preset list (PDF)
Software release notes

Manuals (pdf and hardcopy)
Orville/R manual addendum (PDF)
Orville Cakewalk Sonar instrument definition file
Special information for Orville Owners
Special information for Orville Programmers
(PDF)-using MIDI Sysex protocols to remote control the Orville
User profile - Dave Pensado
Harmonizer Technical Notes

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This page created 01 February 1999
This page updated 15 August 2001