Toy of the Month: EventideH8000FW
So instead I've depended upon other electronic gizmos, most without CPU's. Occasionally, something with a CPU comes along that's not a full-fledged computer that is interesting.
The most recent gizmo is the Eventide H8000FW. It processes audio signals and makes them, hopefully, more interesting. It has two digital signal processors and a whole pile of audio I/O: something like 20 AES/EBU, 4 Analog I/O, SPDIF, ADAT, and 16 channels of Firewire IO. It can act as a sound card too. Here's what it looks like:
UI is okay -- I didn't need the manual for a few days
Check out all the inputs! It's even got MIDI, and Pedals, Relay controls, Serial, Firewire, AES/EBU, ...!
What does it sound like? Well, pretty good. It's got like 1800 presets. I haven't even bothered to make my own, but when I do, it'll be in a visual modular environment that looks like this:
What's it sound like? Well, it's hooked up to Radio Modular, but you don't have A/B ability. Here's a nice MP3 from the Eventide site: