Eventide Audio Blackhole Pedal
- Five presets loaded at your feet with dozens more available with Eventide Device Manager (EDM) software
- Control the Size of your space from a cartoonishly small room to a limitless universe
- Use PreDelay to offset the onset of the reverb
- Turn up Feedback to go beyond the event horizon
- Tap the Freeze Footswitch to instantly ‘freeze’ your sound
- Dual action Active Footswitch is latching or momentary
- Rear panel Guitar/Line Level switch for selecting use with guitar, synths, FX loop or DAW interface
- Map any combination of parameters to an Expression Pedal
- Use a single Aux switch to Tap Tempo or a triple Aux switch for easy preset changing (up/down/load)
- MIDI capability over TRS (use with a MIDI to TRS cable or converter box) or USB
- Multiple Bypass options: Buffered, Relay, DSP+FX or Kill dry
- Catch-up mode helps dial in your sound when toggling between presets/parameters
- Eventide Device Manager PC or Mac application for software updates, system settings and creating/saving presets
- Fine-tune your tone with Lo, Hi and Q (resonance) controls. Use the tone controls to add airiness or clear up the low-end. Map the EQ controls to an expression pedal to add movement to the reverb tail
- Unique Gravity control to custom-tailor the reverb tail in two realms — normal or inverse decay. Create interesting swells or suck the dry signal back into the reverb tail. At longer decay times, Blackhole allows the articulation to shine through without competing with the reverb tail
Source Audio – Nailing Neil Young’s Live Tone
Andy at Reverb.com Shows Us How to Nail Neil Young’s Live Tone with Help from the True Spring Reverb
Here at Source Audio headquarters, we debate quite a bit about music and musicians, but there are a few topics on which we ALL agree. One is that Neil Young freakin’ rules. So we were quite happy to see the True Spring Reverb make an appearance in our pal Andy Martin’s Reverb.com video on “How Get Neil Young’s Live Guitar Tone with 3 Boutique Pedals.”
The True Spring Reverb is equipped with an engine inspired by the vintage Fender© 6G15 outboard spring unit that was a favorite of Neil’s in the early Crazy Horse days. Check out the video as Andy romps through a few Neil Young classics like “Cinnamon Girl,” “Powderfinger,” and “Cortez the Killer.” What do you think – did he achieve full Neil-ness?
This Month’s Featured Neuro Presets
We could not be more fired up about the explosion of published C4 Synth User Presets. The growing legion of C4 owners is creating and publishing KILLER new presets every single day with the Neuro App. Here is the best news; for all of y’all that don’t have the time or desire to jump into the Neuro Editor and start experimenting with preset creation, it is super-easy to use Neuro to explore, audition, and save any of these great sounds directly to your C4 (check out our Instructions for using the Neuro App with Mac, iOS, Android, and Windows videos for a quick tutorial). Below are some recent favorites…
Our friend Do Noise was one of the very first people to dive into the C4 Synth’s Neuro Editor and use it to its full potential. DN fearlessly experimented with the C4’s vast collection of sound features, from the dual programmable sequencers in his “Octave Sequenced Bass” preset, to the intelligent harmonization in “C7th Chords,” to the alternate LFO wave shapes in “Dancing Filters.” He also produced an excellent video demonstrating his presets. All of these sounds are super creative, fun, and may be just the thing you’re looking for to add an unexpected twist to your latest recording.
Some excellent C4 Synth bass presets (that sound equally excellent on guitar) from our friend @Quatschmacher (a.k.a “Peter Kenney”)! Quatschmacher has a grand collection of great presets with fantastic accompanying sound clips. Here are a couple of our favorites…
Introducing the Spectrum Intelligent Filter
…And just in case you missed it, last month we released the awesome new Spectrum Intelligent Filter. Source Audio originally made a name for itself with the Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter, and that rich tradition continues with our brand new, even more powerful and compact envelope filter. Check the link for some great demos of the Spectrum!
Source Audio – The C4 Synth’s Older Brother
Tone Matching: The C4 Synth and a Eurorack Analog Modular Synthesizer
Gotta tell ya’, making this video was a blast! We recently packed up the camera and sound equipment and headed over to our Chief Scientist Bob Chidlaw’s house to do some sound comparing and tone matching between our new C4 Synth pedal and Bob’s Eurorack analog modular synthesizer.
We’ve talked fairly extensively about how the C4 Synth’s Neuro Desktop software (free download for Mac and Windows) mimics the signal flow of a vintage modular synth, this video really illustrates the point. Actually, creating sounds with the C4 is considerably easier than wiring up a patch with a vintage modular synth (dealing with the modular’s mixed-up tangle of cables can be a bit tiresome) and the resulting tone is exceptional – we’re talking full-on swelling, buzzing synth euphoria.
Mike Hermans (a.k.a. “Pop Into the Chemist”) Demos the C4 Synth
One of the best parts of releasing a new pedal is that we get to hang out with our old friend Mike Hermans (he lives in nearby Somerville, MA) and show him around the new pedal. We also get to hear some awesome guitar playing. Mike totally killed it in this C4 Synth demo video – so many great sounds. He even treated us to a Depeche Mode cover and a snippet from the Top Gun Soundtrack – “I feel the need… the need for speed!”
This Month’s Featured Neuro Presets
We were truly blown away by the response to the C4 Synth and all the amazing User Presets that have been created in just the first couple of weeks. Seriously, you folks dove into the C4 Synth’s Neuro Desktop Editor and created pure beauty. Below is just a sample of greatness we heard!
Our friend Simon Francis (@sifrancis ) is a bass effects guru. We first met Simon at the Boston Garden when he was using the Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter on tour with Ellie Goulding. If you’re a bassist with a passion for EDM, we highly recommend checking out Simon’s “Reese Bass” and “Synth Bass” presets.
Jon Dom ( @jondom22 ) got right to work with his C4 Synth – his “Rocko’s Modern Knife” and “Big Head Bit Crush” presets are just a taste of the awesome suite of presets created by JD! We’ve got all kinds of C4 elements at work here – we’re talking programmed sequencers, pure synth tones with pitch shifting, and even some simple envelope filter sounds to cop a classic Jerry Garcia guitar sound!
Source Audio Introduces the C4 Synth, A Eurorack Modular Synth in a Pedal for Guitar and Bass.
Boston, MA – Source Audio, creators of the extremely popular Nemesis Delay and Ventris Dual Reverb, are releasing the C4 Synth, a four-voiced synthesizer pedal for guitar and bass. The C4 Synth unites all the sound creation tools of a classic Eurorack modular synthesizer and packages them in a compact and easy-to-use effects pedal. Out of the box, the C4 features six dynamic synth effects, with unprecedented tracking abilities, and lightning-fast response. For those looking beyond the six onboard effects, the Neuro Desktop Editor (a free download for Mac and Windows) and Neuro Mobile App (free for iPhone and Android) offer a diverse library of presets created by the the Source Audio team as well as the ever-growing C4 Neuro community.
“Synth pedals need lots of different sounds, because personal taste is everything in this space,” says Source Audio President Roger Smith. “Most synth pedals have a relatively narrow range of sounds – that is not enough. The C4 has over 120 presets today, and we estimate it will grow to 1000 a month from now. Our innovation with this pedal is not just flexible sound creation tools – more importantly, it is the simple means by which any user can browse and play the library of sounds, burn a handful of favorites directly to the pedal, and then bring them to their next gig in a small, simple to use package. No other synth pedal in history offers this.”
Burning presets to the C4 Synth is a straight-forward process. The C4 connects to the Neuro Editor via the pedal’s mini USB port or the Neuro Mobile App via the phone’s headphone jack and Input 2 on the pedal. Once connected, musicians can easily browse presets on the pedal for testing. Favorite presets can then be saved with a single click to one of C4’s six toggle switch positions or 128 MIDI accessible positions. It’s a fun process that allows users to create the perfect synth pedal for their needs.
-C4 Synth logo designed by Jamie Bulmer
On the surface, the C4 features a simple 4-knob control panel (two of the knobs are dual-function) that includes Input Level, Envelope Sensitivity, Wet/Dry Mix, Master Output Level, and two knobs labeled “Control 1” and “Control 2” that adjust different parameters depending on the preset. The C4 comes pre-loaded with six dynamic synth presets that range from vintage analog to the thoroughly modern. The pedal also includes powerful 56-bit signal processing, a compact anodized aluminum housing, stereo inputs and outputs, and a mini USB port that receives MIDI messages from DAW (digital audio workstation) software as well as external MIDI controllers with USB host support. The C4 can also receive MIDI CC messages when connected to the Neuro Hub (also sold by Source Audio).
For those who wish to explore the deep editing abilities of the C4, the Neuro Desktop Editor and Neuro Mobile App offer a comprehensive set of modular synth inspired sound sculpting tools. The Sound Editor includes four assignable voices, three oscillator wave shapes (sine, square, saw), ten-plus envelope followers, twenty-plus modulating filters, distortion, tremolo, pitch shifting, intelligent harmonization, FM synthesis, two programmable sequencers and more. After dialing in a sound users can either burn the preset directly to any of the pedal’s 6 toggle switch positions (and 128 MIDI accessible positions) or publish the preset for other C4 owners to try.
While still developing the C4, Source Audio tried something unique by releasing fifty limited-edition, hand-painted C4 Synths to the public. With nearly no promotion the fifty units sold out in minutes. “We wanted to get the C4 in the hands of some highly motivated users,” said Smith. “We knew this especially engaged group would give us some excellent feedback and create a swath of awesome presets for the official release.” The result is a large and growing collection of thoroughly compelling user presets.
Reaction to the C4 from this core group of limited-edition owners was outstanding. Simon Francis (bassist for Ellie Goulding & Kylie Minogue) said, “The C4 brings a depth of sound and a responsive feel/tracking that I have not encountered before. Its compact form factor coupled with an editor that deftly balances simplicity with deep sound design possibilities makes this a game changer.” Jason Richards (session guitarist and Ableton programmer) said, “The C4 is everything I didn’t know I needed in a synth pedal. Finding the perfect synth engine has a been a long search for me, and the intuitive hardware layout with software integration makes this pedal far beyond anything else in that family of gear.”
The Official Source Audio C4 Synth Demo Video:
Nathan Navarro Demos the C4 Synth on Bass:
Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos Talks About The Nemesis Delay and Its Pitch Shifting Delay Effects
We recently had the pleasure of visiting our old friend, Nick Reinhart of the band Tera Melos before their show in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Tera Melos are currently on tour supporting their new record, Trash Generator – the tour is nearly over so go see them while you still can. You’ll also recognize Nick is also one half (along with the great Juan Alderete) of Pedals&Effects.com – the always excellent guitar effects pedal show out of Los Angeles. In this video, Nick explain how he uses the Nemesis Delay’s Shifter and Helix engines on record and in his live set.
R.J. Ronquillo and the “Drippy Goodness” of the
True Spring Reverb
R.J. Ronquillo Demos the True Spring Reverb from Source Audio
The amazing R.J. Ronquillo busts out some killer surf, slide, and reggae riffs in this True Spring Reverb demo video. R.J. is one of our absolute favorite Nashville guitarists (Nashville by way of Detroit!!), tackling six-string duties for Thompson Square, Judith Hill, Stone Sour, Stevie Wonder and many more. Check out the amazing riffsmanship in this video, it’s gonna get drippy, that is for sure.
More Cool Source Audio Demo Videos…
HolyOneMusic Conjures Rich Ambience from the Ventris Dual Reverb
Killer Jazz/Blues Licks with the True Spring Reverb
Nathan Navarro Plays “Surf Bass” with the True Spring Reverb
A Walk Through Some of the True Spring Reverb’s Hidden Functions
Is It Fender or The True Spring Reverb?
Can You Tell Which is a Fender ’65 Reissue Deluxe Reverb Amplifier and Which is The True Spring Reverb?
Our man Andy Martin over at Reverb.com just dropped an outstanding True Spring Reverb video. The video offers a blind comparison between the spring reverb and opto tremolo effects of our new True Spring Reverb pedal and those of a Fender ’65 Reissue Deluxe Reverb amplifier. Do you think you can tell which is which? Please go to the YouTube comments section and let us know what you think.
Andy Compares The True Spring Reverb with A Fender Deluxe Reverb
Also be sure and check out the Reverb.com blog for a brief history lesson on the development of spring reverb and where it stands today. We took great care in preserving the amazing qualities of vintage spring reverb tanks and the classic forms of guitar amp tremolo during the development of True Spring Reverb. We couldn’t be happier with how the pedal sounds, and the reaction we’ve heard from the first wave to True Spring owners has been amazing. Huge THANKS to all of y’all!
Source Audio Trey Anastasio and the Ventris Dual Reverb
This is exciting – we have it from reliable sources that Trey Anastasio is taking a pair of Ventris Dual Reverbs out on the road this summer. We have several HARDCORE Phish and Trey fans here at Source Audio, so the entire building is abuzz.
According to Ryan Chiachiere of the “Trey’s Guitar Rig” website, Trey is running a pair of Komet Trainwreck 60 Amps, each with its own Komet Ambikab speaker cabinet. The Ambikabs were designed specifically to run time based effects by including a dedicated effects loop, which maintains complete speaker separation between the guitar’s dry and wet signals. In those effects loops sit a pair of Ventris Dual Reverbs set to the True Spring reverb engine. It is a very unique set-up, LEARN MORE…
Premier Guitar Magazine Honors The Ventris Dual Reverb With Their “Premier Gear Award”
The Ventris Dual Reverb is finally making the rounds to the music gear publications and the reaction has been outstanding. We recently learned that the Ventris was honored with Premier Guitar Magazine’s coveted “Premier Gear Award.” We couldn’t be more grateful in accepting this prestigious award, many thanks to all the fine musicians over at PG!
Charles Saufley, PG’s Gear Editor concluded in his review that, “[The Ventris] does organic and old-school mechanical reverb with aplomb and in good taste. But the real joys are in combining Ventris’ voices and the ease with which you can embark on deep sound-sculpting adventures.” READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW…
Source Audio – Is It Fender or Is It Ventris
60 Cycle Hum Asks: “Is It Fender or Is It Ventris?”
This past January at the NAMM Show we had the great pleasure of meeting Mr. Ryan Burke from 60 Cycle Hum: The Guitar Podcast. Ryan quickly filled us in on his eternal quest for a reverb pedal that captures the elusive “drip” of a real Fender 6G15 outboard spring reverb tank. “I’m forever chasing that drippy dragon!”
A drippy spring reverb tone is THE sound for surf rock guitarists worldwide. Ryan, a true connoisseur of surf rock tones, is exactly the type of musician we aimed to convince with the Ventris Dual Reverb’s new Outboard Spring engine. He only had to play one note through the Outboard Spring to concluded, “They’ve freakin’ done it. It drips!!!” Click the video link below to hear 60 Cycle Hum’s side-by-side comparison of the Ventris and an actual Fender outboard spring tank. Can you tell which is which?
Fender Spring Reverb and the Ventris: A Side-by-Side Comparison
Make sure to keep an eye on the 60 Cycle Hum Youtube channel for the big reveal in this blind comparison. Also, if you want to hear the Outboard Spring engine in your own rig, it is available now with the Neuro Desktop Editor. It is a free download for Mac and Windows PCs. Check out our Neuro/Ventris blog for instructions on downloading the Outboard Spring to your Ventris.
The Ambience Maker
After all this vintage spring reverb talk, how about we turn our attention to some ambient guitar? We were blown away by the new videos from our pal Bill Vencil (a.k.a. “Chords of Orion”). Bill’s Fripp/Eno inspired compositions are some of our favorite ambient recordings in the guitar world. If you are an explorer of sonic space, we urge you to check out the Chords of Orion demo of the Ventris Dual Reverb. Bill’s baritone guitar plugged into the Ventris with the TIME control turned way, way up is truly an inspiration. Enjoy…
Chords of Orion Demos the Ventris Dual Reverb
Bill is also one of the first guys to dive deep into the ambient possibilities of the Ventris Dual Reverb/Nemesis Delay combo. Make sure and check out his song, Anno Requiem – An Ambient Guitar Meditation. It features the Ventris, the Nemesis, a fuzz, a volume pedal, and a looper. It is a big, BIG sound.