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the Eventide DSP4000B Production Ultra-Harmonizer is related to its forerunner. It retains the four bright yellow Soft Keys, the big data wheel, the white numeric keypad on the right, all on the familiar black face. But the latest in the Harmonizer line is a dramatic upgrade from the 3000 series. The most glaring difference in appearance is the extra large backlit LCD display that's nearly three times the size of the large display on the 3000 models. And this display comes with independent contrast and brightness controls that can crank up the lighting enough to suit anybody's needs and tastes. Another eye-catching addition to the front panel is the Memory Card slot which accepts standard PCMCIA Type 1 Static RAM cards for storing and retrieving programs. The unit supports cards with up to 4 megs of memory, plenty of room considering that some of the more complex reverb programs only need about six or seven thousand bytes!
There are some other changes on the front panel, but first a look at the rear panel. The AC voltage selector, fuse holder and connector are at the far left. There are MIDI IN, OUT and THRU jacks enabling MIDI control of effect parameters and more. The model used for this review came with the digital I/O option. AES/EBU digital I/O is available on XLR ports and S/PDIF digital I/O is available on RCA connectors. 1/4" connectors provide unbalanced analog I/O and XLR connectors deliver balanced analog I/O. There are 1/4" jacks for a foot switch, a foot pedal, and a relay output. RS-422 serial interface I/O ports (for future applications) complete the rear panel.
The DSP4000B has five operation modes, and each has its own button on the front panel: LEVELS, PROGRAM, SETUP, PATCH, and PARAMETER. Pressing any of these activates that mode, and the display changes to show the appropriate information, including the various functions of the four Soft Keys below the display. The Levels mode obviously sets operating levels but the options are extensive. Press the Global soft key to set I/O levels for the entire system, or press the Preset soft key to set levels for individual programs. Press the Gain Trim soft key to adjust the analog input gain. Press the Route soft key to set the operating mode of the Bypass/Mute button on the front panel and to set the mix mode of the unit. When in the Guitar mix mode, input signals can be mixed with the effect. In the Studio mode, the output is 100% wet. Pressing the LEVELS button a second time advances the display to the second screen of soft key functions. The Meter soft key accesses settings for meter ballistics--decay time and peak hold time. Finally, the ExtCon (External Control) soft key enables remote control of the BYPASS/MUTE button as well as the L/R output and mix levels via MIDI signals, front panel "user" buttons (labeled USER 1 and USER 2), foot pedals/switches, and more.
Note: Professionally maintained and teched prior to shipment.