Eventide has released the new ShimmerVerb plugin, which combines a rich reverb with parallel pitch shifters in a design intended to add “ethereal layers” to any signal.
Producers and engineers have previously achieved this effect by using Eventide pitch-shifting hardware such as the H910, H949, or H3000 or other rack-mount units in combination with a reverb. This production technique was popularized by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno on U2’s The Unforgettable Fire.
Now this sound has been refined and extended with a modern, unified interface. Additional features include the ability to infinitely feedback the signal, resulting in cascading reverbs that smear into oblivion. Feedback can be further fine-tuned by specifying which frequencies are fed back through the low/mid/high cross-over network.
The “Ribbon” is an easy-to-program performance macro allowing users to morph ShimmerVerb’s effect between two completely different settings of any combination of controls. Desktop users can plug in a MIDI keyboard and attain tactile command over this function via the modulation wheel.
ShimmerVerb also has a HotSwitch for calling up another state of parameters inside the same preset, useful for changing octaves, turning off/on the pitch shifters, or turning the mix up or down while crafting a performance. Finally, the Freeze button allows users to make smeared textures out of single voices, full pads, or percussive elements.
The parallel pitch-shifters on the reverb tail deliver fourth, fifth and octave shifts within a full range of four octaves of pitch shifting (from two octaves down to two octaves up), and MicroPitch tuning is available around perfect intervals. Pitched signals can be delayed up to one second or synched to a DAW’s tempo. The Feedback parameter determines how much-delayed signal is fed back into the input of the reverb.
ShimmerVerb for Mac and PC supports VST, AAX, and AU plugin protocols for compatibility with most digital audio workstations, and it’s available at an introductory price of $39 through September 8, 2020 (regular MSRP is $99). The iOS version of ShimmerVerb, which works as a standalone app, AudioUnit v3 plug-in, or Inter-App Audio effect, is priced at $14.99, with a special intro price of $9.99 through September 10, 2020. Go here to get it at the App Store.