I think there is a middle way and I think at Eventide we try to follow it. It would be folly to ignore past products; analog, digital, or acoustic; that have left an impression and stood the test of time. We'd be stupid not to try to learn from these products and from our customers when they say they want a particular sound. However I think Italo, I, and everyone else at Eventide is much more interested in making products that sound like music than products that sound exactly like some other product just because the Beatles used it.
That being said; if you guys are looking for a particular sound, we want to not only get that sound for you, but do you one better and get you something that'll inspire you to write a new lick, a new song, or just have you spend a couple extra hours playing guitar with a smile on your face.