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Jake Vell


I’m posting this to say I did order and try new SP/DIF and Firewire cables because I see in the routing app that the only option

for routing sp/dif is number 18 which appears o also require a firewire cable.

I contacted Jerome at Eventide with the following message as I’ve been in contact with Him in the past (* it will explain to you what I’ve tried since our last message here) I’ve sent this H8000FW to Eventide for repair twice already.

I’m not here complaining. I really would just like to find the best option available to me if there are any left with two non functioning Eventides, that are in n o condition to resell,  therefore out the cash to buy anything as a replacement.

here is my message to Jerome


Hi Jerome,


I’m writing you again here, several weeks later. Still no progress with The H8000FW. I thought I might be able to get the SP/DIF

to work but this too is not working. I thought it was because I am routing it wrong. I checked the manual for all Sp/dif connections and routing.

I got it to lock in the sound card but still no signal can be seen in the sp/dif channel in the sound card app. I figured it must be the routing in Eventide. I contacted Eventide forum.

I even bought new Sp/dif cables to be sure this was not the problem. No success. At one point I had even tried setting just a firewire cable directly to Mac and nothing else.

At first I did see the connection being made in DICE app. I was surprised. it seemed to be working. When I tried again – nothing. Now for whatever reason, even when being careful to not hotswap

turning everything off first, when I boot up the H8000 with just a cable from firewire to Mac, oddly the first four channels in the LED screen on the H8000 show a signal

going into the orange, when there is nothing connected to make a signal.


I’ve considered what you had suggested about getting the  USB/Thunderbolt interface to use the analog IO. The question is, that I’m recording virtual synth tracks in Logic, and when I

had th 4500 working fine, I would just use two aux tracks for the 4500 for the virtual synths and then bounce the recording in real time to capture the 4500 presets sounds.


So I’m not sure how the USB/Thunderbolt might help me.


I’ve owned four Eventides including a dual DSP Orville. I’ve never had such issues as I’ve had with this H8000FW.

I would love to see an expert take this unit,  set it up and get one preset working using analog and also SP/Dif and record one sound, one preset on one track in logic.

At this point It seems I have two very expensive lovely hood ornaments. If there was anyone with a professional studio close enough where I lived I would pay them to take this H8000Fw and see if they

could actually set up and route this H8000FW using a simple sound card with Mac running Logic X to produce one preset sound heard with the quality (that is why we’ve spent

this amount of time and money on  Eventides ) to see if they can get any sound to be heard and successfully routed in both H8000 and in Logic..

I would be very impressed and very amazed if they could.


The reason I love Eventides is because they bring life to otherwise rather “dead” sounding digital recordings, at least to my ears. Now I have 2 dead Eventides and

Out the money to buy any option and neither one of these can be represented in any condition for resale.


When there is such a market for vintage gear and even the older eventides like the 3000 are still sought after, why there seems to be so little options or interest anywhere

for repair of the DSP 4500 which is really all I wanted in the first place, and such difficulty getting this H8000FW in any kind of working order.

If there are any last options for a reasonable solution I would appreciate knowing if indeed you know of what might still be possible


Thank you for taking the time to read this