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Eventide’s Richard Factor and Tony Agnello Join Queen, Tina Turner, Neil Diamond, Bill Graham and Others Named as Grammy Honorees

Tony Agnello (left) and Richard Factor (right) outside Eventide HQ

Tony Agnello (left) and Richard Factor (right) outside Eventide HQ

Little Ferry, NJ — January 24, 2018 — Earlier this month, the Recording Academy announced the GRAMMY® Special Merit Awards. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Hal Blaine, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, The Meters, Queen and Tina Turner. Bill Graham, Seymour Stein and John Williams will receive the Trustees Award. Eventide’s Tony Agnello and Richard Factor are the Technical GRAMMY® Award recipients.

The Recording Academy citation reads:

Technical GRAMMY Award recipients Agnello and Factor have influenced the record-making process through their company Eventide, which produces a wide variety of original audio effects devices. The company's H910 Harmonizer® effects processor, whose underlying technology forms the basis of all pitch-shifting and pitch-correction devices today, impacted the sound of classic LPs such as David Bowie's Low, Kraftwerk's Computer World and AC/DC's Back In Black, among others.

"This year's Special Merit Awards recipients are a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have crafted or contributed to some of the most distinctive recordings in music history," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy."

"We are humbled to receive this prestigious ‘lifetime achievement award’ and yet we feel it to be just a tad premature given our continuing mission to dream up new ways to foster the creative talents of the artists, producers and engineers it has been our honor to work with over these many years,” said Tony Agnello, Eventide’s Managing Director. “Most of all we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Eventide’s talented, dedicated, passionate team of developers and co-workers. There’s no place I’d rather be.”

Eventide continues to shape music and recording by incorporating today’s technology. Its latest software and hardware products include groundbreaking plug-ins like the TEC Award-nominated Fission, the industry-leading H9 stompbox and its next generation flagship the network-aware H9000 Harmonizer® effects processor.

The Legendary Omnipressor

Check out Richard's description of how Richard Nixon's secretary Rose Mary Woods led to the creation of a box that was pretty much unusable — the enigmatic and almost incomprehensible white-face Omnipressor.

Brian May of Queen (left) with Richard Factor (right)

Brian May of Queen (left) with Richard Factor (right)


Honoree Bill Graham with Eventide gear at Jefferson Airplane concert in NYC Central Park

Honoree Bill Graham with Eventide gear at Jefferson Airplane concert in NYC Central Park

About Eventide

Since 1971, Eventide has remained at the forefront of recording technology. In 1975 they revolutionized the audio industry by creating the world’s first commercially available digital audio effects unit, the H910 Harmonizer®. Since then, their legendary studio processors, stompboxes and plug-ins have been heard on countless hit records. Eventide® and Harmonizer® are registered trademarks of Eventide Inc.

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News Details

Date:  January 24, 2018
Type:  Press Release