Extraterrestrial Reverb

Most reverbs are earth-bound and constrained by the physics of the real world. Our Blackhole reverb breaks the rules by allowing you to create virtual spaces that could never exist in reality (at least the one we inhabit). At large sizes, its soft attack and lingering, harmonic tails allows it to really shine on guitars, strings and pads. At small sizes those very same qualities can add an angelic sheen to vocals or turn a simple drum track into an otherworldy rhythm section.

From the Extreme to the Sublime

While it’s true Blackhole is capable of creating space-warping special effects and drones, it’s also capable of creating musical and subtle effects you’ll find useful for highlighting key instruments or painting a backdrop for your mix. Whether you're at the event horizon or closer to home, Blackhole will inspire and amaze while its intutive controls will allow you to add that special something to your tracks without a degree in rocket science. 

In short, Blackhole is destined to be one of those tools that you turn to time and again when reality just isn't enough.

 

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Features

The Secret Weapon

This famed, massive reverberator first saw the light of day as an algorithm in our rackmount DSP4000 and remained a favorite in the rackmount H8000FW. For decades studio engineers considered Blackhole their "secret weapon." More recently, it was ported to our Space stompbox and became the go-to ambient effect for guitar and keyboard layers. With each new version the reverb has been refined and enhanced.

We’ve now perfected the galactic sounds of the Blackhole reverb in native plug-in form. With the Blackhole plug-in, any instrument in your DAW can warp acoustic space and time.

  • Incredibly easy to use with over 50 presets; many created by Eventide artists
  • Ability to create extremely musical effects useful for highlighting key instruments
  • Supernatural settings for abstract spatial effects and drones
  • Subtle settings for ambient washes and track higlighting
  • Unique “Gravity” control reverses the arrow of time by inverting the reverb's decay
  • Kill Switch mutes the input so you only hear the reverb. This makes for some incredible effects when automated
  • Mix Lock allows for scrolling through presets or settings while keeping the wet/dry mix constant
  • Fully flexible mono and stereo options. Bring new realms of stereo imaging to mono instruments
  • Innovative Ribbon and Hot Switch allow for changing any combination of parameters simultaneously

Presets Make it Easy

Blackhole was designed to give you extensive control, allowing you to craft your own signature sounds. Included with Blackhole is a carefully curated set of 50 presets that serve as a launch pad for your explorations. These presets cover spaces as small as a room and as large as space itself. 

Artist Presets

Richard Devine

Sound Designer

  • Artic
  • Automate
  • Boxed In
  • CargoShip
  • Cathedral
  • Circular Hall
  • CombChamber
  • DarkenHall
  • DecayDrop
  • and more!

Flood & Alan Moulder

NIN, U2

  • FISHHOLE

Vernon Reid

Living Colour

  • Dogstar
  • Transfigured
  • Vortexing
  • Centaurus
  • Starcrater

Jonsi & Alex 

Sigur Ros

  • Sigur Ros

John Agnello

Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.

  • Hey Honey

 

Artist Presets:

Factory Presets:

A complete list of presets is available here.

Videos

Artists Using Blackhole

Dave Sitek
TV On the Radio
Richard Devine
Schematic Records
TJ Allen

Blackhole Awards

Reviews

Ask Audio
By Noah Pred
Reverb as an instrument unto itself might seem far-fetched, but Blackhole fetches far further than your average reverb unit...The sound quality is simply outstanding, all the essential features are there, and it invites a degree of painless creativity that standard reverb units just can't match. 
From cavernous depths to huge spaces or otherworldly soundscapes this plugin will take you there in no time and would probably work a treat on a dubstep snare too...and coming from Eventide you know it’s got to sound good and it does for sure on most anything you slap it on be it drums, pads or leads.
GearSlutz.com
By Diogo Borges
It breaks away from the plate-room-hall-chamber paradigm and brings a single algorithm geared towards making reverbs as big as the cosmos...Blackhole is simply a joy to use.
Sound on Sound
By Paul White
A simple clean guitar can be transformed into a vast atmospheric soundscape, but by the same token you can also turn things a touch sinister by heaping on the resonance, feedback and modulation depth.
Attack Magazine
The huge reverb would lend itself perfectly to cavernous echoes on dubstep snares, for example. More subtle settings sound exceptional on soft pad sounds, classic deep house Rhodes chords and even on percussion parts.
Future Music
The epic, evolving soundscapes, haunting drones and sinuous ambiences that it spits out have to be heard to be believed... In a word: cosmic.
Bedroom Producers Blog
...For the tall order of designing huge, infinite spaces that fold out into the far reaches of the imagination, Blackhole is arguably the best tool for the job.
The Modern Producer
By Matt Butler
This is a very lush sounding reverb that I find has great uses as a creative reverb and awesome guitar effects.
Computer Music
 Incredibly rich sound, this makes it the perfect tool for creating big, movie-style effects and crazy, warped sounds out of run-of-the-mill sources.
TMR Zoo
By Bruce G Owens Jr
Blackhole has a huge sonic palate of spring, plate, and natural reverbs for you to choice from. If natural reverbs are not your thing Blackhole has some ungodly settings that will absolutely blow you away.

Blackhole News

March 08, 2016
"Blackhole's unique features make it unlike any other reverb I've got." 
Sonic Scoop recently caught up with Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Amy Winehouse, Beck), where he discusses mixing Adele's "25" album with the Blackhole plugin used on Reverse Guitars. 
March 01, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Eventide Blackhole: Hollywood's Secret Weapon for Reverb Plug-in on sale for 75% off until 3/31/2016 March 1, 2016, Little Ferry, NJ —Today Eventide announced a limited-time discount on the purchase of its Blackhole reverb plug-in. While most reverbs are constrained by the physics of the real world, Eventide’s Blackhole reverb...
January 14, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Enter the 4th Dimension with Eventide at NAMM   January 13, 2016 - Little Ferry, NJ - The 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California will be special for Eventide as they celebrate the H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer® being inducted into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame! From its creation in 1986, through this day, the H3000 is considered the holy grail of...
November 24, 2015
"Only very few companies can pride themselves on having shaped the sound of modern music as we know it. Eventide is one of them, from their H910 Harmonizer® released in 1975 to timeless classics like the H3000, up to ‘contemporary hits’ like the stompbox line and software plugins (formerly available only for ProTools and now for native platforms as well). As you may...
March 31, 2014
64-bit plug-ins now compatible with Pro Tools 11, VST Mac and PC and AU – no dongle required Today, Eventide updated the functionality of its most popular Native plug-ins, H3000 Factory™ and Blackhole™.  The update is free for current owners of these Native plug-ins.  For those who do not yet own these plug-ins, Eventide is announcing special pricing through the...

Specifications

Compatibility

Platform Compatibility

Microsoft Windows 7+ and Apple OS X 10.7+

DAW Compatibility

Software Plug-In Format
Pro Tools 10 + AAX Native
Cubase 7+ VST
Nuendo VST
Wavelab VST
Logic 8+ AU
Ableton Live 7+ AU, VST
SONAR VST
Studio One AU, VST
Digital Performer AU
Reaper VST
GarageBand AU

Frequently Asked Questions

General

Eventide's native plugins do not require the use of an iLok USB dongle, however they do use PACE's iLok License Manger for authorization which is available from http://www.ilok.com.

Using iLok License Manger, you can activate the license in two separate locations, each of which can be either a computer, or an iLok license key. You can move these licenses at any time using PACE's iLok License Manager software.

In order to authorize your plug-in you need to install the iLok License Manager from www.ilok.com and move the license to either your computer or iLok license dongle. Even if you have a licensed iLok plugged in, the iLok License Manager must be installed.

There are several reasons you may see this error, but a common one is a mismatch of the serial number format. All Eventide plug-ins have a serial number in the form of XX-###### where XX represents a two letter sequence defining the product type and ###### is a 6 digit number. All plugins also have a 16 digit license key in the format ****-****-****-**** where each * can be either a letter or number. The license key is entered on the second page of the registration process.

If you believe your serial number and license key are entered correctly, please contact our Support department and we will solve the problem as quickly as possible.

Compatibility

All Eventide native plugins are 64 bit compatible with AAX, AU and VST.

We currently test in house against ProTools 10, ProTools 11, Ableton Live 8, Ableton Live 9, Apple Logic 9, Apple Logic X, and Steinberg Cubase 7. However, in the rare event that users encounter problems with other DAWs we make efforts to investigate. If you experience such problems please inform us in our Forum.

Our native plug-ins including H3000 Factory Native, Blackhole, Omnipressor, and 2016 Stereo Room native plug-ins support AAX32, AAX64, AU, and VST on Mac, and AAX32, AAX64, and VST on Windows.

Troubleshooting

Eventide has its own preset format using .tide preset files. By default the installer installs the .tide presets to your Documents/Eventide/Presets folder. It may be necessary to check that the installer has placed the presets in this location. You can load these presets using Eventide's Preset Bar which is part of the plug-in GUI itself. Some hosts have their own preset bars which are used by the host. Eventide's .tide presets will not show up in this preset bar. To load an Eventide Factory Preset you have to use the preset bar which is inside the actual plug-in GUI, usually below the hosts preset bar.

Registration

First you need to create an account at www.ilok.com and download their iLok License Manager software. Install it on your computer. Second, register your plug-in on eventideaudio.com, which will automatically send a license to your iLok account. Make sure to install the plugin into your computer. Intallation files are located on individual product pages and on the Downloads page.

Alternatively, for products that allow computer authorization, after you've installed iLok License Manger and registered the plugin, you can launch your DAW. Once the DAW scans the installed plugin it will present a dialog box to install the license on your computer or iLok.

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