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Tag - Brian Eno

ValhallaShimmer Tips and Tricks: Shimmering

Pitch Shifting, Plugins, reverb, theory, Tips and Tricks, Valhalla DSP, ValhallaShimmer

ValhallaShimmer was designed to get a variety of big reverb sounds, with the option of adding pitch shifted feedback to the decay. The “Shimmer” in the title refers to the classic shimmer effect, as used by U2, Brian…

ValhallaShimmer released for OSX AU, VST, RTAS. $50. Demo versions online.

Pitch Shifting, reverb, Valhalla DSP, ValhallaShimmer

After far too much work, ValhallaShimmer is finally available for sale and demoing: ValhallaShimmer OSX users, grab yerself a demo copy and see how you like it. Windows folks, I estimate another week of work and beta testing…

All Hail Harmonia!!!

Good Music

I’m deep inside the plugin mines right now, working on the next Valhalla DSP release. So here’s a quick tribute to one of the bands that got me interested in this whole electronic music thing in the first…

Early tape loop experiments with Eno, Fripp, Terry Riley, and Pauline Oliveros

Frippertronics, Looping, theory

As a huge Eno fan, I was always fascinated by the idea of Frippertronics. This process (made famous by the album (No Pussyfooting) by Brian Eno and Robert Fripp) used two tape decks, situated a small distance from…

Shimmer: Modulation, auto-correlation, and decorrelation

DSP Philosophy, Pitch Shifting, reverb, theory

In my previous post, I discussed the Eno/Lanois shimmer sound, and how it is based around a pitch shifter and a digital reverb placed in a global feedback loop. It is worth exploring what is going on in…

Eno/Lanois Shimmer Sound: How it is made

Pitch Shifting, theory, Tips and Tricks

The basic foundation of the Brian Eno / Daniel Lanois shimmer sound is fairly simple: Create a feedback loop, incorporating a pitch shifter set to +1 octave, and a reverb with a fairly long decay time. By controlling…

Eno/Lanois Shimmer effect: Early examples

Good Music, Pitch Shifting, theory

The collaboration of U2 with Brian Eno and David Lanois was the first introduction to a wide listening audience of the reverb with swelling octave overtones that has come to be referred to as “shimmer.” However, the effect…

Early pitch shifting: The Eventide H910 Harmonizer

Good Music, Pitch Shifting, theory

In 1975, Eventide came out with their first Harmonizer, the H910: Designed by Anthony Agnello (later of Princeton Digital), this was a digital variant of the rotary tape head pitch shifters that I discussed earlier. Like the Lexicon…

Eno/Lanois, U2, and the “shimmer” effect

Pitch Shifting, reverb, theory, Tips and Tricks, Valhalla DSP, ValhallaShimmer

As a teenager in the 1980’s, I listened to a lot of U2. I loved their early work with Steve Lillywhite, but the albums produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois took U2 into a more ambient direction.…

Early examples of modulated reverbs

theory, Uncategorized

I have been trying to track down good sonic examples of a modulated reverb in action. Here’s a few that come to mind: Vangelis, “Creation du Monde,” 1973. This is an interesting example of a home-brewed modulated reverb.…