50th-anniversary tribute of the groundbreaking Omnipressor compressor, originally introduced in 1973 by Eventide Clockworks. A faithful recreation, the *Au model preserves the circuitry and sound of the original while incorporating modern enhancements like the ability to link multiple units, audio transformers, a universal power supply, a back-lit meter, and upgraded connectors. The Omnipressor, a brainchild of Eventide's founder Richard Factor and refined by Jon Paul, revolutionized studio production with its unique features such as dynamic reversal, infinite compression, and a separate "side chain." Despite its early discontinuation due to challenges in the industry, it remains a classic, counting Queen's Brian May among its early enthusiasts. Eventide's celebration of the Omnipressor's 50-year legacy reflects the company's ongoing dedication to innovation in audio processing, ensuring the enduring impact of this iconic compressor for generations to come.
At a glance
- Dynamics Processing — capable of creating otherworldly sounds
- Dynamic Reversal — the first of its kind, soft signals come out loud and loud signals come out quiet, simulating tape reversal, a unique attribute of this versatile compressor
- Function Control — sets a ratio over a continuous range allowing extreme expansion, to infinite compression, and is even able to push further into dynamic reversal
- Variable Control of attack and release time
- Variable Control of maximum gain and maximum attenuation
- Side Chain allows the level detection of the Omnipressor to be driven by another audio source
- Gating — amplitudes of signals that fall below a set threshold are ‘squooshed’
- Expansion — widen a signal’s dynamic range, louder gets louder, softer gets softer
- Compression offers variable control of compression ratio
- Infinite Compression — if you want everything to come out at the same level, this is the feature for you
- Limiting — a fast, versatile limiter, useful for maintaining a loud sound
- Intuitive Interface — clean and easy to operate
The Eventide Omnipressor Model 2830Au Stereo Bundle includes two 2830Au and two patch cables for linking both unit detection circuits for true stereo operation.s
The Eventide Omnipressor Model 2830*Au is a meticulous tribute commemorating the illustrious 50-year legacy of the revered Omnipressor. Originating from the visionary minds at Eventide Clockworks in 1973, this iconic compressor reshaped the landscape of studio production, pioneering dynamic capabilities for special effects. Alongside its counterparts, the Instant Phaser® and Instant Flanger®, it swiftly garnered global acclaim, imprinting an enduring legacy on innumerable recordings and earning its status as a true classic.
Crafted with precision using the original hand-drawn schematics meticulously preserved in the Eventide archives, the Omnipressor Model 2830*Au faithfully reproduces the circuitry and sonic essence of its 2830 predecessor. The *Au iteration introduces a host of enhancements, allowing linking multiple units and incorporating input and output audio transformers, once deemed a premium feature. Now equipped with a universal power supply, a convenient back-lit meter, and upgraded TRS/XLR connectors replacing the original terminal strip, it embraces modern convenience without compromising its timeless character.
Distinguished from its peers, the Omnipressor boasted distinctive features such as dynamic reversal, infinite compression, variable gating, and a dedicated "side chain." Despite its groundbreaking capabilities, it faced discontinuation a few years later. It grappled with the challenges of sourcing exclusive components and articulating its advanced concepts to an industry less attuned to sophistication.
Conceived by Eventide's founder, Richard Factor, and refined for production by Jon Paul, the Omnipressor emerged as the world's inaugural dynamics effects processor, ushering in an era of unprecedented dynamic effects. Granting variable control over every facet of dynamic modification introduced the revolutionary concept of the "side chain," foreshadowing now commonplace techniques such as "look ahead" processing. One of its earliest enthusiasts was Brian May, Queen's lead guitarist.
In commemorating five decades of the Omnipressor, Eventide perpetuates its legacy of innovation and unwavering commitment to the art of audio processing. The spirit of this iconic compressor is preserved and revitalized, ensuring its resonance for generations to come.