Little Ferry, NJ (April 24, 2006)–16-time Grammy winner Paul Simon will release his new album, Surprise, a collaboration with producer Brian Eno, next month. The album features some of the most talented musicians of the last 30 years, and on the technical side, employed the Eventide H8000 and the Anthology plug-in bundle among other tools.
Paul Simon and recording engineer/programmer Andy Smith worked with Eventide’s H8000 and Anthology plug-in bundle during the recording process. Smith reflected, “We used the H8000 a lot while tracking Paul’s guitars, mostly before the amps and sometimes feeding a pair of them for stereo effects. The VSIG editor was used in conjunction with the H8000 to create unique custom patches specifically for the new album. We also had a lot of fun with the plug-ins, but H3000 Band Delays in particular was great because of the GUI. It was really easy to come up with interesting rhythmic delays in real time without slowing down Paul’s creative process. You can hear these effects all over the album, but specifically tracks such as ‘Everything About it is a Love Song,’ ‘Another Galaxy,’ ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Wartime Prayers’ really demonstrate the Eventide treatment.”
Recorded in London, New York and Los Angeles, the album was mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios and mixed by renowned record producer, engineer and mixer Tchad Blake at Sony Music Studios in New York City. Guest stars on Surprise include Bill Frisell, Herbie Hancock and Steve Gadd.
“While programming some of the electronic rhythmic elements of the album, Eventide plug-ins such as Omnipressor and H3000 Factory, as well as the H8000, were used to color the sound,” Smith added. “You can hear the Omnipressor in action in the dark percussion loop in the song ‘Another Galaxy,’ especially in the breakdown verse.”
The Omnipressor and H3000 Factory are both available as part of Eventide’s new Anthology II TDM plug-in bundle. Omnipressor is a double-knee dynamics processor capable of extreme compression and expansion, including dynamic reversal. The H3000 Factory plug-in is based on the Factory algorithms used in the H3000 and provides users with the ability to combine up to 18 effect modules together in unique ways using the “anything-to-anything” patchbay.