Little Ferry, NJ (May 19, 2020)—Jacob Shea made a significant change to his workflow when composing for the BBC Natural History Unit’s Seven Worlds, One Planet wildlife documentary series, implementing Eventide’s flagship H9000 multi-effects processor and Emote control software.
The BBC series, filmed over nearly five years across all seven continents, features a theme and score composed by Hans Zimmer and Jacob Shea of Emmy- and BAFTA- nominated Bleeding Fingers Music. Shea also worked alongside Zimmer on the music for the BBC’s Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II series.
“The H9000 is just so deep, and so thoughtful, in terms of the way that these effect algorithms are built. I’ve had it for a year now and I feel like I haven’t scratched the surface,” says Shea, who integrated the processor into his studio at Zimmer’s multi-room Remote Control complex in Santa Monica, CA.
Shea opted for the H9000R, a version of the 2RU processor unit with no front panel controls. Control of all the settings and parameters is handled by Emote, which is available as a standalone Mac and Windows application and as an AAX, AU and VST plug-in. When instantiated as a plug-in, all of Emote’s parameters may be automated within the DAW session. “I use a two-screen system; one screen has Logic and the other has Emote in full view,” he says.
The H9000 introduces a new paradigm, FX Chains, that allows the user to connect any set of four effects from the H9000’s 1,600-plus algorithm library. As a guitarist, says Shea, “What I enjoyed doing when I first got it was just building weird chains of stuff.”
Shea says he has found the reverb algorithms in the H9000 particularly inspirational. He employs a Session preset loaded with eight reverb algorithms, including halls, rooms, plates, Blackhole and Shimmer. “A lot of times,” Shea shares, “when I was working on an emotional piano-and-strings piece, those H9000 algorithms beat out anything that I had in-the-box.”
Seven Worlds, One Planet debuted October 2019 in the U.K. and on multiple outlets in the U.S. in late January 2020.
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