Eventide has released an update to Instant Phaser. The MK ll update is crafted from the original analog hardware that Eventide created in 1972. Learn all about the loving detail put into this faithful recreation on Eventide’s web site.
My colleague Dan Cooper has already synthesized all the main features and pertinent information, so I won’t recreate it here. Instead, I want to look at a specific application of one of it’s most interesting functions.
One of the many features, I think, that makes this phaser particularly remarkable is its ability to have the all-pass filters react to a variety of sources other than the usual LFO shape(s) most phasers use. They can be controlled by an internal oscillator, manually, external MIDI input, the signal’s envelope or the envelope from an external signal fed into the plug-in via its side chain.
It is the latter feature that I explore in this video. Having the phaser react to the envelope of an external signal opens up a huge palette of interesting variety. Combined with the envelope follower’s threshold and release knobs, the side chain function is extremely versatile.