Instant Phaser

New Gear/ New Toy Review: Eventide Instant Phaser MK II Plug-In

Modeled on the original 2U analog hardware unit that Eventide created in 1972, the Instant Phaser Mk II delivers the original sonic character and retains the same look and feel of one of the first rack mount electronic effects box - ever!

Used on countless iconic recordings such as Led Zeppelin's Kashmir, this classic effect plug-in sells for $129.

Some awesome features include Manual mode for precise automation of the phasing effect, the Oscillator mode modulates the phasing at a user-defined rate with tempo sync and retriggering while the Envelope follower allows the input signal to drive the phasing effect. This is just like the original I remember except now there are also a side-chain input and the Remote mode maps the phasing control to a (MIDI) Mod Wheel controller.

The Instant Phaser Mk II provides a pair of de-correlated outputs offering three different sonic characteristics: Shallow, Deep, and Wide for creating a pseudo stereo image.

I found it interesting using the Instant Phaser plug-in that Eventide added an Age feature that ranges from 0, for emulating a brand new hardware unit with all new components, all the way to 100--as if the components were ancient, random and barely working! Awesome!

The Instant Phaser Mk II plug-in is available for Mac & PC in AAX. Registered owners of the Eventide Anthology X or Anthology XI bundles can get the Instant Phaser Mk II as a free download, available immediately from

Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine.