The NAMM Foundation has announced that the Eventide DDL 1745 digital delay has been inducted into their TECnology Hall of Fame for 2018. The ceremony took place at the foundation’s annual event at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Convention in Anaheim, California.
Originally introduced in 1971, the DDL 1745 was the world’s first commercially available digital delay. It featured 2-channels of independent delay from a single input, with delays ranging from 0 to 200 milliseconds at a cost of $3,800 (equivalent to approximately $22,000 in today’s dollars).
Studios originally installed the DDL 1745 to replace tape-based delay for “doubling” vocals and as a pre-delay to feed plate reverbs. It quickly became an indispensable tool in studios throughout the world. The DDL 1745 is the third Eventide product to receive the prestigious award, with the company’s iconic H910 and H3000 Harmonizers garnering the honor in 2007 and 2016 respectively.
“The Digital Delay Line was the first piece of digital audio equipment to make its way into recording studios. Until 1971, all signal processing equipment was analog. When Eventide introduced the DDL 1745, it ushered in the digital age. Today digital audio is ubiquitous. The DDL 1745 spearheaded that revolution,” said Eventide founder, Richard Factor.
Since 2004, the TECnology Hall of Fame has honored and recognized products and innovations that have made significant contributions to the advancement of audio. Other historically groundbreaking products receiving the award include Thomas Edison’s original cylinder recorder, the Neumann U47 microphone, EMT Model 140 Plate Reverb, and Dolby A-Type Noise Reduction.
For over 45 years, Eventide has remained at the forefront of recording technology. In 1971 they revolutionized the audio industry by creating the world’s first commercially available digital delay, the Eventide DDL 1745. Soon after, they introduced the world’s first digital multi-effects effects unit, the H910 Harmonizer®. Since then, their iconic audio processing tools have been heard on recordings all over the world. Eventide and Harmonizer are registered trademarks of Eventide, Inc. © 2018.