5.4. FX Chains

front panel fx chain

Press the front panel FX Chains button to switch the display to the FX Chains view screen, where you can view and edit the FX chains of the currently loaded session.

Press the cursor left/right buttons or use the wheel to highlight the different FX chains. Press the cursor up/down buttons to move through the signal chain blocks in the currently highlighted FX chains block. An FX chain is comprised of audio inputs, the algorithms contained in the FX chain, and audio outputs.

5.4.1. Configuring the Audio I/O of your FX Chain

Use the cursor buttons to highlight the Edit block of the FX chain’s audio input section; you will then be presented with choices for selecting both the physical input connector, and the channel number of your selected input connector. Use the wheel to scroll through the available choices. When you have found your desired audio input, press the Enter key. Your chosen input source will now be routed to the input of the FX chain and the display will show a connecting line.

To assign an output to the FX chain, follow the same procedure using the Edit block located at the bottom of the FX Chain display.

Note that you cannot select an output that has been assigned to another FX chain.

5.4.2. Replacing an FX Chain

The middle section of the FX chain block shows the algorithm(s) that make up the current FX chain. To replace the current FX chain with a different FX chain preset:

  • Highlight the Replace block and press the Enter key. You will be presented with a list of available FX chain presets.

  • Navigate to the FX chain preset you wish to use as a replacement. Press the Enter key to insert the chosen preset into the FX chain.

At any time, you can press the Cancel button to back out of the current screen state and return to the previous state. Pressing the Cancel button a final time will exit the FX Chains screen and return you to the Sessions screen. You can always return to the Sessions screen by pressing the Cancel button once for each iteration of menus you have entered. In other words, if you’re in too deep and need to reset, press the Cancel button to get back home.

5.4.3. FX Chain Soft Keys

The FX Chains screen contains eight soft keys that offer the following functions:

Add

Press the Add FX Chain soft key to add a new FX chain to the currently loaded session. You can have up to four FX chains in your H9000. The H9000 will prompt you to select a name and I/O configuration for the FX chain, which will be routed automatically upon creation.

Delete

Press the Delete soft key to delete the highlighted FX chain. Note that you cannot delete the FX chain if it is currently the only one loaded in the session.

Rename

Press the Rename soft key to bring up the naming screen, where you can rename the currently highlighted FX chain container in the session. The name of the FX chain container is distinct from the name of the FX chain preset loaded into it; this can be useful for distinguishing an FX chain’s purpose (e.g., Guitar 1, Guitar 2) if the same preset is loaded into multiple containers.

Direct I/O

Press the Direct I/O latching soft key to view the “Direct I/O” screen. Direct I/O lets you use your H9000 as a virtual patchbay; any input can be routed to any output. This lets you take advantage of the H9000’s pristine analog converters and complex routing capabilities, even when you do not require any of the signal processing power that the H9000 can provide. Note that this is not an FX chain, but rather a direct audio pathway between a physical audio input and output. Direct I/O assignments are saved within Sessions, and are not effected by the global mute button.

In the Direct I/O screen, use the cursor keys to highlight the input/output you wish to assign, then use the wheel to select the physical input/output you wish to use in your direct I/O pathway.

Additional soft keys are available in the Direct I/O screen:

  • Add: Press the Add soft key to create a direct I/O pathway within the Direct I/O screen. Pressing the Add soft key a second time will connect that pathway and add another new pathway.

  • Connect: Press the Connect soft key to create a connection between a direct I/O pathway that has not yet been connected.

  • Disconnect: Press the Disconnect soft key to delete a direct I/O pathway that you have highlighted. Multiple pathways can be disconnected at once by highlighting the I/O source and pressing the Disconnect soft key.

  • Page Left/Right: Press the Page Left/Right soft keys to navigate the different direct I/O pathways you have created when there are more of them than fit on the screen at one time.

Presets

Press the Presets latching soft key to enter the FX chain preset browser. Navigate to the FX chain you wish to load and press the Enter key.

The FX Chain Preset Browser

Additional soft keys are available in the Presets browser screen:

  • Rename: Press the Rename soft key to rename the currently highlighted FX chain. Note that factory FX chains cannot be renamed.

  • Delete: Press the Delete soft key to delete the currently highlighted FX chain preset. Note that factory FX chains cannot be deleted.

  • Search: Press the latching Search soft key to bring up the virtual keypad, where you can enter in letters and numbers to search for a FX chain name. As you enter in more characters, the FX chain list is filtered to show only FX chains that contain the characters you are typing.

  • Tags: Press the latching Tags soft key to switch the right-hand side of the display to the Tags screen. You will be presented with a list of tag categories. Use the cursor keys and enter key to select.

    FX Chain Tags

    The following tag categories are included: Effect Type, Product Type, Instrument Type, and Ins/Outs.

    Once you have selected a tag category, you will be presented with a menu of tags within that category. Use the cursor and enter keys to select a tag. It will be added to the current tag list and be shown above the tag list. Note that you can select as many tags at once as you like. As you add tags, the main list of FX chains will be filtered to only show presets that correspond to the tag(s) you have selected.

    Many of the algorithms on the H9000 will carry multiple tags. For example, Blackhole will fall under the tags of Product Type H9 as well as Effect Type Reverb. This powerful feature is a great way to narrow down the H9000’s vast list of FX chains to a more manageable selection that is appropriate to the task at hand.

  • Clear: Press the Clear soft key to clear all currently loaded tags and return the main list of FX chains to its untagged state.

Mix

Press the latching Mix soft key to adjust the mix levels of the FX chains present in the currently loaded session. The display will switch to the Mix screen, showing level controls for each FX chain. Use the cursor keys to navigate to the FX chain for which you wish to adjust the level, then use the wheel to adjust its mix level.

FX Chain Mix
Mute/Bypass

Press the Mute/Bypass soft key to mute the currently highlighted FX chain. Press it again to unmute the FX chain. When muted, a red FX MUTE label will appear at the bottom of the FX chain block.

Long-press the Mute/Bypass soft key to bypass the currently highlighted FX chain. Long-press it again to un-bypass the FX chain. When bypassed, a red FX BYPASS label will appear at the bottom of the FX chain block.

Gain/Levels

Short-press the latching Gain/Levels soft key to adjust the output gain levels of the FX chains present in the currently loaded session. Similar to the Mix mode, the display will show level controls for each FX chain. Use the cursor keys to navigate to the FX chain for which you wish to adjust the level, and then use the wheel to adjust the output gain.

Long-press the latching Gain/Levels soft key to show signal levels for the audio inputs/outputs of the currently highlighted FX chain.

Additional soft keys are available in the Gains/Levels screen:

  • Control Map: Press the latching Control Map soft key to view external control mapping options for Gains/Levels. Refer to Section 5.6: Parameters for more information about external controller mapping.

  • Clear Clip: Press the Clear Clip soft key to clear any overloads that are displayed on the I/O meters.

  • Group: Press the latching Group soft key to group together the inputs or outputs of the selected FX chain input or output level. When the latching soft key is illuminated, adjusting the level of either group’s fader will adjust the level all faders in each grouping.