5. Front Panel Operation

In this section, we will show you how to navigate the H9000 front panel and operate the unit.

Note

This chapter is not necessary for the H9000R, which has no front panel controls.

5.1. A Note on “Latching” Soft Keys:

The H9000 user interface has context-sensitive “soft keys” on the left and right sides of the display.

There are two different types of soft keys on the H9000:

  • “Normal” soft keys: These execute their labeled action when pressed

  • “Latching” soft keys: When pressed, they change the front panel display to a different state. Think of the latching soft keys as a quick way to access “sub-menus” or alternate screens on the H9000

Latching soft keys are visually distinguished by a small triangular “flag” in the top corner of the key.

5.2. Things to Know About Signal Routing

There are a few general “rules” about signal routing in the H9000 which are useful to keep in mind.

  • You can only use one digital audio protocol at any given time. This will be determined in your “Digital Audio Mode” setup.

  • When using S/PDIF over the optical ADAT connectors, you can only work at sample rates of 44.1kHz and 48kHz. 88.2kHz and 96kHz are not supported.

  • FX chains support 32 inputs and 32 outputs. The outputs of an FX chain can be “multed” to an arbitrary number of physical Input/Output channels, computer audio interface channels, etc.

5.3. Sessions

sessions

A Session is the “big picture” for the H9000, a snapshot of the current state of all settings on the unit.

To load a session, press the front panel Sessions button; the button will illuminate to indicate that you are currently working with the Sessions view screen.

The screen will switch to the Sessions view, presenting you with a numbered list of sessions available for loading. The presently loaded session is displayed in the title bar at the top of the screen.

There are several different ways to navigate through the list of sessions:

  • Press the cursor up/down buttons or rotate the wheel to scroll through the list one entry at a time.

  • Press the cursor left/right buttons to navigate through the sessions list one page at a time.

  • The session you have currently navigated will highlight in green.

  • Press the Enter button to load the highlighted session.

  • The chosen session will load and you will automatically be taken to the FX Chains screen where you can edit the session’s FX chains.

5.3.1. Session Screen Soft Keys

The eight Sessions view soft keys offer additional session-related functions:

New

Press the New soft key to create a new session. If you have made changes to the currently loaded session, you will be prompted to save your changes first. You will then see the Create New Session screen. Press the Create New Session soft key (or the Cancel soft key if you change your mind). The new session you have created will be titled “Default Session” and will contain a default FX chain.

Copy

Press the Copy soft key to make a copy of the currently highlighted session. The naming screen will appear, allowing you to create a new name for the copy of the session. This is similar to the “Save As” function on a word processor application, where you can save a copy under a different name.

Delete

Press the Delete soft key to delete the currently highlighted session in the list. You will be prompted with a confirmation screen; press either the Cancel or OK soft keys. Note that you cannot delete factory sessions.

Rename

Press the Rename soft key to rename a currently highlighted session. You will then be presented with the naming screen where you can enter a new name. Note that you cannot rename factory sessions. If you attempt to do so, you will be offered the option of creating a new user session, which you can then rename.

Load

Press the Load soft key to load the currently highlighted session. This soft key duplicates the function of pressing the Enter key when a session is highlighted.

Search

Press the latching Search soft key to bring up the search screen, where you can use the keypad to type a keyword. Sessions containing the letters you type will appear in the filtered list of available sessions.

Preview

Press the latching Preview soft key to get a visual representation of the layout of the session, which includes the number of FX chains, the algorithms in each FX chain, and the physical inputs and outputs. Since loading a session is not an immediate operation, the Preview function offers a quick way to see what the session contains before you actually load it.

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.

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:

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

Five additional soft keys are available in the Presets browser screen:

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Three additional soft keys are available in the Gains/Levels screen:

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

5.5. Algorithms

algorithm screen

In the H9000, each FX chain can contain up to four separate signal processing algorithms. The Algorithms screen is where you work with these algorithms; you can navigate to it by either:

  • Pressing the Algorithms button on the front panel, or;

  • Highlighting the Edit button in the center portion of an FX chain block, then pressing the Enter button.

The screen will switch to the Algorithms display and the front panel Algorithms button will illuminate.

5.5.1. Algorithms Overview

The Algorithms overview screen displays the algorithms that make up the currently highlighted FX chain. The display shows the different algorithms present, their routing within the FX chain, and the audio inputs/outputs that feed the FX chain.

Rotate the wheel to navigate to the different objects in the FX chain, which include:

  • Algorithm processing blocks

  • Input and Output blocks

When viewing the Algorithms screen, pressing the Enter button works contextually for whatever object you have highlighted:

  • Algorithm: When the Edit label is highlighted, pressing Enter takes you to the Parameters view page (see the Parameters section for more details) When the Replace label is highlighted, pressing Enter takes you to the main list of algorithms to choose from.

  • I/O Label: Pressing Enter takes you to the editor screen for the audio inputs/outputs.

5.5.2. Configuring Audio I/O For an Algorithm

To configure the audio I/O on the Algorithms view screen:

  • Use the cursor keys to highlight the audio input or output block you wish to configure, and press the Enter key.

  • You can then use the cursor keys to highlight the audio I/O category (Analog, Digital, USB, Expansion Card), then cursor over to the channel number and adjust it separately. This type of fine-tuned I/O control is particularly important when an expansion card is present, which can have 32 I/O channels per slot.

  • Use the wheel to cycle through the available input or output assignments.

5.5.3. Algorithm Screen Soft Keys

The Algorithms view screen contains eight Soft Keys:

Add Algorithm
  • Press the Add Algorithm soft key to add a new algorithm to the currently selected FX chain. A new algorithm block will appear labeled “Select Algorithm”.

  • Use the cursor keys to highlight the “Select Algorithm” block and press the Enter key.

algorithm screen
  • Use the navigation controls to select an algorithm. Each entry contains helpful info (Ins/Outs, a description of the algorithm, tips on its use, etc.).

algorithm select
Delete

Press the Delete soft key to remove the highlighted algorithm from the FX chain.

Move

Press the latching Move soft key to change the location of an algorithm within the FX chain. You can move the algorithm in an FX chain to be above or below any other algorithm in series, or next to another algorithm in parallel.

Expert Router

The H9000 allows not only serial routing of algorithms, but also parallel and mixed serial/parallel routing too. The expert page is where you can view and control this aspect of the routing. Press the latching Expert Router soft key to enter the “Expert Routing” mode. The display switches to a graphical routing matrix, where you can view and edit a high level overview of all of the algorithms present in the current FX chains, their audio I/O assignments, and their signal routing configuration.

algorithm expert router

To make adjustments in the Expert screen:

  • Use the cursor keys to highlight the aspect of the block diagram you wish to adjust (audio I/O block, routing, Algorithm).

  • Use the wheel to adjust a highlighted audio I/O routing.

  • Use the Move soft key to adjust a routing pathway when it is highlighted

Mix

Press the latching Mix soft key to change the display to a set of mixing controls, which adjust the relative level of each algorithm within the FX chain. Navigate to the algorithm whose mix you wish to adjust, then rotate the wheel to change it.

algorithm mix
Mute/Bypass

Press the Mute/Bypass soft key to mute the audio output of the currently highlighted algorithm. A red “M” label will appear at the right of the algorithm block when muted. Press the Mute/Bypass soft key again to unmute the audio output.

Long-press the Mute/Bypass soft key to bypass the currently highlighted algorithm. A red “B” label will appear at the right of the algorithm block when bypassed. Long-press the Mute/Bypass soft key again to un-bypass the audio output.

Gain

Press the latching Gain soft key to change the display to a set of gain controls which adjust the output level of each algorithm within the FX chain. The difference between the Gain control and Mix control is that Gain determines the overall signal presence of an algorithm in a FX chain, whereas Mix controls the overall Wet/Dry mix of an individual algorithm and its signal.

List

Press the latching List soft key to view the main list of all algorithms available on the H9000.

algorithm list

To the right of the list is a description field that shows information for the currently highlighted algorithm, including the name, the product from which it is sourced, the numbers of inputs and outputs available, and a description of the algorithm. Note that the description field will usually contain more text than can fit on the display; in this case, use the cursor keys to highlight the description field, then rotate the wheel to view the remaining text. The List screen the contains following soft keys:

  • Show Presets: Some algorithms also contain Presets, which are variations of each algorithm with their parameters configured for different sounds. Press the latching Show Presets soft key to show/hide the presets contained within each algorithm.

  • Sort Options: Press the Sort Options soft key to select which way the algorithms are sorted, including ID Ascending, ID Descending, Name, Recently Used, and Most Used. Use the cursor up/down keys to navigate to the sort option you wish to use, and then press the Enter key.

  • Jump to Loaded: Press this soft key to jump to the algorithm that is currently loaded in the FX chain.

  • Search: Press the latching Search soft key to bring up the virtual keypad. and enter letters and numbers to search for an algorithm name. As you enter more characters, the list is filtered to show only algorithms that contain the characters you have typed.

  • 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, which you can select with the cursor keys and enter key. Tag categories are: 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 keys and Enter key to select a tag; it will then be added to the current tag list and be shown above the tag list. You can select as many tags at once as you like.

    As you add tags, the main list of algorithms will be filtered to only show algorithms that contain text matching the tag(s) you have selected. This powerful feature is a great way to narrow down the H9000’s vast list of algorithms to a more manageable selection, one that is appropriate for the task at hand.

  • Clear: Press the Clear soft key to clear all currently selected tags and return the main list of algorithms to its unfiltered state.

  • More: Press the More soft key repeatedly to switch the soft keys above it to alternate functions. These additional soft keys include:

  • Jump to Last: Press this soft key to jump to the previously loaded algorithm.

  • Bank Up/Bank Down: Press these two soft keys to quickly jump to the next/previous bank of algorithms. The H9000 algorithms are organized into different banks, each one representing different categories of effects. Each bank begins with a new 3-digit number (100, 200, etc.)

  • Rename: Press the Rename soft key to rename the currently highlighted algorithm. Factory algorithms cannot be renamed.

  • Delete: Press the Delete soft key to delete the currently highlighted algorithm. Factory algorithms cannot be deleted.

5.6. Parameters

Parameters

Each algorithm contains a set of parameters; you adjust these parameters to adjust the sound of the algorithm you have selected.

For example, a reverb algorithm contains parameters for settings such as room size, decay time, pre-delay, and so on. The Parameters screen allows you to view and adjust these parameters.

To switch to the Parameters screen:

  • When the Edit label is highlighted, press the Enter key when an algorithm is highlighted. You will be taken to the Parameters screen for that algorithm.

  • Alternatively, press the front panel Parameters button.

The Parameters view page offers a handy list on the left-hand side of the screen, which displays:

  • The general parameters for the current FX chain container

  • The algorithms currently loaded in the selected FX chain

  • The parameter categories within each algorithm

Use the cursor keys to highlight the parameter category for which you wish to view the parameters for. The screen will then display the parameters for only that category. Many algorithms contain a lot of parameters, and a single list could be cumbersome.

5.6.1. Editing Parameters in an Algorithm

To adjust a specific parameter:

  • Use the cursor up/down keys to navigate to a parameter category. The right-hand side of the screen will display the parameters within that category.

  • Use the cursor keys to highlight the parameter you wish to adjust.

  • Use the Enter key and/or wheel to adjust the parameter you have highlighted. Note that you can hold the Enter key while scrolling to make fine-tuned parameter adjustments.

Note

You can also use the two middle-left soft keys to page up/down among the parameter categories, or the two outer-left soft keys to page up/down through the algorithms, while highlighting parameters within the parameter view. This can be a faster way to work than using the cursor keys exclusively; you can jump around the screen quickly and don’t need to constantly “cursor left” back to the parameter category list.

The parameters screen contains four additional soft keys:

Quick Map

Press the latching Quick Map soft key to bring up the quick mapping function for the parameters you are viewing.

quickmap

The quick map feature is extremely powerful, as it lets you quickly map a wide variety of external controllers to any algorithm parameter. Different aspects of the effects can be adjusted in real time using MIDI controllers, expression pedals, footswitches, control voltages, etc.

The MIDI functionality on the H9000 is “plug-and-play”. You can connect a MIDI device to the 5-pin MIDI-in DIN port, or connect a MIDI class compliant interface to one of the USB connectors. All MIDI Channel configuration is done when individual controllers are mapped, as opposed to in a central MIDI settings screen.

You can map multiple parameters to a single external control source; you cannot, however, have multiple control sources affect a single parameter.

For more complex mapping of multiple parameters to a single control source, please refer to the Functions section of this user manual.

The Quick Map feature works as follows:

  • Press the Quick Map soft key; you will see a “Press Enter to Learn” label superimposed over each of the parameters on the screen.

  • Use the cursor buttons to navigate to the parameter that you wish to map a controller to.

  • Press the Enter button; the highlighted parameter’s label will change to “Move Any Controller”.

  • Move the external control that you wish to pair to the highlighted parameter.

  • The external controller and the parameter are now paired.

Custom Map

The Custom Map feature is also designed to map controllers to H9000 parameters, but with a much finer level of control. It works as follows:

  • Use the cursor buttons to navigate to the parameter you wish to custom map a controller to, then press the Custom Map soft key.

  • The “Controller Type” pop-up menu will appear, where you can select from the following types of controllers you wish to map: Expression Pedal 1-4, Switch 1-6, Note On, Poly Pressure, MIDI CC (Continuous Controller) Single, MIDI CC (Continuous Controller) Double, MIDI Program Change, Channel Pressure, Pitch Wheel, MIDI Start, MIDI Stop, Function 1-8, and Off.

  • Navigate to the controller type you wish to use then press the Enter key.

  • You will then be presented with an additional set of controls that allow you to refine the mapping: Control Minimum, Control Maximum, Value Minimum, Value Maximum.

custom map
  • Use the cursor keys to navigate between the Control Range and Parameter range controls.

  • Press the MIN/MAX soft key to toggle between adjusting the minimum or maximum value of a parameter, then use the wheel to set its value. It is possible to change the direction of an external control source by inverting its min/max values. For example, if you set the Max value to 0 and the Min value to 100, when you move your external control source the mapped parameter will move in the opposite direction.

  • When you have finished, press the OK soft key and the custom mapping will be completed.

  • The display will return to the Parameters display. You will now see a green text label above the parameter, showing you the specific controller you have mapped to that parameter.

  • To delete a custom mapping, use the cursor to navigate to the parameter mapping that you would like to delete, and press the Custom Map soft key. In the Controller Type menu, select “Off” and the mapping will be deleted

Random

Press the Random soft key to assign random values to each and every parameter of the current algorithm.

This creative function allows you to try out different algorithms in a free-form “what-if” type scenario, because the different parameter values are all selected with no specific purpose or sound in mind. Give it a whirl with your favorite algorithm and see what happens…

Functions

Functions in the H9000 act much like Macros in Ableton Live; they are groupings of parameters that can be adjusted with a single knob. There are eight Functions available in each FX chain. Every function has three parameters available: Range, Map, and Ext Control.

  • Range: Press the latching Range soft key to adjust the range of each parameter mapped to any given Function. Each parameter that belongs to a Function has a defined range; it can be as large as the true Minimum/Maximum range of the parameter, or anywhere in-between. The main Function knobs then cause each parameter change to be scaled according to its defined range.

functions range

You can use the Min/Max soft key to toggle between adjusting the minimum or maximum value of a parameter’s range, as indicated by the white and green end cap markers. These Min/Max values only apply to parameters mapped to a Function knob, not the Function knob itself. To set a min/max value for a Function knob, use the Custom Map feature in the External Control settings.

As detailed earlier in the Custom Map settings, you can change the direction of a parameter’s value by inverting the min/max end cap markers. This can be useful for having one Function knob control multiple parameters that move in different directions.

  • Map: Press the Map soft key to map specific parameters to the selected Function knob. The Map view displays a condensed view of all the parameters in the FX Chain, allowing their selection for assigning to Functions. The Add/Remove soft key assigns/unassigns the parameter of the selected Function.

    functions map
    • Highlight the Function knob on the left side of the display.

    • Use the cursor up/down keys to select which of the eight Functions to work with.

    • A list of available parameters will appear; use the cursor up/down keys to highlight the Function you wish to map.

    • Press the Add/Remove or Enter key; the highlighted parameter is now mapped to the Function knob you had selected, and that Function’s number (e.g., F1) now appears on the left side of that parameter’s entry in the list.

    • If a Function is already mapped to a parameter you have highlighted, pressing the Add/Remove soft key will remove the mapping.

  • External Control: Press the External Control soft key to map external controllers to any given Function knob.

    functions external control
    • Use the cursor keys to highlight one of the eight Functions.

    • Press the Enter key to learn a command.

    • Move a control on your external controller; that control will now be mapped to the highlighted Function.

The Custom Map dialog can also be accessed through this interface and used the same way as for individual parameters.

5.7. Meters

The H9000 offers an 8-channel set of dedicated three-segment hardware LED meters, positioned above the front panel color display. These LED meters are always active.

The first segment of the hardware LED meter represents signal presence, at any dB level. The second segment, if lit, means the signal is reaching -6 dB, which represents nominal headroom and nominal S/N ratio. The third segment indicates a signal overload, or too much signal presence.

For a more detailed metering view, press the front panel Meters button to switch the color display to the Meters page. The Meters page displays eight channels of metering at a time, and allows you to assign which signal sources are assigned to the display.

5.7.1. Assigning I/O sources to Meters

  • On the main metering page, use the cursor buttons or the wheel to navigate to the metering slot to which you wish to assign an audio input or output.

  • Press the Enter key, or the latching Assign soft key, to make an assignment.

  • You will be presented with a list of every I/O channel; use the cursor up/down buttons or wheel to navigate to the physical input you wish to assign.

  • Press the Enter button to accept your choice The selected input/output is now assigned to the highlighted metering channel, and that channel will now show the assignment above the channel number.

More Meters

Press the latching More Meters soft key to enter the More Meters screen; the display changes to show metering data for the currently loaded available FX chains. The More Meters screen also has soft keys for the following functions:

  • Levels

  • Clear Clips

  • I/O Meters

Levels

Press this latching soft key to switch to the Levels screen; you are presented with input and output level faders for the currently selected FX chains.

Use the cursor buttons to navigate to the input or output fader you wish to adjust, then use the wheel to adjust the highlighted fader.

On the levels screen, press the latching Group soft key to group together level faders. When the latching soft key is illuminated, adjusting the level of either group’s fader will adjust the level of all faders in each grouping.

Clear Clips

Press this soft key to clear any overload clips that have occurred.

I/O Meters

Press the latching I/O Meters soft key to display the I/O meters screen; you will be presented with metering views for the H9000’s banks of physical inputs and outputs, regardless of what custom assignments you have made in the main metering screen.

The I/O meters screen shows which bank of I/O metering you are on in the upper left corner, and which of the 8 pages you are on in the upper-right corner.

On a stock H9000 with no expansion cards installed, the following views are available:

  • Digital Audio In 1-8

  • Analog In 1-8

  • USB In 1-8

  • USB In 9-16

  • Digital Audio Out 1-8

  • Analog Out 1-8

  • USB Out 1-8

  • USB Out 9-16

Use the cursor up/down buttons or wheel to navigate among the eight pages of metering views.

Note

While in the I/O Meters page, you can use the navigation keys to select a meter. If a physical input or output is routed to or from an FX chain, highlight the meter to see which FX chain it is routed to or from. This is indicated by a purple square under the meter and the corresponding label bar at the bottom of the page.

5.8. Saving and Importing Data

The H9000 allows you to save various types of data, both to its internal memory or a USB drive connected to any of the USB ports.

Once you have saved this data to an attached USB drive, you can import it to a different H9000, allowing you to share your work among machines.

Note

It is recommended to use the included FAT32-formatted USB drive. If you need assistance formatting another USB drive, please contact support@eventide.com.

5.8.1. Saving

Press the front panel Save/Import button. The Save screen will appear and you will be presented with the following options:

  • Save Session

  • Save FX Chain

  • Save Preset

  • Export Sessions

  • Export Presets

  • Export FX Chains

  • Export Algorithms

save dialog other

The data to be saved is contextually based on the currently selected item, as follows:

  • Save Session will always save the currently loaded session.

  • For FX Chains and Presets, the current FX chain and algorithm container selected on the screen will be the items saved for each save option.

At any time, you can refer to the cursor highlight or the title bar in the FX Chains or Algorithms view in order to see the currently selected item.

  • Navigate to one of the choices above and press the Enter key to access the naming screen.

  • Use the front panel keypad to type a custom name for your saved data, then press the OK soft key. The data will be saved to the H9000’s internal storage.

  • If a USB drive is attached, you will then be presented with the option to also save the data to the drive as well.

  • Press the YES soft key to save your data to the attached USB drive; you will receive a confirmation message that the data was saved successfully.

5.8.2. Exporting

If you have a USB drive plugged in, you will also see the “Export” options. The export options will NOT appear in the list if no drive is attached.

Whereas “Saving” refers to storing something onto the H9000’s internal memory, “Exporting” transfers it from the H9000 to the USB drive.

When Saving with a USB drive plugged in, you’ll also be given the option to export after the save is complete.

5.8.3. Importing

Once you have saved H9000 data to a USB drive, that data can be imported to any H9000 unit by connecting the drive. Importing works as follows:

  • Attach a USB drive containing H9000 data to a USB port of your H9000.

  • Long-press the front-panel Save/Import button; the Load Options screen will appear.

  • Use the cursor up/down buttons or wheel to navigate to the specific type of data you wish to load, then press the Enter key.

  • You will have the option to load Sessions, Presets, FX Chains, and Algorithms.

Note

Any algorithms you load would be sourced from a development environment, such as Eventide’s “VSig” software editor. Once you have registered your H9000, the VSig software will be available for download at: https://etide.io/vsig3

Use the cursor up/down keys or wheel to select the data you wish to load, then press the SELECT key; the selected data will be loaded into memory.

load dialog

If you wish to load all of the data in the list, press the SELECT ALL soft key instead, or press the CANCEL soft key to cancel out of the load operation.

5.9. Scenes

Long press the front panel Tap/Scenes button to bring up the SCENES screen.

Scenes are used to control sequenced program changes in the H9000. This mode can be useful when you are using the H9000 in a live environment such as a concert or theatrical production, and wish to “step through” different pre-configured states in an order you have set up in advance.

For example, the main vocalist in a concert may need different reverb parameters at different times during the show; scenes provide a quick, simple way to achieve this:

  • You can create multiple “Scene Maps” and select one at any given time

  • A Scene Map is a collection of Scenes, along with the Trigger Sources

  • Each Scene Map can contain a total of 128 Scenes

  • A Scene itself can be thought of as a particular state of the FX chains, running under a current session

  • The “Scene” denotes a set of actions to be triggered that put the H9000 into that particular state, either an:

    • FX chain or algorithm preset to be loaded into a destination container

    • A mute/bypass/enable action to be applied to a destination container

5.9.1. Working with Scenes

The right side of the screen displays the 128 available scenes, while the left side of the screen displays a list of Scenes Maps you have created. When entering SCENES mode, the following soft keys are available for Scene Maps:

Create Map

Press this soft key to create a new Scene Map. You will be prompted to name the Scene Map, at which point it will be added to the list of created Scene Maps on the left.

scenes make name
Delete

Press this soft key to delete the highlighted scene.

Activate

Press this soft key to activate the highlighted Scene Map. Once a Scene Map is activated, a green circle will appear to the left of its text, indicating that it will now respond to MIDI messages.

scenes after naming

Note

Only one Scene Map can be active at any given time. When a Scene map is not active it will ignore all MIDI messages.

To de-activate a Scene Map, press the Activate soft key while highlighting the currently active Scene Map. The circle to the right of its text will turn red, indicating that it is not active and won’t respond MIDI messages. Alternatively, you can activate a different Scene Map.

Rename

Press this soft key to rename the highlighted Scene Map.

5.9.2. Scene Maps

Once a Map is activated, the following soft keys are available for its contained scenes:

Add Action

Highlight a scene on the right-hand side, and press the Add Action soft key. You will be presented with the choices of:

  • Scene Capture

  • Manual

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Scene Capture

This is a way to take a “Snapshot” of the current settings of the Session for a Scene.

Manual

This allows you to create a Scene from a blank template.

Delete

Press this soft key to delete a highlighted scene.

Load

Press this soft key to activate the highlighted scene. The circle to the right of the scene text will turn GREEN, indicating that this scene is now active.

Edit

Press this soft key to edit the highlighted scene. You will have the options to edit with either the Scene Capture or Manual functions.

5.9.3. Trigger Sources

At the top of the Scene Map list on the right-hand side, you’ll see the “Trigger Sources” tab. Highlight this tab, then press the Add Source soft key. You will be prompted to select a source mode, message type, and MIDI channel.

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Select Source Mode

You are presented with the source mode options of:

  • Load by number

  • Increment

  • Increment and load

  • Decrement

  • Decrement and load

  • Load current

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Select Message Type

Use the cursor up/down keys or wheel to select an option from the above list, then press the Enter key. You will then be presented with the option to trigger the action using:

  • Program change

  • Note on

  • CC (MIDI Continuous Controller)

  • Aux switch

Select MIDI channel

Use the cursor up/down keys or wheel to select an option from the above list, then press the Enter key. You may then choose from which MIDI channel to receive messages.

5.9.3.1. Trigger Source Options

A “Trigger Source” allows assignment of actions, such as loading a Scene by number, or incrementing/decrementing. You can control Scene changes from the front panel, using Emote, or an external control source such as a MIDI controller or Aux Switch.

Scenes can be triggered in the following ways:

Load By Number

Load By Number works like a traditional program change message; it will load whatever Scene matches the number of the program change message you send, between 0 and 127. Although it usually makes sense to use actual MIDI Program Changes, you can also use Note On or Continuous Controller triggers.

Increment/Decrement

Increment/Decrement switches to the next or previous scene, but keeps it in a pending state. When a scene is in a pending state, the circle to the right of its text will be yellow.

Load Current

Loads a scene from its pending state after being selected with the above mentioned “Increment/Decrement” function. When a scene is loaded from a pending state, the circle to the right of the text will become green, indicating the scene has been loaded.

Increment & Load/Decrement & Load

Switches to the next or previous scene and then loads it immediately. If your scenes are sequenced in the order to be used, it’s probably easier to use the Increment & Load/Decrement & Load options. However, if you need to jump around or skip Scenes, you can use Increment/Decrement with the Load Current option.