4. Setup

4.1. Setting up Your H9000

Note

Please refer to Section 6: Emote for instructions on setting up your H9000R.

Press the Setup button to enter the setup menu for the H9000. The left-hand side of the display shows a list of areas you can customize.

Use the cursor buttons or wheel to navigate to the setup screen you wish to adjust. The setup category will highlight and the right-hand side of the display will show the specific items that can be adjusted in that section.

4.1.1. Info

Info

The Info screen is a display only; none of its settings can be adjusted. It provides a high-level overview of your H9000 unit, with the following information:

System Info
  • Model: (In this case the H9000)

  • Name: The custom name that you have assigned to your unit

  • Serial Number

  • Firmware Version

DSP Modules

This column displays revision and ID information for the individual hardware DSP modules installed in your unit. If a DSP module is displayed as (unoccupied) or OFFLINE, please refer to Section A.5: USB Self-Test Mode, and contact support@eventide.com

Expansion cards

This column displays information on any expansion card(s) that are installed in the H9000’s three expansion slots (which are labeled slots A, B, and C).

4.1.2. Expansion Card Setup

This menu page displays any installed expansion cards and any relevant information pertaining to installed expansion cards (i.e. expansion card firmware version).

4.1.3. Name

Name

The Name screen allows you to create a custom name for your H9000. With custom names assigned, you can select the desired unit when using multiple units and controlling them with Emote.

To assign a custom name to your unit:

  • Use the cursor keys to navigate to the System Name field

  • A “virtual number pad” is displayed, showing you which letters are available on each physical number key.

  • Press the front panel number keys to enter the letters of the custom name you wish to give your unit.

  • Press the number key repeatedly to cycle through each of the three letters.

  • Press the arrow down key to toggle between uppercase and lowercase letters.

  • Press the arrow up key to toggle between letters and special symbols.

  • Press the Enter key to save the custom name. You will be asked to confirm your new custom name.

  • Press the OK soft key to save the name, or Cancel to cancel the operation.

4.1.4. Clock

Clock

The Clock menu is where you will set the unit’s sample rate and digital audio mode.

Clock Source

The clock source is the digital audio clock to which your H9000 synchronizes. You can select an internal clock at one of the sample rates listed below:

  • 44.1 kHz

  • 48 kHz

  • 88.2 kHz

  • 96 kHz

Alternatively, you can synchronize your H9000’s system clock to an external clock signal derived from additional sources:

  • AES Any (any AES signal feeding the DB-25 connector)

  • S/PDIF/XLR/AES in 1 (Dig 1-2)

  • AES In 2 (Dig 3-4)

  • AES In 3 (Dig 5/6)

  • AES in 4 (Dig 7/8)

  • ADAT

  • Word Clock

  • Expansion A/B/C

To adjust the clock source:

  • Use the cursor keys to highlight the clock source setting

  • Press the Enter button or adjust the wheel to reveal up a popup menu with available choices for that setting.

  • Use the cursor up/down buttons or wheel to select your desired choice

  • Press the enter key again to select that choice.

Digital Audio Mode

The H9000 contains several different digital audio connectors. They are “shared” as an input source to any given FX chain; you choose which one you wish to make active. The Digital Audio Mode menu is where this selection is made. Use the Digital Audio mode selector to pick your preferred connector, which will then be available in the audio routing menus of the H9000. Available choices include:

  • AES 3 (DB-25 Connector)

  • AES 3 (XLR Connector)

  • S/PDIF (RCA Connector)

  • S/PDIF (Optical Connector)

  • ADAT (Optical Connector)

By contrast, for the outputs, the same signal is “multed” to all of the digital audio output connectors simultaneously.

Clock Status

The right-hand side of the screen displays the status of various clocks, as follows:

  • Clock Status: The large virtual LED illuminates GREEN when the H9000 is locked to either its internal clock, or a valid external clock that you have selected for it to sync to. The LED illuminates RED if the H9000 is not locked. For example, if you have selected an external clock source that hasn’t been connected.

  • USB Driver: The large virtual LED illuminates GREEN when the H9000 has a valid USB connection to an attached computer and will display “attached.” The LED illuminates RED if the H9000 has no valid USB connection and will display “detached.”

  • Sample Rate: This field displays the actual sample rate at which H9000 is operating.

Note

The H9000 does not support sample rate conversion. If you want to feed the H9000 a digital audio signal, the external digital signal and the H9000 must both be locked to the same digital clock, at the same sample rate.

Word Clock Termination Status

Sets the internal word clock termination to be enabled or disabled.

  • Set this to “enabled” if the H9000 is at the end of a word clock chain.

  • Set this to “disabled” if the H9000 is in the middle of a word clock chain and a BNC T is being used.

Warning

Use a 75 ohm BNC cable. 50 ohm BNC cables may cause clocking issues.

4.1.5. Tempo

Tempo

The Tempo menu provides controls for setting the H9000’s tempo.

The unit’s tempo affects the H9000’s many time-based effects, which can be synchronized to various clock sources. For example, a delay algorithm’s repeats can be synchronized to an incoming MIDI clock or your DAW. Tempo mode menu includes the following four settings:

Off

In this mode, no MIDI clock data is received from the USB or DIN inputs. Any time-based effects will not be synchronized to a MIDI clock signal.

Internal

In this mode, you set your own tempo, expressed as Beats per Minute (BPM). This BPM value is the tempo base for any relevant time-based effects. You can set the internal tempo in three different ways:

  • Tap Tempo: Tap the front panel Tap button at least two times; the H9000 will automatically set the unit’s internal tempo to the average of the most recent taps, and temporarily display the tempo in BPM on the display.

  • TAP AUX SW: Highlight “TAP AUX SW” and press the Enter key to assign an aux switch to Tempo.

  • Manual Tempo Dial: Highlight the Tempo setting, then adjust the wheel to manually select the BPM value you wish to set your tempo to.

MIDI Clock

In this mode, the H9000 will automatically set the tempo to an incoming MIDI signal (as long as that MIDI signal contains a valid MIDI clock signal). The external MIDI clock signal can arrive either via DIN, or USB-B.

DAW

In this mode, the H9000 will automatically sync to your DAW. For this to work correctly, you must be running Emote as a plug-in in your DAW.

Note

When tempo mode is set to Off, MIDI Clock, or DAW, the tempo dial and tap tempo functions will be disabled.

4.1.6. Preferences

Preferences

The Preferences section controls various aspects of the H9000’s display. Use the cursor keys to highlight the setting you wish to adjust, then use the Enter key and/or wheel to adjust the setting.

Screen Brightness

This control adjusts the brightness of the front panel screen on a scale of 1-10.

Screen Dim Level

This setting adjusts the brightness of the screen when it automatically dims after a selected amount of time, dubbed display “sleep”.

Display Sleep

This controls the amount of time after which the display will automatically dim.

Key Click

This setting toggles on/off an audible click when using the front panel buttons. The click is played from a small speaker located inside the H9000.

Animations

By default, the H9000 offers assorted on-screen animations for the front panel display. This control toggles the animations on/off.

Tap LED Timeout

By default, the front panel Tap button flashes in time with the tempo you have set using the front panel Tap button. Change this setting to “On” if you wish the button to stop flashing a few moments after you have set the tempo.

Bonjour Enabled

Turning this setting to “On” configures the H9000 to advertise its services using the “Bonjour” protocol on the local area network. Bonjour is a zero-configuration network protocol that allows the H9000 to be automatically discovered by the Emote software.

4.1.7. Pedals

Pedals

The H9000 allows connection of up to four independent foot pedals; these pedals can be a “switch” type (on/off) or a “continuous” type (volume) pedal.

When setting up an FX chain and its underlying algorithms, you can map the action of the footswitch/foot pedals to any parameter of your choosing, allowing expressive control of the effects. For example, a guitar player can control the cutoff frequency of a resonant filter using a foot pedal, while playing their instrument.

The Pedals setup page allows you to configure your unit for a wide variety of different types of pedals available in the marketplace, taking into consideration factors such as:

  • On/Off Switch vs. Continuous pedal

  • How many switches are on the foot pedal, which can range from none to as many as three switches per pedal

  • “Polarity” of the attached pedal

4.1.7.1. Configuring your Attached Pedal

  • Use the cursor buttons to highlight the “Pedal 1 Mode” or “Pedal 2 Mode” mode.

  • Press the Enter key, then use the cursor keys or wheel to navigate among the pop-up menu of options. Available choices include:

    • Expression Pedal

    • 2 Expression Pedals

    • 1 Expression Pedal + 1 Aux Switch

    • 1 Aux switch + 1 Expression Pedal

    • 2 button Aux Switch

    • 3 button Aux Switch

After you have selected the mode appropriate for your connected switch/pedal, press the Enter key to save your selection.

4.1.7.2. Calibrating Your Attached Pedals and Switches

Once you have selected your desired type of pedal/switch, the H9000 will populate the rest of the display with relevant calibration tools.

  • Use the cursor button and the Enter key to navigate to and engage the “Calibrate” field.

  • If you have attached an on/off type pedal, physically press each switch and make sure that you see the appropriate “SW” circle illuminate. There are separate SW circles for 1, 2, or 3 button pedals. 3 SW circles are shown for 1, 2, or 3 button pedals because even a single aux switch may not be sent out as SW1 but may instead be sent out as SW2.

  • If you have attached a continuous foot pedal, navigate to the “Calibrate Pedal” field, then sweep the pedal back and forth with your foot. You should see the Calibrate Pedal field display a range between 0-100% on the calibration meter.

  • When you’ve finished calibrating, disengage the “Calibrate” button using the Enter key.

Even though there are only two pedal/switch connectors on the H9000, you can connect up to four pedals. This is made possible by connecting two pedals to each connector using a “Y” cable such as the “Hosa YPP-117 ¼-inch TRS to Dual ¼-inch TSF Stereo Breakout cable”.

This capability is possible because:

  • In the external control section of the Parameters mode, there are 4 expression pedals listed.

  • In set-up mode, there are options to configure a single connector to be connected to two separate expression pedals.

4.1.7.3. Control Voltages

The H9000 can also be controlled using up to 4 control voltage sources. To do so, follow the instructions for setting up and calibrating an expression pedal. CV 1+2 will correspond to the TIP and RING of Expression Pedal 1, CV 3+4 will correspond to the TIP and RING of Expression Pedal 2.

4.1.8. MIDI

MIDI

The MIDI menu displays options to enable and disable MIDI feedback.

FEEDBACK DIN

Sends MIDI from the MIDI-in DIN jack directly to the MIDI-out DIN jack.

FEEDBACK USB A

Sends MIDI from MIDI controllers plugged into the USB-A ports back to those very same MIDI controllers.

FEEDBACK USB B

Sends MIDI from a USB host plugged into the USB-B port back to the very same USB host.

4.1.9. Analog References

Analog Reference Levels screen

The Analog Reference Levels screen allows you to set the levels for the eight analog inputs and outputs present on the DB-25 connectors. This allows the H9000 to be installed in a wide variety of environments, and interface at an optimum level with a professional and some consumer equipment.

Each pair of analog inputs and outputs on the DB-25 connectors can be separately selected between -10 dBV and +4 dBu.

Use the cursor buttons to highlight the specific pair of inputs or outputs you wish to adjust. Options include:

  • Analog In 1/2

  • Analog In 3/4

  • Analog In 5/6

  • Analog In 7/8

  • Analog Out 1/2

  • Analog Out 3/4

  • Analog Out 5/6

  • Analog Out 7/8

Once you have highlighted the appropriate pair of inputs or outputs, press the Enter button to switch to the alternate operating level.

Note that the rear panel XLR analog connectors are a duplicate “mult” of channels 1-2 of the eight-channel analog DB-25 connectors. As a result, any reference level changes made to analog input or output 1-2 of the DB-25 connector will also affect the XLR inputs and outputs.

4.1.10. Network

The network screen controls settings for connecting your H9000 to a standard local area network. Once a network connection is established, you can use the Emote software to view and control H9000 parameters and update your H9000’s firmware.

The middle column of the network screen shows the available network connections, including:

  • Ethernet (for a hard-wired connection directly to the computer, or through your local area network)

  • Wireless (for a connection using the included Wi-Fi adapter, which can be connected to any of the four USB connectors)

4.1.10.1. Ethernet Setup

Use the cursor buttons to highlight the Ethernet field in the middle column. The right-hand column will display the parameters of the network you have joined including:

  • Network Name

  • Network Type (wired or wireless)

  • IP Address

  • Netmask

  • Gateway

4.1.10.2. Wireless Setup

To connect the H9000 to a wireless network:

  • Connect the included Wi-Fi adapter to one of the H9000’s four USB ports.

  • On the network screen, any available wireless networks will be automatically listed beneath the Ethernet option.

Wireless Setup
  • Navigate to the wireless network that you wish to connect to and press the Enter key.

  • If the network is not password protected, you will be connected to the wireless network.

  • If the network is password protected, you will be prompted to enter the appropriate password. Use the front panel numbers pad to enter the password, then press the OK soft key.

network join wifi password
  • You will then be connected to the wireless network, and can use the Emote software to control the H9000.

Note that the H9000 stores the authentication settings for the most recently joined network, so if you lose connection for any reason, you can re-join the network without having to enter your password again.

4.1.10.3. Network Configuration

To change your H9000’s network configuration, press the IP CONFIG soft key. Choose “DHCP” to initiate a request for an IP address, or “Manual” to configure a static address.

Note

Your H9000’s network configuration settings will be set to DHCP as the default setting and will not require further configuration in most situations. Manual IP addressing should only be used if there is no DHCP server on the network, or the DHCP server is configured to exclude a range of manual addresses.

4.1.10.4. Creating a Local Access Point

The H9000 also has the ability to create and broadcast its own Wi-Fi network, called an “access point”. You can use the Emote software with the H9000 on this private network in environments where there is no LAN for the H9000 and the computer running Emote to connect to each other.

To create an Access Point:

  • Press the START WIFI A/P soft key.

  • You can choose to enter a custom password, or leave the password field blank.

  • If you leave the password field blank, a password will automatically be generated. This will be your H9000’s serial number in the format “9K-XXXXX”.

  • You will then see a message that the Access Point has been created.

  • The Wi-Fi access point will appear in your computer’s network settings as “H9000” followed by a string of automatically generated characters, or the custom name you have assigned to your unit.

network access point created

Warning

Turn off the access point after you are finished using it. Otherwise it may interfere with Emote’s connectivity.

4.2. Using the H9000 as a Computer Audio Interface

The H9000 can stream 16 inputs and 16 outputs via USB 2.0 to/from your Windows or macOS DAW, serving as a powerful outboard effects processor for your DAW’s tracks.

Warning

Due to its design, USB cable has a normal maximum length of about 5 meters (16.4 feet), but you can get longer distances by using an Active USB Extension/Repeater Cable. Exceeding this maximum length without an Active USB Extension/Repeater Cable may cause issues. If you do use a USB extension, be sure it is a USB 2.0 or 3.0 extension, and not a USB 1.0 extension.

4.2.1. Changing the USB Audio Sample Rate

When using the H9000 as a USB audio device, the H9000 is always the USB clock source and determines the sample rate. Since this information is not automatically communicated to the computer, the user must ensure that the H9000’s internal sample rate matches the “H9000 USB Audio” sample rate in your computer’s audio settings. It is not possiblefor the H9000 USB Audio sample rate to automatically follow the H9000’s internal clock or an external clock source (Word Clock, ADAT, etc.), and the user must always change the H9000 USB Audio sample rate manually.

When switching to a new sample rate, first change the H9000’s sample rate (by selecting a different internal clock source or changing the sample rate of an external source such as ADAT, Dante, etc.), then change the H9000 USB audio sample rate in your computer’s audio settings.

If the H9000 detects that the sample rates don’t match, it will mute the USB audio interface and display a warning on the front panel, and in Emote. When the sample rates match again, the warning message will be cleared and the audio un-muted.

Warning

If you change the sample rate in the DAW first, you will have to change it again once the H9000’s clock is changed to match. This is because the H9000 cannot force the computer to re-sync at the new rate; the computer has to initiate this process.

4.2.2. Using the H9000 with macOS

The H9000 works as a “Plug and Play” Core Audio device in macOS, versions 10.11 and higher. Connect a USB cable between the USB B connector on the H9000 and an available USB A port on your macOS computer. No driver installation required!

The H9000 will now be available to all CoreAudio compatible software as a 16-input, 16-output computer audio device, and can be operated at 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, and 96kHz.

4.2.2.1. Using the H9000 With Your Existing Computer Audio Interface

The H9000 is an outboard effects processor, not a traditional, standalone “Computer Audio Interface” with control room monitoring functions. As a result, you will likely want to use the H9000’s computer connectivity in conjunction with your main computer audio interface.

Fortunately, the macOS Core Audio system makes it easy to combine multiple audio interfaces into one large device called an “Aggregate Device.” Doing so lets you use your main audio interface and its monitoring capabilities as you always have, while also having the H9000’s 16 channels of I/O available to process tracks on your DAW session.

To Create an Aggregate Device:

  • In your applications folder, go to “Utilities,” then launch “Audio Midi Setup.”

  • In the “Audio Devices” window that appears, you should see entries for:

    • H9000 USB Audio

    • Any other computer audio interfaces you have connected

    • The computer’s built in audio output

the "Audio Devices" window
  • Click on the “+” Icon in the lower left-hand corner and select “Create Aggregate Device.”

  • In the Aggregate Device configuration window that appears, select the appropriate I/O for the different devices you wish to use.

  • In your DAW of choice, select the Aggregate Device as your audio device for the DAW to use.

  • You will now have the I/O of your main audio interface AND the 16-input/output channels of the H9000 available to use in your DAW session as needed.

  • Ensure that the sample rates match on the following:

    • The H9000’s internal clock

    • The Aggregate Device

    • The H9000 USB Audio Device

    • Your Digital Audio Workstation

Warning

Aggregate devices don’t always perform as well as when the interfaces are alone. You might experience digital clock source problems, dropouts, noise, or other playback related issues. If you experience poor performance or connectivity issues, an aggregate device may not be ideal.

4.2.3. Using the H9000 with Windows

The H9000 is compatible with computers running Windows 10.

In order to use the H9000 as an audio interface with Windows, you must install the Windows driver, which can be downloaded at https://etide.io/h9000-support

After downloading the .exe file, double-click the file to install it on your Windows machine and reboot your computer.

The H9000 will now appear as an audio device in the Windows “Devices and Printers” control panel, and its audio inputs and outputs can be used with any ASIO compatible software.

The H9000’s MIDI inputs and outputs are also now available to any software that works with MIDI ports.

Depending on the setup of your Windows machine, the H9000’s USB sample rate can be changed one of two ways:

  1. Windows OS method:

    • Click the Windows menu bar icon on the bottom left of your screen.

    • Type “Sound Settings” and click the search result. The Sound Settings Window will appear.

    • In the Sound Settings Window, under “Related Settings”, click “Sound Control Panel.” The Sound Control Panel will appear.

    • In the Sound Control Panel, under the “Playback” tab, right-click “H9000 USB Audio Expander” and click “Properties.” The Speakers Properties Window will appear.

    • In the Speakers Properties Window, click the “Advanced” tab. Select the appropriate sample rate, click “Apply”, then click “OK.”

    • Back in the Sound Control Panel, under the “Recording” tab, right-click “H9000 USB Audio Expander” and click “Properties.” The Line Properties Window will appear.

    • In the Line Properties Window, click the “Advanced” tab. Select the appropriate sample rate, click “Apply”, then click “OK.”

  2. DAW method:

    • Set your DAW’s Audio Device to “Eventide USB Audio Device” and select the appropriate sample rate.