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boynigel
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Does H9 input meter do anything?

February 08, 2019 - 04:02 pm

i've been using my H9 for over four years now and i'm still confused about the input meter.  it seems that no matter where i set the level, that i cannot hear any difference in the sound.  even when i engage a strong clean boost in front of it and the meter goes well into the red, nothing bad happens sound-wise.  i'm not complaining but i AM wondering what the deal is with this.  can anyone enlighten me?  thanks

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bohan
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boynigel wrote:

February 08, 2019 - 04:15 pm

boynigel wrote:

i've been using my H9 for over four years now and i'm still confused about the input meter.  it seems that no matter where i set the level, that i cannot hear any difference in the sound.  even when i engage a strong clean boost in front of it and the meter goes well into the red, nothing bad happens sound-wise.  i'm not complaining but i AM wondering what the deal is with this.  can anyone enlighten me?  thanks

If the red LED is lit It just means the sound is too loud so it's clipped. You won't notice any difference in the sound if your signal is just a bit higher than it should be. If your input level was loud enough, I believe you would be able to hear the clipping (Don't do that though cause it could cause damage to your H9).

boynigel
Joined: Feb 16 2014
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bohan wrote:

February 08, 2019 - 05:00 pm

bohan wrote:

boynigel wrote:

i've been using my H9 for over four years now and i'm still confused about the input meter.  it seems that no matter where i set the level, that i cannot hear any difference in the sound.  even when i engage a strong clean boost in front of it and the meter goes well into the red, nothing bad happens sound-wise.  i'm not complaining but i AM wondering what the deal is with this.  can anyone enlighten me?  thanks

If the red LED is lit It just means the sound is too loud so it's clipped. You won't notice any difference in the sound if your signal is just a bit higher than it should be. If your input level was loud enough, I believe you would be able to hear the clipping (Don't do that though cause it could cause damage to your H9).

so the H9 input meter must have quite the early warning for clipping?  is there a "known" db value as to how much would damage the pedal?  i'm a little concerned, again, because i'm smacking the front end of my amp pretty hard at times via clean boost and OD, and the H9 is in my signal chain after the clean boost/OD.

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Boynigel wrote:

February 11, 2019 - 12:07 pm

Boynigel wrote:

so the H9 input meter must have quite the early warning for clipping?  is there a "known" db value as to how much would damage the pedal?  i'm a little concerned, again, because i'm smacking the front end of my amp pretty hard at times via clean boost and OD, and the H9 is in my signal chain after the clean boost/OD.

Hi, it's OK if the input LED is lit occasionally. Clean boost and OD won't damage the pedal. As long as the LED is not always lit and you are fine with the sound, you don't need to worry about it.

boynigel
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bohan wrote:

February 11, 2019 - 03:50 pm

bohan wrote:

Boynigel wrote:

so the H9 input meter must have quite the early warning for clipping?  is there a "known" db value as to how much would damage the pedal?  i'm a little concerned, again, because i'm smacking the front end of my amp pretty hard at times via clean boost and OD, and the H9 is in my signal chain after the clean boost/OD.

Hi, it's OK if the input LED is lit occasionally. Clean boost and OD won't damage the pedal. As long as the LED is not always lit and you are fine with the sound, you don't need to worry about it.

It's lighting with every note attack, then after a second it goes out.  that said, if i'm chugging chords it's pretty much staying lit.  still an "okay" scenario?  interestingly,  on the actual pedal the red peak light comes on when the app's peak light isn't.  that said, the peak meter on the app isn't far behind the pedal- usually one meter light block away.  could 4CM be creating/contributing to the peaking?  i don't recall ever having this issue back when i used the pedal exclusively in my amp's fx loop.