Hi Chalky, many of the presets can be tamed by simply adjusting the MIX or INTENSITY controls as well as Tone controls. Also, there are many more presets available via the H9 Control app for all the algorithms. You can pick your favorite ones and create a custom list to later download to the pedal. Many of the presets in H9 Control are newer and some are even artist presets. Again, use them as jumping off points to get the sound you want, but more often than not, you have to experiment with the parameters to dial in your tone. H9 Control has an “info” tab for each algorithm than can help you get a greater understanding of how to tweak your own settings.
Eventide’s only other resource for presets currently are the four preset lists on the H9 landing page of our website. These are the factory preset lists that we’ve been modifying over the years as newer algorithms were introduced. Still, they are all derivatives of each other and not much different then what you find currently on the H9 Max. My recommendation is to join some H9 user groups on social media and ask people for their favorite presets for a particular algorithm.
Lastly, make sure your running the latest firmware. If you end up installing the latest version, always conduct a factory reset of the pedal afterwards to make sure you have the latest sounds. DON’T FORGET TO BACK UP YOUR CUSTOM PRESETS BEFOREHAND.