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Yes, I’m a sax player and using the H9000R in live shows (pop. rock, jazz). Besides delays, verbs, etc., I use the H9KR to emulate a sax section.

Woodwinds – so interesting.  Monophonic, so that helps widen the field, but a complex input signal to accurately extract.  I haven’t tried any physical reed instruments through the H90, but I have thrown a variety of complex synth patches at it, with good results.

Most of these are situations where I only have the key of the song in advance, so I’ve programmed the the most likely keys in advance, along with programming the chromatic preset in one of the harmonizer presets on the H9kR.

As an aside, I’m finally embracing the Learn function in diatonic algos (winging it with Maj / min / etc.).  My FCB1010 is still the main go-to for banks of simultaneous Key & Scale / mode changes.

I use a foot pedal to call these up, along with the needed delays, reverb settings. Some presets I use the diatonic scales, but for speed and trying to be ready for the unexpected in live situations, the chromatic scale option in the diatonic algos is very handy.

Seems we share some parallel approaches, albeit with different instruments.  I’m finding the H90’s features are capable of streamlining some of my earlier mindsets.  If not in one algo, then a symbiotic Program of two.  If not in series, then parallel, or a 3rd ‘algo’ with inserts.  I’m getting away with a couple small MIDI controllers, expression, and aux / onboard switches.

Some gigs can have space limitations, so I thought it could be handy to also pick up an H90 if it had the chromatic scale in the same type of algos I use on the H9KR. I’ve found the non-quantized option in the algos to work best for me for this.

Surely the H9000 has algorithms unavailable to the H90.  But I can say the Polyphony is very, very good.  Realistic, accurate pitch shifting. I’ve often use it before or after an H9-based algorithm in Presets to ‘clean it up’, or for transposition, detuning, and delay tricks.

I’m still trying to nail down the exact algorithms you’re depending on most.  The added clarity of the H90 processing of H9-based algos is certainly there.  If you haven’t seen this, the link below focuses on the included pitch algorithms.  There’s are a few more straight-octave options beyond that.  Let me know if one (or many) of these is about what you have in mind: