I wanted to see if anyone is using the H9 underneath their pedalboard shelves, if tiered like a Vertex board, or underneath their board in general while using a midi controller. I’m thinking about it, but not sure if I feel comfortable not seeing the presets change.
Many musicians place their H9 under a pedalboard shelf. Guitarists Josh Smith and Ariel Posen come to mind. In fact, many others put the H9 on a rack shelf completely away from view – Santana, The Edge, Troy McLawhorn of Evanescence. The key is having confidence in your MIDI programming and testing the rig thoroughly to eliminate concerns. Because the H9 is so powerful MIDI-wise, one really doesn’t have to have it in plain sight.
As long as you program and test beforehand, it can really be anywhere and it doesn’t matter. Mine is on my board but I never step on it or even look at it. I switch it in and out via a Fractal FM9 and change presets via FM9 midi commands per scene. Works like a charm. Never any surprises.