• H9 Side View - MIDI I/O
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Overview

The award-winning H9 delivers Eventide's acclaimed sound and can run all of Eventide's stompbox effects.

The H9 features a simple, one-knob user interface which allows easy effect editing and preset selection. Two onboard footswitches let you change presets, tap tempo, and bypass with your feet during live performance.
 
While the H9 is fully controllable via its front panel, a free editor/librarian, H9 Control, can be downloaded to your Mac, PC, or iOS device. Use the H9 Control app for live editing, creating and managing presets, and changing system settings. H9 even connects via Bluetooth to iPods, iPhones and iPads for wireless live control.
 
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Features

  • True analog bypass
  • Real-time MIDI control
  • Power supply included
  • MIDI via DIN and USB
  • Fast accurate tuner included
  • Expression pedal and AUX footswitch
  • Sync to the beat with tap tempo or MIDI
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Three Bundle Choices

All H9 Models feature the same physical specifications as well as the world-renowned Eventide sound. With the H9 Control app, you can customize any H9 with your favorite algorithms from TimeFactor, ModFactor, PitchFactor, and Space. 

H9 Core
H9
H9 Max

H9 Core

Harmonizer for Less Preloaded with pitch and delay effects from the original studio harmonizers.

  • H910/H949
  • 25 Factory presets

H9

Greatest Hits Preloaded with 9 algorithms and 99 presets from the award-winning Eventide stompboxes.

  • H9 Exclusive: UltraTap Delay
  • Space: Shimmer & Hall
  • PitchFactor: Crystals & H910/H949
  • ModFactor: Chorus & Tremolo
  • TimeFactor: Tape Echo & Vintage Delay

H9 Max

Time, Mod, Pitch, Space Preloaded with all effect algorithms and associated presets from the popular Eventide stompboxes.

  • TimeFactor: 9 Delay effects + Looper
  • ModFactor: 10 Modulation effects
  • PitchFactor: 10 Pitch + Delay effects
  • Space: 12 Reverb and Beyond effects
  • UltraTap, Resonator, EQ Compressor and future exclusives.

 

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Featured Algo

Spring Reverb

The Spring Reverb is one of the main components of "surf rock". Originally released on the Space pedal, it's available for the H9 via the H9 Control app. Check it out and enjoy the sound of summer.

  • Authentic recreation of classic Spring Reverb
  • Adjustable spring tension
  • Variable number of springs
  • Multiple tone controls
  • Adjustable Modulation
  • Independent Tremolo with Speed and Depth controls
  • Great for guitar, drums, organ, vocals, and more
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Artists Using H9

Stephen Carpenter
Deftones
Albert Hammond Jr.
The Strokes
Julie Slick
Adrian Belew Power Trio
Vernon Reid
Living Colour
Young the Giant
Young the Giant
Annie Clark
St. Vincent
Dave Weiner
Steve Vai
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H9 Awards

Editor's Pick
Guitar Player
Music Instrument Amplification & Effects Technology
NAMM
Platinum Award for Excellence
Guitar World
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Reviews

Guitar Moderne
By Michael Ross
Michael Ross of Guitar Moderne takes another look at the H9 after he gets his hands on an H9 Max and an iPad. It is hard to admit I was wrong, but I have to man up and confess I made a slight error in my review of the original H9. I was dead on about the cool things you could do with the x/y pad option on the iOS interface, as demoed here. But, I posited a big advantage of the pedal was being able to cherry-pick algorithms from each of Eventide’s Factor pedals with out having to pony up for all four to access them. Why pay for a bunch of sounds you won’t use—right? That makes sense, but, as I discovered, there is another way to look at it.
Best Guitar Effects
By Gabriel Tanaka
Gabriel Tanaka of Best Guitar Effects takes a look at the Eventide H9. With their entry into pedal based effects processing, Eventide went from being a renowned studio recording heavyweight to one of the world leaders in stompbox effects in only a few short years. Now they’re set to revolutionize the way the world thinks about effects all over again with the H9. Read More...
Sound on Sound
By Paul White
The sound quality is impeccable...and the amount of care and thought that must have gone into developing the control app is impressive.
Vintage Guitar
By Pete Brown
If Hendrix were alive today, he’d toss his Fuzz Face and Octavia out the window and dive into this hip technology headfirst. Think of it as having Eddie Kramer right on your pedalboard.
Pro Audio Review
Plugging in anything—my Tele, Les Paul, Strat, baritone, cigar box guitar, etc...it delivers pure inspiration.
Premier Guitar
By Joe Charupakorn
You could twiddle its knobs for years and still find groundbreaking discoveries to take your music to the next dimension.
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H9 Control

H9 Control is the ultimate tool for optimizing your experience with all the Eventide stompboxes.  Use it to manage preset lists, update firmware, configure an auxilliary switch, listen to demos without hardware, backup your settings and more. H9 Control not only gives you incredible control over parameters and settings, but it encourages you to explore new sonic territory. Fold, spindle and even mutilate your sound and experience what it's like to be inspired by your gear.

H9 Control runs wirelessly via Bluetooth on Windows, Mac and iOS devices and is available for free

Get Started with H9

Adrienne Humblet provides instruction on getting up and running with the Eventide H9 Harmonizer stompbox.

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H9 Videos

  • Looper for Eventide H9 (Japanese)
  • Adrian Belew checks out H9 Max
  • H9 Core
  • Best Guitar Effects Checks Out H9
  • Dave Weiner Demonstrates H9 Max
  • Pete Thorn Using 2 H9's on Tour
  • H9 Max
  • Rotary Algorithm for H9
  • H9 Control Stompbox Update
  • EQ Compressor for H9 - Guitar
  • EQ Compressor for H9 - Bass
  • Dweezil Zappa Sound Sculptures
  • Premier Guitar checks out H9
  • Vernon Reid First Impression H9
  • Dave Weiner Gear Rundown
  • Brett Kingman H9 Demo
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H9 News

February 06, 2015
Announcing the much anticipated new Looper algorithm TimeFactor and H9...
November 26, 2014
Eventide unveiled the ultimate addition to the acclaimed H9 Harmonizer stompbox line: H9 MAX. Available now, the H9 MAX comes pre-loaded with all the effects from each of Eventide’s acclaimed TimeFactor, ModFactor, PitchFactor, and Space stompboxes, including the new Looper, plus all H9 exclusive algorithms in perpetuity at no additional cost. H9 MAX comes bundled...
August 14, 2014
Bluetooth wireless control for Windows and Mac plus support for TimeFactor added Today, Eventide announced the posting and immediate availability of v1.6.0 of H9 Control app - a free software download.  The new software adds support for TimeFactor and its new looper algorithm in addition to support for ModFactor, PitchFactor, Space, H9, and H9 Core. The new version...
May 20, 2014
Today, Eventide announced the release of a new version its H9 Control app for Windows, Mac, and iOS which includes a number of UI enhancements suggested by users and delivers a new algorithm to the H9: EQ Compressor for H9. EQ Compressor combines a multi-featured, parametric equalizer with a dynamic, intuitive compressor to create a powerful tone shaping tool for...
February 03, 2014
Today, Eventide announced that a free update to the H9 Control App for Windows, OSX, or iOS which adds support for Space, PitchFactor, and ModFactor will be available in March.  Support for the forthcoming new TimeFactor software featuring the new looper will follow in April.  The new H9 Control App provides editor librarian functionality for all Eventide stompboxes...
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Specifications

Connectors

Input 1 (mono) ¼ inch mono phone jack
Input 2 ¼ inch mono phone jack
Output 1 (mono) ¼ inch mono phone jack
Output 2 ¼ inch mono phone jack
Expression Pedal ¼ inch mono phone jack
Mini USB Use 2.0 cables only
MIDI In Five pin DIN (Female)
MIDI Out/Thru Five pin DIN (Female)
AC Adapter Jack Power supply included (see below)

Analog I/O

Input Impedance 600K ohms (mono or stereo)
Output Impedance 470 ohms
Recommended Load Impedance 10K ohms or greater

Physical

Power 9VDC, 500mA, center pin(+)
Dimensons English: 5.25" (H) x 4.65" (W) x 1.96" (D)
Metric: 133 (H) x 118 (W) x 50 (D) mm
Weight 1.53lbs, 0.7kg / Retail box 3 lbs, 1.36 kg
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Frequently Asked Questions

General

No. All preset selection and editing, along with system mode changes, can be done from the H9 itself. The H9 companion app, H9 Control, works on Windows, Mac, and iOS devices and will connect either via USB or wirelessly via Bluetooth.

Yes. If you're using H9 with a distortion pedal, we recommend that you connect it after the distortion pedal. In general, it's best to place delay effects after distortion effects. That writ, use whatever sequence works best for your sound.

Yes. You can see them in the H9 Control app. From the H9 Itself, Press and hold the X, Y, or Z button. Then pressing the big knob will reveal the saved value of that parameter.

Because there is no digital I/O the sample rate is optimized for maximum audio performance for each effect and is program dependent.

The same as it is for our other products, one year parts and labor.

Power Supply

We recommend the PowerFactor 2, which can run up to four Eventide Stompboxes plus up to 4 9VDC/100mA pedals. The PowerFactor 2 carries a 5 year warranty and includes the cables required to power 4 Eventide stompboxes and the special mounting plate for PedalTrain pedalboards. 
Users may try non-recommended third party power supplies at their own risk. Resultant damage is not covered under warranty. 

9VDC, 500 mA, center pin (+)

Expression Pedal

Absolutely. An expression pedal is a powerful creative controller when used with our stompbox effects. An expression pedal can be programmed to control any combination of the effect parameters. If you're playing live, it's like having 12 hands, 2 for the guitar and 10 for the stompbox's control knobs. To use an expression pedal you must select "EXP" under the System Mode/Utilities/Exp Tip Menu.

Our stompboxes will work with any expression pedal that is a simple resistive load (potentiometer) with a max value of 25k Ohms. For the best performance we recommend the Ernie Ball VP Jr. 25k. Connect the output to the Eventide stompbox expression pedal input. We have also had success with the M-Audio MGear EX.P expression pedal.

If your expression pedal has a trim pot control, try adjusting it to either end of its range. If your expression pedal causes parameter values to go from min to max and back down to min again as you move from toe to heel, try connecting it using a stereo phone cable rather than a mono cable. If the calibration seems wrong, try plugging the expression pedal in before powering up the stompbox.

MIDI

Yes. Bypass via MIDI works through a MIDI continuous controller message (MIDI CC.) From the MIDI menu in system mode you can select RVC CTL and you will see a list of things that can be controlled by MIDI CC. The first item in the list is BYP, or bypass.

Yes. If you connect the two or more Eventide stompboxes together via MIDI, you can use the footswitches from one pedal to change presets on the other, and you can use the knobs on one pedal to change values on the other.

The stompbox automatically detects whether a USB connector is attached. If one is, USB is selected for MIDI source and destination and any activity on the DIN connectors is ignored. If a USB cable is not attached, the DIN connectors are used to send and receive MIDI messages. So, if you want to send or receive MIDI using the DIN connectors, unplug the USB cable.

Yes. MIDI Clock Receive and/or Transmit can be activated in the MIDI sub menu of system mode.

You can program MIDI to load presets, change parameter values, set tempo, bypass and more. MIDI programming is done in system mode. The unit can transmit MIDI program change via the footswitches, and MIDI continuous controller via the ten knobs.

Aux Switches

Yes. By using a stereo 1/4 inch y-cable, you can connect one aux switch to two Eventide stompboxes.

Yes. A single, mono aux switch will only work with the "T+R" (tip and ring) setting.

We've successfully used the DigiTech FS300.

You can connect up to three aux switches and use them to control things like preset loading, HotSwitch, and tap tempo.  To use an Aux switch you must select "switch" under the System Mode/Utilities/Exp Tip menu.

You may have to go through the aux switch assignments and make sure the switch is not assigned to multiple things.

USB

A few things. First, the USB interface is MIDI class compliant for use with your computer sequencer or DAW. The USB interface can also be used to dump your presets and load new presets. Finally, the USB interface is used to load software upgrades as they become available. 

Presets

Yes. Presets can be stored to and retrieved via the H9 Control app.

To restore factory presets and all system settings, power up while simultaneously pressing the HotKnob button and the Tap footswitch until [INITIALIZING] scrolls across the billboard display. CAUTION: This function will overwrite any presets that you've saved. If you want to be able to restore one or more of your presets you must first save them to a computer.

Yes, but you can restore the factory presets at any time.

Audio I/O

When in relay bypass, the input signal is hardwired to the output signal through relays so that the signal is unprocessed and does not go through the converters. There is an alternate setting for DSP bypass whereby the signal goes through the A/D and D/A.

After extensive testing with an analog dry path vs. converting the signal and doing the wet/dry mix after the converter, we chose the latter due to the fact that it ultimately sounds better. By changing the wet/dry mix after the conversion we avoid comb filtering resulting from phase cancellation which occurs when mixing together a dry analog signal with a signal which has gone through A/D and D/A. This comb filtering effect can seriously degrade your tone depending on the frequency. We use very high quality A/D converters which are very transparent and do not affect your tone (we have been making effects processors used by guitar players for over 40 years and have a proven track record in this area). However, if you so desire, you can use a switcher or a analog pan pedal and run a completely dry analog signal path outside the Stompbox and run H9 at 100% wet. In fact, we have added a "Kill Dry" setting in the system menu if you are running your set up that way.

When used with some low impedance tube amps it may sound like H9 is adding brightness when Active because it is acting as a buffer. This is really letting you hear the highs that were lost from your signal without a buffer. Many amps have buffered effects loops to address this issue. In this case we recommend that you connect our Stompboxes through the effects loop of these amps. If your amp does not have an effects loop, or if you prefer to run our Stompboxes in front of the amp (after the guitar before the amp’s input,) a solution would be to always have a buffer pedal in the signal chain before H9 (if using relay Bypass) or simply always use DSP Bypass mode.

H9 Control App

You cannot connect multiple iOS devices to a single H9 at the same time. Once an iOS device is paired with an H9, another iOS device will be unable to pair to the H9.

One iOS device can connect to at most three H9's at a time. If you connect to a fourth device, your iOS device will drop the oldest connection so there are still only three connections. You cannot, however, connect to one H9 from multiple iOS devices at the same time. Once an iOS device is paired with an H9, another iOS device will be unable to pair to the H9.

Here are a few of the iPad clips we have used at Eventide and had good experiences with:

  • Talent iClaw Mic or Music Stand Holder for Apple iPad
  • IK Multimedia iKlip for iPad
  • Sonic Clamp (for iPhone 4S)

  • Castiv's Guitar Sidekick

H9 Control is not currently available on Android. We have been looking into adding Android support but are not currently actively working on an Android port.

Yes, the H9 Control app works with all our stompboxes via USB on a MAC or PC. To update TimeFactor, ModFactor, PitchFactor, or Space simply update to the latest software version.

H9 Control works on the following iOS devices that are capable of running iOS 5 or greater and support Bluetooth communication: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3rd gen, iPad 4th gen, iPad mini, iPod touch 4th gen, and iPod touch 5th gen.

H9 Control also works without the store functionality via USB on Mac OS X 10.5 or greater or Windows XP or greater.

Buying Algorithms

Yes. You can purchase algorithms from the Mac or Windows desktop version of H9 Control.

No. We are not currently offering algorithms at discounted prices to existing Factor stompbox owners.

If you buy an algorithm for an H9 or use the coupon that comes with the H9 to buy an algorithm, it is unlocked on all the H9 stompboxes that are registered to your account. You can register at most five H9 stompboxes to your account.

No. Algorithm purchases are tied to your user account and not to the stompbox, and purchases are not transferable. Algorithm purchases are made through Apple’s in-app purchasing service, and Apple does not allow in-app purchases or other digital purchases to be transferred.

If you have not used the coupon that comes with the H9 to purchase an algorithm, the coupon will transfer to the new owner of the H9. If you have used the coupon to purchase an algorithm, that algorithm will remain tied to your user account.