Compare H9, H9 Core, H9 MAX
All H9 Models have the same hardware. The only difference between the models is the number of algorithms that come with the device. The H9 can run all of the algorithms from our TimeFactor (delay), ModFactor (modulation), PitchFactor (pitch shifting), and Space (reverb) pedals as well as some created just for the H9.
Preloaded with pitch and delay effects from the original studio harmonizers.
Greatest Hits Preloaded with 9 algorithms.
Time, Mod, Pitch, Space Preloaded with all effect algorithms and associated presets from the popular Eventide stompboxes.
The H9 Max also includes all future algorithms created for the platform at no additional charge. Interested in making your H9 a Max?
CrushStation turns your H9 stompbox into an overdrive/distortion command center with controls that drive your tone anywhere from a creamy saturation to a brutal sonic assault with everything in between. Control features include the usual suspects: Drive, Sustain, multi-band EQ. Plus control over features like Sag, Octaves and Grit that take the overdrive effect beyond the norm.
10 CrushStation presets to help show the range of sounds possible:
- Fra Diavolo (a spicy metal preset)
- Bisque (smooth and creamy)
- Sag Harbor (with heavy sag)
- Bottom Feeder (chunky, with added low octave)
- Jumbo Shrimp (a big little sound)
- Scuttle Butter (thick blues)
- PunkRock Lobster (lots of trouble)
- Steamed in Beer (that amp's gonna blow!)
- Crawdaddy (1 1/2 oz. Vodka, 1 splash Soda Water, 5 oz. Lemonade)
- Decapod Muff (a "Big" sound)
Terminology: Algorithm, Preset, Effect
An effect is something that alters a sound in a specific way. Examples include eq, reverb, delay, wah, phaser, etc. Effects often have parameters that can be changed to customize the way the sound is altered. Examples include repeats for delay, gain for wah, intensity for phaser, etc.
An algorithm is a combination of effects specifically arranged to provide a more custom sound. We make the distinction between effect and algorithm because algorithms often include more than one effect, each having parameters that can be changed. The combinations of these effects and parameters can used to create unique and original sounds that wouldn't otherwise be possible with single effects. Examples include Filter Pong, ModFilter, HarModulator, Reverse Reverb, etc.
A preset is an algorithm saved with its parameters. The H9 comes with presets to give you an idea of what is possible and of course you can create your own. An example would be Bridge of Sighs, which is a preset created using the Digital Delay algorithm. The Digital Delay algorithm combines a stereo delay effect with a modulation effect. Another example is Fra Diavolo, which is a preset created using the CrushStation algorithm. The CrushStation algorithm combines the following effects: overdrive, octave shift, noise gate, compressor and dying battery emulator (sag).
Artists Using H9
On a whim before flying out to a tracking session last year I bought one of your new full loaded H9s. As I couldn't fit my usual compliment of stomp boxes into a suit case and hoped this would fill the void... It certainly did that and more!
Since returning home it has become a main stay...
My work involving teaching music technology to disadvantaged young people aged 11-16 and currently I'm doing a term where I'm teaching them about analog synths and sound design. When I brought in the pedal they didn't know what to think at first but when I plugged in into the Moog and gave them...
Last year, I bought an Axe FX and hated it from the second I unboxed it. It’s probably fine for guys who can hire a tech just to program a guitar processor. I spent so much time fiddling with it, there was less time to rehearse. Trying to program a computer is not making music! The software was...
Easy you might think but you have to come up with the idea and put it in a stunning and easy to use piece of gear. Now you have the world best effect processor in the palm of your hand... I want to thank you and congratulate the whole Eventide team for creating the most amazing products year...
Just want to say that one hesitates on a precipice when one buys Eventide effects. They are clearly premium products with premium prices. Right now I'm focused on the H9 Max, but have owned several other Eventide stompboxes, and they're fine tools.
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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 on Windows, Mac and iOS, connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to the H9 and using a USB cable to connect to the Space, PitchFactor, TimeFactor and Modfactor stompboxes and is available for free.
Eventide H9: A Small Rig for a Full Gig (English Subtitles)
Reverb.com Reviews the Eventide H9
Eventide CrushStation Official Release Video
Andy from Source Distribution (UK) Demos the H9
Sing Through Guitar Pedals
Tom Quayle Reviews the H9 Max and H9 Control
Andy from Pro Guitar Shop Demos CrushStation
Desireé Bassett: Exploring the H9 from Eventide
Jeff Pevar: Eventide Mixing Link and h9 Max Jam
H9 Midi Control Setup Tutorial by Molten Voltage
Come aggiornare i pedali Eventide: H9, TimeFactor, PitchFactor, ModFactor, Space
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Looper for Eventide H9 (Japanese)
Adrian Belew checks out H9 Max
Best Guitar Effects Checks Out H9
Dave Weiner Demonstrates H9 Max
Pete Thorn Using 2 H9's on Tour
Alan Chaput Demos the H9 Max
Rotary Algorithm for H9
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
|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)|
|Input Impedance||600K ohms (mono or stereo)|
|Output Impedance||470 ohms|
|Recommended Load Impedance||10K ohms or greater|
|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|
Documentation & Downloads
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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 (+)
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 have heard from users who had success with the M-Audio MGear EX-P, Line-6 EX-1, Mission Engineering SP1-LF, Source Audio Reflex Universal Expression Controller, Roland EV-5, and Boss FV500L.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 App, Bluetooth
The 4 digit PIN for Bluetooth pairing is the same as the last 4 digits of your H9's serial number.
The 4 digit PIN for Bluetooth pairing is the same as the last 4 digits of your H9's serial number.
Yes. You can purchase algorithms from the Mac or Windows desktop version of H9 Control using PayPal.
No. We are not currently offering algorithms at discounted prices to existing Factor stompbox owners.
The price of algorithms varies, but most are $19.99.
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.
Absolutely and it's easy to do. Just purchase enough algorithms to your account to reach the Max Status, use the Restore Purchases feature of H9 Control and your unit will be converted into an H9 Max. From that moment on, it's no different from any other H9 Max. If you own an H9 Core, you will need to have purchased a total of 30 algorithms. For a standard H9, 20 algorithms.
It's easy to verify what version a particular H9 is by watching the LCD readout when the unit powers on. It will show one of three messages:
These version names cannot be set or changed except by Eventide.
Your H9 core will not become an H9 Max, however that's not really necessary since you can share the algorithms from your H9 Max with up to 4 other H9s (for a total of 5 devices). Keep in mind that if you sell the H9 it will return to the factory default and would then use the algorithms of its new owner.
Yes. The H9 Max status and algorithms are tied to the pedal, not to the account. This is different than a standard or H9 Core unit where the algorithms are tied to your account and stay with you rather than the device.
The H9 communicates using the 2.1 version of the Bluetooth protocol, and theoretically, any Bluetooth chip supporting Bluetooth 2.1 should work. In particular we have tested and had success using these two:
StarTech USBBT1EDR2 Mini USB Bluetooth 2.1 Adapter, which can be ordered off of Amazon here:
Kensington (K33956AM) which can be ordered off Amazon here:
We have had mixed success with Bluetooth adapters using the Broadcom chipset, which is used in the BestBuy Bluetooth dongle products from Rocketfish and Insignia and the Inateck® USB Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Micro Adapter USB Wireless Bluetooth Dongle among other products. Some users have had trouble getting the Broadcom driver to install successfully. But other users have been able to install the drivers without problems, and those users that have been able to get their Windows computers to install the drivers have also been able to connect to the H9 using these Bluetooth dongles without any problems.