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Can someone with experience using the Eventide H9 and Helix describe the quality of the effects options?

 

I have to admit, I'm not enamored with the Helix modulations or delays. They are not bad by any means and totally usable, but is the grass greener on the Eventide side? From what I've gathered from YouTube videos is the H9 is very well regarded and might just be the top tire unit for effects. But, then there's the reality of what you have in front of you is good enough. I do have a Helix (Stomp XL).

 

So, thoughts from experience? Will the H9 inspire me? Does the H9 offer a sound pallet that just bets out the Helix? Maybe I need both?

 

I tend to use a fair bit of modulation (chorus, univibe, trem, phaser, flanger). As for delay, most of what I use is simple delay to fill out the sound.

 

Curious what you have to say.

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On 7/31/2022 at 7:13 AM, adagosto said:

Can someone with experience using the Eventide H9 and Helix describe the quality of the effects options?

 

I have to admit, I'm not enamored with the Helix modulations or delays. They are not bad by any means and totally usable, but is the grass greener on the Eventide side? From what I've gathered from YouTube videos is the H9 is very well regarded and might just be the top tire unit for effects. But, then there's the reality of what you have in front of you is good enough. I do have a Helix (Stomp XL).

 

So, thoughts from experience? Will the H9 inspire me? Does the H9 offer a sound pallet that just bets out the Helix? Maybe I need both?

 

I tend to use a fair bit of modulation (chorus, univibe, trem, phaser, flanger). As for delay, most of what I use is simple delay to fill out the sound.

 

Curious what you have to say.

 

You can download the H9 VST 30 days trial, and check yourself. It's same algos you find in the pedal so they will sound pretty much the same. 

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I bought two H9's when I had a Marshall half stack before I sold it to get an Atomic Amplifire then a HX Stomp modeller. The sounds you can get from the H9 are certainly impressive but to me they can sit on the side of studio/outboard effects than guitar pedal sounds very quickly if you over tweak the settings. Device-wise you've got to remember that the H9 uses the whole processing power for the selected algorithm whereas the HX Stomp XL has to accommodate up to 8 blocks of algorithms with one processor. This means the H9 sound can be far more complex/rich.

 

The one algorithm-at-a-time limitation means that if you do end up liking the H9 sounds more than the XL you'll have to splash out on buying more than one if you want to use an Eventide flanger and Blackhole reverb in one of your presets - which is why you'll see people have two on their boards plus the Strymon Timeline/Big Sky/Mobius

 

If you like the sounds the Eventide products are definitely excellent (small footprint) additions to a HX Stomp/XL pedalboard as long as you're happy to work around the limitations of both units

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