One of the great things about the Eventide H9 is that it’s a piece of hardware that can be infinitely expanded and updated through software releases. Since the H9 is a staple in my production world, I always look forward to new algorithms that can help me create with it. HotSawz takes the H9 into a different world with its pitch-tracking, monophonic synth engine, which offers six stackable sawtooth oscillators, three modulation sources and four assignable destinations.
Modulation sources include LFO, Envelope Follower and ADS Gate, and the assignable destinations include Filter Cutoff, Volume, Pitch and Oscillator Depth. As with most new releases, the best way to get an idea of what it does is to plug it in and scroll through the presets. The names—including Analog-ish Lead, Faux Horns, Funky Sauce and Hot Bass—give you some idea of where you’re headed. The sounds track surprisingly well (with guitar), and you can create some cool synth lines.
I control my H9s from either the desktop software on my Mac or the very useful Bluetooth app. I found it useful to adjust the All Mix knob, which is the wet/dry, in order to find the right blend between the source and waveform sounds. From there, you can tweak your attacks, osc depth, resonance and so on to dial it in. HotSawz allows users to bring a little synth action to the table. It’s a very cool addition to the H9 arsenal.
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