Zoom G3 Guitar Multi-effects Processor version 2.0
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- Three large LCD displays with intuitive amp and stomp box interface
- 22 amp (v2.0) or 94 stomp box models can be used in any combination, Over 100 built-in ZFX-IV DSP effects
- Integrated drum machine and auto-chromatic tuner, USB audio interface for DAW recording
- Create and store up to 100 original tones, Balanced XLR output and selectable modes for DI use, Looper function with 40 seconds of phrase recording and overdubbing
- Over six hours of operation using four AA batteries/USB bus power (AC adapter included, Includes Edit&Share and Steinberg Sequel LE recording software
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The Zoom G3 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal and USB Interface unites the ease of a stompbox pedalboard with the power of a multi effects pedal plus a USB audio interface. The G3 gives complete control over individual effects and amp modeling for modifying your tones on the fly while performing. An onboard drum machine and looper make the G3 an incredible option for guitarists of every level. Zoom G3 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal and USB Interface Features Three large LCD displays and footswitches Amp or stomp box effects can be used in any combination Authentic amp modeling simulates amps, cabinets and mics separately Over 100 built-in DSP effects Create and store up to 100 original tones Integrated drum machine Looper function with 40 seconds of phrase recording and overdubbing USB audio interface for DAW recording on any Mac or PC Includes Edit and Share and Steinberg Sequal LE recording software Over six hours of operation using four AA batteries/USB bus power (AC adapter included) Most of the G3's comprehensive features stem from its three large LCD displays and corresponding footswitches. Together they form a graphical interface that allows you to utilize and manipulate up to three amp or stomp box effects in any combination at any time. Or use the G3's super-real amplifier modeling and over 100 built-in DSP effects to craft your own sounds. The pedal can store up to 100 original tones without a hitch. Each of the G3's footswitches offer additional functionality when held down. The first engages the Patch function to select your desired modeling units. With the second, activate the Tuner for smooth, real-time response with precise guitar tuning accuracy. The third footswitch provides you with Looper capabilities, including 40 seconds of phrase recording and overdubbing. In addition, the G3 offers an integrated drum machine that turns practice into a jam. The G3 is also a USB audio interface for DAW recording on your computer. The pedal is bundled with Zoom's Edit and S
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That said, the Zoom G3 is a thing I like.
For well under two-hundred dollars, it's a great deal on a great looper, which is the primary reason I bought it. It has the usual functions of most modern multi-switch loopers. Record, play, overdub, stop. One thing it has that I don't see elsewhere is an option for how to stop the loops. It's switchable between stopping immediately, stopping at the end of the current loop, or fading out over the course of the current and next pass of the loop. This is a global setting, and not a choice you can make live, but it's a beautiful addition to the function nonetheless.
As a looper alone it's worth buying. But add the gravy of a 40 second loop length, tap tempo options, a choice of battery, USB, or AC power, a balanced XLR direct out, and it's USB interface and it's even better than most.
On top of being one of the better loopers available, it's a multi-effects unit. Gravy on top of gravy.
As a multi-effects unit it's very clean and simple. It's designed to act like three stompboxes side by side. And act like that it does. You scroll through the available effects, settle on one, and you're done. The three knobs under each screen, and the button below that act exactly as they do on a standard pedal effect. If there are more than three controls, you page over to another screen, but the most common are up front. For those used to simple stomps, the hardest part is just scrolling through pedal options. Once you set your pedals of choice, you can save that as a patch, or just leave it, and it'll remember what you had when you turn it off. For all intents and purposes, it's like having a stores selection of pedals, and you get to pick a few to use. Except it's easier because they all run off one power source and you don't have to worry about your connection cables. Patch selecting and saving is also doable on your computer via the USB connection. The software is just as easy. You have a store's selection in front of you, you pick what you want, you're done.
Your pedal selection remains active while you're in looper mode. You have to toggle between looper and "home" to make adjustments to either, which can be a dance if you're trying to do a lot on the fly. But if you want your reverb and overdrive on, and then want to run some loops, easy peasy lemon squeezy.
How does it sound? Well, like a good modeller. If you're so focused on the precise sound of a 1976 Univibe with red paint or whatever, you may be disappointed (probably by a lot of things). But if you're open to what tools can do in their own right, the modeled sounds in the G3 are grand. I don't care what an effect is modeled after if the effect sounds good, and these do, I'm not trying to pass off some excuse for bad sounds, these really are GOOD sounds.
It can actually do even more. With an array of amp modellers and the USB interface, it's a simple recording tool. With a drum machine that has a few (uneditable) basic beats with variable tempos, it's a simple trainer or song sketcher.
Oh, and I almost forgot, build - metal body, check, knobs out of harms way but still in a good usable location, check, decent metal connections, check. One small thing, as far as I can tell, these are proprietary foot-switches. If for some reason they fail, Zoom will have to fix it, or you'll have to swap them out with something more widely available.
Overall as essentially three things in one, the G3 is ridiculously overspec'ed for the average going rate.
If you want a good multi-effect unit, you've got it. Plus a free looper and amp modelling USB interface.
If you want a good looper, you've got it. Plus you have a free multi-effects unit and amp modelling USB interface.
If you want a good amp modelling USB interface, you've got it. Plus a free looper and multi-effects unit.
I've been using one of these for several months now. I want another. Or maybe the G5. I'm hoping they make a G7 or G9 too. I'm considering selling my effects pedals and just settling with a few of these things. Love it.
Update after using this for a little over a year ...
I've since gone on to buy a (used) G3X, which is everything this is but with an expression pedal (note: output volume for the pedal is PRE looper oddly). And recently picked up a like new G5. This is how much I like these devices. HOWEVER ...
In hooking up my trusty G3 to the computer after a long time of not-needing-to, I noticed there was both a patch and system update available for it. In running the system update it hung up on a particular portion, and eventually hung up my whole computer. So a reboot was necessary. Unfortunately, that caused the system update to be incomplete, and this bricked my G3. I tried doing a factory reset, got an error. I tried multiple things and kept getting that same error. I now have a high tech door stop. And according to Zoom, I'll need to send it in to get it serviced, and sadly because I'm out of warranty, I'll have to pay for it. SO - UPDATE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
SECOND UPDATE - I managed to get this up and running without sending it in. Apparently caching and left behind registry information and whatnot will keep this thing bricked once it's bricked. However, I installed the software on another computer that I've never connected the G3 to before, plugged it in, and voila, firmware update completed.
I've had it for just over a year now and had put it to use every single night. In a years time I've pushed every button thousands of times, some more than others. Also, I did end up buying the zoom expression pedal and made room for it on my board for even more fun options. This thing is great! It still is operating perfect, all the buttons feel and function great, no lighting or patch glitches and definitely get the expression pedal
I use the XLR output and go straight to my band's stage box. I have to have the output volume set to 5 (out of 128!) to avoid clipping. That does seem crazy, but it results in good, consistent volume at any venue.
Best part? It's runs on batteries! One less cable on stage! Two if you count the power strip/extension cord!
It's so nice to not carry around a heavy amp and cabinet anymore! The other guitarist and bass player got jealous of my light rig and ended up using similar solutions (though not this exact product). Now our largest piece of gear at shows is a 14-space rack. The 2nd largest item is the kick drum!
Love this unit!
I frequently use the drum machine to get some loops going and fiddle with some ideas and that has been going well. When you become more familiar with the functionality of the device (it gets highly customizeable in submenus) it is really fun to use. Honestly you can bring this to a gig without an amp, and connect directly into their PA and nobody would know the difference. Convenient and awesome.