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Zoom A2 Acoustic Guitar Multi Effects Pedal

by Zoom

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  • Effect Types: 47
  • Effect Modules: 8
  • Maximum Simultaneous Effects: 8
  • Patch Memory: User 40+Preset 40, Total 80
  • Sampling Frequency: 96kHz
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Product Description

Product Description

Zoom's A2 processes the line signal from your acoustic guitar pickup, adding the tone and space normally associated with mic recording. Even if you're playing through an amp or PA, your guitar's natural resonance will shine through. It will also model famous acoustic sounds, and features EQ and effects for getting exactly what you're after.

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Zoom's A2 processes the line signal from your acoustic guitar pickup, adding the tone and space normally associated with mic recording. Even if you're playing through an amp or PA, your guitar's natural resonance will shine through. It will also model famous acoustic sounds, and features EQ and effects for getting exactly what you're after.

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96kHz sampling brings out the true nature of acoustic guitar sound
The rich, detailed tone of an acoustic guitar is created by a delicate triple harmony of strings, neck, and body. But a piezo or magnetic pickup never captures the full body resonance, often resulting in thin sound dominated by the strings. This tendency can't be fully compensated with a conventional preamp equalizer.

The A2 series incorporates 24-bit / 96 kHz sampling and sophisticated sound modeling technology to process the line signal from the pickup, adding a lush body tone and the spatial ambience that is created by mic recording. Even when playing through an amplifier or PA speaker, the resonance of the guitar body is restored, allowing the natural acoustic sound to shine through.

The new ZOOM ZFX-3 32-bit DSP chip
The heart of any multi-effect device is its processor and decoder section. ZOOM has attained a new level with the ZFX-3 chip. 32-bit architecture ensures outstanding performance and allows smooth and detailed signal processing. Fine nuances of fingering and touch come through without any deterioration, thanks to this incredibly powerful DSP.

Select optimum characteristics to match pickup and amp model
The GLOBAL module that controls settings for the entire unit combines a pair of parameters called AMP SELECT and PICKUP SELECT. These let you optimize frequency response for the type of pickup and amp that you are using. Whether recording or live on stage, you can always get just the right acoustic sound.

2-bit architecture ensures outstanding performance and allows smooth and detailed signal processing.

Built-in six-band EQ optimized for acoustic guitar.

Power with AC adapter or four AA batteries.

Simulate famous and popular acoustic guitar tones.

Six-band linear equalizer or two-band parametric equalizer provide ambience control
Center frequency allocation and filter slopes of the built-in six-band EQ are optimized for acoustic guitar. Peaking type filters in the crucial middle range (320Hz, 500Hz, 1.2kHz, 6.3kHz) are augmented by shelving-type filters at the low and high end (60Hz and 12kHz). Further flexibility is offered by the possibility to switch to a two-band parametric EQ, for delivering a pin-point boost or cut. The A2 series lets you really take control.

Feedback control feature
When playing an acoustic guitar on stage, acoustic feedback (howling) is often a problem--but now there is a remedy. The feedback control feature allows automatic or manual detection of the constantly changing feedback point, and an effective notch filter is then brought into action to provide the required attenuation. Auto detection can be triggered with the foot switch to allow swift reaction during a performance.

47 high-quality effects implemented with 32-bit processing
Eight modules dedicated to aspects such as dynamics, filtering, modulation, and ambience offer a total of 47 effects. A limiter/compressor lets you control peaks and ensure that levels are matched. The air effect simulates the ambience in a room, the detune effect adds pitch-shifted harmony components for that fleeting 12-string guitar sound. Or emphasize a specific frequency range with the resonator. All of these effects are optimized for acoustic guitar and can be put to use right away. Other features include multi-tap delay and long delay with settings up to 5000ms, reverse delay, flanger, phaser, and various other studio-class effects.

Add body and depth with 3 types of chorus
Add just the right amount of body and depth to the sound when you need it. The choice is yours: warm and mild mono chorus, clear and transparent stereo chorus, expansive and three-dimensional chorus ensemble, and more.

Enhance your acoustic sound with 9 types of reverb
The A2 has nine types of reverb designed specifically for acoustic guitar including Hall, Room, Arena, Tiled Room. Many guitarists will also be familiar with Spring Reverb. The A2 also features a reverb setting called "Early Reflections" and a Slap Reverb that is a first for this class. Each reverb setting is fully adjustable so the user can make each phrase more distinct.

12 acoustic guitar/preamp sound character simulations
A simulation module lets you choose among a number of very famous and popular acoustic guitar tones. The different sonic characteristics that depend on body size and shape as well as on the materials used are faithfully reproduced. What's more, a mic module simulates the sound of guitar as recorded through a microphone, with selectable positioning and mic type (dynamic / condenser).

Analog style editing knobs make it a snap to create your very own sound
The three rotary knobs let you tailor three different parameters at the same time. This could be sensitivity, attack, and level for the compressor effect, or delay time, feedback, and mixing level for the delay effect. It's like having an array of stomp boxes ready for action. In play mode, the three knobs adjust the modulation effect mix level, delay/reverb mix level, and the patch level. This lets you quickly match the unit's performance to the band or the room acoustics.

40 ready to use preset patches for stage and studio
The unit comes preprogrammed with recommended settings for various acoustic guitar models, settings that are modeled on the signature sound of famous guitarists, rich ambience settings using chorus and reverb, and more. Plus, a user area capable of storing another 40 patches gives you plenty of creative leeway.

World's fastest patch change speed: 8ms
The annoying interval heard when switching patches on standard effects pedals has been virtually eliminated. With its record-setting speed of 0.008 seconds, the A2 series never misses a beat. For example, when changing to a lead solo during a song, you no longer need to press the switch slightly in advance. Simply push the foot switch and start playing the solo phrase.

Built-in auto-chromatic tuner for guitar
The guitar tuner can be called up instantly by pushing two foot switches together. High-brightness LED indicators make the note readout easy to see also on a dark stage. The calibration range is 435 to 445Hz, and mute tuning without sound output is also possible. Tuning has never been easier or more convenient.

ZNR keeps playing pauses quiet
The built-in ZOOM Noise Reduction (ZNR) provides optimized performance for guitar. While minimizing any alteration of the original sound, ZNR shuts out unwanted noise in the playing pauses. Even the tails of long sustain notes come out beautifully, with natural release.

Integrated drum machine with PCM sound sources
Realistic drum sounds derived from PCM sources are arranged in a variety of rhythm patterns for different musical genres. The 40 rhythm variations include the steady 8-beat of Rock and Pop, funky 16-beat, a "Jazzy" 4-beat, and many more choices.

Optional foot switch allows versatile remote operation
When the optional foot switch (FS01) is connected, tap tempo input of settings such as delay time and modulation rate is possible. Other selectable functions include bank switching, drum machine start/stop, and delay hold on/off switching.

Ultra low noise design with 100 dB S/N ratio
With an amazing rated signal-to-noise ratio of 100dB, background noise ceases to be a problem, leaving only superbly clean, transparent sound.

Sturdy metal chassis and rubber damping for superior toughness and durability
The combination of a solid metal chassis with shock-absorbent rubber damping ensures that the unit can stand up to the rigors of use on stage. Take it on the road or into the studio, the A2 series will not let you down.

Two-way power allows use just about anywhere
Thanks to its circuit design optimized for low voltage operation, the unit will run for more than 7.5 hours on a set of four IEC R6 (size AA) batteries. A separately available AC adapter (AD-0006) can be plugged in for extended studio work, but on stage you never need to worry about AC power.

Expression pedal adds further versatility to your guitar play
The optional expression pedal (FP02) is a great way to control effect parameters in real time. Besides adjusting the volume or the tone of a simulation effect, the pedal can be used for manual detection of feedback frequency, controlling the modulation rate, or adjusting the delay/reverb mix level.

What's in the Box
Zoom A2 Multi Effects Pedal, AC Adapter, User's Manual


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000HG8978
  • Item model number: ZOO A2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,602 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Romanza on March 12, 2010
I was very skeptical ordering this product because I bought the Zoom electric processor & was not impressed. However I must say I am totally blown away by how well this unit works out of the box. Most of these processors are packed full of over-done processed sounds that needs lots of tweaking so you don't sound like you're playing in outer space. Two days after I got this unit & less than an hour playing & barely having to fiddle around with it I was jamming live in front of 500 people that weekend, and at least 5 of the factory settings were usable without any tweaking at all! It was like my acoustic guitar, only better, sweeter & more vibrant sounding. Not overdone, not too spacey nor too much reverb, just a little more color & better EQ & sound quality. I got several comments from my band members about how good the acoustic guitar sounded.

The unit has some cool modeling features so you can have your guitar sound like the standard Martin D-28 or Gibson dreadnought & others. What I also really like about this unit is it has REVERB, EQ, CHORUS, DELAY, MODELING, PICKUP SELECTION, AND VERY IMPORTANT: a COMPRESSOR! This is a must for live performances, compression smooths out your sound. Many of the other more expensive acoustic processors make the terrible mistake of leaving off either reverb or a compressor.
You could spend more month but I doubt you'd get a better unit? Forget the Zoom electric processor & definitely get this one for your acoustic, its a great unit.

One bad thing--these things eat batteries (if you leave them plugged in with the cords). I was surprised it sucked a fresh set of batteries dead in one weekend with only about a couple hours of playing time, apparently because I left the guitar cable plugged in overnight.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alan J. Denning on June 8, 2009
I used this plus an old zoom bass pedal exclusively for all the acoustic & electric guitars on St Vytus' cd Supercool. I mothballed all my other pedals. I love it & I never even bothered programmimg my own sounds. They should give me an endorsement deal & loads of free stuff. The only drag with multi effects is scrolling through fron A1 to D12
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Cossey on July 8, 2009
Man! this thing does what I needed and more, I can now record decent acoustic tracks of different models without waiting for quiet time and setting up mics. Perfect for an in home low budget studio.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David A. Billings on April 21, 2010
This unit sounds great. Great VERB, MODULATION, AND DELAY. . HOWEVER. .does ZOOM not realize that some guitarists want ALL THREE in their sound at the same time??. . thats a no brainer. .ESPECIALLY by now in 2010. . . you can have two of the three simultaneously. . but not all three. . in a pedal that is SUPPOSEDLY designed for performance. . .that is RIDICULOUS. .shame on ZOOM. I have to link a separate CHORUS pedal to have CHORUS,DELAY AND VERB AT THE SAME TIME. . shame on ZOOM.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JD Hazlewood - Author of "That Which Always Is" & "Peace of No Mind" on June 3, 2011
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I never really wanted to do acoustic shows until I started doing one last year. I have an old Takamine, not sure of the series, but it was cheap, that I pulled out to do it with. After seeing the response there was to acoustic performances and the idea of not as much gear to lug around, acoustic solo and duo seemed the best way to go.

Since I'm picky about sound, I wasn't real happy with the way the Tak sounded just running through the PA, I'm primarily a lead player. I tried using an electric multi-effects pedal, which gave some effects but didn't help the tone, as I knew it would not.
I did the research and decided that this pedal got the best reviews for the money, and I didn't want to spend $600 bucks or more on this deal. I got it, tried it, and it worked right out of the box. Many of the presets are pretty useable, for me anyway. I didn't get right into the manual, but it seems pretty intuitive if you are used to multi-effects processors. It really adds some tone that the Takamine was lacking, seems to add some genuine resonance and clarity and doesn't get sucked down with another instrument playing.

The effects are clear and simple, designed for acoustic, and some maybe even beyond the scope of acoustic, depending on how much of a "purist" you are. To me, if you are plugging an acoustic into anything, you're not a purist, we all cheat some to get a better sound.
It has a nice flange, phase, chorus(and I never have cared for chorus on electric), the tremolo is nice, as is the delay. I haven't explored all of the things it can do, but suspect that it's not lacking anywhere if I take the time to investigate.
The modeling seems good. Not 100%, but what modeling is? But it's pretty nice and makes an old, cheap guitar sound nice.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jmar on March 25, 2009
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This product does what it's supposed to do. Be sure to read the manual or you'll never get the full value. It has a lot features but is complicated to use.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Software Architect on April 15, 2011
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I had high hopes for this effect based on the reviews here. In practice it turned out to be rather mediocre for the most part.

Things I like about it:

* Great price
* Nice drum machine
* Good Tuner
* Variety of effects

The cons include:

* Using the drum machine turns the reverb/delay effects off
* Reverb and delay effects are in the same "block" and cannot be used in the same time
* Most of the factory presets sound very artificial
* The output requires a splitter Y-cable
* The controls have so many functions it is hard to navigate without the manual
* Cheap preamp - the preamp compresses a lot and is easy to overdrive when playing loud. This is a major problem if you want to preserve the dynamics of your playing.

In general, if you have a good-sounding guitar and hope to enhance it, this effect is not for you. It offers many but mediocre effects and the preamp really kills the dynamics.
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