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Zoom A3 Pre-Amp and Effects for Acoustic Guitar
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- Easy-to-use interface includes LCD, footswitches, analog-style cursor keys/parameter knobs and LED indicators
- Remodeling presets for 16 body types and 28 popular acoustic guitar models
- 40 effects can be used in any combination
- Acoustic guitar pre-amp with Mic and Pickup mixing options, 3-band EQ, Balance control and super-low noise design
- AC (adapter included) and USB bus powered
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Zoom's A3 is the first pedal of its kind. It allows players to restore the natural tone of their acoustic guitars while continuing to use pickup systems for amplification. In addition to being a powerful acoustic preamp, the A3 offers unrivaled acoustic remodeling features, amazing acoustic effects and much more for crafting acoustic guitar sounds for both live and studio applications.
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Overall, I'm impressed by the unit's sound with both piezo and magnetic pickups. The guitar models seem well-done and it's easy to control how much of the modeled sound comes through. With respect to the effects, most are fine although Zoom could have done a much better job of outlining each effects control parameters. The anti-feedback works. I do wish it would adult both the frequency and depth of the filter automatically (it defaults to deep) but that can be changed by the user for individual frequencies.
A common objection to the A3 is that the knobs and adjustments are small and that it would be difficult to make changes during a live performance. I'm not sure that's a valid criticism; the knobs on the A3 are no smaller than on any other stomp-box or multi-effects unit I've used. Further, Zoom's assumption is that you'll pre-program those patches for live performance prior to the gig. Each patch can be assigned an alphabetic priority and can be accessed by simply tapping the foot switch to cycle through the assigned patches. I can't imagine trying to adjust the settings of any stomp box on the fly in a performance.
This unit may not please everyone but if you're considering it I'd encourage you to check out some of the reviews on specialty music sites to gain a broader perspective.
But what about the guitar modeling... I think the only thing that I can ad about the guitar modeling is that I think Zoom's modeling was more about filling in the number in a general resonance and pressure algorithms got from just one sample, rather than a more complete type of microphone(s) , distance. parameter analysis that Fishman uses. If you ever heard Zooms modeling of amplifier cabinet sounds, I think they used the same software tool for the A3. Long and the short, is that Fishman has better algorithm models and more of them and this thing has everthing else. Eventually, they will improve the sampling technology and it will be included in the models and sound kind of close to the real thing.
Is it complex? If you know how to work your cell phone, you can figure it out just spend a an hour or two with it without going into ADD and playing you guitar.