Zoom G3X - Guitar Effects and Amplifier Simulator with Expression Pedal
|Price:||$199.99 + $19.95 shipping|
- Three large LCDs with intuitive amp and stomp box interface, Built-in expression pedal
- 22 amp or 94 stomp box models can be used in any combination, Looper function with 40 seconds of phrase recording and overdubbing
- 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
- 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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- AA size (LR6) battery x 4
- AC adapter (Zoom AD-16)
- Operation manual
- Steinberg Sequel LE recording software
The Zoom G3X Guitar Effects/Amp Simulator Pedal
With the G3X, you'll be able to express yourself in ways you never thought possible. It provides 116 great-sounding guitar effects and amp / speaker models, along with a built-in expression pedal. There are three stompbox-style displays, each with its own dedicated foot switch, plus a Tap Tempo function for real-time effects synchronization, an onboard tuner, integrated rhythm patterns, and a 40-second Looper.
- 94 guitar effects, including distortion, compression, phasing, flanging, chorus, delay, and reverb, plus 22 popular amp and cabinet models
- Use up to 6 effects and models simultaneously, chained together in any order
- Built-in expression pedal for volume control, pitch bend, and effects modulation
- 100 patches and ultra-fast patch change speed
- Tap Tempo, onboard chromatic tuner, integrated rhythm patterns, and Looper
- Dual output jacks for connection to amps or headphones and balanced XLR output for DI connection to mixing boards and recorders
- Runs on 4 AA batteries or supplied AC adapter, with alkaline battery life of 6 hours
Intuitive design, easy navigation.
The G3X's three LCD screens, each with its own foot switch and control knob, form a large graphical interface that makes it easy to edit effects and bring them in and out as needed.
Over a hundred different ways to craft your sound.
The arsenal of effects provided by the G3X include dozens of compressors, noise gates, filters, equalizers, boosters, overdrives, fuzzes, phasers, flangers, chorusing, pitch shift, tremolo, vibrato, and ring modulation—even simulations of both classic and contemporary pedals. In addition, there are 22 amp / speaker cabinet models, designed to emulate the world's most-loved vintage and modern amplifiers, both tube and solid-state. Its built-in expression pedal can be used for real-time volume control or to affect parameters such as delay time, modulation speed, or pitch bend.
What's more, you can use up to 6 effects and amp models simultaneously, arranged in any order you like—you can even reverse signal flow at the touch of a button.
The G3X provides a handy Tap Tempo function that allows you to to perfectly synchronize delay times and modulation rates to the rhythm of the song you're playing. It can be set and adjusted in real time, too, using a dedicated button or optional foot switch controller.
The G3X's built-in chromatic tuner supports all standard and drop tunings and is instantly accessible at all times. You can opt to either bypass the currently selected effect when tuning, or to mute the signal altogether so you can tune in silence.
Rhythm training is an important part of every guitarist's craft, and the G3X makes it easy and fun to do, thanks to its 41 realistic-sounding rhythm patterns: high-quality samples of actual drums playing in a variety of different genres, from rock to jazz, blues to ballads, punk to funk.
Explore your creativity to its fullest with the G3X Looper, which allows you to layer up to 40 seconds of performance, through the effect or effects of your choice. The Looper can even be used in conjunction with Rhythm accompaniments so you can play along with the pattern of your choice.
|Number of effects||94||94||123|
|Number of amp models||22||22||22|
|Number of simultaneous effects||Up to 6||Up to 6||Up to 9|
|Number of patches||100||100||297|
|Stereo outputs and balanced XLR output||Y||Y||Y|
|Tap Tempo, Tuner, and Looper||Y||Y||Y|
|Number of footswitches / LCD screens||3||3||4|
|Built-in expression pedal||N||N||Y|
Zoom's G3X Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator Pedal combines the ease of a stomp box pedal board with the power of a multi effects processor and USB audio interface. The G3X also features a new built in expression pedal for added tone manipulation. With complete control over both individual effects and amp modeling, you can change your tones on the fly in both stage and studio settings.
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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!