Zoom G5 Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator with Z-Pedal
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- Tube Booster (12AX7 tube) for up to 16dB of amp overdrive, ZFX-IV effects processor
- 3D Z-pedal for multi-dimensional parameter control, Create and store up to 297 (99 banks x 3 patches) original tones, Looper function with 60 seconds of phrase recording and overdubbing
- Four large LCD displays with intuitive amp and stomp box interface, Integrated drum machine and auto-chromatic tuner, USB audio interface for DAW recording
- 123 stomp box presets and 22 amp models, Balanced XLR output and selectable modes for DI use, Simultaneous use of up to nine effects
- Powered via AC adaptor (included), Includes Edit&Share and Steinberg Cubase LE recording software
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In the box
- Operation manual
- AC adapter (Zoom AD-16)
- Steinberg Cubase LE recording software
The Zoom G5 Guitar Effects/Amp Simulator Pedal
The ultimate guitar pedal.
The G5 provides all the power and flexibility of a complete pedalboard in one comprehensive device. It offers 145 guitar effects and amp models, up to 9 of which can be chained together for extraordinary multi-effect complexity. Four separate backlit displays—each with its own dedicated foot switch and control knobs—make it easy to edit effects and bring them in and out as needed, plus there's a built-in expression pedal, Tube Booster, tuner, integrated rhythm patterns and Looper.
- 123 guitar effects, including distortion, compression, phasing, flanging, chorus, delay, and reverb, plus 22 popular amp and cabinet models
- Use up to 9 effects and models simultaneously, chained together in any order
- 297 patches and ultra-fast patch change speed
- Built-in three-dimensional Z-Pedal expression pedal for volume control, pitch bend, and effects modulation
- Tube booster (with a real 12AX7 tube!)
- Tap Tempo, onboard chromatic tuner, integrated rhythm patterns, and Looper
- Dual output jacks for connection to amps as well as balanced XLR output for DI connection to mixers and recorders, plus dedicated headphone output
The Z-Pedal: Extraordinary expression in three dimensions.
The G5's unique Z-Pedal provides a whole new way for you to express yourself. It senses not only up-and-down, but also side-to-side movement, allowing you to control up to three effect parameters simultaneously.
Over a hundred different ways to craft your sound.
The arsenal of effects provided by the G5 include more than a hundred overdrives, fuzzes, compressors, noise gates, filters, equalizers, boosters, 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.
What's more, the G5 allows you to use up to 9 effects and amp models simultaneously, arranged in any order you like—you can even reverse signal flow at the touch of a button.
The G5 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 G5'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 G5 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 G5 Looper, which allows you to layer up to 60 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||Y||Y|
Zoom took the groundbreaking design of its G3 pedal and dialed it up a notch with the G5 Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator Pedal. The G5 combines the ease of a stomp box pedal board and the power of a multi effects pedal and USB audio interface, along with an extra LCD display/footswitch interface, Tube Booster, 3D Z pedal and additional amp models and effects. While extremely easy to use, the G5 gives you the ultimate in control over your guitar tones in stage and studio settings.
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Another great feature is the included software editor, which loaded up with no problems. Recognizes the G5 as soon as I turn it on, and opens the editor so you don't have to bend down to the floor to edit patches. Just click on the the stomp boxes and edit them right on the screen in real time. Re-arrange the effects order, type, change parameters and save all in seconds. Makes it a snap to dial in just the sound you are looking for.
Tube booster is a bit of a buzz-kill. Have not found much use for it. It has to warm up for a good 20-30 minutes before it sounds right and sometimes that's more than my jam time. But it can add some nice harmonics to the right patches. I admit I need to play with it a little more. Some have said it takes a few weeks for this tube to sound right so maybe I haven't given it enough break-in time to judge. (Update on this part, the tube has finally broke in and sounds great if you integrate it right and let it warm up but do not expect the tube booster to sound good out of the box. Mine took a good 30 days to break in).
I am a long time Zoom fan and used the Zoom 9030 as the heart of my effects rig for 10 years and loved it. I recognize some of the signature sounds in better form here in the G5 due to the higher rez chip. Don't wonder if there is anything out there for this price that sounds this good and has as many different effects than the G5. I looked, there is not at this time. There is around 140 sounds including the amp models and they can add more via updates, and you can download and share sounds with other users on the website. Really cool features I think because someone else might give you a totally new programming idea and that expands your horizons. .
You have to spend hundreds more to not have as many sounds with other brands. I have been using the Roland VG-88, 99 and now back to Zoom with the G5 and loving it. Only thing I miss from the VG stuff is the 12 string sounds. No big loss for what I have gained. The G5 allows me to really hear the sound of my guitar. Something I have not been totally happy with in the VG's, they always sound so colored, but not the G5.
Also, this thing is built like a tank. Solid aluminum chassis. Even the pedal is metal so it feels really good under foot. Very responsive feel. Another thing I have not been happy with the the VG's is the Wah sounds leave a lot to be desired. Really great sounding wah's on the G5 and the pedal has left and right functions so you can have it set up to do 2 things a once. Pretty awesome.
Anyway, stop reading this and go buy one already will ya...
-Pros: Excellent sound. Wide range of effects; modulations, filters, wahs, trems, pans, amp sims, overdrives, and some really wacky stuff are all there and all sound very usable.
Very transparent processing; excellent tone reproduction and works well with other pedals on the front end, works great in the effects return or the preamp.
Tube boost is a nice plus as long as the tube sounds decent, and they can be changed to suit your taste.
Z pedal, although it has been dumbed down and is not as functional on the parameter side of things as the last generation, it is still pretty cool and more versatile than most expression pedals. Easy to program.
This unit excels at what counts... Sound. It sounds really real and feels pretty real as well. A ton of fun and very functional on that level.
-Cons: Not so great live for ease of use. Trying to scroll through effects in mid song is a nightmare (you have to see them to turn them on and off). You have nine effects and four screens. To scroll you have to stomp on two buttons at once and hopefully not engage/disengage an effect by accident. I try to set it up so I never need to scroll, but inevitably I find myself wanting to able to turn stuff on and off.
There is no channel switching. If you want to have two different amp simulations; say a clean and a dirty channel, you can't. You can use overdrives and distortions to get around this, or if your amp has a good clean it may not be an issue. Again in the previous generation there was an excellent channel switching format. This one, not so much, not at all really... Major oversight.
multi-functionality switches clumsy; If you stand on any of the switches for longer than a second, you either bypass the unit and turn on the tuner, turn on the looper, change a patch, or edit loops. Everything is super simple to understand but not so easy to execute because of the lack dedicated switches. It has made for some less than professional moments on stage.
All that in account it still is best for the buck in my opinion. It feels and sounds really good and that is my main concern.