Zoom B3 Bass FX Pedal - multi-FX for bass, 111 effect types, 3 effects simultanious, 10 patches at 10 banks, 24 bit A/D and D/A conversion, 128times over-sampling, 44,1 kHz sampling frequency, 20Hz - 20 kHz frequency range, LCD Display, stereo output, headphone out, balanced XLR output, pre/post (switch selectable), ground lift (switch selectable), control input for optional FP02/FS01, USB audio interface (16bit/44,1 kHz), supported OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS X v10.4 / 10.5 / 10.6 / 10.7 (USB powered), incl power supply (or power by optional 4 x AA/LR6 batteries for app. 6 hours use), incl. Cubase LE8 (for Mac OS X 10.9/10.10 and Windows 7/8/8.1), dimensions whd: 234 x 54 x 170 mm, weight: 1,2 kg
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Zoom does it again!
Bogdan M. , 24.09.2013
CAUTION: If you are from religious campus of stomp-boxes and you hate single-box synthesizers, you still can read this too.
So. After unpacking, I find it nicely built, weight much heavier and feels way more solid than the previous Zoom B2. The power adapter is just a typical cheap adapter with a typical cheap cable on it -- be careful not to break it by simply putting the leg of a chair on it!
Now, the good, the bad, the ugly.
The good (sometimes the fantastic):
- Solid built, hands down. Really great, sturdy design of the whole box.
- It feels and operates as three chained pedals, you can change the signal path.
- You can choose three independent effects from that hundred and more, and independently make one patch for yourself (this is fantastic part, by the way).
- Sound is just as great. You may argue that your single stompbox is better than one of those filters (for example EBS compressor even has the same icon like real one), but I would ask you to show me the comparison numbers from your oscilloscope!
- Does not hums on distortions, like previous Zoom B2. (Yaaay!!)
- Looper is... well, it is just there as it is and it works. But do not expect something like Boss RC-30. We all know that Victor Wooten is just crazy at technique, so that's why it works for him. :-) But for you (and me) it will cost much more time to practice.
- Some patches are just ridiculous and totally useless. Well, at least you have the room to improve it...
- The looper really needs love. It works, folks, do not worry. Yes, it is possible to perform solo. But it is simple one.
- The buttons to operate the looper are quite difficult to operate nicely. You will need a sack of patience, fresh air and keep calm until it will work for you great. :-)
Oh, one more thing, guys: if you want to completely mute your bass while tuning it -- you need to hold the tuner button around five seconds. Yes, it is also ugly and not much obvious at the beginning. :-)
Great effects unit for bass!
AndyJ , 31.08.2015
straight from the word go it was great fun. once you set up a bank with the effects needed it is easy and straight forward to use. i have two banks, one with my standard effects mentioned earlier and another with more of the fun ones (auto-wah, bass synth etc). It is easy to switch between the banks by pressing on the bank switch for a couple of seconds. people have said this is a problem, but for me it isn't as i generally don't need more than 2 effects at any one time and if needed i would have the correct bank ready before the song starts. if you need more than 3 effects in a song then you would need to look at a more comprehensive unit to get the sounds you need.
the unit is very solid and doesn't slide around on stage no matter what type of flooring you re on. The only very minor problem is the footswitch buttons are slightly closer together for comfort for me and i am wary sometimes of hitting the wrong switch with my big shoes but this isn't a major issue and has only happened once and that was at a rehearsal.
very good unit for the money
A lot of fun!
Martin598 , 19.02.2014
Mainly I use it for in order to practise with the drum computer and the looper.
These two features are definively usable! Since I have the B3 I didn't touch my Digitech loopstation... Not a single time...
The handling is very easy and logical.
The sounds of the B3 (the ampsimulations and the effects) are acceptable but I'd say they are at 80%. The parameters of the single effects and ampsimulations are well-chosen and work well in practice.
But what makes the B3 so special is the versatility for so little money! You have a multieffect, a preamp, a tuner, a loop station, a drum computer, a DI box and a recording tool in this little box!
Good start but terrible finish
Overall idea is great, three pedals in one that can be independently configured and reordered. All the settings can be saved to banks for quick recall on demand. Switching is instantaneous and without any audible artefacts. All the settings can be programmed from the computer, etc. Bottom line: mechanically and functionally it is hard to ask for more.
First glitch: it does not have input level indicator. None. Not even blinking diode. It is something that is absolutely essential for every digital effect because, once you start clipping AD converter it is a recipe for disaster. It is not uncommon with a high output instrument. Here we smoothly go to the next point: active/passive switch does not seem to do anything but invoking message on the screen. No audible result.
I saved the worst for the end. The quality of the AD converters is quite poor. There is a constant hiss in the signal (even with input shorted to the ground). Some of it is masked by a noise gate but any output from the instrument is causing effect like if torrents of sand were falling on the wooden floor. With some effects active it is worse than with others, nevertheless, it is always there. When playing with the band noise gets buried a bit in the mix and is less annoying but when using headphones can drive a man crazy. Quality of the effects is, well, mediocre. Factory pre-sets are just show off's and very few are usable. No matter what is the pre-set, a lot of high end is gone (exchanged for noise). I know, it is for bass, but even with bass high end is essential for the overall tone. When I plugged my bass directly to the amp it sounded like a heavy burden was taken of my shoulders (ears, whatever). It will go on sale to some unsuspecting victim soon.
I guess, after all, what you get is what you paid for. It is hard to expect a high quality electronic at this price.
It is a real pity. It could have been a great pedal if it only did properly its main purpose: produce a high quality sound.
Nat B. , 19.05.2015
1. A large range of effects and Amp sims (All fully manually adjustable so then you can save it as a new preset).
2. 3 x Stomps with individual displays (each with 3 knobs for adjustments).
3. Loop pedal function (40 seconds max with over dubbing).
4. Built in tuner and Drum machine.
5. Multiple connection options including USB to PC (enabling recording)
7. Free licensed edition of Steinburg Cubase LE (download version) If you didn't have the ability to record your amazing bass playing to a decent quality on your personal computer before you buy this, YOU HAVE NOW.
There is something here for novices to professionals.
If you are in the market to buy one of these little beauties, Pro or otherwise the quality and versatility cannot be beaten for the price. Just think how one quality effects pedal can be priced higher than this stompbox with all its features and yet you get the same sound quality and more.
It really is very easy to use, once you have the basic controls understood.
For novices it has everything, for pros it is a fantastic rehearsal tool and competent effects unit.
It's so good I can't stop playing with it.
I only have one warning if you are buying in the UK:
It comes with a euro plug type transformer power supply so you WILL need an adaptor to plug it into the UK household socket.
I solved this issue with a bathroom shaver/toothbrush adaptor very easily or you can just use the 4 x AA battery option to power it.
I am not an expert in these things as I am only really a novice bassist but I can assure you that this unit really is very good value for money.
You will NOT regret purchasing this!
I don't anyway.
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