Posted on February 10, 2016
Zoom’s G3 Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator combines the ease of a stompbox pedalboard with the power of a multi-effects processor and USB audio interface. With complete control over individual effects and amp modeling, you can change your tones on the fly in both stage and studio settings.
With the G3 version 2.0 and the G3X, the maximum number of simultaneous effects has been increased to six, and a new scrolling function allows you to control all of them intuitively using the stomp box size panels. Along with 94 types of effects, 22 amp models with realism so advanced that they include overtones are at your command. With the addition of the G3X and its expression pedal that increases your sonic freedom, ZOOM has introduced another revolution in guitar sound creation.
Zoom G3 USB Guitar Effects Console features:
Up to Six Effects at once
With the three stomp box style panels, you can intuitively use and edit up to six models of effects and amps at the same time. Using the scroll function, you can put the effect you want to adjust on one of the large screens in an instant. Since each effect unit has three knobs, not only is sound creation easy, reordering effects is also simple. No matter what the situation, you will be free from stressful operations.
New Scroll Function Added
The trio of stomp box style panels allows you to sculpt sounds intuitively using their footswitches and knobs to control the effects shown on their large displays. We have added a new scroll function for the three screens, making it easy to edit any of the up to six simultaneous effects. In addition, other advantages that exemplify the ZOOM brand include automatic saving of effect parameter changes and the freedom to easily rearrange the effects as you like in the chain. Anyone can master the G3 and G3X without depending on the manual.
Three stomps. One pedal
The G3 offers three large stomps with LCD displays and corresponding footswitches that form a graphical interface, allowing you to utilize up to three stompbox and amp effects simultaneously. The interface has also been simplified with three control knobs for each display. This intuitive design makes creating, saving and rearranging the effect chain of your own sounds a breeze and provides easy navigation in live and studio settings.
Evolution of tube amp simulation
A newly developed sigmoid curve clipper re-creates the smooth clipping of a tube amp’s waveform. With its tube distortion, the G3 can simulate amplifier sounds, including clean, crunch and full-gain drive tones that are authentic to the original models while maintaining the nuances of picking and strumming.
Super-real amp modeling
The G3’s 13 super-real amp models range from vintage heads to the latest trends in amp technology, each with its own distinct cabinet modeling that can be used to alter its tone characteristics. By combining amplifiers and cabinets, you can digitally design your own custom rig. The G3’s modeling technology provides the best tone for both live performance and direct recording.
Note: Only one amp model can be used at a time.
94 total stompbox models
The G3 has 94 diverse types of stompbox effects, including some of the world’s most popular guitar pedals and rack-mounted processors. You can use up to three effects in any combination. The G3’s wide range of effects includes distortion, compression, modulation, delay and reverb. Its HD Reverb uses DSP power to produce a rich resonance that rivals outboard gear used in professional studios and live setups.
Note: Only two effects can be used in combinations that feature amp models or HD Reverb.
The newest generation of DSP: ZFX-IV
The all-new ZFX-IV DSP effects processor boasts amazing power and clarity, upgrading everything from sound to functionality and operability over previous ZFX versions. By using 32-bit floating-point processing, the G3 can produce amplifier sounds that are more realistic than ever before.
Over 100 versatile effects on-board
Select from over 100 built-in DSP effects to create your own sounds on the G3. Try its renowned compression and wah pedals, chorus effects with stunning depth and resonant reverbs. Or let your tonal imagination run free with dynamic flangers, tremolos, harmonized pitch shifters, multi-tap delays, reverse delays and much more. The G3 can store up to 100 of your original creations without a hitch.
Looper function with 40-second phrase recording/overdubbing
The G3’s Looper capabilities include 40 seconds of phrase recording and overdubbing. The “sound-on-sound” function allows you to layer guitar sounds as many times as you want in real time and use looped sounds as simple backing tracks. You can even create a “full band” feel with the built-in drum machine and DSP effects for a live solo.
Note: When the UNDO/REDO function is enabled, the recording time is limited to 20 seconds.
Your personal drummer
Every guitar player needs a drummer, and with the G3 you can choose from 40 different rhythm patterns, including 4, 8 and 16-beat, shuffle and many others. The tap key also makes it easy to set tempo and start a one-man jam session anytime.
USB audio interface for DAW recording
The G3 operates as an audio interface, letting you record directly to your computer via USB.
All of your sound settings used during rehearsals or live performances can be recorded to your favorite DAW such as the included Steinberg Sequel LE recording software. The pedal’s direct monitoring capability eliminates any latency issues, assuring realistic studio conditions and hassle-free operation.
Balanced XLR output for DI use
With its built-in XLR output, you can avoid DI boxes completely and directly connect the G3 to any mixing console and maintain a balanced, high quality signal. Its convenient Pre/Post switch can direct an effected sound to the main outputs while sending the original analog guitar signal directly to the XLR output without passing through an A/D converter.
Add a G3 to your pedalboard
The G3 is perfect for use in combination with traditional stompboxes. By adding a G3 to your pedalboard, you will decrease the size and complexity of your setup, while expanding your system’s effects and modeling capabilities.
Accurate, real-time Tuner function
The pedal’s Tuner function offers smooth, real-time response with precise guitar tuning accuracy. Whether you’re in the middle of a performance or practicing alone in your room, simply hold down the pedal’s center footswitch to start getting your strings back in tune. In addition, the G3’s LCD displays and LED indicators make the Tuner easy to see on a dark stage, where you can also mute the output for tune silently.
Runs on batteries, AC adapter or USB power
The G3 can operate on three different power sources: AC adaptor (included), batteries or USB bus power when plugged into your computer. Four AA/LR6 alkaline batteries provide over six hours of continuous use. Whether on stage or in the studio, the G3 gives you reliable power options.
Super-low noise design
The G3’s "noise floor" of -100dBm virtually eliminates background noise and the ZNR noise reduction removes feedback and other unwanted sounds, providing you with clear tones, along with natural decay and reverb tails.
World's fastest patch change speed: 1ms
With the G3’s amazing 1ms patch change speed, you will never miss a beat. Change from rhythm playing to a solo in an instant by simply tapping a switch.
Optional expression pedal and footswitch
Connect an optional FP02 expression pedal to the G3 and control effect parameters such as wah, pitch shift, volume, drive gain, modulation rate and delay/reverb mix in real time. Use an optional FS01 footswitch to tap the tempo used for the drum machine, looper and effects. You can also use an FS01 to mute the Delay/Reverb input or turn Delay Hold on or off.
Free Edit&Share software for Mac/PC
Zoom’s Edit&Share software, which is available as a free download for the G3, allows you to create, edit and save your personalized amp and effect settings on your computer. Use its “radar charts” to access visual representations of each preset’s tone characteristics, amp/effect sorting feature to easily locate your sounds and drag-and-drop options to rearrange patches for editing purposes. With Edit&Share, you can download the latest patches online, as well as share your patches with others.
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