The Zoom B3 Bass Multi Effects and Amp Simulator Pedal is packed full of features that will leave you scratching your head as to where to start: tearing it up in the jam room; laying down to new grooves into your DAW of choice; or hitting the stage with gusto! The Zoom B3 Bass Multi Effects and Amp Simulator Pedal boasts some outrageous specs for its price tag, and you'll wonder how you've been getting by without one once you've checked them out below.
Over 111 onboard DSP effect and amp/cabinet models
Yes, you read that right - the Zoom B3 is chock full of over 111 onboard DSP effect and amp/cabinet models, giving you a complete arsenal to hit the practise room/studio/stage with. Not only do you have compressors, gates, filters, EQ, octavers, overdrives, fuzzes, phasers, and flangers to play with, but also a myriad of chorus, pitch shift, tremolo, vibrato, and subs/synths etc. to tinker around with. Zoom have done their homework and recreated simulations of some of the most sought-after effects ever released, across classic and contemporary pedals, including: MXR DynaComp, Aphex Punch Factory, dbx 160A, BBE Sonic Maximizer, Q-Tron Envelope Filter, Moog MF-101 and BOSS ODB-3, DS-1, CE-1 and Metal Zone, as well as the Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff, SansAmp Bass Driver DI, MXR Bass D.I.+, Avalon Design U5, and Xotic EP Booster and Bass BB Preamp. On top of all that you're treated to a plethora of delays and reverbs to ensure that all bases are covered.
As well as effects emulations, Zoom have gone to great length to ensure that their classic tube amplifier recreations are faithfully brought to life. At your disposal are emulations of classic that cover the Ampeg SVT, Fender Bassman, Marshall Super Bass, Polytone Mini-Brute III, and acoustic 360, as well as the modern sounds of the Hartke HA3500, SWR SM-900, Aguilar DB750, Gallien-Krueger 800RB, Eden WT-800, and Italian Markbass Little Mark III. Each one has its own distinct cab modelling, which you can use to fine tune your signal to meet your tonal wishes.
Power-packed yet user-friendly
As with all their products, Zoom has ensured that the complex signal processing within is easy to navigate, whether you're a beginner or a pro. A trio of brightly lit LCD screens corresponding to certain footswitches and parameter controls, giving you ready access to all settings. You can use up to three simultaneous effects, adjust the order to suit you, and even reverse the signal flow at the touch of a button. Should you wish to save specific settings, there are 100 patch memories waiting to do your bidding.
The Zoom B3 is loaded with connections that allow you to connect an electric bass, output to balanced mono/stereo outputs via 1/4-inch and XLR outputs, practise silently through headphones, connect to amplifiers, or even line-level devices (pre- or post-effect) such as effects units, recorders, and mixing desks.
The Zoom B3 is supplied with a 9V DC adapter, but you can even power the unit for up to 6 hours on just 4 AA batteries! The built-in "Eco" setting even automatically powers off the unit when not in use.
The B3 is loaded with features that enhance its capabilities, including a built-in chromatic tuner that supports a multitude of bass tunings. The Tap Tempo function enables you to set delay times and modulation effects in real-time, so that no matter what you and the unit are always in sync. There are 41 realistic sounding rhythm patterns to lay your grooves down to, perfect for solo sessions and performances.
The built-in looper enables up to 40 seconds of recording time in 16-bit 44.1kHz audio. The looper can be used in conjunction with rhythm accompaniments to create lush textured live performances.
Whether you've got a Mac or Windows' based computer, the Zoom B3 has a USB port that allows it to be used as a 2-in/2-out audio interface. Whatever DAW you use - be it the included Steinberg Sequel LE software -, you can start laying down your masterpiece in no time. Direct monitoring guarantees zero latency, so that complex grooves can be captured with perfect timing.
The B3 is also fully compatible with Zoom's Edit & Share software, which can be downloaded from their website. This enables you to catalogue, edit, and share patches. Therefore, wherever your music takes you, as long as you have your laptop with you, you can drag, drop, and reload patches as and when you need them.
Manufacturer Zoom Model B3 Bass Multi Effects and Amp Simulator Pedal Dimensions (H x W x D) 54 x 234 x 170 mm Weight 1.2kg (without batteries) Number of effects 111 Number of simultaneous effects 3 Number of patch memories 100 (10 banks of 10) Sampling frequency 44.1 kHz A/D conversion 128 × oversampling D/A conversion 128 × oversampling Signal Processing 32−bit Frequency characteristics 20Hz – 20 kHz +1 dB, -6 dB (into 10 kOhms load) Display Backlit dot matrix LCD x 3 Input Type: Standard mono 1/4-inch phone jack
Rated input level: -20 dBm (0 dBm = 0.775 Vrms)
Input impedance: 1 MOhms ACTIVE/PASSIVE (switch selectable)
Type: Standard mono 1/4-inch phone jack
Maximum output level: +5 dBm (output impedance load of 10 kOhms or more)
Type: Standard stereo 1/4-inch phone jack
Maximum line output level: +5 dBm (output impedance load of 10 kOhms or more)
Maximum headphones output level: 20 mW + 20 mW (into 32Ω load)
Type: XLR connector
Output impedance: 100 Ohms (HOT-GND, COLD-GND), 200 Ohms (HOT-COLD)
PRE/POST (switch selectable)
GND LIFT (switch selectable)
Control input For Zoom FP01/FP02/FS01 Battery type AA size (LR6) battery x 4 Continuous battery operation time 6 hours when using 4 AA alkaline batteries AC adapter (optional) DC 9V centre-negative, 500 mA (Zoom AD-16) USB Firmware update and interface functions USB interface Sampling frequency: 44.1 kHz
Bit rate: 16-bit
Compatibility: Windows XP SP3 (32bit) or newer with Intel® Pentium® 4 1.8GHz or faster, RAM 1GB or more
Windows Vista SP1 (32bit, 64bit) or newer
Windows 7 (32bit, 64bit) with Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2.7GHz or faster, RAM 2GB or more
Mac OS X 10.5/10.6/10.7 with Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz or faster, RAM 1GB or more
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