The Zoom G5n Guitar Multi Effects Processor with Expression Pedal is a work of genius that puts total creative control in your hands and at your feet. Whatever style of music you play, and however you play it, this little beauty is packed full of features that ensure you won't be lacking in sounds and tools to execute a flawless performance. The G5n is equipped with a built-in expression pedal, which gives you further control over patches and FX parameters, as well as controlling volume level and filter sweeps.
Massive FX arsenal
The G5n comes loaded with a 70 DSP effects (68 FX, 1 looper pedal, 1 rhythm pedal) that have been designed and implanted by professional guitarists (session players/band members for artists including: Megadeth, Smashing Pumpkins, Torche, Stevie Wonder). On top of this, the team at Zoom have worked meticulously to emulate 10 legendary amp/cabinet partnerships. They've even gone as far as to replicate the control layout of those amps/cabinets for greater realism.
Everything that you need to draw on as part of your set is here: overdrive, distortion, compression, EQ, delay, reverb, flanging, phasing, vibrato, and chorusing effect. There are even unique multi-effects for you to take advantage off to create a lush tonal palette, including: Seq Filter, Reverse Delay, HD Hall, and OSC Echo.
To make the G5n truly unique, you can combine up to nine effects and amp/cabinet models simultaneously, in any order you like. Effectively, you can hit the studio or the stage with hundreds of fully loaded pedalboards worth of tones in a single compact and easy-to-use unit.
The G5n interface is set out in such a way as to make life as easy as possible for editing and setting up the unit to meet your requirements. A combination of three LCD displays gives you whole effect-chains at a glance, to that adding/deleting/changing effect can be done quickly. Useful when you can store 200 of your custom effects chains as patches.
The control layout is such that you can get down to business immediately, with a layout of three stompboxes for rapid fire switching. There is even a control input available for connecting an external expression pedal for even greater FX control.
Practise, Perfect, Perform
Stored within the Zoom G5n are 68 rhythm patterns, giving you a huge resource to draw on when practising alone, so that you can perfect your chops and/or improv skills, enabling you to perform like a pro. The onboard looper allows you to record and overdub phrases up to 80 seconds in length, with your chosen effects integrated for fun. The Looper also works with the rhythm patterns to quantize your loops in perfect sync. To ensure that you have absolutely no excuses, a built-in chromatic tuner allows you to bypass your patch during tuning, or mute the signal completely, to keep you in tune throughout each performance.
Whether you're practising at home, recording in the studio, or playing to an adoring crowd, the G5n is equipped with flexible connections that allow you to adapt to your environment. As well as a standard 1/4-inch input, an auxiliary stereo input can be used for connecting an external sound source. The headphone output allows you to practise in silence, whilst dual mono or stereo L/R outputs and be used for sending direct feeds to guitar amps, PA systems, and audio interfaces. The useful Mic On/Off features enables you to optimise the G5n for use with a real amp and cab (Mic Off) as well as optimising for playthrough a PA system or recording direct with amp and cab emulators (Mic On). Zoom has thought of everything to keep you covered!
ZOOM Guitar Lab Software
Whether you have a Mac or Windows-based computer, ZOOM's free to download ZOOM Guitar Lab software gives you absolute control over your patches, as well as allowing you to download new effects and amp/cabinet emulators. The Patch Manager controls effects chains, whilst the Effect Manager allows you to rename and reorder custom patches. Simply connect the G5n to your computer via the USB port, and you're good to go.
Manufacturer Zoom Model G5n Guitar Multi Effects Processor Dimensions (H x W x D) 75 x 454 x 225 mm Weight 3.4kg Effect types 80
(70 DSP effects, 5 amp emulators, 5 cabinet emulators)
Number of simultaneous effects 9 Number of user banks/patches 200 Sampling frequency 44.1 kHz A/D conversion 24-bit with 128x oversampling D/A conversion 24-bit with 128x oversampling Signal processing 32-bit Frequency characteristics 20 – 20 kHz +1 dB, -3 dB (10 kOhms load) Display 128 x 32 dot-matrix LCD (x3) INPUTS 1-4 INPUT Standard monaural phone jack
Rated input level: -20 dBu
Input impedance (line): 470 kOhms
AUX IN Stereo mini jack (3.5 mm)
Rated input level: -10 dBu
Input impedance (line): 10 kOhms
OUTPUTS Output R Standard monaural phone jack Output R, maximum output level Line +5 dBm
(with output load impedance of 10 kOhms or more)
L/Mono/Phone Standard stereo phone jack (combined line/headphone) L/Mono/Phone, maximum output level Line +5 dBm (with output load impedance of 10 kOhms or more)
Headphones 15 mW + 15 mW (into 32 Ohms load)
Equivalent input noise -119 dBu Noise floor (residual noise) -100 dBu Control input Zoom FP02M Power AC adapter DC9V (centre minus plug), 500 mA (ZOOM AD-16) USB USB MIDI, USB Micro-B
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