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Excellent ... if you just one indeed!

By delorm, 03/10/2014
+ Acoustic modeling multi-effect

UTILIZATION

Manuel incomprehensible see false

SOUND QUALITY

Sound qualities of a good standard

OVERALL OPINION

Interest:

Acoustic modeling:
This is my first motivation, improve the electro sound of my Crafter SA-TMVS (otherwise satisfactory instrument whose sound is intermediate between an acoustic and electric). The "more" is undeniable and it justifies itself only my investment (144 euros anyway), so I do not regret this purchase. That said my half body does not mean transformed into Martin or Gibson Humingbird as we announce the notice and the LED screen of the pedal. It seems to me that these 18 models, which are a bit all the same, would provide little to genuine electric-acoustic guitar, but I have not tried.

The multi-effects:
I only use the reverb, and for good reason, see below. The palette available is impressive with very effective settings, you really find what you seek. The result pleasantly tickles the ear, is significantly better than what I get with my amp reverb. And "single-effect" setting does not move a power to another, fortunately, this brings us to the last point, not least the manual. Is dispensed quickly (after an afternoon and evening in my case anyway and I'm not a "blue" in the matter). It's pretty amazing to deal with a record as bad, see as false (some screens are not designed the same as those that appear in real life) for a camera of this price. Must be learning alone. Starting with the cumulative effects unmanageable. We're supposed to have three cumulative effects, but the first, which appears with the title "Effect 1" is not a given that refers modeling chosen initially, the rest of the record is made of this kind of misunderstandings ... When the combination of two effects as can be done in theory, with luck (the cumulation procedure indicated not working) you're passing, except that incomprehensible happens routinely screen and you have to start over. The section on saving (and thus saving the settings) is in unison, as spectacularly poorly explained, unusable in the sense that we do not even check what is backup. In the end I only use the default sound modulation to which I add reverb or not with the selector "effects". The rest is only accessible to specialists who can deal with this kind of device by dispensing instructions. It is better to know before buying this pedal.
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It could have been very well

By poncin, 14/02/2014
There are 16 guitar models, body types 28 and 40 + 1 physical effects equalizer.
Nothing is editable via the pc
The technology is digital.
There is an XLR / jack for mic input jack for electro-acoustic headphone output or to a mixer and an amp or 2 outputs for stereo output.
USB connector for possible update

UTILIZATION

The general configuration is not very simple.
This is not very intuitive.
After when you have understood and retained, it va.L editing becomes even easier.
The manual is pretty clear and yet I could not find the boost setting before asking someone :-(

SOUND QUALITY

At first you must choose a model and then a guitar body.
And then I find little difference if not almost nonexistent.
Yeah. I say or rather I write.
I use it with a harmonica but I first tested with Lag Tramontane.Ben here.
For me, the simulations guitar and microphone is useless, I hear no difference.
Against the effects by 40, then it's ok.
The reverb is very very bien.Compresseurs chouettes.Les delays, Equalizers, chorus, flanger etc. .. well.
I like pretty much everything

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 1 week.
I used zoom G2.1u, g7.1u RP355 and nothing to do with audio but for the harmonica RP355 emulation dreanough jumbo and it was not so bad.
Features that I like most:
compact, robust connectivity and effects
What I like least:
NO SOFTWARE to control the multi purpose and LA is not bien.Parce I do not play live and that it is much easier to make adjustments on screen rather than on the pedal because the buttons are small and few practices (I shoot, I shoot I shoot I also returns ...)
MORE as there are only 20 presets savable I guess I'll have to get pen and paper for the first preset recall me when I pass in the 21st because you do not buy this unit to limit yourself to 20 patches
A2.1 The zoom was a software dedicated to him.
If you look on the website of zoom, I think the A3 is the only one not having a pc program.
Perhaps updating the firmware but it's been a year since the unit is out and it does not seem to be anything planned.
Last negative point others have already written there are only 2 simultaneous effects in use.
Which is a bit low if you use a compressor or Equalizer.
Value for money can be a bit expensive.
You do again this choice?
I could buy a 80 € A2.1 I thought I put a "little" more to get better.
I do not know the A2 and I suppose that sounds A3 must be more efficient, there are some differences between years 2 but the A2 had a dedicated software, a backup option and 8 simultaneous effects (good c is perhaps a little too much)
3 effects and software for backup and settings I could go up to 8.5 or 9 because the effects are very good but it just 2 effects and it's frustrating for 170th I put 6.5.
Perhaps we judge me severely, but the product is not completely successful.
Edit:
It seems that I plant at the A2 and does not dedicated software.
I have fewer regrets the kick but it does not prevent it lacks A3
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Companion

By Rennfly, 17/11/2013
For the characteristics I suggest you see on the site Zoom (this site is really well done).
The connectors are really complete, instrument (Jack) to XLR microphone, stereo output, headphone jack, etc. .. The only thing I would have liked is an auxiliary input for practicing with headphones.
The case is made of metal seems very solid.

UTILIZATION

It takes a slight adjustment period to identify the function of the pedal because there many functions in a small space (which is going to complain).
But once under control it is quite easy to modify or create sounds.
Furthermore, the possibility to choose different presets you want to assign to the switch allows to change the sounds in the song without having to bend down. So I had Just pick the sounds I wanted for each concert (so as not to have to click 15 times to get all the patches). For the rest, as the pedal is compact, it must apply to click on the right switch. However, as it is an acoustic pedal it will rarely confront guitarists jumping everywhere!

SOUND QUALITY

Bluffed. I use live stereo in the table.
I honestly do not expect much sound rendering. I use it with a Godin Acs Its slim, and I use most of the time with a preset compressor and reverb. And I must confess that the reverb is really the greatest achievement of this pedal, the compressor is also excellent. Other effects are more or less good quality, but allow them to be below the elbow "if ever." To some casseroles I used the auto wah, which is correct, the pitch is not too bad.
But the real slap came from the reverb.
I use the same guitar with a gr-55 I can tell you that the reverb is really below, or rather than the zoom is at the top.

OVERALL OPINION

I'm used to a few concerts this summer, and I was very satisfied. I have not had the opportunity to test other but I think this box is really "the" Swiss army knife of acoustic guitarist. Cheap, compact, robust (a priori). The top!
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ideal for Acoustic

By Mickhendrix, 05/07/2013
Zoom See website

UTILIZATION

No Particular difficulty

SOUND QUALITY

Use live sound rendering is quite correct, pedal ideal for relay to sound to avoid going through pedal zoom G9 2tt which is oriented with the Electric lamps. I wanted to separate the two connections to sound.
For my use, price and made me quite suitable.

OVERALL OPINION

Very good pedal, I have a G9 2TT, and contrary to what many may think Anti zoom, A3 as the G9 are excellent pedals without having to rob a bank, now everyone will choose with ears and above his budget.
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Zoom A3 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Zoom
  • Model:A3
  • Category:Multi-Effects for Acoustic Guitar
  • Added in our database on: 01/22/2013

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[NAMM] Zoom A3 multi-effect for acoustic guitar

Published on 01/22/13
Zoom announces the A3, the new multi-effect and preamp pedal for acoustic guitar the manufacturer will introduce at NAMM 2013.

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