Zoom announces the A3, the new multi-effect and preamp pedal for acoustic guitar the manufacturer will introduce at NAMM 2013.
The Zoom A3 is designed to replace the A2 multi-effect. It will allow you to choose from 16 guitar body types to re-create the signatures sounds of differing body shapes, from the Dreadnought body setting to the Orchestra body. It also gives you the ability to recreate the distinct sound components of 28 of the world’s most famous acoustic guitars.
The A3 offers over 40 acoustic guitar effects, with chorus, delay, reverb, compressors, detuning effects that create the sound of a 12-string guitars and much more. You can use up to two effects simultaneously and order them as you like.
The A3’s pre-amp, specifically designed for acoustic guitars, can be used with piezoelectric, magnetic and passive pickups. In addition, the pedal’s XLR-1/4-inch combination Mic input, which can provide phantom power, allows you to connect a microphone and mix its signal with that of your pickup via dedicated knobs to dial-in your sound. The A3’s pre-amp section also features a 3-band EQ for adjusting your guitar tone according to your performance environment, a BALANCE knob to set the ratio of the original sound (DRY) and the sound after adding effects (WET).
An Anti Feedback footswitch is available on the pedal that detects the frequency that is causing the feedback and apply a filter to that frequency band. Later, if feedback occurs due to another frequency, just hit the footswitch again, as the Anti Feedback function can handle up to three problematic frequency ranges at once.
Other controls include a Boost up to 12dB, a Tone that will adjust the sound when the boost is active, an chromatic tuner, and a tap tempo.
The connection panel offer an XLR mic input, an balanced XLR output for DI use, a jack pickup input with a pickup-type selector (flat, magnetic or piezo), stereo output jacks, a headphone output and a USB port for the firmware update.
The Zoom A3 is powered by 4 AA Alkaline batteries, USB Bus or AC adapter sold separately.
No information regarding the price and availability. Visit zoom.co.jp/products/a3/ for more details.