zoom pedal.....NEED HELP

Discussion in 'Guitar Gear Talk Forum' started by jimmy_cool, Dec 26, 2005.

  1. jimmy_cool

    jimmy_cool The Coolest One!!

    hey guys i need help...............i've got givson guitar worth 5000 rs and i'm an year old in guitaring world now i want to buy a processor .....i saw one zoom model yesterday its was worth 4500 rs it was i think zoom 505 ....now i would like to know if this would work with my guitar ......plz reply as fast as possible....
  2. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    Yeha sure like hell it will work.

    We have Sridhar here who works around with Zoom 505II and he does get some amazing tones outta it.

    + For the price-tag that it come with, it is a definite value for money.

    However dont expect too much: like, sounding like a pro etc.

    There are other processors in the market, but none so inexpensive.

    However, it doenst have an expressions pedal. So u cant do the WahWah or wet flanger/phaser/chorus effect etc.


    U can get a second hand (slightly higher end) processor at the same price, but then there is nor reliability.
    See there is always a trade-off.
  3. jimmy_cool

    jimmy_cool The Coolest One!!

    what is expression pedal.....will zoom give me gr8 distortion effects
  4. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    Expression pedal is like having a knob under the control of your feet.

    So that u dont have to bend down to change the effects.

    Suppose, u need to do the volume swell (that means the volume increases gradually - smoothly).
    U need to bend down while playing, and increase the level (volume) by hand.

    Instead if u have an expression pedal, u can use that to change the volume using your foot.

    So U dont need to bend + your hands are free to do the playing.

    The Zoom505II does support external pedal (as far as I remember), U need to buy additionally If u require one.
  5. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    By great distortion effects are u by any chance hinting at getting sound like Metallica, Guns n Roses etc?

    Well in that case it may not.
    To my ears the difference in sound will be obvious, to your it may not be. To others - well the general public can anyway not make out any difference, whether it is distortion from Boss MT-2, or Marshall amps or Mesa/Boogie amps.

    Taht apart, usually the processors which are high-end have got a convincing distortion tone.
    Low end can, however, be tweaked to give a closely similar tone.
  6. jimmy_cool

    jimmy_cool The Coolest One!!

    then how will i get those heavy effects
  7. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    I meant this:

    With Zoom u will get all the basic effects like: clean, compressor, overdrive, distortion.

    But the distortion u get from Zoom will not be the same as what the Metallica d00ds get from their Mesa/Boogies MarkIV amps.

    IT will be similar but not same.

    So in a way: u WILL get the heavy distortion, but it wont be exactly like Sepultura.
    might be similar, but not the same.
  8. sridhar11_2

    sridhar11_2 Instrumental guitarist

    I think the 505II is great to start with. I started with it and am still playing on it. Actually i've played the digitech RP-50 and even the AX3000G and i still prefer the sound i get from my Zoom. I just put on the SRV preset made and i'm happy as can be.

    It's not great for very high gain leads but that does'nt mean that it cant do those sounds. At very high gain settings it loses clarity which is fine if you're playing just chords or rhytyms but not single note stuff.
  9. chintan9

    chintan9 yay! i won the ipod!


  10. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    Hey Chintan, how are the GFX series of Zoom ?
    especially 4 5 and 8.

    On all the websites 5 and 8 are touted to be same, 8 being described as an overkill.

    + since you have GFX8,
    temme if u have the feature of using it like a series of individual stomp boxes,
    what about the playing dynamics?

    + Is it as trebly as the lower end ones like 505 606 etc?
  11. chintan9

    chintan9 yay! i won the ipod!

    ZOOM GFX 8
    I think the Zoom GFx8 is THE processor for METAL. The zoom gfx 8 includes a brilliant Jam play function, sampler, usable effects, a nice rock solid chasis, wide LED display, etc. Analog pedals can be easily connected through the SEND and RETURN jacks of the GFX8.

    The best part of the GFX 8 is that it has a feature known as Custom distortion where you can create your VERY OWN distortion on the computer/processor(thereby ensuring that you have a distinct tone). The possibilities are endless!!!

    OH by the way The zoom GFX4 and not the GFX5 is considered as a newer younger sibbling of the GFX8.

    GFX8 Vs GFX4

    a) 80 user patches, with an extra 160 preset patches- GFX8
    60 user patches, with an extra 60 preset patches- GFX4

    b)Big easy to read LED display- GFX8
    Only patch number is easy to read, names and parameters on smaller LCD display- GFX4

    c) 4 patches per bank, and there are bank up and bank down switches- GFX8
    3 patches per bank and no down bank switch means more work switching patches- GFX4

    d) More flexibility with at least 4 parameters per effect- GFX8
    Only 3 parameters on most effects- GFX4

    e) 69 effects in total- GFX8
    44 effects in total- GFX4

    f)Maximum delay of 6s- GFX8
    Maximum delay of 2 seconds- GFX4

    g) Can link in external distortion (or another effects unit if you like)- GFX8
    No effects send return in the GFX-4- GFX4

    h) Custom distortion could mean all sorts of original sounds- GFX8
    Limited to the distortion sounds available- GFX4

    i) Can be controlled through MIDI, and can control other other devices - GFx8
    No MIDI support- GFX4

    j) Auxilliary in for sampling or jamming to- GFX8
    No auxilliary in- GFX4

    k) Expression pedal can be linked to almost any effects parameter- GFX8
    Expression pedal is mostly limited to one parameter per effect- GFX4

    l) The EQ is too freakin detailed - GFX 8
    Simple EQ limited to bass, middle and trebble levels- GFX4

    m) Delays limited to mono and stereo types- GFX8
    Also includes hold delay and reverse delay effects- GFX4
    alpha1 likes this.
  12. jimmy_cool

    jimmy_cool The Coolest One!!

    how much does it cost and will it work with my basic electric guitar i.e givson
  13. Luthier

    Luthier New Member

    ZOOM 505 Patch File.

    @ jimmy cool
    Here is a list of some popular patches that u can select from.
    I had downloaded this from some websit a long time ago......dont rembr which one though.
    Hope u find it useful.

    Attached Files:

  14. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    well chintan u got me panting n slurping for Zoom GFX8
  15. chintan9

    chintan9 yay! i won the ipod!

    If you play metal or anything heavier then a Zoom GFX8 is a MUST BUY!!!!!
  16. hindiRox

    hindiRox Banned

    Or a GT8... ^^^
  17. chintan9

    chintan9 yay! i won the ipod!

    Not really!!! :p:
  18. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    But aint GT8 priced almost 1.5 times GFX8?
  19. chintan9

    chintan9 yay! i won the ipod!

    So what!!!!!
  20. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    that suggests that it is 1.5 times better

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