The rich, detailed tone of an acoustic guitar is created by a delicate triple harmony of strings, neck, and body. But a piezo or magnetic pickup never captures the full body resonance, often resulting... Read More
The rich, detailed tone of an acoustic guitar is created by a delicate triple harmony of strings, neck, and body. But a piezo or magnetic pickup never captures the full body resonance, often resulting in thin sound dominated by the strings. This tendency can't be fully compensated with a conventional preamp equalizer.
The Zoom A2 series incorporates 24-bit/96 kHz sampling and sophisticated sound modeling technology to process the line signal from the pickup, adding a lush body tone and the spatial ambience that is created by mic recording. Even when playing through an amplifier or PA speaker, the resonance of the guitar body is restored, allowing the natural acoustic sound to shine through.
The new ZOOM ZFX-3 32-bit DSP chip
The heart of any multi-effect device is its processor and decoder section. ZOOM has attained a new level with the ZFX-3 chip. 32-bit architecture ensures outstanding performance and allows smooth and detailed signal processing. Fine nuances of fingering and touch come through without any deterioration, thanks to this incredibly powerful DSP.
Select optimum characteristics to match pickup and amp model
The GLOBAL module that controls settings for the entire unit combines a pair of parameters called AMP SELECT and PICKUP SELECT. These let you optimize frequency response for the type of pickup and amp that you are using. Whether recording or live on stage, you can always get just the right acoustic sound.
AMP SELECT: Choose from three settings (combo, bright combo, stack) and eliminate the excessive treble that can ruin the sound when playing an acoustic guitar through an amp.
PICK UP SELECT: Besides piezo and magnetic for acoustic guitars, electric guitar pickup settings such as single-coil and humbucker settings are available, allowing you to use the unit as an acoustic guitar simulator.
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I use a Martin DR-16GT with an LR Baggs piezo bridge pickup on a weekly basis direct through a house PA in a 1,500 seat auditorium where the sound guy isn't big on EQ tweaking and I did NOT like my dry sound at all. I was using a Sansamp Acoustic DI with a Boss CE-2 Point-to-point wired chorus and liked the flexibility of the parametric EQ and the subtle textural fill of the Boss chorus but wanted to be able to do more like add some reverb or occasionally add some delay wihtout adding noise to the signal which I could not. Well enter the Zoom A2! What an incredible piece of electronic wizardry. This "Harry Potter" of a multi-effects pedal made my guitar literally leap out of the PA full of life and sonic excitement, I was blown away. I sat there for 5 minutes just flipping back and forth between bypass and effected signal just reveling at how much more lively and full sounding my guitar had become by just adding Reverb/Chorus/ and Parametric EQ. This is one of the best values in guitar effects that I have ever purchased. To put this in perspective I have been playing guitar for over 30 years and have owned just about every effect and multi-effect device on the market and I am truly blown away by this pedal. It may not be for everyone, but I would recommend anyone looking for some interesting coloration for their acoustic sound to at least take a listen before plunking down your multiples of $100's on a Fishman Aura or something similar.