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Zoom A3 Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal, New

This multi-effect and acoustic preamp box lets you simulate the sound of 16 acoustic guitars and 40 effects -- or mix a mic signal with a pickup signal. (2) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

Zoom's A3 Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal is the first of its kind. It allows players to restore the natural tone of their acoustic guitars while continuing to use pickup systems for amplification. In addition to being a powerful acoustic preamp, the A3 offers unrivaled acoustic remodeling features, amazing acoustic effects and much more for crafting acoustic guitar sounds for both live and studio applications.

Pickup systems are the most popular option for amplifying acoustic guitars on stage, however most are unable to capture the unique tone of each instrument. As a result, different guitars can take on similar flat, electric-acoustic characteristics and they all sound the same when amplified or plugged into a PA.

Elements of design.

Within a heavy duty, die-cast body, the A3 features a main EFFECT footswitch, two secondary footswitches (ANTI FEEDBACK and BOOST), as well as a large LCD and a variety of analog-style cursor keys and parameter knobs that together form an easy-to-use graphical interface. This intuitive design makes restoring the tone of your acoustic guitar, as well as creating and saving acoustic tones, a breeze and provides easy navigation in live and studio settings.

Restore your sound.

By selecting the body and model type of the guitar that you're playing, you can restore the true sound of your acoustic guitar. The A3 offers presets for 16 body types and 28 models that simulate the sonic characteristics of various acoustic guitars with different body shapes and constructed of different materials.

16 Body Types.

The A3 allows you to choose from 16 guitar body types to re-create the signature sounds of differing body shapes. From the Dreadnought body setting, which generates a large tone full of rich low frequencies, to the Orchestra body setting, featuring an outstanding response and tonal balance, the A3 has the ability to remodel the sonic qualities of a wide range of unique body types.

28 Models.

The A3 also has the ability to recreate the distinct sound components of 28 of the world's most famous acoustic guitars. The A3 even accounts for the subtlest of differences between these models. The pedal accurately recreates the tone differences between guitars with the same body shape, but different bracing or wood from which they are made (spruce, mahogany, rosewood, etc.).

Acoustic preamp for both pickups and mics.

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. The A3's pre-amp section also features a 3-band EQ for adjusting your guitar tone according to your performance environment and a BALANCE knob to set the ratio of the original sound (DRY) and the sound after adding effects (WET).

40 acoustic effects.

With a focus on spatial effects, including chorus, delay and reverb, the A3 offers 40 diverse types of acoustic effects to enhance the sound of your guitar. Effects range from compressors that suppress input peaks and even out sound levels to detuning effects that create the sound of a 12-string guitars and everything in between. With the A3, you can use up to two effects and one acoustic guitar model simultaneously and arrange them in any order you like. You to create and store up to 20 original patches on the A3.

Eliminate feedback on up to three frequencies simultaneously

If you experience feedback from your acoustic guitar during a performance, just engage the A3's ANTI FEEDBACK footswitch. While keeping changes to your tone to a minimum, the ANTI FEEDBACK function will detect the frequency that is causing the feedback and eliminate it with a steep filter. Later, if you experience additional feedback, just hit the footswitch again. The ANTI FEEDBACK function can handle up to three problematic frequencies at once.

Boost your sound up to 12dB

The A3's BOOST function can be used to reduce volume differences between fingerpicking, chord strokes and other playing techniques, as well as to increase amplification during solos. The pedal can provide a clean boost of up to 12dB. You can also use the TONE parameter to adjust the sound of the level increase when the BOOST is active.

The most realistic sounds to date

The ZFX-IV DSP effects processor boasts amazing power and clarity, upgrading everything from sound to functionality and operability over previous ZFX versions. By using 32-bit floating-point processing, the A3 can produce sounds that are more realistic than ever before.

Presets...Right out-of-the-box

Right out-of-the-box, the MS-60B allows you to create and store up to 50 of your original patches. To get you started, 30 of these patches are preprogrammed and form a versatile collection of bass sounds. These presets include some of the most popular stompbox and amp effects, as well as patches personally designed by some of the world's top bassists.

Stereo or headphone out

The A3 features two 1/4-inch outputs that allow you to maximize the characteristics of the pedal's stereo effects and record them using line level connections. In addition, you can connect headphones directly to the A3 and listen to your tones no matter where you are.

Precise tuning

The pedal's auto-chromatic tuner offers smooth, real-time response with precise bass tuning and accuracy. Whether you're in the middle of a performance or practicing alone, simply hold down the pedal's footswitch to start getting your strings back in tune. In addition, the A3's LCD makes the tuner easy to see on a dark stage. You can also tune silently in the tuner's MUTE mode or with all effects bypassed in its BYPASS mode.

Tap the tempo.

Use the Tap Tempo feature to match the tempo of a song in real-time as you play. You can also use it for delay times and modulation effect frequencies.

The tuner cannot be used when the tap tempo function is active.

Pick your patch order.

With the A3, you can program which patches are recalled and the order in which they appear. For example, you could select three patches -- (A) ARPEGGIO, (B) RHYTHM and (C) SOLO -- and program the A3 to cycle through only those three tones each time you press the footswitch.

Balanced XLR output for DI use.

With the pedal's balanced XLR output, you can avoid using DI boxes completely. Just connect the A3 to any mixing console to maintain a balanced, high quality signal. The pedal's GROUND switch can also be used to eliminate hum caused by ground loops.

Dedicated pickup input.

Piezoelectric pickups tend to capture high frequencies far better than the lows, giving you a thin sound. On the other hand, magnetic pickups allow the low end to dominate your tone and produce more of an electric sound. The A3 features a pickup input to compensate for frequency ranges that are lost or overemphasized by your pickups. As such, the A3 can optimize your tone according to the pickup characteristics of you guitar.

You can use the FLAT setting to bypass pickup input compensation.

Super-low noise design.

The A3's super-low noise design virtually eliminates background noise and the ZNR noise reduction removes feedback and other unwanted sounds, providing you with clear tones, along with natural decay and reverb tails.

Power proof.

The A3 can operate on three different power sources: AC adapter (sold separately), batteries or USB bus power when plugged into your computer. Four AA alkaline batteries (included) provide up to eight hours of continuous use.

Firmware updates for the A3 can also be performed when plugged into your computer via USB.

Restore the nature tone of your acoustic guitar with the A3 Pre-Amp and Effects for Acoustic Guitar from Zoom.

Features:

- Pre-amp/effects pedal for acoustic guitar
- Easy-to-use interface includes LCD, footswitches, analog-style cursor keys/parameter knobs and LED indicators
- Remodeling presets for 16 body types and 28 popular acoustic guitar models
- 40 effects can be used in any combination
- Use two effects and one acoustic guitar model simultaneously
- Acoustic guitar pre-amp with Mic and Pickup mixing options, 3-band EQ, Balance control and super-low noise design
- Anti-feedback footswitch filters up to three frequency ranges at once
- Clean Boost footswitch for up to 12dB of additional amplification
- Create and store up to 20 original patches
- Integrated auto-chromatic tuner
- Tap tempo function
- Direct box capability with balanced XLR output
- Ground switch eliminates ground loop hum
- Dedicated pickup input with pickup compensation switch (Flat, Magnetic, Piezo)
- XLR-1/4-inch combination Mic/Line input with phantom power
- 1/4-inch stereo/headphone output
- Up to eight hours of operation using four AA batteries (included)
- AC (adapter included) and USB bus powered

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Effect Types: 40
Model Types: 28
Simultaneous Effects: 2 effects + 1 model
Patch Memory: 20
Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz
A/D Conversion: 24bit, 128times over-sampling
D/A Conversion: 24bit, 128times over-sampling
Signal Processsing: 32bit floating point and 32bit fixed point
Frequency Response: 40Hz to 20kHz (+1dB / -3dB) (10kOhms load)
Display: LCD

Inputs
PICKUP IN:
1/4" phone jack
Rated input level: -20dBm
Input impedance: 1MOhms

MIC IN:
XLR-1/4" phone jack
Rated input level: -20dBm
Input impedance: 1kOhms

Outputs
RIGHT:
1/4" phone jack
Maximum output level: +5dBm (Output load impedance 10kOhms or higher)

L/MONO/PHONES:
1/4" stereo phone jack (LINE / PHONES)
Maximum output level: [LINE] +5dBm (Output load impedance: 10kOhms or higher), [PHONES] 5.7mW + 5.7mW into 32Ohms load

BALANCED OUT:
XLR jack
Output impedance: 100Ohms(HOT-GND, COLD-GND), 200Ohms (HOT-COLD)
GND LIFT(Switch selectable)

S/N: 120dB
Noise Floor: -100dBm

Power
AC adapter: DC9V / Center negative / 500mA (ZOOM AD-16)
Batteries: AA/LR6 battery x 4
Battery Life: 8 hours (with alkaline batteries)

Dimensions: 160.3 (D) x 108 (W) x 54.9 (H) mm
USB: Firmware Update
Weight: 630g (without batteries)

Included Accessory: AD-16 AC Adapter, DC9V/500mA (center negative)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 3 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 631-784-2200
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Great pedal for live Acoustic Guitar"
Overall: It didn't take long to figure out the features and how to tweak settings. There are some really good effects that do make my Martin D-16RGTE sound even better through the PA. Love the reverb and delay. The boost is a great feature. I can keep a nice subtle delay or reverb setting and then hit the boost for lead parts. The increase in volume also adds just the right amount of boosted effects for the lead. I don't have a need to scroll through several patches during one song so this pedal works out well for me. I was using a Boss ME-70 for effects before I bought this pedal which gave me more pedal options to mess with but I didn't really need a bunch of different sounds. For acoustic live, it is exactly what I was looking for. The ability to create several really good sounding effects, and the ability to boost that effect/patch when I want to play lead. You can setup the patches to scroll through (verse - lead- verse) if that is what you are looking for. The patches are assignable by assigning letters A, B, C, and so on up to 20 patches/letters. Each effect can easily be tweaked by turning the knobs just like a real pedal. I have not tried the mic input yet. Overall I'm happy with this pedal. It's small but has what I need. If you are looking for extra whacky effects, simulated 12 string, and an expression pedal, this is not the pedal for you. If you play acoustic guitar and want to enhance your sound and add some reverb, chorus, delay, and boost the signal for leads, this is the pedal. The manual isn't the most detailed but it doesn't take long to figure out what they may have left out. Comes with AC adapter.
Style of Music: Acoustic Folk, Rock, Country, Blues
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Overall: Fairly small and compact, does have some nice reverbs on board and chorus too if your in to that. I like the different guitar models to choose from personaly i don't have a Gibson or Martin acoustic but i do have a nice Sigma D-18 and a couple of solid body electro-acoustics one is a 12 string the other a nylon strung guitar and i am very pleased with the variety of tones which i can get from them which i could not before. It has taken me some time to learn how to use it and i still find the knobs too small and too close together for my large hands b ut i can live with it. With my Sigma guitar plugged in to the A3 and using a condenser mic also plugged in to it you can mix the signals from both sources together and tweak them to your taste.I only use my pedal for recording which for me is ideal, it brings the 12 string to life like never before and the nylon string guitar sounds just great, i select the silent setting on the top knob of the pedal and experiment with the body tones available in the menu with some very nice results. i am still learning to use this pedal but i would recomend it. have tried it through my acoustic amp and once again was impressed with the results, if i played live i would definately use this setup.
Style of Music: blues, folk
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