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Zoom G5 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal, New

Meet the monster multiFX pedal that's actually easy to use: the Zoom G5! This baby boasts a 12AX7 tube for tube boost, 22 amp models and 123 FX presets. (14) Read 13 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Your One-Stop Shop for Guitar Effects and Amp Models!

The Zoom G5 guitar effects and amp simulator pedal has a little bit of everything for the performing and recording musician -- with more effects and amp models than you could possibly use in a day or even a week, plus a real tube circuit, easy to use tone-shaping tools, an onboard looper, an LCD display/footswitch interface, an expression pedal with 3D parameter control, awesome DSP, and much more. Whether you're playing live at a large venue, or in the studio for an audience of one, Zoom's G5 multi-effects pedal is sure to liven up your guitar rig.

Ultimate Control Over Your Guitar Tones

The Zoom G5's smart design combines the ease of a stompbox pedalboard with the power of a multi-effects pedal and the convenience of an USB audio interface. Although the feature-laden G5 may seem like it has a lot going on, it's actually very easy to use, especially during live performances. With the G5's graphical interface made up of four big LCD displays, dedicated footswitches, and three control knobs for each display, you get real-time control of up to nine simultaneous stomps and amp effects. Do everything on the fly -- create, save, and rearrange your sounds' effect chain -- without having to scroll through endless menus or navigate a confusing interface.

Tube Booster Adds Focused Intensity to Your Sound

If your guitar solo calls for a little more warmth and oomph than normal, tap into the G5's Tube Booster -- a real 12AX7 tube circuit -- which adds up to 16 dB of amp overdrive to your performance, gives you EQ control, and also provides a power boost when recording direct.

"Super Real" Amps -- and Way Too Many FX

Make things a little easier on yourself: instead of bringing all your prized amps to the show, take advantage of the G5 pedal's many simulated amp sounds and amp models. From clean and crunchy to loud drive tones, the G5 is capable of reproducing the characteristic qualities of a range of amplifiers.

Over a hundred types of stompbox effects -- 123, to be exact -- give you a fast pass to all the FX you could want for any gig. The G5 covers distortion, compression, modulation, delay, and reverb -- and you can use up to nine effects at a time, in any combination.

3D Action Expression Pedal

Unlike most of the expression pedals you're used to playing, the Z-pedal on the G5 senses both up/down and side to side movement. Move your foot this way and that on the Z-pedal to access effects and assign as many as three parameters in each vertical and horizontal movement.

Live Looper and Integrated Drum Machine

As a nice bonus, the G5 pedal features a looper with 60-second phrase recording/overdubbing. For some real-time fun, use it to layer guitar sounds as many times as you want, and use looped sounds as simple backing tracks.

When you pair the looper with the Zoom G5's realistic DSP effects and the built-in drum machine, you can make your solo show feel more like a full band. As far as drums go, you can choose from more than 40 different rhythm patterns, including 4-, 8- and 16-beat, shuffle, and so forth. You can hit the tap key to set your desired tempo. You'll find this pedal to be an indispensable practice tool!

Built-In Real-Time Tuner

It's natural for your guitar to get out of tune as you play, so to help you keep your intonation in check, the pedal sports a handy real-time Tuner function. To start tuning, just hold down the pedal's center footswitch.

Doubles As a USB Audio Interface for DAW Recording

When you want to record a quick demo or simply capture part of a rehearsal, the G5 can serve as your USB audio interface for direct DAW recording. Record directly to your computer via USB, with all of your sound settings intact. Thanks to the G5 guitar pedal's direct monitoring capability, you won't have to worry about latency.

Balanced XLR Output for DI Use

Eliminating the need for a DI box, the Zoom G5 has a balanced XLR output that allows you to connect the G5 to any mixing console and sustain a balanced, high-quality signal no matter what. Moreover, the G5's Pre/Post switch can direct the "wet" effected sound to the main outputs while sending the original "dry" analog guitar signal directly to the XLR output without passing through an A/D converter.

Free Edit and Share Software

Using Zoom's free Edit&Share software, it's easy to create, edit, and save your personalized amp and effect settings on your Mac or PC. The software features "radar charts" that present visual representations of each preset's tone characteristics; an amp/effect sorting tool that helps you locate your sounds; and the ability to rearrange patches for editing purposes with drag-and-drop simplicity. With Edit&Share, you can download patches online and even share your patches with others.

The G5 also comes with Steinberg Cubase LE recording software, giving you everything you need to start making music.

Features:

- Guitar multi-effects pedal with amp simulations and stompbox presets
- Tube Booster (12AX7 tube) provides up to 16 dB of amp overdrive
- 3D Z-pedal expression pedal for multi-dimensional parameter control
- 4 Large LCD displays with straightforward amp and stompbox interface
- Over 123 stompbox presets and 22 amp models
- Simultaneous use of up to 9 effects
- ZFX-IV effects processor for fantastic DSP
- Create and store up to 297 (99 banks x 3 patches) original tones
- Looper function with 60 seconds of phrase recording and overdubbing
- Integrated drum machine and auto-chromatic tuner
- USB audio interface for DAW recording
- Balanced XLR output and selectable modes for DI use
- Powered via AC adaptor (included)
- Includes Edit&Share and Steinberg Cubase LE recording software

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- Effect Types: 145
- Simultaneous Effects: 9
- Patch Memory: 3 patches x 99 banks
- 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: 20Hz-20kHz +1dB -3dB (10k load)
- Display: LCD x 4
- Input: 1/4" phone jack
- Rated: input level: -20dBm
- Input: impedance: 1M ACTIVE / PASSIVE (Switch selectable)
- Output: L / R 1/4" phone jack x 2
- Maximum output level: +5dBm (Output load impedance 10k or higher)
- Phones: 1/4" stereo phone jack
- Maximum output level: 20mW + 20mW (into 32? load)
- Balanced Output: XLR jack
- Output impedance: 100 (HOT-GND, COLD-GND), 200(HOT-COLD)
- PRE / POST (Switch selectable)
- GND LIFT(Switch selectable)
- USB Audio Interface: 16bit / 44.1kHz
- Supported OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, Mac OS X v10.5 / 10.6 / 10.7
- Power: DC9V / Center negative / 500mA (AC adapter: ZOOM AD-16)
- Dimensions: 190D x 470W x 90H? mm
- Weight: 3.1kg
- Options: FP02 expression pedal, FS01 foot switch
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 9 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 24 x 10 x 5 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 631-784-2200

Product Description

Zoom took the groundbreaking design of its G3 pedal and dialed it up a notch with the Zoom G5 Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator Pedal. The Zoom G5 combines the ease of a stompbox pedalboard and the power of a multi-effects pedal and USB audio interface, along with an extra LCD display/footswitch interface, Tube Booster, 3D Z-pedal and additional amp models and effects. While extremely easy to use, the G5 gives you the ultimate in control over your guitar tones in stage and studio settings.

Up to nine simultaneous stomps.

The G5 offers four large LCD displays and corresponding footswitches that form a graphical interface, allowing you to utilize up to nine stompbox and amp effects simultaneously. The interface has also been simplified with three control knobs for each display. This intuitive design makes creating, saving and rearranging the effect chain of your own sounds a breeze and provides easy navigation in live and studio settings.

Tube Booster for amp overdrive.

The G5's Tube Booster (12AX7 tube) allows you to add sudden power and intensity to your performance, particularly when soloing. While its Boost control can add up to 16dB of amp overdrive, the Tone knob lets you control the EQ of your sounds with the added volume. The Tube Booster also offers extra power when recording directly to a line input.

Z-pedal offers 3D parameter control.

The expression pedal featured on the G5 supports 3D action by sensing not only up and down, but also side to side movement. This Z-pedal lets you build highly complex sound control patterns by allowing you to assign up to three parameters in each axis of pedal movement (vertical and horizontal). In addition, there are 20 effects specifically designed for use with the Z-pedal. Get creative in ways never imagined before, and explore a whole realm of pedal performance.

Evolution of tube amp simulation.

A recently developed sigmoid curve clipper re-creates the smooth clipping of a tube amp's waveform. With its tube distortion, the G5 can simulate amplifier sounds, including clean, crunch and full-gain drive tones that are authentic to the original models while maintaining the nuances of picking and strumming techniques.

Super-real amp modeling.

The G5's 22 super-real amp models range from vintage heads to recent trends in amp technology, each with its own distinct cabinet modeling that can be used to alter its tone characteristics. By combining amplifiers and cabinets, you can digitally design your own custom rig. The G5's modeling technology provides the best tone for both live performance and direct recording.

123 world-renowned stompbox effects.

The G5 offers 123 diverse types of stompbox effects, including some of the world's most popular guitar pedals and rack-mounted processors. You can use up to nine effects in any combination. The G5's wide range of effects includes distortion, compression, modulation, delay, and reverb. Its HD Reverb uses DSP power to produce a rich resonance that rivals outboard gear used in professional studios and live setups. The G5 can store up to 297 (99 banks x 3 patches) of your original creations without a hitch.

The next generation of DSP: ZFX-IV.

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 G5 can produce amplifier sounds that are more realistic than ever before.

Looper function with 60-second phrase recording/overdubbing.

The G5's Looper capabilities include 60 seconds of phrase recording and overdubbing. The "sound-on-sound" function allows you to layer guitar sounds as many times as you want in real time and use looped sounds as simple backing tracks. You can even create a "full band" feel with the built-in drum machine and DSP effects for a live solo.

Note: When the UNDO/REDO function is enabled, the recording time is limited to 30 seconds.

Your personal drummer.

Every guitar player needs a drummer, and with the G5 you can choose from over 40 different rhythm patterns, including 4, 8 and 16-beat, shuffle and many others. The tap key also makes it easy to set tempo and start a one-man jam session anytime.

USB audio interface for DAW recording.

The G5 operates as an audio interface, letting you record directly to your computer via USB. All of your sound settings used during rehearsals or live performances can be recorded to your favorite DAW such as the included Steinberg Cubase LE recording software. The pedal's direct monitoring capability eliminates any latency issues, assuring realistic studio conditions and hassle-free operation.

Balanced XLR output for DI use.

With its built-in XLR output, you can avoid DI boxes completely and directly connect the G5 to any mixing console and maintain a balanced, high quality signal. Its convenient Pre/Post switch can direct an effected sound to the main outputs while sending the original analog bass guitar signal directly to the XLR output without passing through an A/D converter.

Accurate, real-time Tuner function.

The pedal's Tuner function offers smooth, real-time response with precise guitar tuning accuracy. Whether you're in the middle of a performance or practicing alone in your room, simply hold down the pedal's center footswitch to start getting your strings back in tune. In addition, the G5's LCD displays and LED indicators make the Tuner easy to see on a dark stage, where you can also mute the output to tune silently.

Super-low noise design.

The G5'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.

Super-fast patch change speed.

With the G5's amazing 1.6ms patch change speed, you will never miss a beat. Change from rhythm playing to a solo in an instant by simply tapping a switch.

Optional expression pedal and footswitch.

Connect an optional FP02 expression pedal to the G5 and control volume in real time. Use an optional FS01 footswitch to tap the tempo used for the drum machine, looper and effects. You can also use an FS01 to mute the Delay/Reverb input or turn Delay Hold on or off.

Free Edit and Share software for Mac/PC

Zoom's Edit&Share software, which is available as a free download for the G5, allows you to create, edit and save your personalized amp and effect settings on your computer. Use its "radar charts" to access visual representations of each preset's tone characteristics, amp/effect sorting feature to easily locate your sounds and drag-and-drop options to rearrange patches for editing purposes. With Edit&Share, you can download patches online, as well as share your patches with others.

Finally, a monster guitar pedal that's easy to use: The G5.

Features:

- Tube Booster (12AX7 tube) for up to 16dB of amp overdrive
- 3D Z-pedal for multi-dimensional parameter control
- Four large LCD displays with intuitive amp and stompbox interface
- Over 123 stompbox presets and 22 amp models
- Simultaneous use of up to nine effects
- ZFX-IV effects processor
- Create and store up to 297 (99 banks x 3 patches) original tones
- Looper function with 60 seconds of phrase recording and overdubbing
- Integrated drum machine and auto-chromatic tuner
- USB audio interface for DAW recording
- Balanced XLR output and selectable modes for DI use
- Powered via AC adaptor (included)
- Includes Edit&Share and Steinberg Cubase LE recording software
Customer Reviews
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Sound: The sound quality for how I use it is pretty good and much easier to get a good sound than a floor pod. Simple easy thing to take to band practice. I plug the output to a palmer PDi09 then from the palmer to the pa board. This has a balanced out but using the palmer sounds better. I use the palmer for my marshall head gigging too. Feature: Its nice to look down and see it as really 4 floor pedals. I don't use the rotating pedal or at least not yet but that sounds good too. I think the boost sounds ok on clean settings but it sounds better with drive to set up the eq as the last pedal and bump a little frequency in the middle and ad some volume from the eq. Agian, this is how I'm working it at bp with no sound guy to boost the solos. Ease of Use: it is really easy to get good sounds and match volume levels between patches. Matching the volume levels into a pa is always a big problem with any pod and I've had all the generations of the pods. The other thing that is good with this is you can get to its global settings really easy again to set over all output and optimize what you are plugging into... power amp or direct / pa etc. Quality: seems like it will last , had it a month and have taken it to only 4 practices. This is not a long sample time. Value: yes, worth the price Manufacturer Support: haven't had to The Wow Factor: sorry , nothing appealing to me personally it just works well and is easy to use. Overall: I like the G5 and am happy I bought it.
Style of Music: Rock, classic rock but love jazz and fusion too. big fan of Larry Carlton and Jeff beck, Wes Montgomery
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Overall: I have probably owned every Digitech multi-effects pedalboards made. I still like them and use them from time to time. I have also had many Line 6 units too. I currently have the HD 500X and it sounds good after you dial in things whcih can take some time. The nice thing about the Zoom G 5 is you don't hardly need the manual much to get going. Everything is laid out in a stomp box so if you can turn dials on a stomp box you can program this machine. I highly recommend using the edit share software as it makes everything so much quicker. I use to have the Zoom g9.2tt which was a pretty massive board and was laid out nicely. I found the tones somewhat limited on that unit for crunch sounds. The Zoom G5 however, has an abundance of tones and a wide variety. They have shaved off some features to keep the unit small. I would have liked to be able to change banks easier but that was one of the trade offs. I also don't find the tube booster very useful as I don't really care for it's sound. I'm going to change the tube for a better brand and I know that can make a huge difference. Zzounds has been spectacular in their service. My first Zoom G5 had a bad tone booster and no matter what you dialed in it sounded horrible. Zzounds sent me a return label and shipped a replacement ASAP. The second one had the same problem. The 3rd works fine but I'm still not excited about the tone booster function. Maybe after I upgrade the tube I'll find it useful. I would rather have had that switch control tap tempo instead but that's just me. Other than these few things the unit sounds great. The more I use it the better my tones evolve. There are so many variables in the stomp boxes that you should be able to dial in pretty much any type of sound you might need for any situation. I used Zzounds 4 payment plan which is great and once again this company has been awesome with their customer service.
Style of Music: Rock,Blues Electronic, World, Ambient,R and B
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