Zoom G5n Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal

Zoom G5n Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal

Have all the tones! Zoom's G5n multi-effects pedal boasts 68 DSP effects, 10 amp and cab sims, plus stereo outputs and USB out for seamless recording.

Zoom G5 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

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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.

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 read more 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.


- 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
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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

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 631-542-5270
Email: info@zoom-na.com
Web: https://zoomcorp.com/en/us/contact/

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (24 ratings)
Submitted April 29, 2015 by Chris Laden
"Everything I hoped for"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I looked at this thing online for about a year before buying it. I could see it had the features I wanted, but wasn't sure if the sound quality would be a significant improvement over my much older zoom GFX5. I plug directly into the board, or into a Tech21 power engine 60, which is basically a powered speaker, and is not designed to provide any tonal qualities. So I am 100 percent dependent on the amp modeling for my sound. I am happy to say that I am completely satisfied by the sound and performance of the G5.

I play just about everything from 80's new wave to heavy metal to classic rock. I use many different sounds and tones, and I found the G5 to be very accommodating. One thing you should know if you get this unit, you have to use the ZNR (Zoom Noise Reduction) effect at the front of your effects chain for all your patches if they use any Gain at all. Once you do this you will be fine. There's a great video on youtube depicting this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxckzGkjZgI

I give it an A+ for features. But I new that before I bought. Download the manual if you want to see if it has the features you need. The looper is great for quickly recording a rhythm so you can practice a solo. I haven't attempted to use it during a performance yet. It might be a bit tricky to get to for that. Since the looper uses button 1, then you should probably have the patch you want to use assigned to button 1 as read more well, because I believe it will switch to that patch when you hold the button down to activate the looper. I was concerned that there was no Aux in jack, because I used that frequently on my older processor. However, the usb works as an input/throughput, So I plug my laptop into the G5 so I can play along with songs or jamtrax. You will need your own usb cable, same as ones used on most printers. Speaking of Laptop, the Edit & Share software that comes with it is excelent. It's solid, it is not buggy, and makes programing patches very convenient. The only thing I would alert you to is that when you select the "Online" section, nothing will show up. So not sure what they mean by "Share". I've downloaded some great patches from guitarpatches.com, so that takes care of my sharing needs.

Ease of Use
This is about as intuitive as is gets, I found both the unit itself and the software to be just about as user friendly as it gets. I never like to use the word "Easy", but I was able to get up to spead on this pretty fast. And I am very inexperienced with effects, so I took a couple weeks examining all the preprogrammed patches it came with.

I think the quality is great. Seems sturdy and well designed.

I'm definitely getting my money's worth out of this thing, especially with the software, this is a great value.

Manufacturer Support
I emailed zoom a question before I bought this thing and they answered my question. I wanted to know if they used the same amp modeling technology in all there pedals. and according to them, they do. It's just a matter of features. So if you want the sound without all the features of the G5, you might be able to get away with one of their less expensive products.

The Wow Factor
It's safe to say I'm pretty blown away by this thing.

Musical Background:
Lead Guitar, Live music

Musical Style:
New Wave, Rock, Heavy Metal.
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