Submitted November 29, 2016 by Paul A in N Dallas, TX
"Swiss Army Knife CDR, amazing quality...slow your roll"
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While Zoom packed a lot of stuff into this pedal, but, if you think it is some stellar level delay or reverb effect it is not. It can do the job but at some point you will move on, that being said let me tell you what I liked about and not so much about it:What I liked:-bloody great ZNR noise reduction effect, very transparent, removed the slight surface hiss I had, I would keep it for that and the following:-The EP3 delay model has an amazing preamp switch which is the warm, Eric Johnson sounding EP3 preamp to a tee. Preamp works with the delay off which I really like.
What I found wanting on the unit:-This was the most user unfriendly confusing editor array I have yet seen. Even after I figured it out I still bumble through it and it saves everything even when you do not want it (there is supposed to be an off I have not got to yet.) You will constantly have to re position the chain when you add something, and if you get 4-5 things of any quality your DSP is up.-It is a major pain to turn things on and off in a preset or change a preset using live. I'd classify it as a very on the fly user unfriendly puppy. -I found the delays and reverbs to be somewhat muddled, not very dynamic or rich sounding and this is not from the NR or preamp although the preamp does alter the sound. I just could not get the beautiful sounding delays and reverbs w clarity and dynamic range from other pedals. That being said, I'll keep it for the EP3 preamp thing and the NR but modulation, delays and reverbs, best out to another better pedal. Cost more yes, but I am picky about sound quality and range of adjust. This is fill in for immediate needs which is what I got it for. You might like this if you are new to effects and have never used a real quality high end pedal. This will do or make for a starter pedal but a short lived fill-in for me. Bottom line hell of a value for the bucks, but you get what you pay for in quality and dynamic range or effects.
too many yrs to care, home studio, etc
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