How good is the Zoom G5?

Discussion in 'Digital & Modeling Gear' started by clintmartin, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. JayRod

    JayRod Active Member

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    Revalver 4 should be coming shortly. From what I heard it sounds better than POD and Eleven Rack and is pretty close to the Kemper and AXE II, as it will have high resolution IRs and some form of profiling. It will also have acoustic guitar simulations which makes it a competition to Line 6 Variax.
     
  2. clintmartin

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    I hope it's as good as they say. I've also seen some guys from IK mention the future Amplitube 4. All of these products are getting very close in my opinion. Amplifire may bring that high end quality within the reach of my budget. For playing live the HD500/DT50 is indeed the real deal, but it was just a $1200 end table here at present. I'm looking forward to getting my G5 and RP360XP and trying them through my Alto's. I'm optimistic.
     
  3. derek_32999

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    Clint, what are you thinking of the Zoom? I use and love the HD500, but was thinking of getting the MS-100BT and G3x. Thx
     
  4. clintmartin

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    I'm very pleased with the tones and effects of the G5. I added a Logidy Epsi (with Ownhammer Modern Studio Mix IRs) and a Zoom MS-70CDR to help with the short comings of the G5s configuration. The HD500 is a clear first place for form factor and with the Epsi it would probably sound just as good as the G5. Zoom kills Line 6 for effects. The delays, modulation and reverbs are far better IMO. If I were you I would buy the Epsi and the MS-100BT (the MS-70CDR is all I need) and try that with the HD500 first. You could always sell the Pod later and try something else, but the Epsi will make anything you decide to try better.
     
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    I will check into it for sure. I've got some more research to do, but you, will, and others are very helpful as always!

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  6. speedyone

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    Zoom pedals are great; looking forward to trying out the MS70-CDR.
     
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  7. Don Roos

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    I agree with jonnymegabyte, I created 7 patches that suite the different sounds I want, each with 3 effects and an amp and perhaps noise reduction. That way when I am on a patch I can see all the effects without having to scroll left and right to turn them on and off. In most cases I don't need to turn effects on and off at all and can stay in patch selection mode.

    I have a patch for CLEAN, one for CHIME, one for CRUNCH and one for DRIVE for most situations. Each has a typical set of effects for the style (Chorus and Reverb in CLEAN). Then I have a few specialist patches for ACOUSTIC, 12 STRING, MANDOLIN and KEYBOARD for those times when you need to sound like another instrument. These are in slots 1 to 7. I have found some custom patches for specific artists and songs that I have in other slots in the pedal if I should feel like using them. (B's are artists such as SRV and Deep Purple) (D's are songs such as Sultans, Hey Joe and Hotel California) (E's are some of the standard patches that I like and may use when trying new songs)

    I have looked at the ashbass mods but none of them do everything I want so I have planned a 7 switch external panel to do it all. RYTHEM start/stop, PATCH UP, PATCH DOWN, SCROLL LEFT, SCROLL RIGHT, TAP TEMPO and BYPASS (this one goes into the external SWITCH/PEDAL socket on my G3 with a modified splitter to allow both at the same time. So far, all it is is scribbles on paper and I have not got round to doing any tests yet to see if it works. To have UP/DOWN and LEFT/RIGHT you have to do a special trick to hold the TAP button down or release it. I am scared of doing mods while the unit is still under guarantee which will void the warrenty. I am also loath to drill holes for a cable to pass through or a multi pin socket. I want to open my G3 and see if I can use one of the sockets that I don't use to pass the cable through without drilling.

    Too many ides, too little time!
     
  8. eman22

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    Favorite wah, into favorite distortion, into tech 21 fly rig 5, into zoom ms100bt straight to desk or FOH and don't look back.
     
  9. flyonthewall150

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    I got a G3 recently.

    Delays and reverbs are so-so standard fare
    Modulation are excellent. The mutron biphase, univibe, vibrato, and ADA flanger are killer.
    Weird fx - the sample/hold delay is really unique as is the chord bender setting. There's really wacky sounds in this thing.
    Drives - weak point of the unit. They all are pretty bad except for the DS-1 setting. They are all extremely noisy and the noise gate in the G3 is not very good.
    Amps - I tried running the G3 into my tube power amp with the cab sims off. It just didn't sound good. Needs lots of EQ to even get a passable sound. Disappointing. My GSP1101 wipes the floor with it amp-wise.
     

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