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Zoom A2 Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

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The rich, detailed tone of an acoustic guitar is created by a delicate triple harmony of strings, neck, and body. But a piezo or magnetic pickup neve...Click To Read More About This Product

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96kHz sampling and 32-bit processing bring out the true nature of acoustic guitar sound.

The rich, detailed tone of an acoustic guitar is created by a delicate triple harmony of strings, neck, and body. But a piezo or magnetic pickup never captures the full body resonance, often resulting in thin sound dominated by the strings. This tendency can't be fully compensated with a conventional preamp equalizer.

The Zoom A2 series incorporates 24-bit/96 kHz sampling and sophisticated sound modeling technology to process the line signal from the pickup, adding a lush body tone and the spatial ambience that is created by mic recording. Even when playing through an amplifier or PA speaker, the resonance of the guitar body is restored, allowing the natural acoustic sound to shine through.

The new ZOOM ZFX-3 32-bit DSP chip
The heart of any multi-effect device is its processor and decoder section. ZOOM has attained a new level with the ZFX-3 chip. 32-bit architecture ensures outstanding performance and allows smooth and detailed signal processing. Fine nuances of fingering and touch come through without any deterioration, thanks to this incredibly powerful DSP.

Select optimum characteristics to match pickup and amp model
The GLOBAL module that controls settings for the entire unit combines a pair of parameters called AMP SELECT and PICKUP SELECT. These let you optimize frequency response for the type of pickup and amp that you are using. Whether recording or live on stage, you can always get just the right acoustic sound.

AMP SELECT: Choose from three settings (combo, bright combo, stack) and eliminate the excessive treble that can ruin the sound when playing an acoustic guitar through an amp.

PICK UP SELECT: Besides piezo and magnetic for acoustic guitars, electric guitar pickup settings such as single-coil and humbucker settings are available, allowing you to use the unit as an acoustic guitar simulator.

FEATURES
40 preset effects for Acoustic Guitar, 40 programmable memory patches
7 effect modules with 45 effect types
Includes guitar and body-style modeling
32-bit processing, 96kHz sampling rate
24-Bit A/D, D/A converters
Ultra wide frequency response: 20Hz “ 40kHz
Built-in drum machine with 40 rhythm variations
Integrated chromatic tuner
Sturdy metal chassis with rubber side-guard shells
Operates on 4 AA batteries (sold separately), or the AC power adapter (AD-0006D included)
SPECIFICATIONS
Effect Types:  47
Effect Modules: 8
Maximum Simultaneous Effects: 8
Patch Memory: User 40+Preset 40
Sampling Frequency: 96kHz
A/D Conversion: 24-bit, 64 times over-sampling
D/A Conversion: 24-bit, 128 times over-sampling
Input: 1/4" phone jack (Rated input level: -20dBm, Input impedance: 1MÎ)
Output(Line/headphones combined): 1/4" stereo phone jack (Maximum output level: +5dBm, Output load impedance: 10kÎ or higher)
Control Input: Expression pedal, footswitch
Display: 2-digit, 7-segment LED display, Parameter LED
Power requirements: AA size (LR6) battery x 4, or AC adaptor DC9V/300mA/Center minus type (AD-0006 recommended)
Battery Life: 7.5 hours (with alkaline batteries)
Dimensions (mm): 156(W) x 162(D) x 65(H)
Weight: 700g (without batteries)
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ZoomA2 Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal
 
4.9

(based on 13 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (3)
  • Excellent sound quality (3)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

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  • Performances (3)
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Deal Around

By PeaveyAmpLover

from Baltimore, MD

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Great Performance To Doll
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Zoom A2 Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    Best bang for the buck. More versatile than the Boss AD-3.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A2 Acoustic Guitar Effects Padal is in it's own league.

    By Robert Luterek

    from Western New York

    Comments about Zoom A2 Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    I've been using this pedal on gigs and in the studio and I would recommend it to anyone.
    It has enough features to customize to your exact needs but the presets are pretty good so you may just find the patch for you.
    It's rugged and tough. as long as you don't drive over it with your car you should be good to go.
    For what you get it's very well priced.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Read 1st than plug in!

    By Sean McCormick

    from NJ

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    Comments about Zoom A2 Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    Nice but complicated to setup. The sounds and tones you can get from this box are amazing, but it takes hrs to fully setup. This box would be perfect if you could plug it into a computer and change your settings like with the Fishman Aura. I really enjoy the headphone feature and the fact that you can change the input level to high if your pickups are passive just by holding down the down arrow and turning the power on. If you have the time to set this up you cant go wrong for the cash.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best in class IMO

    By Dave-Z2Vt5

    from NW Missouri, USA

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    Comments about Zoom A2 Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    I purchased this about 2 years ago.Major plus: this will work off battery or an AC adapter (included). The battery capability frees from the necessity of being limited to a six-foot length of spaghetti wire attached to a "wall wart."If one uses lithium ion batteries, one can go for over two months without changing batteries under heavy usage. I prefer NiMH rechargeable batteries and recharge about every two weeks.The only drawback this has is the stereo output uses a TRS 1/4" connector instead of having two separate 1/4" TS outputs--but this is minor.The sound is great and it is very easy to set and store user-edited patches.The construction is very heavy duty.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Handy & worth the co$t.

    By Skeeter

    from Great Plains

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    Comments about Zoom A2 Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    You can nitpick anything. Nothing is a 10 and damned few a 9. That said I've bought four different ZOOM pedals and will probably buy at least one more.
    They are Very easy to set up. If you're not happy with factory setting (I'm not) it's no problem to dial in the sound you want.
    I've got four different Zoom products bought over the last 15 years of so. No problems with any of them.
    Dollar for dollar I've never seen any to beat ZOOM.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Does anything you want

    By DFru

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Zoom A2 Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    Very low noise. Effects can be subtle or pronounced as you want. The variety of effects make it suitable for all types of music. the interface is a bit cryptic at times thus 4.5 stars, but the effects quality is great

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is IT!

    By Gary Beckwith

    from Yokosuka, Japan

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    Comments about Zoom A2 Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    This is becoming THE pedal for acoustic players here in Japan. I'm primarily acoustic and play locally, alone and with others. One of those others (pro musician) demonstrated the A2 for me and I took my old Zoom boxes and put them in the closet! He ran it through only the PA so now I don't carry amps, either! Since I don't play often I haven't gotten into the programming but definitely will. As I experiment with various sounds from my custom-built "Beckwith Strings" guitar ( I'm doing minor tweaks depending on the song, all things to enhance the natural clarity and resonance of the guitar. Not critical to the music but can make a difference when necessary. I especially like the 12-string effect for fill when playing with two or three others. As stated earlier, a well-organized patch sheet and putting the patch number on your set list really helps. On the down side, the double switch for tuner. I play a lot of beach gigs in the summer and making that switch work with flip-flops or bare feet us a real pain. The red display cannot be seen in daylight outdoors. It could really use a pop-up shade that won't interfere with the controls. Little stuff that won't affect the sound. Don't even think twice about spending so little money on such a great box!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Quality Stomp Box

    By Steve-Band of One

    from Connecticut

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    Comments about Zoom A2 Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    I bought this a couple years back to replace an Alesis Acoustic Effects which I rather liked. This has limitless options to the point where you can get lost keeping track of all your settings. I made a spreadsheet to store my preset settings so I have a logical progression of layers. Start with a basic guitar sound that works then add effects and reverbs as you save to another patch. Thing is solid. I like that when it is off the knobs won't get messed up in transit. I don't like that you need to step on two buttons simultaneously to get to the tuner. I wouldn't play without it and have used on many gigs. Great value.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Review

    By MarkW

    from Sidney, MT

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    Comments about Zoom A2 Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    I bought the Zoom A2 over a year ago. The first weekend I used it, I had two places to play back to back. I used it at the first stop and then decided that since the second place was small and they had a sound system already set up, I would just take the guitar and go. Big mistake. After using the Zoom A2 once, you won't ever want to be without it. I probably should have spent the extra money and purchased the Zoom A2.1u with the pedal. It isn't a big deal, but I use it so much it is probably worth the extra money to have the pedal. It's too late now, because I am not giving up my Zoom A2! If there is one con: This thing has so many features the learning curve can be a little long. Don't think you can take this out of the box and play your first gig. You will need a few days with the Zoom A2 to really use all the features.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ambience galore!

    By LeadGuitar

    from Pennsylvania

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    Comments about Zoom A2 Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    I use it in my acoustic amps fx loop. Lots of options for a small price tag and pedal. The chorus and delays are excellent and makes my Takamine sound extra nice.

     
    4.0

    Color my World

    By Davy

    from Indiana

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Zoom A2 Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

      I play a Rainsong that sounds amazing on it's own but I dig more dimention and sustain in the songs I play. Santa thought I had been good enough to bring me what I wanted and needed. I really like the variety of effects selections in this unit. and I look forward to the next opportunity I have to perform with it. "Dimen-tion" how much I like this new toy? Thanks Santa!

       
      5.0

      Totally Cool!

      By Greggr

      from San Diego, CA

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Zoom A2 Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        What kills me is the effects where, you can digitally emulate other guitars. My $400 Fender can sound like a $4000 Gibson, it really is that good. As long as you remember when you set it to play like a Taylor, you're not going to magically turn into Jim Messina, you'll be OK. AWESOME capabilities for the price. It even makes my Fat Strat sound like an acoustic. It's cool.

         
        5.0

        To Die For!!!

        By Tod Moses

        from Barre, VT

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        Comments about Zoom A2 Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        I had one of these but sold it becuase I wasn't doing that much live acoustic guitar. Dumb A$$!
        Very reliable, high quality sounds. 5 years after I bought the first one, I did my research and for this price, there really isn't anything else that compares.

        The modeling is great. I did not use that aspect of the pedal very much the first time out but this time I bought it to sweeten my Godin A6 Ultra. PERFECT for that!!! Way better than my old Yamaha that has a really good sound of it's own. The flatter and duller your guitar is, the better that the modeling works. I thought I was going to spend a lot of time making custom presets for the A6 and as soon as I clicked in the Gibson J45 model, I just left it there. I am sure I will be going back and tweaking one out but it really did the job right out of the box.

        My only complaint is the lack of presets that combine models with effects. Hence the 9
        Does what it says and then some. A little clunky to customize presets but what do you expect for under $100.
        Great build quality and nice sounds.
        It could be a bit cheaper.

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