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Zoom A2.1u Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface

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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, 32-bit processing, and USB for direct recording.

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 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.

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.

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.

Expression pedal adds further versatility to your guitar play
The built-in expression pedal is a great way to control effect parameters in real time. Besides adjusting the volume or the tone of a simulation effect, the pedal can be used for manual detection of feedback frequency, controlling the modulation rate, or adjusting the delay/reverb mix level. The dedicated PEDAL ASSIGN key and status LED indicators make it easy and quick to select the effect to control. Effect on/off switching is also possible by pushing the pedal fully down.

USB port enables computer recording
The USB port allows the unit to function as an audio interface for a computer. Simply connect a USB cable to utilize the high-quality sound of the A2.1u in a computer-based recording system.

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
USB interface
Built-in Expression Pedal
Operates on 4 AA batteries, or the included AC power adapter

Included Accessories
AD-0006D adapter
Steinberg Cubase LE software bundled
SPECIFICATIONS
Effect Types: 47
Effect Modules: 8
Maximum Simultaneous Effects: 8
Patch Memory: User 40 + Preset 40, Total 80
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)
Balanced Output: XLR jack (Input/output gain: 0dB, Output impedance: 200Î/HOT-COLD)
Control Input: Expression pedal, footswitch
USB interface: 16-bit, 32kHz/44.1kHz/48kHz
Display: 2-digit 7-segment LED display, Parameter LED, Pedal assign LED
Power Requirements (not included): AA size (LR6) battery x 4, or AC adaptor DC9V/300mA/ Center minus type (AD-0006 recommended)
Battery Life: 6 hours (with alkaline batteries)
Dimensions (mm): 255(W) x 165(D) x 79(H)
Weight: 1200g (without batteries)
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ZoomA2.1u Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface
 
4.1

(based on 7 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Performances (3)

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Acoustic Modeling

By headman

from NY

Comments about Zoom A2.1u Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface:

I got this because my Martin sounded like crap through the PA system at one of the venues I gig at. The modeling is great. I use the Gibson J-45 sound from time to time. It's allowed me to add some cool effects to my music. I take this thing everywhere. I checked out other acoustic effects pedals that are out now and I think this has the best sound. Btw this thing is built like a tank. I've been using this at gigs every week for the past year.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Acoustic pedal I have ever owned!

By Big Rand

from Traverse City MI

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Geat Parametic Eq
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Quiet Operation
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Can't Use Other Power Sup

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Zoom A2.1u Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface:

This is hands down, the best sounding acoustic effects pedal I have ever found. I own the A2 without the pedal, which I don't think you can get anymore but this pedal is the same with an expression pedal added. I have tried acoustic EQ's and pedals costing 3x as much and they didn't hold a candle to this one. All the effects are first rate. I A/B'd the delay, reverb and modulation effects against my Boss, MXR and other top shelf effects and found this actually sounds better through a PA than with stand alone pedals. Very quiet operation. The Guitar simulations were all great. I settled on the Martin D-28. I play a Taylor 816ce with the expression system. Sometimes the mids can be a little harsh with the Taylor expression system. Kind of quacky or nasaly. With the Parametric EQ, the mids can be dialed in to perfection in my Taylor. It's VERY easy to program and the paramaters are all way more than you could ever want. I would have rated this a 10 if I could! Only drawback, is that you MUST use the power supply that is included. Any other power supply will give you a weird static sound and you can't daisy chain the power off of this with any other pedal. Must be powered by its own supply. Small price to pay for such versatility and sound performance!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good Effects / Terrible Interface

By Telemaster92

from brooklyn center, MN

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    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Zoom A2.1u Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface:

      I bought this unit to thicken up my acoustic guitar sound and add some basic effects like chorus, tremelo and delay. The product lives up to it's promise in this area. However, the interface takes me back to the 1980's. Anybody remember the Ensoniq Mirage??? Tons of variable parameters and only a simple two digit display and a few small buttons to guide you through the editing process. Making your own presets can be done, it just takes a long time and is fairly frustrating. In this day and age you would think they could have implimented a better user interface. Also, with the interface being what it is and the size of some of the edit buttons, there is no way you could make any edits or adjustments live on stage.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      very nice pedal

      By Tom Doerfel

      from key west

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      Comments about Zoom A2.1u Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface:

      very happy with this pedal. however they need to make one an updated one for more than just acoustic guitar. they need banjo fiddle and mandolin presets. i use mine with the banjo and i can tweak it so it sounds pretty darn good. but a little more thought of other instruments would be cool. also not very happy with the tuner. it works ok tho but i prefer my boss tuner pedal and still use it if i can. i wish they would update the pedal and give it a screen like the G2Nu/G2.1Nu. that would be Amazing!!! still a good pedal tho
      more effects than i need for an acoustic instrument, very nice to have the options if i want more
      heavy duty very road worthy, however must of had something short out cuz it stopped turning on after a month or so. i just called zoom and they repaired it free. been working great ever since.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Zoom A2.1u Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal Review

      By Ray Berndt

      from N. Carolina

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      Comments about Zoom A2.1u Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface:

      A very good addition for my acoustic guitars! Provides decent guitar simulations and quality effects!

      It has enhanced the versatility of my acoustics! Something that was previously only available to my electric guitars. I was however, a little disappointed in the resonator model simulations. I play some slide guitar and own a couple of National Resonator guitars and was expecting some enhancement to their tone. Perhaps a "Tri-cone" model would be nice.

      The instructions could be better and I would like to be able to combine some of the effects together with the guitar model simulations. I could find no guidance on settings for use with tube versus non-tube amplifiers, or with Fishman-type pickups I have had installed on my resonator guitars.

      I expect that it will become more useful as I learn more about it and I would recommend it to anyone wanting/needing a reasonably-priced acoustic guitar effects pedal!
      I've only had this device for a couple of weeks. It has a lot more features than I've been able to get to, and some of them are already beyond my pay-grade! I expect it to do everything I need and more!
      Very, sturdy and substantial! All metal! Looks like it can take anything short of abuse!
      Costs the same as a comparable Digi-tech multi-effects pedal that I had previously purchased.

       
      5.0

      Very pleased!

      By Peter s

      from Arlington, MA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Zoom A2.1u Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface:

      Loads of presets, loads of effects, and easy to use. I love the USB output making it really easy to record to the computer.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Needs a lot of improvements

      By SamG

      from Phoenix, AZ

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      Pros

      • Good Selection Of Effects

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use
      • Limited Selection Of Effects
      • No Bypass
      • Xlr Out Is Bad

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home use

      Comments about Zoom A2.1u Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface:

      This could be excellent but it doesn't reach its potential.

      The XLR-Out only works on a few systems. It is also very noisy.

      The worst part is that there is no true-bypass. When it is selected, the signal still comes through. This is not good for when changing instruments.

      That being said, if those 2 issues were fixed then it would be a great unit. The modeling and effects are very good. Can set up some nice patches and do some crazy effects like Tim Reynolds, John Martyn, etc.

      Hopefully the next model Zoom makes will be much better than this. The XLR and bypass issue is a real downer for me and kills the product.

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