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Zoom's B3 Bass Effects and Amp Simulator combines the ease of a stompbox pedal board with the power of a multi-effects processor and a USB audio inte...Read More

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OVERVIEW

An amp simulator and bass effects pedal with every conceivable sound at the twist of a knob and stomp of a button.

Zoom's B3 Bass Effects and Amp Simulator combines the ease of a stompbox pedal board with the power of a multi-effects processor and a USB audio interface. With complete control over individual effects and amp modeling, you can change your tones on the fly for both stage and studio.

Three stomps. One pedal.
The B3 offers three large LCD displays and corresponding footswitches that form a graphical interface, allowing you to utilize up to three 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 sounds a breeze and provides easy navigation in live and studio settings.

Evolution of tube amp simulation.
A newly developed sigmoid curve clipper re-creates the smooth clipping of a tube amp's waveform. From the warm, fat sound of R&B to the intense, aggressive tone of metal, the B3 can simulate amplifier sounds that are authentic to the original models while maintaining the nuances of fingering and picking techniques.

Super-real amp modeling.
The B3's 12 super-real amp models range from vintage to the latest trends in amp technology, each with its own distinct cabinet modeling that can be used to alter its tone characteristics. By combining different amplifiers and cabinets, you can digitally create your own custom rig. The B3's modeling technology provides the best tone for both live performance and direct recording.

[Modeled bass amplifiers]
AMPEG SVT / FENDER BASSMAN 100 / HARTKE HA3500 / SWR SM-900 / AMPEG B-15 / ACOUSTIC 360 / AGUILAR DB750 / POLYTONE MINI BRUITE III / MARSHALL SUPER BASS / GALLIEN KRUEGER 800RB / EDEN WT-800 / MARK BASS LITTLE MARK III

The B3 offers 99 diverse types of stompbox effects, including some of the world's most popular bass pedals and rack-mounted processors. You can use up to three effects in any combination, as well as its high-quality stereo tube presets and bass synthesizers. It also includes patches personally designed by four of the world's top bassists: Victor Wooten (Bla Fleck & the Flecktones), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Frank Bello (Anthrax) and Doug Wimbish (Living Colour). In addition, the B3 can store up to 100 of your original creations without a hitch.

The newest generation of DSP: ZFX-IV.
The all-new 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 B3 can produce amplifier sounds that are more realistic than ever before.

Looper function with 40-second phrase recording/overdubbing.
The B3's Looper capabilities include 40 seconds of phrase recording and overdubbing. The "sound-on-sound" function allows you to layer bass 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 20 seconds.

USB audio interface for DAW recording.
The B3 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 Sequel LE recording software. The pedal's direct monitoring capability eliminates latency issues, assuring realistic studio conditions and hassle-free operation.

Your personal drummer.
Every bassist needs a drummer, and with the B3 you can choose from 40 different rhythm patterns, including 4, 8 and 16-beat, shuffle and many others. The tap key also makes it easy to set the tempo and start a one-man jam session anytime.

Balanced XLR output for DI use.
With its built-in XLR output, you can avoid DI boxes completely and connect the B3 directly to any mixing console to 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.

Add a B3 to your pedal board.
The B3 is perfect for use in combination with traditional stompboxes. By adding a B3 to your pedal board, you can decrease the size and complexity of your setup, while expanding your system's effects and modeling capabilities.

Accurate, real-time Tuner function.
The pedal's Tuner function offers smooth, real-time response with precise bass 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 B3'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.

World's fastest patch change speed: 1ms.
With the B3's amazing 1ms patch change speed, you'll never miss a beat. Change from rhythm playing to a solo in an instant by simply tapping a switch.

Runs on batteries, AC adapter, or USB power.
The B3 can operate on three different power sources: AC adaptor (included), batteries or USB bus power when plugged into your computer. Four AA/LR6 alkaline batteries provide over six hours of continuous use. Whether on stage or in the studio, the B3 gives you reliable power options.
NOTE: PEDAL SHOWN SOLD SEPARATELY.

FEATURES
  • (Pedal shown sold separately)
  • Super-real amp modeling
  • Accurate, realtime Tuner function
  • ZFX-IV effects processor
  • Looper function with 40-second phrase recording/overdubbing
  • USB audio interface for DAW recording
  • Built-in drum machine with 40 different rhythm patterns
  • Balanced XLR output for DI use
  • Accurate, realtime Tuner function
  • World's fastest patch change speed of 1ms
  • Runs on AA batteries, AC adapter or USB power

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ZoomB3 Bass Effects and Amp Simulator
 
4.8

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (27)
  • Good selection of effects (27)
  • Compact (24)
  • Responsive (23)
  • Versatile (22)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (24)
  • Home studio (23)
  • Amateur recording (19)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Professional recording (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Professional musician (5), Novice (3)

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5.0

Great effects,great sound better than expected.

By Mike

from Elkton,MD

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Manual takes some getting used to.
  • No effects on XLR output.

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Zoom B3 Bass Effects and Amp Simulator:

I thought I would use it as my DI box. The effects are not sent through the XLR output. I will use this for effects and run through another DI box.

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5.0

Great Bass Effects

By Eric

from King George, VA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Zoom B3 Bass Effects and Amp Simulator:

    I bought this because I already had a G3 and really liked it. The B3 is very similar. For home use I've mounted both on a music stand so I can make any adjustments easier. Recommend them both.

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    5.0

    Very pleased

    By Rudy E

    from Miami, Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Zoom B3 Bass Effects and Amp Simulator:

      This product was exactly what I was hoping for. Instead of carrying around a suitcase full of effects you have them all in one pedal. The effects are great and you can use any 3 at one time. The effects are easy to edit and besides the hundreds of preset patches, you can easily create your own. The rest of the band is loving the killer tones coming out of my amp these days.
      Great value for the cost.

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      4.0

      It's exactly what I needed...

      By Rudy E

      from Miami, Florida

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Zoom B3 Bass Effects and Amp Simulator:

        The pedal basically simulates most effects pedals and gives you the ability to use any 3 at one time.
        Editing the effects/sounds is very easy and straight forward. There is a little bit of noise on some of the patches but overall cant beat it for the price. This device can help you find the sound you're looking for.

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        5.0

        I am thoroughly impressed!

        By Lew

        from New Milford, NJ

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Zoom B3 Bass Effects and Amp Simulator:

          Awesome selection of tone shaping tools, built in D.I., USB interface, drum beats, looper, easy to use and metal construction. This pedal is AMAZING! Thinking of getting a couple more to store away for when this one wears out down the road!

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          4.0

          I'm old school and I like this pedal.

          By Falcon

          from midwest

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ

            Comments about Zoom B3 Bass Effects and Amp Simulator:

            I had a digitech rack mount along time ago. I was so frustrated from trying to adjust the parameters and saving the program that I pulled the plug and have been playing straight into the amp for years. Then the guitar player in my band got a zoom and I was impressed. Playing in a cover rock band you need some effects to make the tune sound right and this pedal offers everything you could use. Setting things up the way you like it is easy and I'm 54. Nice pedal for the buck.

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            5.0

            Excellent

            By HerbalT

            from Coatesville, PA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Zoom B3 Bass Effects and Amp Simulator:

              Been looking for a small multi effect for awhile and stumbled on this one. After reading the reviews I was sold. Great unit for the price. A forth effect would have been nice, but it's not a deal breaker. I highly recommend this unit. Thanks Zoom.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Updating my rating to 5 stars...

              By ebrains2003

              from North Carolina

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              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Responsive
              • Rugged Construction
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Zoom B3 Bass Effects and Amp Simulator:

                I discovered the reason the tuner was tuning my bass sharp - the calibration had somehow gotten changed from being based on 440 Hz to 444 Hz. I changed it back to A-440 and should now be good to go. Changing my rating to 5 stars.

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                4.0

                Great bang for the buck!

                By ebrains2003

                from North Carolina

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                Pros

                • Clear Back-lit Displays
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive
                • Rugged Metal Chassis
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Inaccurate Tuner
                • Tuner Tunes Sharp

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Zoom B3 Bass Effects and Amp Simulator:

                The last Zoom product I owned was a plastic multi-effects unit for guitars, but that was over 10 years ago. I was very impressed in the rugged design of the B3. Great sounds and lots of features. The looper was a nice touch, but the USB interface was what really sold me. The only negative thing I can say is that the tuner appears to be very inaccurate (tunes way high compared to my Peterson Strobo-stomp). When I tried recording a guitar track to go with my bass track, I had to manually mis-tune my Les Paul to make it match the bass track. I didn't notice this until I upgraded to the latest B3 firmware, so it may be a bug in the 1.20 version. I have no other complaints, though, so even if the tuner is never fixed, I am still happy!

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                5.0

                Just what I needed for a stomp box!

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                By D Morris

                from Fulton, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Program Fx
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Graphic Interface
                • Good Selection Of Effects

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Individual Practice
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Zoom B3 Bass Effects and Amp Simulator:

                  I have a Zoom B2 - nice unit but difficult to program. The B3 seemed much easier to work with especially with the graphic displays. Since I only need a max of three effects + chromatic tuner, I decide to buy the B3 and I'm VERY glad that I did. There are a lot of FX on the B3 that are really good and a few that I didn't like at all - but that's me. I really like the HPS pitch shifter - if you're experienced in working with harmonizers this is really helpful in filling out the sound of a 3 piece band. The unit is well built and solid with XLR out, active/passive switch, an "econ" mode when using batteries, PLUS a USB port and software to program the unit on your computer. The B3 is a great product - I should have gotten one of these when they first came out but at least I have one now.

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