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Zoom G2.1Nu Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface  

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  • Zoom

    Legendary tone, extreme power, intuitive control.

    With 30 models of amazing amplifier sounds with mind-blowing realism and inspiring expressiveness, a USB audio interface for direct recording using DAW software, and a rhythm machine, looper function and more, the G2.1Nu gives you everything you need for live performance, studio session or productive practice. Get premium performance in an all-in-once pedal.

    New drive sounds
    Zoom's completely redesigned drive sounds use the most technologically advanced spectral analysis, impulse response and frequency response data, making all the new settings offered on the G2.1Nu the most realistic models Zoom has ever created. There are 20 models of legendary guitar amps and stomp boxes, with accurately fine-tuned sonic aspects like gain setting, range and harmonics character. In addition, you can choose from 10 original sounds created by Zoom, designed for excellent clarity and presence, capturing your dynamic range adjustments and picking nuances that give you that truly expressive tone that you crave.

    USB Audio Interface
    The G2.1Nu operates as an audio interface, letting you record directly to a computer connected via USB cable. All your sound settings used during rehearsal or a live performance can be recorded onto your DAW software. Its direct monitoring capability eliminates any latency problems, assuring realistic studio conditions and hassle-free operation.

    Direct mode optimized for recording
    All 30 drive sounds have a special modeling algorithm designed specifically for line recording. Simply turn on the DIRECT key on the top panel and enjoy dynamic amp sounds that recreate the ideal speaker cabinet characteristics over a flat response audio system or headphones. Of course, this mode works perfectly for direct recording to a DAW application via the USB audio interface.

    20 Amazing patches created by Steve Vai
    The G2.1Nu features 20 highly creative and versatile patches produced under the supervision of master guitarist Steve Vai. Also included are dozens of presets that authentically recreate the vintage rock sounds of the sixties and seventies, plus the styles of many famous artists. Zoom supplies 100 patches right out of the box and you can create your own and save up to 100 more right on the pedal.

    Edit and share
    Zoom's Edit & Share software is available through a free download and allows you to use your computer to intuitively create, edit and save your own, personalized amp and effect settings. Use "radar charts" to show a visual representation of the tone characteristics of each preset patch. And amp/effect type sorting helps you quickly find the tone you are after. Using drag and drop to rearrange patches makes editing easy and fun, and you can even download the latest patches online. You can even share your patches with others or download a cool patch someone else created.

    Smooth tube distortion models made possible by ZFX-3 processor
    To recreate the rich blend of harmonics in the upper frequency ranges that are unique to tube amplifiers, you need a powerful, fast processor. Thanks to its high-resolution signal processing using 96 kHz sampling and 24-bit A/D/A conversion, the advanced ZFX-3 sound engine implements complex digital modeling technology to convincingly recreate those subtle tube amp characteristics.

    Large LCD
    One of the most important and useful new additions to the G2Nu/G2.1Nu is its large 1.9 inch display. This new screen makes creating your own sounds a breeze. But Zoom has also simplified the interface with three large control knobs to make changing your tone similar to a stomp box, making the overall operation easy and intuitive.

    "Collectors edition" of 83 guitar effect types
    Ranging from standard to advanced, nine modules with 83 high-quality effects provide unsurpassed flexibility and tonal variation. Choose effects like the MXR Dynacomp, famed for its peculiar compression, Vox Crybaby and other renowned wah pedals, four types of chorus with great depth and ambience and six types of reverb providing transparent clarity. Or let your tonal imagination run free with dynamic flangers, tremolo with selectable modulation waveform, harmonized pitch shifter, multi-tap delay, reverse delay and many more.

    Studio quality 6-band graphic EQ on-board
    The frequency bands of the built-in 6-band graphic equalizer were designed specifically for electric guitar. In the crucial midrange, which determines a great deal about tonal quality (400 Hz, 800 Hz, 3.2 kHz, 6.4 kHz), peaking type characteristics are used. The low end (160 Hz) and high end (12 kHz) are adjusted with shelving type curves. This gives you the complete tone control capability normally found on high-end studio gear.

    Auto-chromatic tuner with LED indication
    The LCD display and LED indicators make its auto- chromatic tuner easy to use on a dark stage. Its mute tuning capability is also very useful on stage.

    Drum machine with PCM sound sources
    Choose from 40 different rhythm patterns including 8-beat and 16-beat as well as 4-beat, shuffle and many other variations. The intuitive tap key makes it easy to directly set the tempo. Start a jam session anytime, anywhere.

    Looper function
    Use its 5 second looper function to record, playback and overdub guitar phrases that can be controlled with your pedal. This "sound-on-sound" feature lets you lay down phrases in real time, and during a live solo, you can use the looped sound as backing.

    Ultra low noise
    Specifications such as a signal-to-noise ratio of 120 dB and noise floor of -100 dBm provide a level of performance that is unsurpassed. Background noise is effectively eliminated, and ZOOM's proprietary ZNR noise reduction also removes unwanted noise. Even the tails of sustained notes come out beautifully, with natural release.

    Extremely fast patch change
    With its amazing patch change speed of only 5 milliseconds, the G2Nu/G2.1Nu allows you to never miss a beat. Change from rhythm playing to a solo in an instant by simply pushing the switch and start playing the solo phrase at the same time because the muting interval when switching patches has been reduced to an absolute minimum.

    Expression pedal
    The G2.1Nu has a built-in expression pedal and a dedicated PEDAL ASSIGN key which makes it easy to select the effect you want control on any patch setting. Effect on/off switching is also possible by pushing the pedal fully down.

    Features

    • 30 types of redesigned drive sounds
    • USB interface allows direct recording to a computer
    • Large 1.9-inch LCD panel supports new intuitive interface
    • 96kHz sampling and 24-bit A/D/A conversion
    • 100 preset guitar sounds + 100 user patches
    • 20 patches designed by renowned guitarist Steve Vai
    • 83 high-quality effect types
    • 6-band graphic equalizer
    • Auto-chromatic tuner with LED indication
    • Integrated drum machine with PCM sound sources
    • Looping function records 5-second phrases
    • Ultra-low noise design: signal-to-noise ratio of 120dB and noise floor of –100dB
    • Extremely fast 5 ms patch change speed
    • Built-in expression pedal
    • Edit & Share software available through free download
    • Heavy-duty construction and slim size
    • Runs on AA batteries, AC adapter (included) or USB bus power

    Included Accessories

    • AD-0016D AC adapter,

    Enjoy killer sounds for the stage or studio. Order today.

     

    G2.1Nu Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface Specifications:

    • Effect Types: 83
    • Effect Modules: 9
    • Patch Memory: User 100 + Preset 100
    • Sampling Frequency: 96kHz
    • A/D Conversion: 24-bit, 64 times over-sampling
    • D/A Conversion: 24-bit, 64times over-sampling
    • Signal Processing: 32-bit
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 40kHz + 1.0dB, -3.0dB (10kΩload)
    • Display: 128 x 64 pixel, 1.9" backlit LCD
    • Input: 1/4" phone jack
    • Rated input level: -20dBm
    • Input impedance: 1MΩ
    • Output: 1/4" stereo phone jack (Line / headphones combined)
    • Maximum output level: +5dBm (Output load impedance: 10kΩ or higher)
    • Phones Output Level: 20mW + 20mW into 32Ω load
    • Control Input: Expression pedal, footswitch
    • USB Interface: 16-bit, 32kHz/44.1kHz/48kHz
    • Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X v10.4/10.5/10.6
    • S/N: 120dB
    • Noise Floor: -100dBm
    • Power Requirements: AA size (LR6) battery x 4, AC adaptor (AD-16: DC9V/Center negative/500mA), USB bus power
    • Battery life: 6.5 hours. (with alkaline batteries)
    • Dimensions (mm): 169(D) x 260(W) x 67(H)
    • Weight: (without batteries): 1300g
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    4.7

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Zoom Convert

    Comments about Zoom G2.1Nu Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface:

    Yes, you can buy better effects. Yes, you can get better sounds from dedicated boxes. But if you're not willing to haul around a box full of cabled stomp pedals or can't justify the purchase of a rack mount system, this little black box has the guts to deliver a satisfactory magazine full of versatility. When my HD8 breaks (still going strong after 4 years of abuse), I'll buy the new HDR they make. Zoom stuff is tasty.
    One standout- the equalizer. If tone is everything, then an equalizer with both low and high adjustments can make all the difference. Easy to use, good (though small) display panel, and solid construction. Funny little thing; a button for "direct" input to headphones or DAW...makes a real difference. Nice touch.
    Rating a five because the first one I ordered just quit....power out....dead. Maybe a needle in a haystack...but it's MY haystack!
    Yes, the battery-powered single effect pedals are generally a little better overall. But not by much...
    and not worth the effort for most. For a home studio it's a great choice. Through an amp...not bad. Wore out my old Digitech Rpx400...the pots got touchy after eight years. I'd call this Zoom G2.1 Nu a step up. After using numerous effects boxes over the years...Zoom is my 'go to.'

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Ripper

    By SANDS

    from st. louis, mo

    Comments about Zoom G2.1Nu Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface:

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    Works great on my macbook, drivers crap out on both my windows 7 machines.

    Sounds are great, up there with my pod xt for sure.

    You can run it on batteries if you want, totally rad.

    Super easy to use.
    make the knobs track better,

    they do not work very well, have to turn them very slow or they mess up and start going up and down within the parameters that are being changed.
    can't be touched for the sound that comes out of this thing, the converters sound nice.

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Best Multi in its price range

    Comments about Zoom G2.1Nu Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface:

    The pre-set patches are decent. I really didin't expect much (as you shouldn't) but the Hendrix and Dimebag/Ozzy settings sound pretty good. They all probably need a little tweaking depending on your amp and guitar.

    I would love some longer recording/looping time, but hey that's what recorders and loopers are for!

    Love the tuner interface.

    Looks great, can't beat black&metallic. Feels nice and solid, not so toyish.

    As far as dropping money on things goes, you won't feel like a putz for buying this thing. It is more of an instrument than a toy, and is probably the best you can do for the price.
    It has all the standard effects of a multi-fx pedal. And each effect has 3 parameters to set between 1 and 100 to really customize the sound. Compare this to most low-medrange multi's that have 1 parameter (effect intensity/frequency) and are only 1 through 10. The effects sound pretty good (a multi will never be as good as having a seperate quality pedal for each effect, but it is economical.) And the LCD screen is a nice touch; very readable and makes creating patches a lot less complicated.

    Also, it is a recorder. It will record short phrases, then transfer them to a PC via USB port. There isn't enough memory to record a whole song, but certainly a riff or a phrase. It is nice to record a pre-amp signal, then mix it in with your post-amp microphone tracks to get a thick sound. Put a DI box in before the multi to catch the clean sound, and mix that in as well.

    Chromatic tuner is easy and precise.

    ALSO, IT IS A LOOPER!!!! I'm not sure why they don't advertise this, but nevertheless... Again, it is limited by the memory, but you can get 8 counts-worth to record, then lead or solo ontop of it.
    Metal knobs, metal pedal, semi-metal frame mixed with some plastic. It's stronger than most multi's at this price, but I still wouldn't stomp it. Multi's weren't really meant for the stage anyway, keep it in the studio and don't abuse it, and it will be fine for a very long time.
    hey, for the price, gets you a multi that can hang with the twice as expensive pedals. There are multi's out there with stronger processors and more memory (therefor better sound and longer recording times.) But there is a huge price jump for that kind of hardware. This thing will get the job done for an intermediate guitarist, and puts out a pretty recordable sound when mixed properly.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great job zoom!

    By mitykc

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Zoom G2.1Nu Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface:

    Home run ZOOM
    Very nice indeed! Simple to learn, changing presets is linear(practical). Plus the ability to adjust G2.1 presets on your computer is awesome! No leaning over your multi effects turning knobs! I love this thing. Only complaint is every once in awhile it will glitch out. Only a minor annoyance tho.

    Lots of good distortions (some bad ones too). But that is every multi effects unit, isn't it? Steve Vai presets are useless but you can program right over the top of 'em. I owned a zoom multi effects product years ago and it was total crap! Glad to see they finally got it right.........
    Solid build. Metal chasis, rubber bottom
    Excellant for the $$$

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    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great!

    By Guitarfreak707

    from California

    Comments about Zoom G2.1Nu Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface:

    There are an array of amazing effects to choose from. The drum machine is great for jamming with friends or solo! Overall great! Very simple to use! Bang for your Buck!

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This thing does every thing, but...

    By StampedeMan

    from the high desert, AZ.

    Comments about Zoom G2.1Nu Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface:

    This thing does every thing, but scratch my back. I've had my Zoom G2.1Nu for 4 months now and "play" with it almost daily. And, I have only scratched the surface of what this "little black box" can do. One word of advice read the user's manual and re-read until it is all dog earred & raggedy. So happy with this pedal, I sold off all my other pedals and stompboxes. The only knock about the Zoom pedal is the looper. 5 seconds ! Why bother ! To fix this shortcoming. I bought a Digitech JamMan Solo looper pedal( now I have hours of looping & overdubbing available to me to use). The models and effects of this pedal range from the sub-duded to the criminally insane ! So glad that M.F. carries Zoom products now. Because, I'am so happy with the quality and value of the G2.1Nu pedal. That I will be buying one of the Zoom Handy audio/video recorders, as soon as I can make up my mind to which model I want.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Not just a budget multi-fx

    Comments about Zoom G2.1Nu Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface:

    I had some sales guy talk me out of the Vox Tonelab St and into the G2.1Nu. Not to be a snob, but I thought "You've got to be kidding me." Well, I tell you what - I take it everywhere. I LOVE that it only takes 4 AA batteries. The effects sound great and are easy to modify. The amp mods are good. Drum machine's great for sketching song ideas or jamming. I've owned the Pod 2.0, Pod X3, GNX3, Roger Linn Adrenalinn III, and numerous effect units. I like most of them, don't get me wrong. But for $200, this guy is the most versatile thing out there.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    finally MF carries Zoom!

    By SANDS

    from st. louis, mo

    Comments about Zoom G2.1Nu Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface:

    excellent pedal. I bought mine elsewhere since MF didn't carry zoom products. Really happy they have them now. This pedal has it all tuner, drums to play with, usb, great converters. For 199.00 you cant go wrong.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Processor

    By Newton1021

    from Minnesota

    Comments about Zoom G2.1Nu Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface:

    I have not had a lot of experience with effects or processors. In fact this is the first one that I have purchased. I like that fact that there is a lot of flexibility; you can create just about any sound/effect that you want. And you can store up to 200 setups. The only issue that I have is that you need to plan out which effects you need for a given song and make sure that they are right next to each other in the list. It is hard to "jump" across setups. The unit seems solid enough. Has great extra features such as drum beat/metronome, tuner. You can also record a loop but it is only 10 secs long.

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