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Zoom G5N Guitar Effects Processor

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The G5n comes equipped with freshly-developed takes on not only the most-essential guitar sounds like overdrive, distortion, compression, EQ, delay, ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Multi-effects processor with incredible sounds and countless combinations.

The G5n comes equipped with freshly-developed takes on not only the most-essential guitar sounds like overdrive, distortion, compression, EQ, delay, reverb, flanging, phasing, vibrato, and chorusing, but also unique multi-effects such as Seq Filter, Gold Drive, Reverse Delay, HD Hall, and OSC Echo.

Ultra-realistic amp/cabinet emulation
You can connect the G5n directly to a PA system or audio interface, using the 10 brand new onboard amp and cabinet emulators. Choose from 5 classic amp models like the Marshall JCM800, Fender Twin Reverb, MESA Boogie Mk3, Bogner Ecstasy Blue Channel and British 30W Class A Combo, newly and faithfully created to be adjusted exactly as you would with the knobs and switches of the real thing.

Pair your amp with one of the 5 newly-created cabinet emulators to complete the sound, choosing from Marshall 1960 A-type cabinet (4x12” Celestion speakers), Fender ’65 Twin Reverb (2x12” Jensen speakers), the UK2x12 that recreates the sound of early British combo amps (2x12” Celestion speakers), Mesa Boogie Mark III cab (1x12” Celestion Black Shadow speaker), or Bogner Ecstasy cabinet (4x12 in. Celestion speakers).

NOTE: Manufacturer names and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. The names are used only to illustrate sonic characteristics and do not indicate any affiliation with the Zoom Corporation or Zoom North America.

100 custom-crafted combinations and counting
To explore the wealth of possibilities that the G5n offers, Zoom continuously collaborate with inspirational, professional guitarists known for their taste and love of great guitar sounds. The G5n comes stocked with 100 newly custom-designed patches that both recreate decades of essential guitar tones—like the iconic sounds of Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Carlos Santana, Michael Schenker, and Brian May—and pioneer new territory with combinations exclusively created for G5n guitarists.

Stand out with "Lead BGN," a modern lead sound folded into a modulated delay, or "Phazed," an intense tube amp sound through a phaser. The "UFO" patch harnesses parametric EQ in the style of the lead guitarist of the band of the same name, and then there's "DreamLand," an overdriven crunch enhanced with tape echo and hall reverb.

With the free ZOOM Guitar Lab software, you can look for new effects and amp/cabinet emulators, as well as even more exclusive patches from the diverse and growing list of G5n creators, people like:

Kyle Bolden (Stevie Wonder)
Errol Cooney (Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder)
Andrew Elstner (Torche, Riddle of Steel)
Allen Epley (The Life and Times, Shiner)
Wes Geer (Korn, hed PE)
Adam Hawley (Joss Stone)
Chuck Loeb (Fourplay)
Richard Patrick (Filter, Army of Anyone)
Jeff Schroeder (Smashing Pumpkins)
Dan Spack (Volcano Choir, Group of the Altos, Collections of Colonies of Bees)
Eric Struthers (Aaron Neville)
Vinnie Valentino (Steve Smith & Vital Information)
Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think, Baby)

Easy editing
Editing is simple and intuitive thanks to a unique, large overview display that allows you to quickly add, delete, or change the order of effects—something not easily accomplished with the average pedalboard. There are also four independent editing displays for zeroing in on the perfect sound, each bank providing the responsiveness and hands-on feel of a stompbox. Store up to 200 of your custom effects-chains as patches in memory, each instantly accessible at the touch of a footswitch.

Powerful pedals
The G5n's expression pedal gives you smooth real-time control over volume, tone, or selected effects parameters, with four stompbox-style footswitches to kick effects in and out on the fly. When you're ready to take a solo, get the bump you need with the G5n's output booster. And to synchronize rhythm patterns and delay times to the beat, just hit the G5n's dedicated Tap tempo footswitch to bring your sound in line.

Complex tonalities
It would take an arsenal of stompboxes, amplifiers, and speakers to duplicate everything you can do with a single G5n. Use up to nine effects and amp/cabinet models simultaneously, chained together in any order you like. It's like having hundreds of fully loaded pedalboards in one compact, easy to use device.

Practice up, play out
68 built-in rhythm patterns make the G5n the perfect practice rig and enable "one-man band" performances. An onboard Looper (which can be used with the rhythm patterns) allows you to record and overdub phrases up to 80 seconds long through the effects of your choice. Plus there's a built-in chromatic tuner, always accessible at the touch of a footswitch—you can bypass the currently selected patch while tuning, or mute the signal altogether.

The ins and outs
The G5n can be easily integrated into any live performance or studio rig. In addition to a standard guitar input, there's an auxiliary stereo input for the connection of smartphones or music players, plus a dedicated headphone jack for silent practice and dual outputs for mono or stereo L/R connection to guitar amps, PA systems, and audio interfaces. 

ZOOM Guitar Lab software 
Use the free ZOOM Guitar Lab Mac/Windows software to instantly download new patches, effects, and amp/cabinet simulators. It includes both a Patch Manager for effects chains and an Effects Manager, with a simple graphic user interface that provides point-and-click control over tweaking, building, and naming your custom patches.
 
State-of-the-art editing with every G5n
The Zoom G5n comes with a free download license for Steinberg’s Cubase LE music production software, providing not just the ability to create incredible guitar sounds in every box, but to do spectacular things with it.

Take your recordings to a more professional level. Steinberg’s powerful and state-of-the-art audio software used by creators around the world now comes with every Zoom G3, G3X, G5, and G5n purchase. Currently shipping with: Cubase LE8 for Mac OS X 10.9/10.10 and Windows 7/8/8.

FEATURES
68 onboard high-quality digital effects, including distortion, overdrive, EQ, compression, delay, reverb, flanging, phasing, and chorusing
5 new amp emulators plus 5 cabinet emulators
100 custom-designed factory patches
Free ZOOM Guitar Lab Mac/Windows software allows downloading of additional effects and patches
Use up to 9 effects simultaneously, chained together in any order
4 stompbox switches allow effects to instantly be brought in and out
Built-in expression pedal for real-time control over volume, tone, or selected effect parameters
High output booster circuit for added volume and overdrive
Intuitive user interface
Ultra-fast (1.6 ms) patch change speed
4 independent editing displays, plus large overview display 
Auto Save function for automatic saving of all patch parameters
Onboard chromatic tuner with dedicated footswitch supports all standard guitar tunings, including open and drop tunings
Tuner range of 435 - 445 Hz
Stereo/mono Looper allows recording of up to 80 seconds of phrase recording
68 built-in rhythm patterns that can be used in conjunction with the Looper
Tap Tempo with dedicated footswitch
Input jack accepts standard guitar cable
Auxiliary stereo input jack for connection of smartphones and music players
Dual output jacks for connection to guitar amps and mono or stereo PA systems
Dedicated stereo headphone output
Control input for external footpedal
USB port for firmware updating and patch/effects downloading
Use as a USB audio interface for Mac/Windows computers, with direct zero-latency monitoring of input signal
Included AC adapter
Included Accessories
Operation manual
Zoom AD-16 AC adapter


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SPECIFICATIONS
Effect types: 78 (68 DSP effects, 5 amp emulators, 5 cabinet simulators)
Number of simultaneous effects: 9
Number of user banks/patches: 200
Sampling frequency: 44.1 kHz
A/D conversion: 24-bit with 128x oversampling
D/A conversion: 24-bit with 128x oversampling
Signal processing: 32-bit
Frequency characteristics: 20 – 20 kHz +1 dB, -3 dB (10 kΩ load)
Display: 128 x 32 dot-matrix LCD (x4), 256 x 32 dot-matrix LCD
Inputs
INPUT: Standard monaural phone jack, Rated input level: -20 dBu*, Input impedance(line): 470 kΩ
AUX IN: Stereo mini jack, Rated input level: -10 dBu*, Input impedance(line) : 10 kΩ
Outputs
L/R: Standard monaural phone jack x 2
Maximum output level: Line +5 dBu* (with output load impedance of 10 kΩ or more)
Phone: Stereo mini jack
Maximum output level: 20 mW + 20 mW (into 32 Ω load)

Equivalent input noise: -119 dBu*
Noise floor (residual noise): -101 dBm
Control input: Zoom FP01/FP02
Power: AC adapter DC9V (center minus plug), 500 mA
USB: USB Audio
Dimensions:  225 mm (D) X 454 mm (W) X 75 mm (H)
Weight: 3.4 kg

* 0dBu=0.775 Vrms
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ZoomG5N Guitar Effects Processor
 
4.2

(based on 9 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Good selection of effects (5)
  • Responsive (4)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Performances (3)
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(29 of 42 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Probably Not The Upgrade You Were Expecting

By Dave

from UT

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Comments about Zoom G5N Guitar Effects Processor:

Given this is supposed to be the next iteration of the G5, and at the same price point. You can't help but compare it to that unit.

Lets compare the two shall we?

Z pedal? Nope. The original G5 had this, the G5n does not.

Switchable Tube Boost? Nope. They did away with the actual tube. The G5n does not have the tube or the switching feature. Regardless of whether the boost is on or off your tone is fed through both the boost and tone (singular) control. So you might as well say good bye to all that EQ'ing you did previous.

Amps? G5: 22 G5n 5
Effects? G5: 127 G5n: 68
Preset Storage: G5: 297 G5n: 200
Computer Editor for Patch mangling: G5: Yes G5n: No

Nice things about the G5n:
Switches for scroll, tuner, and tap tempo.
A Decent looper with decent time restraints
Supposedly downloadable effects in the future
The addition of cabinets

There are several things with this product that are in-excusable. The lack of computer editing (not the librarian software) software is ridiculous.

The fact they about halfed the features of the original and still charge the same price point. Now this may have been a selling point if the sounds you were getting out of this thing were 2X as good. Sadly they are not. The unit sounds about the same as the G5.

No central patch exchange! Zoom needs to get with the times along with Boss.

For those looking for an upgrade to the G5. I would suggest you skip this product all together. It is not an upgrade at all.

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best-sounding Zoom effects unit yet

By Ron

from NC

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Best Rhythm module on a Zoom effects unit yet
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Could use a moe powerful processor

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Zoom G5N Guitar Effects Processor:

I don't normally do reviews but I couln't let the criticisms of this unit go unanswered. I have owned several Zoom pedals over the last 25 years starting with the 1010 and found the G5n to be the best sounding unit yet. I have the G3 and while it sounds very good, it is a little awkward to use live. The G5n sounds slightly more organic and natural and is far more easy to use live. While earlier units required a lot of tweaking to get a good sound with a few of the amp sims, this unit sounds surprisingly good on all of them and you would have to work to get a bad sound with it.

The processor gets overloaded occasionally when combining certain options but there are usually alternatives to get what you want. The drum function has been criticized for taking up a processing slot but that means you can set a rhythm pattern and speed in a patch and save it as a song patch just as you left it. I place the module after effects and directly above the tap tempo, which allows you to change the tempo with your foot... fantastic. I can now create a separate patch for each song with the rhythm ready to go if I want to do a small side gig without my band.
Lack of effects loop, total effects and direct out? I have a G3. Effects loop between the units, direct out and six more effects. Oh yes, I can now have Three expression pedals going at once.
To make peace with our drummers wife, we started running everything direct to board and practice with headphones. I duplicated all my live patches, added cabinets on the G5n and ran out of the G3. It sounded like the real thing. I'm sure now if my amp quit I could go straight to board at a gig and the crowd wouldn't know. For running direct out of the G5n I also have a direct box.

I am very picky about my sound, and I am happy with this arrangement. If you feel limited by the G5n, pick up a used G3 and you'd still have a bargain. Pay no heed to those who only evaluate it on paper and haven't spent any time with it.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Will be watching ZOOM for future improvements.

By James

from undisclosed

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Comments about Zoom G5N Guitar Effects Processor:

This effects pedal seems to be perfect for me. Not priced as high as the pod or Boss Gt. Most of the programmed effects are usable but easily edited if need be. Not sure if the small control pedals on the base of the unit would be useful for a gigging situation as they are quite small. This could present a major problem if you are gigging. I've had older (more expensive Boss and Line6 processors and hated them. This is better IMO.

 
5.0

G5N Review

By Nick

from Georgetown, TX

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects

Cons

  • software control lacks functionality

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Zoom G5N Guitar Effects Processor:

Very easy to program effects. Range of sounds is very good.

 
4.0

So impressed with how far Zoom has come

By Patrick

from Central Arkansas

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Pros

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

Cons

  • larger CPU computing power
  • Missing Z-control Pedal
  • No Effects Loop
  • No XLR outputs

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Zoom G5N Guitar Effects Processor:

I have used many pedals over the years, most recently, since 2010, I have used the TC Electronic G-System. I tried the Line6 M"line" and other Zoom pedals before that but was never quite happy with the transparency of the reverb, delay and mod effects until the G-System. It was extremely difficult to set up and use, costing me hundreds in extras (cables, hum eliminators, proper amps with the right kind of loop, etc.) and HEAVY!

A friend recently brought their older Zoom G5 over to record a few things, I still proffered that my G-System was superior, not linking the fuzzy sound that came from their Zoom G5 but he loves it. I saw him play live and use it and over the PA, I couldn't tell the difference, nor could his audience, it just sounded good in that room.

SO I looking into this model. Although Zoom has chosen to remove a few items from this iteration of the G5 (z-control pedal, XLR outputs, no effects loop, no tube overdrive), they added, what I consider MORE IMPORTANT THINGS (i.e. better sounding, more realistic sounding amps and cabinets, almost identical to my pedals – fuzz, TS808, RAT and KLON style overdrives, great visual LCD at the top to show you the signal flow, easy selection of effects on the floor and navigation through them).

I really enjoy using the loopers and the rhythm section (built in drum machine that can be used for practice) that works with the Looper (i.e. count-ins!).

I was hesitant to purchase this unit, only costing so little, after years of working on more expensive units, I was about to buy a Helix or Headrush... But I rarely gig anymore, I play for my own pleasure and small set ups, recording at home, these days. I'm glad I bought this Zoom G5n, it's small, light, low cost but sounds like the real thing, truly, I am having so much more fun and spending less time doing set up!

 
5.0

Very Good

By Tobias

from San Andreas Fault

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Zoom G5N Guitar Effects Processor:

    Top notch sounds all the way through. I use it for my electric guitar and my acoustic electric. My acoustic patch is set up like this; Parametric EQ (for a notch filter if ever needed) - 7 Band EQ - RackMount Compressor (very gentle settings) - Particle Reverb (makes slow organ type ambient sounds) - HD Hall Reverb (on faintly) MS4X12 Cabinet emulator (with MIc OFF). I mostly play a Takamine P3DC and use various PA systems and/or powered speakers. For my electric I have it set up to sound pretty much the same as my Fender Princeton 2X10 amp with Compressor, Overdrive, Reverb, Delay, Wah and Phaser ready to kick on and off in stomp box pedal board fashion.
    Completely quiet when not playing, very organic sounding, loopers work well. Solid construction. MetaI jack connections. Power adaptor is small enough to not block the plugs next to it in the power strip. Easy to see display. Easy to program. Easy to use in live stage situation.

     
    4.0

    Overall good pedal for the price

    By Biker Bob

    from Arkansas

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    Pros

    • Auxillary Input
    • Easy operation
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Poor factory patches
    • Rhythm section takes up a slot

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Zoom G5N Guitar Effects Processor:

    I have owned 3 Zoom effect pedals. The G1Xon (great little pedal for cheap), the G3X and now the G5N. For the price Zoom makes a good multi-effect pedal. I use a Digitech Trio Plus and a Casio XWP1 Synthesizer when I go to some outside gigs as a one man show and I liked the ease of operation of the Zoom pedals and I like the new easier features of this G5N model. I sometimes have to play where there is no power and the Zoom has always had great battery life. One of the main things that I needed was an aux input to run the keyboard into so that I could add the synthesizer to my loops and the G3X has none (good for studio, but had to use the G1Xon for live gigs). I have gotten a lot of complements on my setup and several of my friends have bought the Zoom pedals after looking at the price and comparing them to other brands. Some of the factory patches really suck and others are great. Go figure... I haven't used the Zoom software to pull in additional patches for this model yet, so I don't know what they will sound like. I wish that these manufacturers would give some kind of information of the type of guitar, amp setup they use when testing the patches, cause evidently their equipment and mine sound a lot different if they think some of those patches sound good... Just sayin'...

     
    5.0

    This item is amazing! Love it!

    By Pops

    from Boise, ID

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Zoom G5N Guitar Effects Processor:

      I use it in my home studio. It replaced a BOSS BE-80 that I purchased around 2000. Technology sure changes a lot in 17 years.

      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good Buy

      By Fox

      from Maryland

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Zoom G5N Guitar Effects Processor:

          Good Buy

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