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The MOTU ZBox matches the output impedance (Z) of your guitar to the impedance of a non-amp input, such as the mic/instrument preamp inputs on your a...Read More

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OVERVIEW

The MOTU ZBox matches the output impedance (Z) of your guitar to the impedance of a non-amp input, such as the mic/instrument preamp inputs on your audio interface. Without proper impedance matching, your guitar won't sound natural or feel right.

ZBox's unique advantage? Authentic matching circuits that emulate the two-jack switching network found on many classic amplifiers, complete with analog simulation of the input tube grid. Only ZBox delivers the most authentic amplifier impedance matching available for the absolute truest sound and feel from your guitar. To support a wide range of guitars, ZBox provides authentic "Hi-Z" and "Lo-Z" inputs, just like the ones found on many classic guitar amps, complete with analog simulation of the input tube grid.

ZBox is the missing link for digital guitar processing, providing the hardware-driven input characteristics required to truly emulate a real guitar amp.

If you use Digital Performer's Custom 59 amp model plug-in, or a third-party guitar plug-in product like IK Multimedia Amplitube, Waves GTR, Native Instruments Guitar Rig, or similar guitar modeling software, use ZBox to further enhance the authenticity of the tones you play from these products!

Today's guitar amp modeling plug-ins are simply amazing in their ability to faithfully model real guitar amplifiers. From IK Multimedia's Amplitube, to Waves, to Native Instruments, to Line 6, to Digital Performer's included Custom '59, you can plug your guitar directly into your audio interface, dial up a guitar tone in your plug-in software, and play. The sound is simply stunning.

But wait. They're all missing something. In fact, they're missing a crucial element of the signal path that simply cannot be modeled in software: the proper input impedance of a real guitar amplifier. When you plug your guitar into your audio interface, the interface's impedance does not match the typical levels found on a real guitar amplifier.

The result?

No matter how hard you try, you'll never quite be able to replicate the true sound and "feel" of playing into a real guitar amp. The sound will be just a little more thin and unresponsive than the real thing.

The solution? ZBox!

What types of devices can you use ZBox with?

You can use ZBox with pretty much any device that has an "instrument" or preamp input suitable for a guitar. Examples include:

•Audio interfaces
•Mixers
•Recording devices
•Wireless transmitters
•PA systems
•Effects processors

Use ZBox with any of these devices to sweeten your guitar tone and make it feel more like playing into a real guitar amplifier.

ZBox is NOT a computer-related device and does not require any software drivers. It does not even require a power source! Simple!










A DI that matches guitar output impedance with audio interface input impedance for authentic sound and feel.

FEATURES
  • Restores natural guitar tone
  • No extra cables required
  • No power required
  • No software or drivers required
  • Simple to use
  • Plug and play operation with any guitar
  • Sturdy, lightweight metal housing
  • Built-in 16" cable with 1/4" plug for connection to any guitar input
  • Authentic matching circuits that emulate 2-jack switching networks on classic guitar amps
  • Works with audio interfaces equipped with preamps (Mac or PC)
  • Works with other devices with guitar (instrument) inputs (wireless transmitters, mixers, etc.)
  • Two-year warranty

Take back your guitar tone! Order Zbox today!

SPECIFICATIONS

Zbox Guitar Impedence Adapter

  • 1"H x 1-3/4"W x 2-1/2"D
  • ( 2.54 x 4.45 x 6.35 cm)
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MOTUZbox Guitar Impedence Adapter
 
4.6

(based on 5 reviews)

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3.0

Works as advertise, too much signal loss

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from Tulsa

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Sucks up your signal. Too much insertion loss.

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about MOTU Zbox Guitar Impedence Adapter:

    I intended to use it in place of a regular direct box to interface my Turner Model One with my MOTU interface. Thought it might match the impedance of the guitar to the mic/line input of the interface better than a DI. Maybe it did, maybe not. Sounded fine, but not better, and it ate up maybe half or more of the signal. Tried it on other guitars, too, same result.

    Cheap, at least. I'd send it back but it's not worth the trouble. I'll just keep it in a drawer until spring cleaning.

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    5.0

    The Missing Link in Virtual Amps

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    from Helenwood,Tn

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Cable Might Be Delicate

    Best Uses

    • Electric Guitar Bass
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MOTU Zbox Guitar Impedence Adapter:

    This is a Subtle Difference but if you know what a real amp sounds like and feels like you will be able to tell the difference.

    and after all for the price of this box anything that gets us closer to realistic amp sounds in the box is a winner for me.

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    5.0

    Must Have for direct Recording

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    from Malibu, cA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Not Quite Like A Real Amp

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MOTU Zbox Guitar Impedence Adapter:

    If you record electric guitar direct through an audio interface you must use the Zbox. Guitars will sound almost as if you are playing through an amp. It's still not as good as recording an actual amp, but if your recording/ living situation isn't conducive for loud amp recording, this is as close as your going to get. I use the Zbox with Waves GTR amp modeling and get a great sound!

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    5.0

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    from Torrance, CA

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

    • FAST

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      Best Uses

        Comments about MOTU Zbox Guitar Impedence Adapter:

        I like the service, fast and clear.

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        5.0

        MOTU ZBOX

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        from Houston,Tx..

        Comments about MOTU Zbox Guitar Impedence Adapter:

        This ZBOX is a must for all stomp boxes and all other types of effect pedals.I used to get distortion on sustain's and g string riff's. But this box is a must for all guitar player's. I input my guitar to the zbox,then out to a Line 6 Pod Xt Live,Line 6 Pod Pro Rack,and a Boss AD-8 Acoustic Simulator.This has what you need, to get your lost tone back !!!

        ***Who would think i lost my tone***Not no more***
        BEFORE THIS ZBOX I HAD THE WRONG IMPEDENCE, MISS-MATCH INPUT TO LINE 6 GEAR!!

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