Compressor and looper on Zoom B3
So I'm considering getting a Zoom B3, since I was very happy when I got my G2.1u, and I would like something for bass that has some more features.
My question is this: how are the built-in compression and looping functions? Zoom makes good effects that do what they need to most of the time, but I want to know how these two effects on the B3 compare to a standalone compressor pedal or a loop unit. I'm more concerned with the compressor, since that's the salt of effects for bass, and the compressor on my G2.1u felt very limited.
Anyone have experience they can share? I know that the effects in a multi unit can't compare to getting a really good standalone, but I want to know how they compare, if they're quite good or if they're cheap crap. I have a lot of faith in Zoom, their effects sounded very organic for a digital multi unit, but I want to know if those features on the B3 are strong it weak points of the unit.
Id say theyre very good. Even better when you consider the price.
I use just a little compression. .but you have the ability to go crazy with it...and several to choose from.
The looper..I dont use it much..but its simple..makes sense. .what more could you ask for.
(Some cool looper vids on YouTube. )
Im sure charliec will chime in soon..I highly recommend checking out his thread on the unit.
Its by no means as good as a dedicated compression pedal but its really quite good for a multi effects unit, better than any other multi effects I've tried. And the looper is just a basic record and overrdub, there's no separate tracks, there's no undo that I know of but I've not used the looper too much, its good for practice and for basic use but Id choose an actual loop pedal over the B3 looper for performance every single time. Its well worth the purchase though if you don't want a looper that does anything too fancy and considering for under the price of 2 pedals you can get a really nice handful of effects
YMMV but I find the compressors to be very good on the B3, I wish Bongomania would put it thru his detailed testing.
The compressors on previous Zoom pedals were always useless IMHO.
The looper is very easy to use and sounds quite good.
I have the MS-60B, which has a lot of the patches from the B3. The 160 Comp is really good and probably good enough for any live rig. I have been playing around with it for a couple of weeks now, and it is not as good as my Diamond Bass Comp, and unfortunately, will not eliminate it from my board.
I like the comps on the B3. I sold my Maxon CP9 pro+ which was really top shelf because the B3 is adequate for my purposes and actually more versatile in some ways since it has several good comp models.
Sold my much loved EBS MultiComp after getting my MS-60b. I use the 160Comp sim.
By all means you cannot compare them to the real thing but it holds its own. The down side for me is they donīt have a gain reduction meter, but it forces you to use your ear.
So I think I'll decide to pull the trigger fairly soon. After all, Victor Wooten himself told me it was good. :P
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