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Zoom B3 plus ipod

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by gregorman, Jan 7, 2014.


  1. gregorman

    gregorman

    Oct 28, 2012
    Hi,
    Am going on a holiday ,taking an old bass & my B3.
    I want to plug in headphones to practice. I know I can use the usb cable into a computer to play iTunes songs through the B3 as well. But I wont have a computer to use, so my question is - is there some way to plug an ipod to play through the B3 using a cable of some description ?
     
  2. Swift713

    Swift713

    Dec 4, 2006
    Pittsfield, Ma
    I'm afraid not :-(
     
  3. Maybe.... this what i would try.
    1. Duel 1/4 to single 1/4 inch adapter.
    Plug this into the input of the b3, you now have two inputs.
    2. 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch cable, or 1/8 inch to 1/8 inch cable plus adapter to 1/4 inch.
    Plug this cable into headphones out on ipad, and into one of the inputs on the duel adapter.
    3. Plug your bass into the other duel input.
    4. Plug headphones into the left output of the b3

    I assume the ipad has a headphone jack...
     
  4. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    Can't see that working well - surely any effects you use on the bass would also apply to the iPod output?
     
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  6. Yes, but this is for practice on vacation, so dont use any crazy effects.
     
  7. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    True, as a headphone amplifier only it could work, if the volumes from the two inputs can be balanced.
     
  8. I agree it's not ideal, but i do believe it will allow the op to practice while on vacation.
    Both inputs will have their own volume control, so blending the volumes together should not be an issue.
     
  9. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    True - it's worth a go, and cheaper than buying a dedicated headphone amp with aux input.
     
  10. Jools4001

    Jools4001 Supporting Member

    Isn't the standard ipod cable one with the apple connector on one end and a USB on the other? I haven't used my ipod in a while but I'm sure I used to plug it straight into my PC and I was able to play stuff through the computer speakers.

    May also work on the B3, may not, but it must be worth a go?
     
  11. arginator

    arginator

    Feb 28, 2009
    Upstate NY
  12. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    Except the standard iPod cable is USB-A, but the B3 is a USB-B connection. You'd need an adaptor, and I'm not sure if it'd work or if you need to be connected to a computer.
     
  13. gregorman

    gregorman

    Oct 28, 2012
    Thanks Schector. I will give that a whirl. Just need to be able to keep up my chops .
     
  14. 1EyeBass

    1EyeBass

    May 21, 2013
    You could get the Vox bass headphones, the headphones have a audio 1/8'" input jack for a ipod/mp3. This option also let's you just use the headphones and ipod without the B3 if you want. It will cost you around $100. Note: I haven't tried them yet, they came out late last year and haven't done a search lately, but they seem to be a good buy.

    http://www.voxamps.com/amphone/
     
  15. I practice with my iPod and zoom in this manner...

    iPod ---> in ear headphones (i'm using UE200 $15)
    Zoom B3 (B2, B2.1u...whatever you prefer) ---> over the ear headphones (i'm using a set of Sony open backs $50) ...

    that's right...wear two sets of head phones... it actually works very well...
     
  16. neuman

    neuman Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2009
    Denver, CO 'burbs
    2 sets of headphones, genius idea!
     
  17. Look at the IRig or Jam.
    Both are great traveling companions.
    Not sure if they work on iPod but they do on iPad.
    There are some great apps too to jam along with your music
     
  18. Swift713

    Swift713

    Dec 4, 2006
    Pittsfield, Ma
    iRig wouldn't work with an iPod unless it was a Touch maybe.
     
  19. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    +1. You can use a set of headphones, your iPhone and the AmpKit from Peavey. I have one and it works a hella better than the iRig. Heres the adapter: http://www.peavey.com/products/ampkitlink/

    This way all you need is you bass, phone, the adapter and headphones. I think its great. And I use it with three other apps that allow me to play my bass through headphones through my phone. Its awesome.
     
  20. NosenseNonsense

    NosenseNonsense

    Jan 18, 2014
    I have a question. Can the Zoom B3 work with my PocketGK iPhone app?