Modding a Zoom MS-60B for stereo headphone use

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by odrive, Dec 16, 2020.

  1. odrive


    Jan 30, 2017
    This takes 10 minutes if you're handy with a screwdriver and a soldering iron.


    1. Remove these 6 screws and set the bottom plate and battery compartment aside.


    2. Solder a piece of wire across the two inner terminals of the output jacks. This turns the Right jack into a stereo out. The Left remains mono. If you'd rather convert the Left jack, solder the wire between the two outer terminals. No soldering iron? A scrap of paperclip and some superglue might work (I've never tried this).


    Now you can plug phones straight in and hear your effects in stereo. Of course, you can just use a Y cable if you don't want to make any mods, but I prefer a nice clean connection. Best to use low-impedance phones. I like the Sony MDR-V6.

    I once did this to an MS-100BT and added a toggle switch to turn the headphone mod on and off, thus retaining the option of having two individual mono outs. In this case, I plan to use this MS-60B exclusively as a headphone amp and so will never need two mono outs.
  2. Coolness, I may have to mod one of my MS60b for this.
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  3. GH van Dijk

    GH van Dijk

    Feb 12, 2019
    Cool, works like a charm! Thanks.
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  4. mexicanyella


    Feb 16, 2015
    Troy, MO
    This is great! Thanks for posting it.
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  5. I've done this with both of my MS60B now and love the added utility.
    On my F16 board I have a cheap headphone amp and the left mono going to my amp
    For the other that I keep in my recording chain or throw in my go box it makes it easy to patch in as needed.
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