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Zoom B2 - any good?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by fourstringbliss, Nov 19, 2005.


  1. I've been looking at the Zoom B2 lately. I know that people have been down on Zoom here but I've read that has a lot to do with plastic housing, etc. I'm looking for something that will do a good job of modeling tube amps and have some decent effects. I'd be looking to use it live run through a DI to the soundboard.

    I've been thinking about a Sansamp but I'd also like to have compression and maybe a good chorus effect. Anybody used one of these yet? It looks really great and the manual shows it has a lot of good effects and amp models.
     
  2. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    I've had a b2.1u for a couple of days to play around with. Haven't had time to do anything but use the built in patches, but it does a very nice ampeg/gritty sound.
     
  3. RunBeerRun

    RunBeerRun Banned

    Mar 10, 2003
    I have a B2, and this is great so far for direct recording!

    It attempts to model many popular units (Sansamp, MXR m-80, tubescreamer, popular amps, les claypool's envelope filter)

    I'll have a song using it up soon, gotta eat with the family today.

    Any feature you want me to post a clip of?

    I prefer this unit over the sansamp bddi by a long shot. Also over the line 6 bass pod.
     
  4. personally i'd like to hear the synth patches...
     
  5. Alright, this is what I'm talking about! Thanks for responding! I'm probably not going to be doing too much (if any) computer recording (except maybe to post sound clips for TB folk). I'm sure it sounds amazing through headphones or recorded. I had a Behringer Bass V-Amp that always sounded good through headphones but sucked in a live setting. I'd be using this as a live amp modeler, not so much for the effects. I'm truly interested to know how it sounds in a live setting. Can you run it to the mixing board and get good bass sounds? How easy is it to adjust that sound from the front of the unit without too much fiddling?

    Thanks!
     
  6. If you're posting clips I'd like to hear each of the amp models clean and then a little dirty. If you've got time it would be good to hear the stompbox distortion units as well. Thanks!
     
  7. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    why not just buy one from a place with a return policy? worst case, you don't like it and are only out the shipping
     
  8. RunBeerRun

    RunBeerRun Banned

    Mar 10, 2003
    I posted a clip of it in "Sansamp" mode, thats actually what its called. http://runbeerrun2.tripod.com

    I'll keep in mind distortion models and synth patches were requested, I'll record a clip a day.
     
  9. Sako

    Sako

    Nov 4, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    I haven't found any documentation on the B2, not even on it's website. I'd like to know what the amp emulations, distortions, and phase and flanger are like. And does it have a fuzz? This unit might be a fun little device to record with as well as fill in a few effects I don't have live.
     
  10. RunBeerRun

    RunBeerRun Banned

    Mar 10, 2003
    Amp models and distortions are:Ampeg, SWR, Bassman, Trace Elliot, Marshall Super Bass, Acoustic 360, Hartke, Zoom tube pre, TS9 tube screamer, MXR Bass DI+, Sansamp, Boss ODB-3, Fuzz face.

    I'll see what I can do to post phaser/flanger clips.

    I posted clips of MXR bass di distortion, and the various synth modes: http://runbeerrun2.tripod.com
     
  11. Sako

    Sako

    Nov 4, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    Cool, thanks.
     
  12. RunBeerRun

    RunBeerRun Banned

    Mar 10, 2003
    I have clips up now of the phaser, the flanger, all the amp models and distortion models.

    Phaser & flanger w/distortion recorded direct.

    Amp models thru little guitar amp(bass amp is put away)recorded with Shure KSM27 mike.

    http://runbeerrun2.tripod.com
     
  13. Here's a link to the zoom B2 manual: Zoom B2 Manual.

    I'm going to be getting the B2.IU - the one with the expression pedal.
     
  14. Thanks for posting these! I'm still waiting for the page to open!
     
  15. I'd rather just hear some clips so I could avoid the hassle, but I've decided to get the B2.IU.
     
  16. parttimeluthier

    parttimeluthier

    May 7, 2005
    Fourstringbliss, you have been milling over getting one of these things for a while now, and have gotten positive reviews from me and others here at TB.
    Why don't you just go out and finally buy the dadburn thing already! They are not that expensive. Well I guess no one can accuse you of being an impulsive shopper. :smug:
     
  17. I've been too much of an impulsive shopper but it's a done deal! I'm getting one for Christmas from my wife. Now I just need to sell my Hartke VXL Bass Attack. I'll be getting one of the B2.IU's so I can post sound clips here in MP3 format and to have the XLR direct out. Anybody interested in a Bass Attack pedal?
     
  18. parttimeluthier

    parttimeluthier

    May 7, 2005
    Sorry Fourstring bliss, I just went back over the archives and realized that the guy who was inquiring about the B2 back in early Oct. wasn't you. I guess I should'nt be so impulsive myself. I was thinking "Man this guy still hasn't made up his mind to finally get this thing, whats the hold up?" My bad.
    Moral of the story: Research the archives before submitting a questionable post.
     
  19. I'm not offended at all! I do ask a lot of questions here that seem repetitive.

    How often do bassist really use expression pedals? The B2.IU is $90 more than the B2 and the main difference for me is the expression pedal. I'm probably not going to be recording on my computer and I'm okay cording out to a direct box. How often would I really use the expression pedal?