Zoom b3 patch Ideas

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Crystalman85, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. Claymore


    Nov 10, 2019
    Rhode Island
    Hello, all. I just want to say that I still love my B3! I have no plans of getting rid of it anytime soon because it suits my needs better than any more modern multieffects I've come across. That being said, my unit is chock full of custom patches but this one I have found to be the most useful on a wide variety of basses so if I'm going to contribute anything, it's this. Hope at least one person finds this usable. :D

    EFFECT 1: 160 Comp (Threshold -7, Ratio 3.0, Gain 6, Knee: Soft, Level 50)

    EFFECT 2: Bass Drive (Bass 3, Treble 2, Presence 4, Gain 10, Blend 30, Level 40,
    Mid 8)

    EFFECT 3: Hrt-3500 (Bass 3, Mid 4, Treble 2, Mid_F 800Hz, Tube 60, Level 100, Comp: Off, Cab: 4X10 HA, Mix 50

    PS.... This same patch sounds very good if you lower the threshold and raise the ratio on the compressor if you want a tighter sound but the above version gives pretty decent dynamics.
  2. I haven't been following this thread as close as I could, but I figured out how to make the pitch shifter sound OK on my B3 for me.

    Step one: set the interval. I used +24.

    Step B: set the fine tune to +10 or so. Play with it to see what sounds best. This is necessary unless you like it atonal.

    Step iii: Set the dry to 100, and set the pitch level to 1, 2, or 3, depending on the tone level. Any higher is just a lot; too much for me.

    I've tried to use this a few times in the past, and its so harsh I assumed it wasn't worth the effort, but I decided to give it a go again and dug this out. It's not great, but if you need a doubler or a fifth it's not awful.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2020
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  3. Trilobita


    Nov 16, 2018
    So, just in order to keep the thread alive, here are the two clean comp settings I've been using:

    PATCH 1 (aptly named CleanComp1 in my B3):
    EFFECT 1: Limiter. Settings: THRSH 15, Ratio 5, Level [whatever you want], REL 10.
    EFFECT 2: Graphic EQ. Settings: [In order of frequency] 6, 3, 2, 0, 2, 4, 6, Level [whatever you want].
    EFFECT 3: HRT-3500 Bass 6, Mid 4, Trebl 4, Mid_F 350Hz, Tube 60, Level [whatever you want], Comp 1, Mix 50.

    PATCH 2 (aptly named CleanComp2 in my B3):
    EFFECT 1: Graphic EQ. Settings: [In order of frequency] 5, 3, 2, 0, 2, 4, 6, Level [whatever you want].
    EFFECT 2: 160 Comp. Settings: THRSH -20, Ratio 3.0, Gain 8, Knee: hard, Level [whatever you want].
    EFFECT 3: FlipTop. Settings: Bass 4, Mid 1, Trebl 3, Mid_F 350Hz, Gain 61, Level [whatever you want], Ultra: Off, Mix 60.

    I came up with these trying out different cabsims and testing whether I got better results with the EQ before of after the compression. Given the two options above, I would mots likely go with the second one, though the first also sounds very decent to my ears. In case it matters, I was trying to get a subdued, low-end, growl-free tone more or less in the style of early Fates Warning Records. I've been enjoying myself playing tracks from Perfect Symmetry and A Different Shade of Grey with the settings above.
  4. Guiseppe


    Oct 26, 2003
    Vancouver, WA
    Just sharing some love to all those who have submitted patches over the years of this thread. I'm one of those SVT owners who (unfortunately) suffers from back issues and I just don't want to pack that bad boy around every weekend! I have used my B3 as my preamp for about 3 years now and I still get comments about my tone. I love that I can have my rig in a shoulder bag (I actually have 3 B3's, just in case one gives up the ghost). For a cover band veteran, I am grateful that I can practice my set list, pick through all the patches in my library, and almost always find a REALLY close tone. My pedalboard consists of my tuner, a Radial Big Shot I/O for switching basses, and my B3.

    Anyway, thanks to all of you (particularly Crystalman85 for his prodigious input), and I hope that someone even has latched on to one of the patches I've uploaded as well. (Note: I hope this thread never goes away, because I save all the patches by their post number so I can refer back if need be).
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  5. Guiseppe


    Oct 26, 2003
    Vancouver, WA
    Crystalman85, I STILL use the heck out of this patch! We recently added some Supertramp onto our set and this (of course) does a GREAT job of emulating my SVT without having to tote that bad b****!
  6. brian selvi

    brian selvi

    Dec 18, 2020
    I am a big fan of John Myung tone, and I extremely amazed with the tone he make in s2n intro on Distance Over Time album

    I know the tone mostly comes from the bongo itself, but anyone here maybe could tell me how to replicate that intro tone on B3 or B3n? thanks in advance
  7. Guiseppe


    Oct 26, 2003
    Vancouver, WA
    I'm loving going through and finding some of these patches. Crystalman85, good job on this smooth warm bass patch. The band commented this patch fits REALLY well in our mix.
  8. Andy L

    Andy L

    Mar 16, 2008
    Hi, has anyone heard the bassline/sound on Charlie Puths "Attention"? And could anyone try and create something like that on their zoom please?
  9. Sorry if this has been asked elsewhere vbut sometime the TB search feature is, well, you know...

    Is there a software release for the Editing interface that works on Mac 10.15.6/ Catalina? The latest version I can find does not seem to work.
  10. bigthemat


    Jan 25, 2008
    Salt Lake City
    hey b3 fans and experts, hoping I could get some help dialing in a good tone. I'm looking to emulate the 70s/80s synth bass sound, think Chameleon, Parliament's Flash Light, etc. I found a good tutorial from Scott's Bass Lessons, and they said using a mix of Octave, Fuzz, Envelope Filter, and Chorus can emulate that kind of tone.

    So, I've been messing around and I'm getting close, but still not 100% happy with it.

    The best combo I have so far is 1: Oct&Dist, 2: Auto Wah or Z tron (flip flopping), and 3. Stereo Chorus. Any ideas on how to best make these patches work together for that sound, or other ideas? This is for a cover gig, so I'm not too worried, but want to get close to that sound for some of the tunes. I dunno if it is the distortion that I can't dial in right... maybe using one of the fuzz pedals with a lower gain will better emulate the square wave sound? I haven't had any success with the synth patches


    1. Oct & Dis
    Oct: 75; Gain: 0; Level: 100; Dry:20; Tone:65; Chain: Before

    2. AutoWah
    Sense: 5; Reso: 0; Dry: 0; Level: 80

    3. StereoCho
    Depth: 99; Rate:20; Mix: 75; Lowcut: 180k; Level: 100
  11. I'd try the octave with no dist and then a light fuzz in the 2nd block. That octave has a pretty dirty sound. I'm not hearing much envelope in flashlight, but I'm using bad speakers.

    A para eq might be the better tool to find the right tone in that octave, also.
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  12. Guiseppe


    Oct 26, 2003
    Vancouver, WA
    Amazing how many good tones I still find here (thanks, Crystalman!). My band decided to throw together a few songs by Cream and this patch works great with my jazz bass to nail the Jack Bruce tone. I'm playing around with how I can get that tone from Apostrophe, so far I think I am doing better by driving the SuperB amp than bumping the gain on the t-scream. (This was on post #5 on this thread to find that patch.)
  13. Hi!

    I believe that Patch can help you:

    ZNR (17, Gtrin and 100)

    MComp (18, 5, 90 and 5)

    SVT (4, 3, 2, 400Hz, 35, 45, Both, 1x15 AG and 50)
  14. iSteen


    Mar 29, 2012
    Can anyone come up with the solution for something that sounds like The Jive - just the saturation, not with the overdrive engaged?

    I would be very grateful, thanks you!
  15. Guiseppe


    Oct 26, 2003
    Vancouver, WA
    Doubtful. There hasn't been any software release on Edit & Share in years.
  16. andruca


    Mar 31, 2004
    Madrid (Spain)
    I'd try different overdrives available, mostly the less gainy. Off the top of my head, the BASS DRIVE (SansAmp), the T SCREAM (Tubescreamer -don't remember if it goes as low gain as necessary-) or the BASS BB (Xotic) should get you close. Also make sure to play with the blend control on each, lots of flavour variation there too.
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  17. Booster, Bass BB or DI5 will likely offer the best solutions or possibly one of the solid state based amps like the Acoustic, GK or Polytone
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  18. Hi iSteen

    I hope one of these patches could help you:
    - MComp (17, 4, 100 and 8)
    - TScream (10, 25, 100 and 60)
    - B-Man (4, 5, 0, 250Hz, 45, 85, Off, 4x12 SB and 50)


    - DComp (4, 5, 100 and Fast)
    - TScream (25, 75, 100 and 45)
    - B-Man (4, 3, 2, 50Hz, 45, 80, Off, 4x12 SB and 50)

    Good luck!
  19. iSteen


    Mar 29, 2012

    Wow, thanks mate it is really appreciated
    Have a great weekend
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