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Zoom B3 what is missing?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by bassbrad, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. I have to say that I am totally diggin the B3 and it could be an almost complete solution for me if it had several effects included.

    Missing models for my needs:

    1. EHX Bass Balls
    2. Brassmaster
    3. Yamaha NE1
    4. Akai UniBass

    What would you need...
  2. JonnyAngle

    JonnyAngle Dropping Acid Pedal Etching .com Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 24, 2008
    Maple Grove, MN
    A pitch shifter like the m5 has
  3. Swift713


    Dec 4, 2006
    Florence, Ma
    Envelope control for more effects, for instance, tremolo speed.
    Switchable decay parameter on the looper.
    A better analog -esque octave up.
  4. I have one, but I would like the ability to add a footswitch to change patches in addition to having a exp. pedal, without having to open up the box and solder things.

    And some synths closer to a Digitech SynthWah or the Boss one.
    And the octave up.
    And the firmware that allows for 6 simultaneous patches (like on the G3).
    And a B5 with the built-in pedal (like the G5).
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  5. I would like it to be able to communicate directly with a bar's ordering system so I could order a beer during gigs just by pressing a button!:D
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  6. I have one, love it, but can't stand the dirt to be honest. I don't know what it is - I just can't get there with the sims it has, but the rest of it is a killer deal.

    If there was a B3x with expression pedal - that would be cool. But then we would be answering 'which b3 is best for metal' all the time.
  7. avvie


    Oct 12, 2010
    Maui, HI
    Isn't there a wah/distortion sim in there that basically mimics the Bassballs? I've never owned a Bassballs but I get the concept. I know you could easily design one with a filter and overdrive.

    With that said, its still a modeler. It makes sounds with zeros and ones and not by moving electrons. I use it as an addendum TO a pedalboard and not in place of. For the moment it's doing my modulations and synths but my dirt is still analog and I intend to replace my phaser and chorus with Mooers or similar 1590A boxes.
  8. Nothing really close, with the BB the sound is about those lo|hi filters sweeping past each other and the touch sensitivity, then there is that very unique fuzz.

    Daniel Piper I have one, love it, but can't stand the dirt to be honest.
    I am surprised that I find them very satisfying, always hated the Zoom drives before.
  9. sorry if I posted / asked on wrong thread, I owned zoom ms-60b and planned to buy zoom b3, if I may ask;

    1. can zoom b3 (with fsp02m) emulate digitech bass whammy?
    2. can fsp02m function as wah pedal?
  10. Yes with an expression ped the B3 does both Whammy and wah very nicely.
  11. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    I use the B3 at church and it works very well. I just use the GK model along with an 8X10 cab model and on rare occasion I'll use the Mono Pitch to get some cool sub-lows happening.
  12. jking138


    Oct 6, 2013
    I would have liked:

    Orange amp sim, either a AD200 or similar.
    Better sounding dirt, although with the AcBs pre after (some nasty digital top end sometimes) you can create some decent sounds.
    A couple more sim slots.

    For the sake of complaining:

    Built in expression pedal, but I already had one spare so no big deal.
    Bass synth wah type pedal, but possible to create similar with given effects.
    LFO, but again kinda possibe with given effects.
    It sounds a little stupid, but an effects loop, so I can add in any other effects after the B3 patches before it goes to the DI. I can live with putting them before the B3 though.
  13. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    In the dog house.
    Volume knob
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  14. Trails for the delays/verbs.

    But as far as actual pedal models...

    I can't think of a lot, but the bomber & the dirt/flanger were pretty sweet I hope Zoom keeps them in the next model (NEW ZOOM AT NAMM PLEASE!)
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  15. ???

    There are multiple different ways to control volume on a B3...
  16. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    All of which require you to access a menu.
  17. jking138


    Oct 6, 2013
    You've managed to use the Bomber?!?! or have I miss read your sarcasm?
    Which flanger are you referring to BTW?
  18. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    In the dog house.
    Yes, that's what I was getting at. Usually I plug into a mixer so it's not a big deal. But right now I'm going DI post into a powered sub and speaker. The amp volumes are on the back of the cabs. So to adjust volume it's either the bass volume knob or change the gain on one of the effects or find the patch level or find the global level. A global level knob would be good for use as a preamp.
  19. Sorry it was PH+Dist not flanger but I loved it, makes me want to but a B3 again.

    The bomber wasn't something I'd pull out at a funk or pop gig but when playing atmospheric stuff or intro/outro for my old metal band I could work it in.
  20. I have volume mapped to an expression pedal. Does that count?