Zoom took the groundbreaking design of its G3 pedal and dialed it up a notch with the G5 Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator Pedal. The G5 combines the ease of a stompbox pedalboard and the power of a multi-effects pedal and USB audio interface, along with an extra LCD display/footswitch interface, Tube Booster, 3D Z-pedal and additional amp models and effects. While extremely easy to use, the G5 gives you the ultimate in control over your guitar tones for in stage and studio settings
Up to nine simultaneous stomps
The G5 offers four large LCD displays and corresponding footswitches that form a graphical interface, allowing you to utilize up to nine stompbox and amp effects simultaneously. The interface has also been simplified with three control knobs for each display. This intuitive design makes creating, saving and rearranging the effect chain of your own sounds a breeze and provides easy navigation in live and studio settings
Tube booster for amp overdrive
The G5’s Tube Booster footswitch allows you to add sudden power and intensity to your performance, particularly when soloing. While its Boost control can add up to 16dB of amp overdrive, the Tone knob lets you control the EQ of your sounds with the added volume. The Tube Booster also offers extra power when recording directly to a line input
Z-pedal offers 3d parameter control
The Z-pedal offers 3D action for a new sense of effect control. Not only can you press the pedal up and down as usual, you can also move it side to side. With 20 effects designed specifically for use with the Z-pedal, you can achieve complex tonal changes that are unlike any before. Furthermore, you can assign 3 parameters from any the 120 effects as you like using custom settings. With one foot on the pedal, take off into uncharted territory with creative effect sounds
Evolution of tube amp simulation
A newly developed sigmoid curve clipper re-creates the smooth clipping of a tube amp’s waveform. With its tube distortion, the G5 can simulate amplifier sounds, including clean, crunch and full-gain drive tones that are authentic to the original models while maintaining the nuances of picking and strumming techniques
The newest generation of DSP: ZFX-IV
The all-new ZFX-IV DSP effects processor boasts amazing power and clarity, upgrading everything from sound to functionality and operability over previous ZFX versions. By using 32-bit floating-point processing, the G5 can produce amplifier sounds that are more realistic than ever before.
Super-real amp modeling
The G5’s 22 super-real amp models range from vintage to the latest trends in amp technology, each with its own distinct cabinet modeling that can be used to alter its tone characteristics. By combining amplifiers and cabinets, you can digitally design your own custom rig. The G5’s modeling technology provides the best tone for both live performance and direct recording
World-renowned stompbox effects
The G5 offers over 120 diverse types of stompbox effects, including some of the world’s most popular guitar pedals and rack-mounted processors. You can use up to nine effects in any combination. The G5’s wide range of effects includes distortion, compression, modulation, delay, and reverb. Its HD Reverb uses DSP power to produce a rich resonance that rivals outboard gear used in professional studios and live setups
Over 140 versatile effects on-board
Select from over 140 built-in DSP effects to create your own sounds on the G5. Try its renowned compression and wah pedals, chorus effects with stunning depth and resonant reverbs. Or let your tonal imagination run free with dynamic flangers, tremolos, harmonized pitch shifters, multi-tap delays, reverse delays and much more. It also includes over 150 patches personally designed by professional guitarists: Richie Kotzen, Kiko Loureiro(ANGRA), Rob Caggiano(ANTHRAX) and Mike Orlando. In addition, the G5 can store up to 297 (99 banks x 3 patches) of your original creations without a hitch.
Looper function with 60-second phrase recording/overdubbing
The G5’s Looper capabilities include 60 seconds of phrase recording and overdubbing. The “sound-on-sound” function allows you to layer guitar sounds as many times as you want in real time and use looped sounds as simple backing tracks. You can even create a “full band” feel with the built-in drum machine and DSP effects for a live solo.
Note: When the UNDO/REDO function is enabled, the recording time is limited to 30 seconds
Integrated drum machine
Every guitar player needs a drummer, and with the G5 you can choose from over 40 different rhythm patterns, including 4, 8 and 16-beat, shuffle and many others. The tap key also makes it easy to set tempo and start a one-man jam session anytime
100 versatile effects on-board
Select from over 100 built-in DSP effects to create your own sounds on G3/G3X. Try its renowned compression and wah pedals, chorus effects with stunning depth and resonant reverbs. Or let your tonal imagination run free with dynamic flangers, tremolos, harmonized pitch shifters, multi-tap delays, reverse delays and much more. G3/G3X can store up to 100 of your original creations without a hitch.
USB audio interface for DAW recording
The G5 operates as an audio interface, letting you record directly to your computer via USB. All of your sound settings used during rehearsals or live performances can be recorded to your favorite DAW such as the included Steinberg Cubase LE recording software. The pedal’s direct monitoring capability eliminates any latency issues, assuring realistic studio conditions and hassle-free operation.
Balanced XLR output for DI use.
With its built-in XLR output, you can avoid DI boxes completely and directly connect the G5 to any mixing console and maintain a balanced, high quality signal. Its convenient Pre/Post switch can direct an effected sound to the main outputs while sending the original analog guitar signal directly to the XLR output without passing through an A/D converter
Output modes for stage or studio.
Different output modes allow you to optimize G5’s tones based upon its connection with your personal rig. In addition to modes for the front inputs of combo and stack amps, G5 can be used as a preamp when connected to a power amp input. By selecting the direct mode with a line connection, you can achieve a realistic guitar sound that is optimal for live use and recording.
Accurate, real-time Tuner function
The pedal’s Tuner function offers smooth, real-time response with precise guitar tuning accuracy. Whether you’re in the middle of a performance or practicing alone in your room, simply hold down the pedal’s center footswitch to start getting your strings back on pitch. In addition, G5s’s LCD displays and LED indicators make the feature easy to use on a dark stage, where you can also mute the output for seamless tuning.
Runs on batteries, AC adapter, or USB power
G3/G3X can operate on three different power sources: AC adapter (included), batteries or USB bus power when plugged into your computer. Four AA/LR6 alkaline batteries provide over six hours of continuous playing. Whether on stage or in the studio, G3/G3X gives you reliable power options.
Free Edit&Share software for Mac/PC
Zoom’s Edit&Share software, which is available as a free download for the G5, allows you to create, edit and save your personalized amp and effect settings on your computer. Use its amp/effect sorting feature to easily locate your sounds and drag-and-drop options to rearrange patches for editing purposes. With Edit&Share, you can download the latest patches online, as well as share your patches with others.
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