Previously only available in Japan, the Zoom G6 is now getting a hot worldwide release for the first time. Zoom claims the G6 has a brand new style of distortion and never-heard-before modulation effects. So what are we waiting for? Let’s take a closer look.
Zoom G6 multi-effects
The Zoom G6 is a multi-effects unit with amp sims and 70 pre-loaded impulse responses, on top of which you can add up to 100 of your own. You get all the classic effects that you would expect from Zoom in a relatively simple user interface, with an assignable foot treadle and 6 footswitches for tasks including Tap Tempo, Effects assignment and parameter changes i.e Bank changes, etc.
The unit has a 4.3″ colour touchscreen with drag and drop signal chain. You get 135 preloaded effects, as well as 68 rhythm patterns on board. The pedal is also compatible with Zoom’s Guitar Lab software. Essentially, it is an all-in-one do-it-all solution.
Effects & Loops
The unit can chain up to 7 effects at once and has 240 user patches, which include 100 user presets. You also get an onboard Infinite Looper which can handle up to 256 loops with a maximum of 2 hours recording time when using an SD-card, or 45 seconds without an SD card.
There are four basic Play Modes on offer. One for the Infinite Looper. One is a Memory mode, which is used for organising patches and assigning footswitches. The Preset Banks lets you scroll through banks, and finally Effects Board, which allows you to see and turn the virtual effects represented on the touchscreen on or off.
The G6 has a mono input, stereo outputs with an output volume control, a mono FX loop, aux in, control in and headphone out. There’s also a USB port which can turn the G6 into a recording interface for your DAW setup. Wireless control is possible via an optional Bluetooth adapter (BTA-1) using the Handy Guitar Lab app.
You can hear the G6 in the demo video below. It is a pity that Zoom hasn’t given any real explanation behind the new distortion and never-heard-before modulation effects in the technical specifications. But it looks neat and is reasonably priced, and if it is as good as Zoom claims, it could be a good deal.
RRP – USD 399/GBP 442.80