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thesoundtestroom: Synth One & BS16i with Zoom MS-70CDR

Doug Woods from thesoundtestroom creates some excellent ambient tones with SynthOne and bs-16i running into a Zoom MS-70CDR multi-effect pedal.

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The Zoom MS series is seriously under-rated. I have a couple MS-100BT units (now discontinued) which allow you to load modules for guitar, bass, and general/keyboard. I also have a G3n which uses similar soft modules.

Everyone has different tastes when it comes to distortions, amp simulation, reverb, delay, mod-effects, etc. etc. But Zoom, IMHO, has done an impressive job providing a true variety. When you switch modules, you really do get a completely different flavor (as opposed to it sounding all the same). YMMV.

Another important note is that Zoom pedals preserve dynamics in a way that Boss, Line 6, and Digitech do not.

I hope Zoom continues to make multi-effects. They do something pretty special.
October 15, 2018  | favorite_border stub
On October 15, 2018 - @stub said:
Another important note is that Zoom pedals preserve dynamics in a way that Boss, Line 6, and Digitech do not.
That's the first time I've heard of that. That's pretty compelling. I'd love to hear comparisons.

BTW, stub. Your forum post was picked up on Twitter by Ten Kettles! https://twitter.com/beatmirrorapp/status/1051815835591995393
Wow. My first appearance on Twitter!!

(They also did a call out for my iTunes review, too!)

With the Zoom pedals (both the MS, and the G3n), I A/B'ed them with a Pod HD500, Boss GP-10 and GT-1, and a Digitech RP255. I played a newer Digitech box that was nice, but I wasn't able to A/B it.

When I play my strat through them, the other units have some kind of dynamic limiting that is just inherent in the signal, even if there isn't anything enabled. If I really dig in, the signal gets no louder. With the Zoom pedal, if I play with lots of dynamics, the wide range from soft to loud is right there just as I played it. I'm not the only person to have noticed this. I suspect there's something different about the way Zoom handles either the A-to-D, or the D-to-A, that preserves the whole range. You can compress all you want, but you have all the range there to work with.
October 16, 2018  | favorite_border stub
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