Zoom B3 Bass Effects and amp Simulator, 3 x LCD Display, 44.1 kHz Frequency

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About Zoom B3

The Zoom's B3 Bass Effects and amp Simulator combines the ease of a stompbox pedalboard with the power of a multi-effects processor and a USB audio interface. With complete control over individual effects and amp modeling, you can change your tones on the fly for both stage and studio.

The B3 offers three large LCD displays and corresponding footswitches that form a graphical interface, allowing you to utilize up to three 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 sounds a breeze and provides easy navigation in live and studio settings.

The B3's 12 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 different amplifiers and cabinets, you can digitally create your own custom rig. The B3's modeling technology provides the best tone for both live performance and direct recording.

The B3 offers 99 diverse types of stompbox effects, including some of the world's most popular bass pedals and rack-mounted processors. You can use up to three effects in any combination, as well as its high-quality stereo tube presets and bass synthesizers.

Zoom B3 Features

  • Evolution of tube amp simulation: From the warm, fat sound of R&B to the intense, aggressive tone of metal, the B3 can simulate amplifier sounds that are authentic to the original models while maintaining the nuances of fingering and picking techniques
  • The newest generation of DSP (ZFX-IV): The ZFX-IV DSP effects processor boasts amazing power and clarity, upgrading everything from sound to functionality
  • Looper function with 40-second phrase recording/overdubbing: The B3's Looper capabilities include 40 seconds of phrase recording and overdubbing. The "sound-on-sound" function allows you to layer bass sounds as many times as you want in real time and use looped sounds as simple backing tracks
  • USB audio interface for DAW recording: The B3 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 Sequel LE recording software
  • Your personal drummer: Every bassist needs a drummer and with the B3 you can choose from 40 different rhythm patterns, including 4, 8 and 16-beat, shuffle and many others
  • Balanced XLR output for DI use: With its built-in XLR output, you can avoid DI boxes completely and connect the B3 directly to any mixing console to maintain a balanced, high quality signal
  • Add a B3 to your pedalboard: The B3 is perfect for use in combination with traditional stompboxes. By adding a B3 to your pedalboard, you can decrease the size and complexity of your setup, while expanding your system's effects and modeling capabilities
  • Accurate, real-time Tuner function: The pedal's Tuner function offers smooth, real-time response with precise bass tuning accuracy. Whether you're in the middle of a performance / practicing alone in your room, simply hold down the pedal's center footswitch to start getting your strings back in tune
  • World's fastest patch change speed (1 ms): With the B3's amazing 1 ms patch change speed, you'll never miss a beat. Change from rhythm playing to a solo in an instant by simply tapping a switch
  • Runs on batteries, AC adapter, or USB power: The B3 can operate on three different power sources: AC adaptor (included), batteries or USB bus power when plugged into your computer. Four AA/LR6 alkaline batteries provide over six hours of continuous use
  • Super-low noise design: The B3's "noise floor" of -100 dBm virtually eliminates background noise and the ZNR noise reduction removes feedback and other unwanted sounds, providing you with clear tones, along with natural release decay and reverb tails
  • Optional expression pedal and footswitch: Connect an optional FP02 expression pedal to the B3 and control effect parameters such as wah, pitch shift, volume, drive gain, modulation rate and delay/reverb mix in real time
  • Free Edit&Share software for Mac/PC: Zoom's Edit&Share software, which is available as a free download, allows you to create, edit and save your personalized amp and effect settings on your computer

Zoom B3 Specifications

Effect Types
Simultaneous Effects 3
Patch Memory
10 patches x 10 banks
Sampling Frequency
A/D Conversion
24bit, 128times over-sampling
D/A Conversion
24bit, 128times over-sampling
Signal Processing
32bit floating point and 32bit fixed point
Frequency Response
20Hz-20kHz +1dB-3dB(10k ohm load)
1/4'' phone jack
Rated input level
Input impedance
1M ohm
ACTIVE/PASSIVE (Switch selectable)
Output: R
1/4'' phone jack
Maximum output level: [line]+5dBm(Output load impedance 10k ohm or higher)
Output: L/Mono/Phone
1/4'' stereo phone jack (LINE / PHONES)
Maximum output level: [line]+5dBm(Output load impedance 10k ohm or higher)
[PHONES] 20mW+20mW(32 ohm load)
Output: Balanced Output
XLR jack
Output impedance: 100 ohm (HOT-GND, COLD-GND), 200 ohm (HOT-COLD)
PRE/POST (Switch selectable)
GND LIFT(Switch selectable)
Control Input
For FP02 / FS01
Audio Interface
16bit / 44.1kHz
Supported OS
Windows XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS X v10.4 / 10.5 / 10.6 / 10.7
Noise Floor
AC adapter
DC9V/Center negative/500mA(ZOOM AD-16)
AA/LR6 battery x 4
Battery Life
6 hours (with alkaline batteries)
Bus power
Dimensions (D x W x H)
170 x 234 x 54 mm / 6.69 x 9.21 x 2.12
1.2 kg / 2.64 lbs (without batteries)
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