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  • LPFreakLPFreak

    A bang for the buck

    Zoom 505 GuitarPublished on 04/01/19 at 00:27
    At the time, Gibson e347, Peavey 100w transtube, 2 505 in serial connection.
    In my opinion you can't beat that effect. I used it professionally in NY for years.I play Jazz Brazil Funk stuff. I had 2 of them connected in serial, the sound coming out of those things was out of this world, and it is very light weight which is very important when you perform all the time.
    Technically everybody can have fun with it, musically it was perfect for me especially the adjustable OD bank, reverb and EQ, after that depends on what you are looking for. But that pedal has so many possibilities, I probably used only a small fraction of its potential. I still own one today. I got lucky I bought one a year…
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    At the time, Gibson e347, Peavey 100w transtube, 2 505 in serial connection.
    In my opinion you can't beat that effect. I used it professionally in NY for years.I play Jazz Brazil Funk stuff. I had 2 of them connected in serial, the sound coming out of those things was out of this world, and it is very light weight which is very important when you perform all the time.
    Technically everybody can have fun with it, musically it was perfect for me especially the adjustable OD bank, reverb and EQ, after that depends on what you are looking for. But that pedal has so many possibilities, I probably used only a small fraction of its potential. I still own one today. I got lucky I bought one a year or so ago for 25 bucks. As today am still a fan.
    The fact is they are difficult to find and although discontinued the price went up.
    I give that little monster 5 stars because the Japanese signature quality is there, and for the price you can beat it.
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  • silverbulletsilverbullet

    not bad

    Zoom 505 GuitarPublished on 03/13/14 at 13:13
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    all the basic effects of a multi.ce is not an amp simulator pod type. It therefore time no usb, noon and others.

    UTILIZATION

    Easy to use when we understand the manual. With two buttons in navigating presets and especially the changes we not have a "industrial" sound.
    for every effect there is only one parameter, "more or less". Damage.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Distos not top, I personally am satisfied with "overdrive", otherwise it hums to death, at least if you like hi gain drop.
    Do not use food to equalize the sound.
    The auto-wah: corner corner.
    modulations, normal.
    The harmonizer is no third!
    The reverb beyond a: Cathedral.
    the delay,

    OVERALL OPINION

    I…
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    all the basic effects of a multi.ce is not an amp simulator pod type. It therefore time no usb, noon and others.

    UTILIZATION

    Easy to use when we understand the manual. With two buttons in navigating presets and especially the changes we not have a "industrial" sound.
    for every effect there is only one parameter, "more or less". Damage.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Distos not top, I personally am satisfied with "overdrive", otherwise it hums to death, at least if you like hi gain drop.
    Do not use food to equalize the sound.
    The auto-wah: corner corner.
    modulations, normal.
    The harmonizer is no third!
    The reverb beyond a: Cathedral.
    the delay,

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have since the late 90s, at the time it was top to learn the effects, from the modeling has been there.
    should be to train at home.
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  • NonostarNonostar

    A caricature effects

    Zoom 505 GuitarPublished on 02/02/13 at 08:14
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Multi-effects prize at ZOOM digital.
    The footswitch broke down after a week.
    A shot soldering iron and no problem after ...

    UTILIZATION

    2 footswitches to walk in the bank patch, 4 buttons to edit patches. Rather simple.

    SOUND QUALITY

    To quickly: despicable.
    The distos / overdrive porridge are no dynamics. Other effects are caricatures.

    OVERALL OPINION

    We can get an idea vaguely effects to sort those that we will use later.
    There may also have a perverse effect: disgust us an effect while it is rather pleasant on real hardware.

    I do not even know where it is: cellar? lost? given?
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    Multi-effects prize at ZOOM digital.
    The footswitch broke down after a week.
    A shot soldering iron and no problem after ...

    UTILIZATION

    2 footswitches to walk in the bank patch, 4 buttons to edit patches. Rather simple.

    SOUND QUALITY

    To quickly: despicable.
    The distos / overdrive porridge are no dynamics. Other effects are caricatures.

    OVERALL OPINION

    We can get an idea vaguely effects to sort those that we will use later.
    There may also have a perverse effect: disgust us an effect while it is rather pleasant on real hardware.

    I do not even know where it is: cellar? lost? given?
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  • Before_Before_

    First (multi) effect (s) ...

    Zoom 505 GuitarPublished on 01/02/13 at 22:23
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Multieffect digital amp simulator, distortion, delay, compressor, flanger and other drive ...
    Between classical output jack.

    UTILIZATION

    Setup could not be simpler but limited (8 "presets" of memory effect).
    PAs need manual is edited by bearing (one or no distortion, delay, chorus, a verb, etc.) and is recorded in a config patches. (Factory ones are not all terrible ...)

    SOUND QUALITY

    Some effects are nice (chorus and delay) the digital distos too (the overdrive go again ...) but for whom it tankard in secondhand, beginner, this is a good product (mine date Methuselah and still works!) I remember discovering the world of effects with this machine, I was in heaven! …
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    Multieffect digital amp simulator, distortion, delay, compressor, flanger and other drive ...
    Between classical output jack.

    UTILIZATION

    Setup could not be simpler but limited (8 "presets" of memory effect).
    PAs need manual is edited by bearing (one or no distortion, delay, chorus, a verb, etc.) and is recorded in a config patches. (Factory ones are not all terrible ...)

    SOUND QUALITY

    Some effects are nice (chorus and delay) the digital distos too (the overdrive go again ...) but for whom it tankard in secondhand, beginner, this is a good product (mine date Methuselah and still works!) I remember discovering the world of effects with this machine, I was in heaven!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had a good ten years, purchased the 700 francs (yea it is already far ...) used on an old transistor amp.
    Oh it was great for the beginning, I trippais not wrong with my recordings houses (micro drive k7 is to say the side roots!).
    Today I intend to keep it, it is the first effect that I owned as a guitarist and it emanates nostalgia and moments of my life ... post teen
    He made great service, and I spring from time to time because it still want the road.
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  • le reverendle reverend

    A multi cheap and low quality.

    Zoom 505 GuitarPublished on 01/03/13 at 01:56
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    not bad effects in the classics and we'll say indispensable

    UTILIZATION

    use not too difficult. There is little choice for a given effect, but often they do not ask for more.
    Not very strong, very plasticky on stage so be careful if you ever take him there.
    Reliability side, mine made the soul overnight, and considering the price it cost, there are no plans to repair it, sure.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Sounds pretty violent if I remember correctly. The distortion is particularly difficult to ring for those who want to escape the nag.
    The machine has a tendency to blur the qualities of a good guitar and a good amp to not be heard as the first generation grain Zoom, cheap enoug…
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    not bad effects in the classics and we'll say indispensable

    UTILIZATION

    use not too difficult. There is little choice for a given effect, but often they do not ask for more.
    Not very strong, very plasticky on stage so be careful if you ever take him there.
    Reliability side, mine made the soul overnight, and considering the price it cost, there are no plans to repair it, sure.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Sounds pretty violent if I remember correctly. The distortion is particularly difficult to ring for those who want to escape the nag.
    The machine has a tendency to blur the qualities of a good guitar and a good amp to not be heard as the first generation grain Zoom, cheap enough for my taste.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I used the machine a few years in addition to a small tube amp (Peavey Classic 20, see my review), whose qualities were largely erased by the sound of the zoom. I have not abused, especially as the reliability of the faulty machine has settled a day for me: Zoom 505 down, you move on.
    The price was low, but we did not have more than value for money.
    I replaced the 505 with a Korg Pandora still works, he is better and, independently (with small rechargeable batteries), more convenient editing, sound quality and more respectful of your channel sound listenable with headphones, best short, even at the time.
    But hey, sometimes have to go through something that satisfies you only half to find what suits you best!
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  • MGR/evh dudeMGR/evh dude

    Zoom 505 Multi Effects Pedal

    Zoom 505 GuitarPublished on 10/02/04 at 15:00
    I bought this at a guitar shop in little Rock AR for about $100.The manager told me it was the best pedal out there and he was right.

    This is the best guitar multi effects pedal i have ever played on.It has the best distortion i have ever heard and it is really easy to use.The tone of it sounds like a pedal board with single effect stomp boxes.

    The only thing I would change about this pedal would have to be the phase but that is it.

    Its preaty good but most of it is made out of plastic so you wouldnt want to do anything to dramatic.

    It doesnt matter what kind of music you play from death metal to soft rock or country this pedal is perfect for anything. And its probably the cheapest mul…
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    I bought this at a guitar shop in little Rock AR for about $100.The manager told me it was the best pedal out there and he was right.

    This is the best guitar multi effects pedal i have ever played on.It has the best distortion i have ever heard and it is really easy to use.The tone of it sounds like a pedal board with single effect stomp boxes.

    The only thing I would change about this pedal would have to be the phase but that is it.

    Its preaty good but most of it is made out of plastic so you wouldnt want to do anything to dramatic.

    It doesnt matter what kind of music you play from death metal to soft rock or country this pedal is perfect for anything. And its probably the cheapest multi effects
    pedal you can buy.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/Derek MokMGR/Derek Mok

    Zoom 505 MkI

    Zoom 505 GuitarPublished on 11/17/03 at 15:00
    Bought at a small music store on 48th Street in New York City for around $80. This was my first pedal.

    Sounds, sounds, sounds. Although using the Zoom presets does give a slight generic quality to your tones, the sounds are so good that I end up using them more often than my single-effect pedals.

    This problem was alleviated on the Zoom 505 MkII, but the MkI had tweak buttons that are not only impossible to use, but the ones on my 505 got stuck in the "down" position and created lots of problems for me. Also, the built-in tuner is inaccurate.

    Fair. The pedals remain responsive after over three years, but those tweak buttons are a nightmare.

    I love the sounds I get from this pedal, bu…
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    Bought at a small music store on 48th Street in New York City for around $80. This was my first pedal.

    Sounds, sounds, sounds. Although using the Zoom presets does give a slight generic quality to your tones, the sounds are so good that I end up using them more often than my single-effect pedals.

    This problem was alleviated on the Zoom 505 MkII, but the MkI had tweak buttons that are not only impossible to use, but the ones on my 505 got stuck in the "down" position and created lots of problems for me. Also, the built-in tuner is inaccurate.

    Fair. The pedals remain responsive after over three years, but those tweak buttons are a nightmare.

    I love the sounds I get from this pedal, but the construction problems prevented me from exploring the editing options fully. Thankfully the MkI is now obsolete and the MkII is better at this department, so I may upgrade.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/Mike MaloneyMGR/Mike Maloney

    Zoom 505 Guitar Processor

    Zoom 505 GuitarPublished on 11/14/03 at 15:00
    I bought this pedal at a place in London, Ontario called John Bellone's Music. I bought it a couple of years back when it was a fairly new release and paid $199 for it. I bought it because I had screwed around with it abit in the store when it first came out and I liked it.

    EFFECTS EFFECTS EFFECTS!!!! It has an endless supply of effects, and if ya get bored with the ones pre-programmed, you can make yer own. Crystal clear sound too!!!

    I dont like that you have to plug it in, that's probably me just being lazy though. It has a battery option, but the battery life is like 4 minutes, which is understandable. ITs a mini computer.

    One word will sum this up nice and easy...ya ready...hea…
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    I bought this pedal at a place in London, Ontario called John Bellone's Music. I bought it a couple of years back when it was a fairly new release and paid $199 for it. I bought it because I had screwed around with it abit in the store when it first came out and I liked it.

    EFFECTS EFFECTS EFFECTS!!!! It has an endless supply of effects, and if ya get bored with the ones pre-programmed, you can make yer own. Crystal clear sound too!!!

    I dont like that you have to plug it in, that's probably me just being lazy though. It has a battery option, but the battery life is like 4 minutes, which is understandable. ITs a mini computer.

    One word will sum this up nice and easy...ya ready...hear goes...SOLID

    The Zoom 505 Guitar Processor is an amazing pedal, if you got some cash and your not afraid to experiment, grab one. I gaurantee you that you wont be dissapointed.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/Andrew EdwardsMGR/Andrew Edwards

    Zoom 505

    Zoom 505 GuitarPublished on 05/29/03 at 15:00
    I bought this pedal at a local music store 2 years ago for 200 dollars. I got it for the effects and multiple distortions and EQ settings.

    I like how you have access to a lot of different sounds and effects. The memory bank is also handy if you plan on having a lot of favorite settings.

    The pedal is made of plastic and if dropped many times would break easily. When you switch between settings in your bank there is a short milisecond delay and this is horrible if your playing live with a band. One more dislike about this unit was how you can't combine all the effects together.

    The pedal is pretty easy to figure out but the durability isn't the greatest.

    For any intermediate pedal wantin…
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    I bought this pedal at a local music store 2 years ago for 200 dollars. I got it for the effects and multiple distortions and EQ settings.

    I like how you have access to a lot of different sounds and effects. The memory bank is also handy if you plan on having a lot of favorite settings.

    The pedal is made of plastic and if dropped many times would break easily. When you switch between settings in your bank there is a short milisecond delay and this is horrible if your playing live with a band. One more dislike about this unit was how you can't combine all the effects together.

    The pedal is pretty easy to figure out but the durability isn't the greatest.

    For any intermediate pedal wanting a different distortion and some effects all in one i'd recomend this pedal. Anyone in a band don't buy this pedal if you plan on some serious playing.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/Ian BrownMGR/Ian Brown

    Zoom 505 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor

    Zoom 505 GuitarPublished on 03/21/02 at 15:00
    I got this great pedal of of my freind for $50 US.

    I liked everything about it. I've heard many people say the distortions are fake, but I think they just need to marry this bad boy with the right Guitar and amp. I use it in a Vox Cambridge 30 Reverb and it sounds fantastic. The step effects are crazy. Anyone can get inspired by this thing. It has a mass abundance of effects. The doubler is combined with the distortion overdrive makes for a great Randy Rhoads. I like how small it is because unlike other multi effects pedals I can actually put it in my pocket, or in my amp. Another person on here said its good for beginners, but he "disposed of it" He also stated that he spilled soda on it…
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    I got this great pedal of of my freind for $50 US.

    I liked everything about it. I've heard many people say the distortions are fake, but I think they just need to marry this bad boy with the right Guitar and amp. I use it in a Vox Cambridge 30 Reverb and it sounds fantastic. The step effects are crazy. Anyone can get inspired by this thing. It has a mass abundance of effects. The doubler is combined with the distortion overdrive makes for a great Randy Rhoads. I like how small it is because unlike other multi effects pedals I can actually put it in my pocket, or in my amp. Another person on here said its good for beginners, but he "disposed of it" He also stated that he spilled soda on it several times and it still worked. I wouldn't take someone too seriously if they make a habit of spilling things on their eqiopment. It sounds to me like he's a beginner.

    Nothing really. Except that it does have a short delay when you switch effects. You gotta learn to be creative. I just have the drummer do a fill or something while I change effects.

    Great! has taken lots of Beating. The buttons stick occasionally.

    I love this, and recommend it to anyone who hasnt tried it. I think any level musician could find a use for it. Its great for band use and live shows. It makes some impressive noises ;-)

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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