The MOTU ZBox is a simple device designed to maintain the signal from your guitar to your audio interface. It is for use in situations where you would not be using any amplifier. The unit is very simple in make up, with the 1/4" outputs for lo-Z and hi-Z as well as a 1/4" male cable to plug into your guitar. This isn't rack mountable in any form as it is a box.
Setting up the MOTU ZBox is incredibly simple and should present no problems at all to anyone. Honestly, everything about this should be self explanatory from just looking at it as there isn't anything strange or out of the ordinary here that you would need to know about before hand. Once you've set it up, you're good to go and don't need to do anything further. A manual isn't necessary unless you're having a technical issue.
I don't find myself in too many situations where I would need something like the MOTU ZBox, as I tend to always use a guitar amplifier to get my guitar tones, so this isn't a product that I own or that I'm looking to own. However, I have used it in the studio for use with amp modeling software, mostly just out of curiosity to see what types of sounds that I could get at a friends small home set up. The ZBox or something like it is definitely something you need to have if you're going to be plugging in direct and don't have any mic preamps. The ZBox will get the job done, but no better than any interface would do, so I would imagine however that most studio owners wouldn't have a need for this.
I can only see the MOTU ZBox coming in handy for the guitar player who wants to integrate his or her playing into the digital world but doesn't have an interface or any sort of studio set up. For these users, the ZBox will get the job done at a reasonable price, but I would really encourage you to check out full blown audio interfaces, as they are quite inexpensive and offer up a whole lot more versatility and possible than this would...
daviche's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
This accessory is meant to reproduce sound, indescribable feeling of a guitar plugged directly into an amp, what is missing when in fact the industry on a sound card.
NO! This is an amazing scam that ZBox, unworthy of a society like MOTU, who usually have good equipment.
I did some tests on my and my Ultralite 828 Mk 2, and the only difference in sound is that there are less than the level that if I plug my guitar directly into the soundcard. No improvement in sound. NO, I tell you!
I do not know I ask myself the question again?? sent in for repair once because none + none but then, seeing a decrease in gain ... they sent me a new one and tested, because mine was defective, and IDEM! nothing at nothing!
Returned and refunded, but 2 x 7.9euros postage to return it when it cost me 40 euros, it hurts!
I mainly use digital and I enter my system through a MOTU 828 mk2 and software rig or AmpliTube guitar style.
1 day and no more! I call it a wolf, or else my MOTU 828mk2 soundcard is already the same role and then there, ok ... I do not need, but MOTU's website, they branch in front of a MK3!