Zoom effects processors

Yes. The B3n is the top end model from the same generation as the B1four.

The rough breakdown for the last few generations of processors and algorithms is:

ancient: B1
older: B1on / MS60b / B3
previous: B1four / B3n
current: B6

The B3n has a more powerful processor than the B1four and can basically host 1-2 more effects simultaneously. It also has a nicer UI for Stomp Mode - more buttons, footswitches, etc. Definitely an upgrade, I liked mine.

The real upgrade would be the B6.

Or even better, a Line6 Helix (HX Stomp, etc).

Or best, a NeuralDSP Quad Cortex :rofl:

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Thanks @howard - appreciate it…

Yeah, well, that moves out of the range of “splurge” and into the range of “investment” :slightly_smiling_face: But I was looking at the B6, and wish I had considered it prior to buying my DAI, since (as I understand it) it functions as the DAI as well… $500 is an expensive pedal though. That’s more than I paid for either of my basses. :rofl:

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I have a used Zoom B3 I picked up for about 80 bucks and am super happy with it. I also have the G3 which is the guitar version and have played them Both out pretty regularly and gotten plenty of “toan “ compliments on them. The XLR out, the the tuner, the looper, the ground lift as well and the pre/post switch makes it a super useful piece of kit for me.

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I used to own a B1on too and it was actually pretty good as well.

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I think most people with Zoom multi-effects pedals have come across their “preset library”. Not trying to duplicate that repository - but is there any interest in a thread here that would share patch settings?

For example: Here’s Joe Dart

Effect: "**MB Comp**" (*Dynamics*), active - **"yes"**

"Comp" = **100**​

"LoTHR" = **71**​

"HiTHR" = **37**​

"Volume" = **30**​

Effect: "**EP Stomp**" (*Overdrive / Distortion*), active - **"yes"**

"Gain" = **90**​

"Bass" = **0**​

"Treble" = **-10**​

"Volume" = **36**​

Effect: "**DI-5**" (*Overdrive / Distortion*), active - **"yes"**

"Gain" = **40**​

"Tone" = **1**​

"HiCut" = **Off**​

"Volume" = **35**​

Effect: "**EBH360**" (*Amp simulator*), active - **"yes"**

"Bass" = **0.5**​

"MID-F" = **500Hz**​

"Mid" = **5.0**​

"Treble" = **-10.0**​

"Bright" = **6**​

"Drive" = **6**​

"Volume" = **40**​

"CHARRA" = **-10.0**​

**Patch Volume:** 100
**DSP Load:** 73%
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This reminds me, there’s a new Zoom in town: the B6. In a different price range than the B1 Four, if you ask me :roll_eyes: So what do we think?

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Looks compelling. If I ever tire of my Zoom B3n I’ll give that a look.

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There was some discussion around that when it was launched.
Linky here

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@Koldunya has one!

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I’ve had my B6 for a year. I like it a lot.

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A year! Okay, apparently it’s not as new as I thought it was :sweat_smile:

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I think I’m up to 5 different zoom pedals now. Have played them all with bass and guitar and there are a lot of times I like it better than my boutique analog things. Of which there are… a few. Most of my zoom models are older and lack an aux in. That would be my only complaint.

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