Zoom Rack Effects

Updated July 20, 2017

Zoom was founded in 1989 and is a subsidiary of Samson Corporation. Since 1991, Zoom has released a plethora of effects processors, drum machines, and recording equipment aimed at the amateur and semi-professional musician market, keeping the price-point well below competitors' products while still delivering high specifications. Rack mountable processors have been a mainstay of Zoom for most of that time period, delivering quality sound, ergonomic design and efficient low-cost effects.

Zoom 9010

Zoom released the 9010 in 1990. It was their first rack processor and featured four-in four-out routing, allowing you to configure the unit as four independent processors in a one-rack unit space. The 9010 was capable of running seven simultaneous effects, allowed real-time parameter control and had user-configurable send and return jacks.

Zoom 9030

In 1991 Zoom released the 9030, which was a half-rack sized powerhouse. It featured 47 different effects, seven of which could be used simultaneously. The 9030 also included analogue distortion and real-time MIDI control of parameters with an optional foot controller. The 9030 was one of the few processors of the period to feature send and return jacks for connection of external equipment.

Zoom 9200

The Zoom 9200 was released in 1992 and sported XLR balanced outputs for connection to mixing consoles. The 9200 was marketed to the semi-pro and pro-audio market, with features normally found only on expensive studio processors. The Zoom 9200 also included a reverb-only algorithm.

Zoom 9120

Zoom improved the user interface for the 9120 when it released the machine in 1993 by providing a larger LCD screen and numerous edit knobs. The unit featured 22 different effects, improved MIDI functionality and a lower price tag than its predecessor, the 9200. Among the effects included were a karaoke effect for removing vocals from audio signals run through the unit.

Zoom 9050

The 9050 was a half rack successor of the 9030, with a still lower price tag. The unit featured improved functionality, better specifications and faster processing power. The 9050 could employ 55 effects, up to eight at once. Other included features, which were becoming standard on Zoom processors, were MIDI in and out ports and send and return jacks.

Zoom 9150

Zoom finished 1993 by releasing the 9150, a tube-preamp multi-effect processor for guitarists, using a real 12ax7 preamp tube. It featured two separate sets of send and return jacks, one set of which had a programmable insert point. Real-time control of effect parameters could be accomplished with the optional Zoom 8050 foot controller.

Zoom Studio 1202

The Zoom Studio 1202 is a standard rack size unit and features 512 preset effect programs, with 44.1 kilohertz sampling frequency. It also features true stereo configuration. Remote operation can be achieved by using an optional foot-switch. The user interface consists of knobs, without an LCD screen.

Zoom RFX Series

The RFX series included the 1100 and 2200 models. Both units offered 121 different reverb types. Balanced XLR inputs allowed direct connection of a microphone, enabling you to access synthesised and vocodor effects. The 2200 also included tap tempo control, MIDI jacks and S/PDIF digital outputs. The 1100 model had 363 preset locations, versus 528 for the 2200 version.

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Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Pamela Benetti has written grants since 2003. She has worked for Pridesource Media Group and writes commentary. Her work has been published in the "Huron River Review," of Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich., where she studied human services.