Zoom 505 II effects

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Zoom 505 II effects
Enhance the sound of your guitar with an effects pedal. (DanielDorman/iStock/Getty Images)

The Zoom 505 II is a compact effects pedal for electric or amplified acoustic guitars. The pedal contains a range of effects to alter and enhance the sound of your guitar, all of which can be applied live, on the fly. Effects can also be stacked within the pedal to create complex arrays of sound and distortion.

Compression and Limiting Effects

These effects alter the guitar's sound without distorting or adding noise or tone enhancements. The Zoom 505 II's Compression settings (C1-C9 in the effects bank) boost high-end sounds while retaining the level of bass frequencies, giving a uniform volume level to tones across the scale. This produces an even sound, boosting volume while minimising jangly highs or rumbling lows. The Limiter effects (L1-L9), by comparison, attenuates higher-end frequencies to fall below a set level (the higher the setting, the lower the volume level), retaining noise-free sound data so it can be stacked into other effects.

Distortion Effects

These effects change the sound of the guitar with noise, warmth or hardware processes. The 505 II's "Acoustic" distortion effect ("Ac" in the effects bank) alters the sound of an electric guitar with a ringing warmth, simulating the tone of an acoustic guitar. The "Rhythm" effect ("rY") adds a crunchy distortion to only the louder tones played by the user, allowing more contrast in a song or performance without the addition of a distortion pedal."Overdrive" and "Distortion" ("Od" and "dt") are the classic "noisy" distortion sounds of hard rock, with the former giving a cleaner, bluesy edge while the latter maximises crunchy, rock-type processing. "Fuzz" ("FU") gives a buzzing, vinyl-warmth tone common in 1960s rock, while "Metal" ("Nt") distorts the sound with heavy noise added to the bass and treble ends of the scale.

Mod Effects

These effects apply various standards of sound engineering, both instrument-generic and guitar-specific, to the sound. The "Flanger" effect ("F1-F6") adds an undulating effect to the sound, lending a tone reminiscent of 1970s progressive rock. "Doubling" ("D1-D6") gives a ringing fullness to the sound by adding a subtle second signal on a very slight delay, which echoes the original sound to give the effect of a backup guitar playing identical tones. The "Cry" effect ("C1-C6") gives a variable roundness to the guitar's notes, simulating the effect of the vocalising pedals made famous by artists like Peter Frampton and the Foo Fighters. The "Slow Attack" effect ("L1-L6") amplifies the guitar sound over time: when strummed or plucked, the instrument will appear to make no sound, but the signal will slowly fade in, giving the effect of a violin or e-bow. The "Ring Mod" ("R1-R6") modulates the amplification of the signal, giving a metallic timbre to the sound.

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