ZOOM 506 II Multi-Effects

Multi-Effects Pedal

Made by ZOOM

Description Newer version of the 506.
Posted By Bruce Davis (405)
Directory Equipment: Effects
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Overall Rating: 4.3 (of 5)
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On 12/28/2006, Pete Diggins (274) posted:
Overall Rating:
Would buy it again - it has everything a beginner/ intermediate bass player needs, from a person who plays in a band to someone who plays at home for their own enjoyment. there aren't a lot of sounds you can't make with this unit, which makes it much simpler and much more economical than having to pay an awful lot more for individual pedals. The price I paid was way below the recommended retail here in Oz, the retailer was having a post Christmas sale.
Model Year: 2006
Price: $80.00 AUD (new)
Where Obtained: MacFie Music, Hobart
Features:
Features? - Compact Body - 33 Effects, 8 at any one time - 36 Programs - Long life with batteries - Built in chromatic Tuner - easy to use pedals - bloody cheap too!
Sound Quality:
- used with my Fender Jazz Special (more of a 'P'Bass - see it's review) I found that everything was clear, succinct and didn't detract from the awesome Fender P Bass sound at all. - used with my Greg Bennett active Bass - no isses. it opened up even more tonal variety of course with dual pick up options.
Ease of Use:
-programmable and easy to follow instructions. -not a lot of fiddling around straight from the box. I imagine with a little bit of programming it could make it quicker/ easier to move between the patches you most commonly use. -box came with three instruction booklets... in most conceivable languages!
Durability:
Small, compact, durable. it seems very hard wearing. Zoom in Japan is known as a quality effects producer.
On 7/24/2006, Tom Jackson (837) posted:
Overall Rating:
I chose this unit because it was inexpensive, and if it were lost or stolen, I might buy it again, but if I had the money, I would rather have individual pedals. As I mentioned above, I wish there was a different way to turn it on/off. I like that it's small, that that the navigation is easy.
Model Year: 2006
Price: $65.00 (new)
Where Obtained: eBay
Features:
The layout of the unit is good, and there are plenty of effects to choose from. It uses AA batteries, but a standard 9v power adapter will work with it. I understand that there is some sort of wah pedal that can be bought to go with it, but I haven't researched that. It does exactly what it claims it will do, which earns it a 5.
Sound Quality:
I primarily use a Squier P-Bass with it, with a Fender Rumble 100 watt amp. The P-Bass has some issues with the cable jack, but for whatever reason, the module completely eliminates the static noise that sometimes comes from the guitar. The unit would fit espicially well with rock and experimental/psychodelic, but could be used for just about anything. I haven't actually used any other similar FX pedals, so I don't know if it's better or not. It is a multi, and some of the preset patches are too loud, have white noise, or just don't sound good. I've used the ones I don't like to construct custom patches, and some of the volume and noise problems can be fixed. I would give it a 4.5 if I could, but I'll have to settle for a 4.
Ease of Use:
Yes, it is programmable, though you have to edit existing patches to get new ones. There are no blank patches for creation. Patch creation is easy. All you do is turn a knob and then press buttons to select different varieties of sounds. They are also easy to save, just press the store button twice. There are two pedals that help you navigate through the patches, one up, and one down. If you press both pedals at once, it bypasses the effect, and also engages the built in tuner. The only thing I don't like is that the on/off swtich is actually plugging/unplugging the cable. I would rather it have a way to turn it on/off with a switch on the face. Even so, I give it a 5.
Durability:
I haven't had it for long. I've had some problems with glitches, but I can't tell if this is a result of the manufacturer, or, more likely, if it was the water that got in it from a leaky roof I didn't know about. I've had no other problems. It gets a 4.
On 5/7/2006, Craig Ditchfield (8337) posted:
Overall Rating:
I did play a Line 6 BP50 in a shop and can't really compare them as the situations were not the same. I would purchase another if lost or stolen. I like the Octaver and the delay is good for what I need. Can't pick worst aspect yet.
Price: $80.00 Au
Where Obtained: ebay
Features:
Foot switches and push button for changing patches
Sound Quality:
Yamaha RBX470 Self made Fretted and Fretless Epiphone EB0 Mainly 60's to 90's rock and daughter plays metal Unsure if better than a line 6 but does the job. It is a little bit noisy. Has many effects
Ease of Use:
It is easy to program. I start with a flat setting and move on from there (everyone probably does) If you know what you are looking for it is easy enough to get close to what you wanted, you may not be able to get the exact sound of a single pedal.
Durability:
Not sure yet it seems ok but is only plastic and time will tell.
On 5/5/2006, Gabi Martin (118) posted:
Overall Rating:
Great for your first pedal. If you are beggining this will help you to choose what effects fit with you.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $100.00 (new)
Features:
AC transformer come apart, if you use it with batteries it will be working for 24 hours or maybe more, depends on what you do with it. Only one effect per section could be use, maybe you want to use two effects in the same section and you won't. You need to buy a specific pedal to control volume and some more characteristics (wah-wah too
Sound Quality:
It's not a pro multi-effect but it will work when you practice and in your first music collaborations
Ease of Use:
Easy to program, with a good manual with everything explained.
Durability:
I can hardly break it, I have no problem about its duratbility
On 10/31/2005, Dennis Van de merbel (11) posted:
Overall Rating:
Because of the price, i am a beginner on bass so i dont wanded to buy an expenive one i buy them again if it were stolen if it contains a build in expression pedal my favorite aspect is almost the whole thing. its great!!
Price: $69.00 holland rotterdam. (new)
Where Obtained: feedback rotterdam
Features:
It contains a lot of controls and patches ( 36 effects) a comp limit wah, 12 distortion kinds ( drive, Fat, trash metal ec.) a phase, contour, digital amp, a mod for more pedals, a switch for echo,room,hall,delay and you can set the time the effect most do his job.
Sound Quality:
I use a ibanez 190 GSR bassguitar, with a little amp. i play metal,rock,punk,pop. and the effect work great with these styles because of the trash distortion and the wah effects and the flying jet effect and the bassynt. it works great for other styles because of the frettles effect and the funk effect. this was my first effect, and i like all the effects,
Ease of Use:
It is easy to create patches. the sound is always great simple
Durability:
I think if you have a stomp box or a expression pedal you can use it for live playing. the construction is good
On 4/20/2005, Pete Wallace (14883) posted:
Overall Rating:
I looked at three Digitech units, the 50, 80 & 200. I chose this unit based on price. It was considerably cheaper then the lowest priced DigiTech. I would buy it again if something happened to it. It would be better if it was made out of metal, however, that would jack up the price making this unit less desirable for the reason I bought it in the first place.
Price: $50.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Samedaymusoc.com
Features:
This unit was very inexpensive and I purchased it for the opportunity to really check out each type of effect pedal sold individually. This unit came with 36 preprogrammed effects. You can also bild patches using 2 or more effects at the same time. It is both battery and AC powered. It did not come with an AC adapter. It will run in stero.
Sound Quality:
I run both an old archttop short-scale and a fretless bass through this unit. I am currently running it through a 35 watt Peavey, headphones and or all things a set of old Gateway computer speakers. It's like a timy amp with many effects when you use headphones. You just plug them sraight into the unit. It seems well suited for all styles of music. I don't get any excess noise at all.
Ease of Use:
This usit is programmable and building patches is easy once you figure out how to do it. I didn't think the instructions were very clear. I think when you're running it through an amp like my Peavey, you have to expect some fiddling to get the sound you want. The amp has controls, my archtop bass has multiple controls, plus the Zoom has a lot of controls. By the end of the second day, I had built three different patches that I really like (2 for my fretted bass and 1 for my fretless).
Durability:
This unit is made of plastic. I have always taken extremely good care of my gear, so I expect this will hold up well for me. I have not played it live yet. My goal was to buy an inexpensive multi-effect unit to make sound decisions on which single effect pedals I'd like to buy later. I like it through headphones and the little computer speakers (this probably sounds crazy but it sounds great through these speakers). Some effects will require that I turn my Peavey up pretty loud to get a feel for the particular effect. I can't do that at home withut disturbing neightbors. However, running the unit through the old set of computer peakers allows me to hear the full effect clearly at a much lower volme setting.
On 10/14/2004, David Mcreynolds (7157) posted:
Overall Rating:
Hey Cheap and fun. makes a great practice preamp for your head phones.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $87.00 (new)
Where Obtained: internet
Features:
Fun to play arround the house. can make you sound like Peter Frampton on Bass. Hard to find a clean bass sound. nice tunner.
Sound Quality:
I can make a cheap bass sound funky. but it makes a good quality base sound cheap.
Ease of Use:
Pretty easy to use within its limits
Durability:
DON"T I said DON"T use in a high trafic area My first one (the earlier model) too tender at the plug ins Some one stepped on the cord and cracked the curcuit board in side.
On 6/5/2004, Martin Owen (95) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is ok for bedroom bassists, but for my band, its not good, altho 36 effects, very limited. thats why im going for digitech!
Where Obtained: Oxfordshire
Features:
I paid 80 to get the adaptor thrown in for 5 rather than 9 has 2 footswitches, 36 effects with 8 at a time to preset.
Sound Quality:
But, unfortunately, altho it sems cool in the shop, after a couple of weeks of tweaking, the weird effects like step are really unusable, i used about 5 effects for our songs. and the phaser mucked up so i took it back and ordered a digitech bass driver, and i want bass chorus.
Ease of Use:
Its very easy to use, u may need to fiddle to eliminate too much bass/treble.
Durability:
Kinda plasticy, didnt break, i didnt think it would.
On 3/4/2004, Dan Raffa (465) posted:
Overall Rating:
I think its great for beginners, but after exploring all the effects, i think i'd rather buy seperate pedals for the effects.
Price: $0.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Diplomate Musique
Features:
-AC or Battery powered -Stereo Output -Optional Expression pedal input -36 pre-programmed patches, all of which can be changed by the user. -Effects include chorus, flanger, distortion, synth bass, octave...
Sound Quality:
Sounds pretty decent in any situation
Ease of Use:
Quite simple to make your own patches, using all the effect modules (Dist, MOD etc)
Durability:
It looks a tad fragile, but its pretty tough usually. Wouldnt jump on it though, use delicately
On 9/12/2003, Matt Wagner (68) posted:
Overall Rating:
For the price you CAN'T BEAT IT!!! Sure there are several effects units out there that cost much much more (like the Line6 stuff), but to tell you the truth, this little $60 unit sounds MUCH BETTER than the Line 6 BASS POD PRO ($450) that I tried to replace this pedal with... I know it sound ridiculous, but it's THE TRUTH!!! I'd recommend this little unit to anyone who wants some cool sounds for a cheap price!
Model Year: 2002
Price: $60.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
Features:
Great easy to use controls... A manual is helpful, but isn't necessary if you've got a good ear! It has AC, but I always use batteries when playing live so I don't trip... If I had to wish for anything else on it, I would like to have the expression pedal that is available for it through Zoom (I think)... Great selection of effects from distortion, chorus, flanger to wah, phase, pitch and more!
Sound Quality:
I'd hate to think of what my sound would be without it!!! Somehow this little pedal enhances my sound to the degree that I get compliments on my rig setup all the time! I've been using an Ampeg SVT-400 through a BBE 362 and into 2 Ampeg 4x10 cabinets (the HF and HLF)... My band is mosh METAL, and I use this pedal to give me just the right amount of distortion for a nice growl and to fill in the gaps! Haven't had any problems with noise or feedback, and have been delighfully pleased with everything about it!
Ease of Use:
This thing is VERY easy to use, and after a few practices I was able to dial in my sound without much tinkering. The manual is helpful for finding the different effects quickly, however isn't 100% necessary if you've got some common sense.
Durability:
I've been using this unit for about 8 months and have never had a problem with it! I've dropped it, spilt beer on it, stomped on it, kicked it across the stage, and it still works!
On 6/10/2003, Richard Howells (2745) posted:
Overall Rating:
All in all, a great unit, easy and fun to use at a bargain price. Sounds are often sublime, but hardly ever bad. Any player of any style could pick this unit up and within an hour get a great sound which is ready for the recording studio or gig. These qualities are hard to get on such a cheap pedal, sure more expensive ones are better with more effects of a higher quality, but this unit is still damn good in my book and at the price, you can't lose. Perfect for beginners fancying a little flavour in their playing, or someone on a tight budget. Excellent unit for excellent money. Top Buy!
Model Year: 2003
Where Obtained: Ebay
Features:
The small battery or ac powered unit has a huge amount of tone for such a small well designed unit. A barrage of effects, including 12 distortions and bass synth, enable the player to get his/her own sound easily and quickly. The effects are numerous but all have had time and effort put in and so they all sound great, amazing effects can be achieved by putting up to 7 together. My only negative point is the lack of any envelope filters, but i have never found a multi-effects unit with an envelope filter on it, so maybe this is unjust.
Sound Quality:
I play this unit through a musicman stingray 5 and whatever style i play, i can be sure of a good tone to back it up. Some tones are better than others, and if your not careful, some efects when put together do not go well, but a whole host of styles can be played through it. When i play with my school jazz band the fretless simulator works wonders, especially with a great warm round bottom end. Slap sounds are crisp, clean and articulated. Drive and distortion are good, but sometimes fuzzy and lacking tone and middle end, but still so hard rocking can be achieved. The bass synth, well i don't agree with it but others might. The chorus effects make great sounds especially when playing harmonics. Funk is not as easy but with a little tweaking, a good fun sound is achievable. Excellent for what the unit costs, a winner!
Ease of Use:
No problems to use, cycle through the pre-recorded banks and get a smooth tone in no time and effort. Spend just a few minutes and your own signature tone is born. So simple is great.
Durability:
Not as durable as one might wish for, but at a retail of 60 its nothing. The pedal shifters are a bit funny under the foot but its not a real problem. I expect it wouldn't gig as well as some DOd or Boss pedals but it would stick by you at a fraction of the cost of other effects.
On 10/16/2002, Bobby Lowe (48) posted:
Overall Rating:
I RECIEVED THIS PEDAL FOR CHRISTMAS OF LAST YEAR. I PLAY IT THROUGH A IBANEZ BASS AND A SWR AMP AND STACK IT DOES A LOT ITS VERY EASY TO USE AND PROGRAM AND IT ROCKS. CHECK ONE OUT YOULL LIKE IT TO. C-YA BIGGHEDDBOB@AOL.COM
Price: $69.00 (new)
Where Obtained: SAMASH
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Ease of Use:
Durability:
On 9/3/2002, Patrick Moore (1363) posted:
Overall Rating:
So far, this is the best bang for your buck. I would probably upgrade sometime soon though. If you are looking for decent sounding effects in a easy to use pedal, check out the Zoom 506II!
Model Year: 2001
Price: $70.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
Features:
This pedal features alot of effects, that can save you from buying a floor full of effect boxes. You can run batteries or an adaptor with it, and you also can attach a footswitch or expression pedal to it, pretty cool.
Sound Quality:
The pedal sounds decent, but you have to remeber that this is a multi effect below $100, so concessions are goona have to be made! Some of the sounds are just outright bad, (the fuzz, bass synth, limiter, among others), but also some have a good sound. I have worked with Zooms alot in the past, and I really believe it makes most any guitar sound good, you just have to take some time to play with your guitar and amp.
Ease of Use:
The unit comes with 36 factory patches that you can overwrite. It is very easy to creat patches, you just have to know some stuff about effects.
Durability:
This is the only part of the pedal that could improve alot. The body is made of plastic, and the 4 front mounted jacks have no fasteners on them. I had to resolder the output jack, becasue it just ripped of the board! I think Zoom makes these out of plastic to save money or something. Defenitly don't plan to take this on a world tour! (Of course, if you were going ona world tour, you probably would be using better effects!)
On 7/10/2002, Inactive Member posted:
Overall Rating:
Good overall unit...alotta decent effects. If you want alotta effects, and are willing to settle on sumthing thats not the best...this is for you.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
Features:
Alotta effects....around 30 sumthing. ( can be used at once(thats really cool to screw around with).More effetcs than u will ever need.
Sound Quality:
The sound quality of each effect is decent. I particularly like the distortions an phaser effects. If your on a budget and want alotta effects...this is for u.
Ease of Use:
Im stupid when it comes to these things. Not too bright on programming them or fooling aorund with the osunds of each effect.
Durability:
Its construction is alright it only has a few scratches tho.
On 4/13/2002, James Brady (432) posted:
Overall Rating:
Overall, I think it is good for the money i spent as an introduction into the world of fx for Bass. My next purchase will be more substantial. This is a great inexpensive way to find out what you need to create "your sound", now that I know what I like and don't like, I will probably go with Boss pedals. My favorite thing about it is that it was cheap. My least favorite aspect is that it is not very well made (the plastic thing bothers me). It would impress me more if it were metal and if it came with a power cord.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $89.00 (new)
Where Obtained: fred's Music, Lancaster
Features:
It has alot of sounds that I will never use, but they are fun. It was very easy to use and the instruction manual is actually user friendly. I have never used fx before and was simply curious to see what was available for bass. The only feature that I wish it had is an AC adapter, (though it is available for an additional $20) It is great for late night playing with headphones. I didn't know it could be used this way when i bought it, so it was a nice surprise.
Sound Quality:
I use my fender Jazz through a Bassman 25 and the pedal. It "hisses" on alot of the pre programed settings like the distortion and flange settings, but for what I am using it for I am pleased with the way it sounds. I am learning to play in different Jazz styles after being a mostly alternative player, this has something for both styles, it really gives my little Bassman 25 a needed boost when I up the levels on the pedal. Some effects are better than others. I don't like the distorted sounds, or the Wah sounds. They are too muddy, but the chorus sounds and the fretless are great.
Ease of Use:
Very easy to use, even to create your own effects was really simple and effective.
Durability:
It does not seem to be very heavy duty, quite opposite really, I am afraid to step on it too hard. It is plastic you know? I had never heard of Zoom, I went in looking for a Digitech, and the sales guy told me this was better, (probably because they did not carry Digitech) For the money, I think I did o.k.
On 3/23/2002, Wil Dobson (64) posted:
Overall Rating:
I considered buying a unit with the wah pedal attached, also by Zoom. I was told that BOSS made a better unit, but for the price, this was compact and attractive.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $69.00 (new)
Where Obtained: music123.com
Features:
This pedal is solid state, battery-powered (4 AA's) or optionally powered with a 9v 300mA (center minus plug) adaptor, which wasn't included. It has a Play/Edit knob for selecting/editing patches, and LED display (which serves as a tuner when being bypassed), a +/- switch for adjusting parameters, a STORE button for finalizing your patches and two (2) foot pedals. Output is stereo (used also for headphones), input mono, standard quarter-inch jacks, a control-in jack for pedal, which can function as a Volume, Gain, Fretless toggle, Pitch, Chorus2, Step or Flanger depending on the effects you have banked.
Sound Quality:
I use a BX-50 Crate amp with this unit and a Harmony mini 15 for practice. Using a nice new cable with it, i have experiences NO unwelcome noises. I particularly enjoy the phased synthesizer sounds as well as the 'raindrop', Octave up pitch and 'crybaby' wah effects (sounds like voice synth).
Ease of Use:
I opened the box, stole some batteries from my digital camera, plugged it in to my amp and Ibanez SR305DX and was in love. Came programmed with 6 banks, each with 6 patches of effects. THe back of the manual (the only part I have read so far) has the listing of location, patch name, descriptive comment and what the optional Pedal effect is. If you just want to scroll through them, I am certain you will find something you like. I haven't attempted to program anything, but the manual is very descriptive.
Durability:
Only had it a day, but it seems rather sturdy. I noted that the rubber feet on the bottom of the unit look rather soft (therefore subject to tearing).
On 3/14/2002, Bonfardin Sylvain (63) posted:
Overall Rating:
A good value for money bass effect!
Model Year: 2001
Price: $75.00 (new)
Where Obtained: taipei
Features:
2 foot control (up/down), manual switch: 4 (pattern select, + or - and store) I whish it had the pedal embeeded! AC powered.
Sound Quality:
I use a yamaha bbn5 II, dinausor 50 amp, playing rock and heavy. sound not bad, but not that good comparing to boss effects. A good point for the octave function. Good in studio, not that good on stage.
Ease of Use:
Kindda painfull to use (for me!) when you wanna adjust a pattern. You need either to keep on pushing buttons but it takes a lot of time to select what you want, or push many times...it takes time to setup! Easy to use once programmed.
Durability:
Seems very durable.
On 3/4/2002, George Yanez (1285) posted:
Overall Rating:
For the price I paid on this unit, brand new, I can't really complain. I love the way it sounds and I like the fact that it has a built in tuner and I can use it as a practice amp with some good headphones. Again, for the price that I paid I can't complain but I would have wished that there where a couple of user banks to save our created sounds. If you want to save your new sounds you have to save them over one of the factory set banks. So you might have to sacrifice some of the factory sounds to keep your new creations. Overall I would recommend getting this unit. It's a great unit to begin experimenting with the world of FX's
Price: $58.95 (new)
Where Obtained: Hermes Music (McAllen, TX)
Features:
The 506II Bass is very user-friendly. It has a right and left footswitch, which is used for scrolling through the different banks and patches. The 506II has one dial to select effect parameters and three buttons to change and save your edits. The unit does not come with batteries nor an 9v adaptor. I paid $18.25 for the ZOOM AD006D which works perfectly with the 506II.
Sound Quality:
Ease of Use:
This unit is programmable but you have to save over the factory set patches.
Durability:
The unit has a plastic body, so if you drop it, it may break easily or worse stop working. The foot switches are made of plastic too but look and feel more sturdy.
On 3/2/2002, Mike Siegel (139) posted:
Overall Rating:
Well, this is only my first effects pedal, but I really think its a good one. heard others, but the sound quality of this really caught my attention. My favorite aspect of this unit is how it has 33 effects, 12 distortion effects, and built in chromatic tuner.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $90.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
Features:
It has 33 multi-effects, allows u to create and save your own patches. Has a built in chromatic tuner and has a big buttons to easily toggle through the effects. It has both 4 double AA battery powered and a 9 volt dc adapter. I think it has everything bass player could ask for in a pedal thats under $100.
Sound Quality:
I use a fender P-Bass with a fender amp and it sounds really good, infact, the pedal enhances the sound quality. I play inovative rock and punk music and the effects pedal is perfect for this because I am trying to play thing noone else is at the time. Some effects are better then, but there is so many completely different sounding effects you can choose from.
Ease of Use:
This unit is programable and it lets you store 20 patches and they are very easy to create. All you have to do is toggle through the screen and select the effect you want.
Durability:
It is defiantly could be played for a live gig and will enhacne your playin to the next level.The manufacturer is very well know for making durable, good sounding products that last.
On 2/11/2002, Richard Brown (168) posted:
Overall Rating:
I would buy another if lost or stolen. I was a fan of the "Rockman", and I really love this thing. I chose this unit because of its portability, and was pleasantly surprised by its versatility and ease of use. The only thing I would add to make it better is a click track or a metronome. Overall, for the use I bought it for, the unit exceeds my expectations. A+
Model Year: 2002
Price: $69.00 (new)
Features:
This thing is great!! The only thing keeping it from being every bit as good as those $200 personal processor, is the fact that it doesnt have a metronome or a drum track. Otherwise the preset sounds are fantastic, and the possibilities are almost limitless with all the parameters set out very easily for even a novice. The unit is both battery and ac operated.
Sound Quality:
The sound quality is execellent on all the effects. Not only is it very quiet, but ZOOM has added its own ZNR noise reduction feature that works very well.
Ease of Use:
Extreme ease of use. You get excellent sound the first time you plug in.
Durability:
I havent had the ZOOM long enough to comment on durability. Its construction seems sturdy enough. The effects are changed by foot pedals on the unit, so the maker states that it is very durable.
On 1/10/2002, Neil O'Rourke (362) posted:
Overall Rating:
I bought this effects unit as a way to decide on which stand-alone effects I needed... for this purpose it was fine. I have since bought Flanger... Wah and Chorus are next and then this 506II will either be gathering dust or finding a new home. I'm not knocking it entirely... it served exactly as I wanted it to, was very cheap and had a stupid amount of effects! This is a great effect pedal when you're having fun and teaches you loads about different combinations etc.. but you will grow out of it fairly soon and yearn for cleaner, finer effects.
Price: $60.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local Store
Sound Quality:
I found the noise level from this unit almost acceptable for live performance and completely unusable for home recording.
Ease of Use:
Very easy to use... 5 mins and you're busy making Jaco and Claypool patches! :o)
Durability:
Too much stomping and you'll be weeping! You pay the price when buying cheaper effects... there is a world of difference between plastic and metal!
On 7/27/2001, Preston Munsey (106) posted:
Overall Rating:
Great for any basist who can use some effects, preamp, heaphone amp, and various other things to tighten up that signal
Model Year: 2001
Price: $79.89 (new)
Where Obtained: The music store(thats the name)
Features:
Good unit, heres what the adds dont say. Headphone amp= this really comes in handy on late night ideas. Preamp type Eq and Contour= Really helps a passive act more like an active. With active basses may cause slight distortion if you have your bass preamp full on. Enhancer type settings= really help, like certain amp simulations(ampeg, trace, swr,etc) Comp and limit= you all know what these do(i hope) And of course effects= Subtle is the key for most applications. Some of those effects are way too much. Most are studio quiet but some are freakin noise buckets. Youll change all those patches to suit you(cept the marcus of slap which sounds best as a fingerstyle setting and the t.m.slap because it really sounds good through those headphones.
Sound Quality:
Various j-basses, various amps. Works for anything and its very portable. Really good sounds when used right. Best for the price. Some noise if you dont set it up right. It aint perfect. The only effect that I dont like is the bass synth, not really useful the way it sounds, not a mutron. The cry and step are really cool and useful in moderation.
Ease of Use:
EASY!!!!!!!!!!!!
Durability:
Dropped it and still looks mint.
On 5/28/2001, Gerry Dawson (80) posted:
Overall Rating:
For the price a very good piece of kit, If I lost or broke it I wouldn't buy the same, but the tuner is handy and easy to see on a dim stage (Before we start playing).
Price: $60.00 English Pounds (new)
Where Obtained: Westside Music
Features:
Plenty of different features, not sure that I need them all
Sound Quality:
Lots of different sounds, haven't found one that suits me, yet! A bit noisey.
Ease of Use:
Handy Tuner, Not very easy to quickly change Patch's between songs. Quite often just by-pass and use it as a tuner.
Durability:
Seems OK for live work, hasn't broken yet. Keep stepping on it and changing sound by accident.
On 4/28/2001, Jared Greenleaf (106) posted:
Overall Rating:
Over all, a great little pedal for its price.
Price: $79.99 (new)
Where Obtained: retailer
Features:
A very nice pedal for its price. A good pedal for that beginer/intermediate bassist whos lookin for that new sound. It is both battery and DC adapter(not included) powered. Although it has many different effects, some are uselessly added. This is NOT a pedal for someone that wants wah-wah effects.
Sound Quality:
I use a Squire 5 string bass and a Dean amp, but it kind of struggles to pick up the low B string. It is good for the newer rock bands stile, with many different types of distortion. May not be good for classic rock/blues There are many good efects, but as I said, it has some useless ones.
Ease of Use:
Ok, this pedal is very difficult to program, but in my opinion it does fine with out programming. It is very easy to use, other than programming it.
Durability:
Very durable
On 4/2/2001, Brad Wellington (526) posted:
Overall Rating:
The good part about this pedal is that it has almost every possible effect you could ask for, from Bass Synth to "De-fret". There is no way to find a wider variety of decent sounding effects in one pedal. The problems are as follows
  • It is very hard to find a particular sound. With so many different settings it diffcult to get the particular sound you want.
  • The sound quality is not as good as a rack mounted fx box, or even a series of nicer sound pedals.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $80.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
Features:
The zoom has a lot of features. In fact almost too many, there are 32 effects and you can make combos of those effects, which adds up to an almost infinite amoujnt of possibilities.
Sound Quality:
I play with a Crate Amp and a Warwick Corvette Standard bass. It sounds good, but does rob the bass of some of its natural tone.
Ease of Use:
It is fairly easy to use given the amount of things that it can do.
Durability:
It can take a bit of a beating, but I wouldn't compare it to any of the metal pedals.
On 3/9/2001, Jimmy Hughes (594) posted:
Overall Rating:
The Zoom people need to clean up the background noise level. Rackmountable effects are always the best on the market for reliability and noise free use. So if Zoom wants to compete with the rackmount units, then some major improvement need to be made.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $79.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash Music
Features:
Santa Claus brought me this Zoom 506II effects pedal for Xmas! The pedal has a very sleek design and with the little red LED window in the middle, it looks futuristic. I was amazed at how easy it was to use straight out of the box. The default settings are quite interesting. With a little tweaking of the default sounds, you can taylor them to your liking, or you can create your own sound. The up and down switch pedals have a light touch, and switching between patches is extremely quiet!. I do wish it had a scroll option so that you would not have to click the pedals so many times. It does have the stereo output for a line out or for headphones. And it also has a jack for the use of an optional expression pedal or volume pedal.
Sound Quality:
I use the 506II with my Carvin ProBass 510 stack. I play blusey rock and progessive rock and the effect I like the best is the Octave Up patch for a full sound. The pedal seems to be suited for all types of music that need an electric bass. I also use the 506II for recording. The pedal makes the bass track stand out and it makes no noise when recording, even when you switch patches in the middle of the track. As far as sound quality, the pedal sounded great untill I tried to use it for live gigs at high volume. It sounded like I was making scrambled eggs! Even while playing, the background noise was too much. I tried to adjust the noise level using the internal modes to change the patch parameter, but no setting would take away the noise. For live use I rate this pedal a ZERO! But for low volume, in home recording, I rate it a 5. However, since my main pupose for the pedal was for live performances, I will have to rate it a 1.
Ease of Use:
The 506II is extremely easy to use and program. You are able to be creative with the amount of effects you can put onto each patch. It does take a little bit of time to experiment with all the differant settings. But once you get to know what parameter will give you the sound you're looking for, then it's all downhill.
Durability:
The 506II seems to be capable of standing up to constant steady use, but since I no longer use it for my live performances, I can't give an expert opinion about its durability. The contruction is all plastic, but they use a heavy gauge plastic that can still take a beating. The size of the pedal is nice since it fits in the pocket of my gig bag.
On 2/22/2001, Eric Adams (1885) posted:
Overall Rating:
I wish I bought single effects than this. All I want is a distortion, chorus, wah, and overdrive pedal.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $144.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Green River Music Center
Features:
It has many different sounds that you can get. It is both AC and battery-powered.
Sound Quality:
I use a Ibanez GSR200 and a Fender BXR-25 amp w/ it. I play Green Day, AC/DC, Scorpions, Metallica, ect. It is probably good for any style.
Ease of Use:
It is very easy to use.
Durability:
I have never done a gig with it but have had some band practices with it.
On 2/14/2001, Dave Baran (196) posted:
Overall Rating:
If you do not have alot of money to spend on a multi-effect's unit, This one is for you very excellent product for the money. I am very happy with mine.
Price: $80.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Carty's Music ( Ann Arbor,MI.)
Features:
It can be run on 4 AA Batt. or ac power, The battery's last along time also. It's has an excellent built in tuner, Nice big foot pedal's, to change effect's. It has a headphone jack in the back so you can be quite on those late nite practice session's when everyone else is sleeping.
Sound Quality:
Excellent sound out of this small compact unit, It has all the effects that a bass player would need.
Ease of Use:
The only thing I can see wrong with this unit is the +/- switch, it is very small and kind of hard to change with your foot. But it is easy to program your own effects into.
Durability:
Very sturdy unit I've stepped on mine pretty hard acouple of time's already and there is no proplem with it.
On 2/2/2001, Albert Harrah (62) posted:
Overall Rating:
I chose this one because I like ZOOM and it was cheap, but came with good effects. I would difinately buy this unit again if it was lost or stolen. I really can't think of anything that would make this unit better and it still be in the same price range.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $120.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mikes Music
Features:
The 506two has two footswitches and 33 different effects and 9 can be used at the same time. It uses both AC and battery-power. I wish I had the effects pedal that can come with it.
Sound Quality:
I use a Fender Bassman 400 (350 watts) and a Fender Precision Lyte. The bass is strung with Dean Markley Flatwounds. I will try to play any piece of music that is put in front of me and I can the 506two with anything that I am playing. This unit can be adjusted to any kind of musical style that you play. You just have to take the time to tweak it to your style. The unit isn't noisy at all. I reall like the funk slap sound that you can get out of the 506two. The delay could use some work, it is still good.
Ease of Use:
This unit can be programmed in just about any way you can think of and for anything that you want it to fit. It doesn't take more than a minute to start editting and creating your own patches. The guitarist in my band had a 505one and it took forever to figure out what you wanted.
Durability:
It is reliable enough for steady live playing and ZOOM is none for making quality products. It is made out of metal and plastic and unless you jump of a 50 foot building or something then the footswitches won't break.
On 9/29/2000, Bruce Davis (405) posted:
Overall Rating:
For live performance & casual home recording, this is a very versitile & inexpensive unit! ps- the new built-in tuner works great!!
Model Year: 2000
Price: $50.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Trader
Features:
Equipped w/ 33 effects, 36 presets. The updated controls & style are slick. Over 28 hours on 4 'AA' batteries (or AC adapter) ...well, it's not studio quality, but it works & sound great for the cost.
Sound Quality:
This contains some new sounds not in the old (506). The 'step' effect is very cool!
Ease of Use:
This new version makes it very easy to edit & program. Intuitive & user-friendly.
Durability:
I just got it & used it a few times so far, so we'll see how it holds up. They go for $80-$90, But I traded my (old) 506 in for this new one (+ $50)