ZOOM GFX-8 Multi-Effects

Multi-Effects Floor Unit

Made by ZOOM

Description Multi-effects pedalboard with 69 effects, up to 9 can be used at one, and a built-in expression pedal.
Posted By Kaco Rodrigues (79)
Directory Equipment: Effects
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Overall Rating: 4.7 (of 5)
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On 5/10/2002, John Christel (8) posted:
Overall Rating:
Zoom products continue to satisfy. This is an excellent product, I highly recommend it. If youre not satisfied w/ the sounds -its highly customizable, and programming sounds for a gig is easy w/ the included software.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $200.00
Features:
Well placed knobs and foot switches -the Boss GT-6 for example has the bank switch placed at the top of the unit, not a good idea. A large display w/ a tuner, nice outputs, but id like to see a digital out and some sort of memory expansion or card reader. Also a longer "jam play" feature would be nice.
Sound Quality:
Excellent sound quality, although w/ an emphasis on distortion -needs more clean sounds, but hell you can program those yourself.
Ease of Use:
Pretty easy to use -although the manual could have been clearer -some of the instructions in manual were inaccurate. Also it seems to not switch properly on some of the effects the first time.
Durability:
A metal body -what can I say, its built for the stage and traveling.
On 2/6/2002, Robert Snyder (8) posted:
Overall Rating:
In my opinon boss aint got s--- on zoom
Model Year: 2000
Price: $239.95 (new)
Where Obtained: american musical supply
Features:
Great sounding easy edit , parameter controls alter sound with one touch , software for making up effects.
Sound Quality:
I use it with a rogue tube rider 2x12 and it sounds great i hook through the line out and set up my amp simulator.
Ease of Use:
Very easy to use
Durability:
Metal chasis
On 1/9/2002, Brian Libby (11) posted:
Overall Rating:
Excellent effects pedal, just takes time to figure out how to use all its functions
Price: $260.00 (new)
Where Obtained: American muscal supply
Features:
Ac powered, 69 effects, foot pedals and control knobs
Sound Quality:
I use a ARIA Pro II amp
Ease of Use:
Its programable but im not to familiar with setting it up, Instructions arent clear enough
Durability:
Very well built
On 9/3/2001, Walco Van Loon (118) posted:
Overall Rating:
I already own a Boss gx-700 and initially wanted to buy a midi foot controller for it. It turned out that good foot controllers cost almost as much as what I paid for this board, so I bought the gfx-8 instead. And now I like its sound much more than the gx-700!
Model Year: 2000
Price: $300.00
Where Obtained: local second hand store
Features:
It has all the features a floor board should have. It's most original feature is a phrase sampler, which is also the feature I use least ;-)
Sound Quality:
I use it with a Gibson the Paul/Fernandez Strat/Ibanez RG and a Camel 50 Watt Combo but I also plug it into a line mixer directly. I mostly play (death/new) metal which suits this unit well. Fiddling around with the custom distortion designer (included software program) can be rewarding, I like the default distortion sounds less. With tweaking it could fit a lot of styles I guess. It's really quiet, much more quiet than the Boss gx-700 I own.
Ease of Use:
Like every effect unit you have to get used to it. Zoom promotes the ease-of-use with 'a lot of knobs'. Well it has, so it doesn't force you into deep menu structures. A big plus is the included editor/librarian, which makes patch editing and backup easier and without back ache.
Durability:
Better than I'd ever have expected from Zoom. The metal casing seams sturdy enough.
On 10/4/2000, Tim Segal (82) posted:
Overall Rating:
This effects pedal is the best one i looked at and i could get quite a good deal for it, i would definitely replace it if it was stolen, and i love the jam play. As i've said it lacks a few good clean, lead sounds, but apart from that it meets my every need.
Price: $239.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sceptre sound
Features:
It has over 240 different patches, 69 effects, up to nine at once, 15 seconds jam play and 25 seconds sampler play. It is powered by the mains and a transformer comes free. It has real time modulation, basically everything you could ever really want, midi in/out capabilities, i've probably missed a lot. Perhaps a longer jam play could be possible and some proper recording capabilities, but that's what studios are for.
Sound Quality:
I use a pratice amp mainly with the effects box, a vox pathfinder usually. I use a sqier strat to play, which is quite ironic as it means the box cost more than my amo and my guitar put together. I largely play punk rock, Blink 182 etc. and use a lot of distortion, it gives good sounds for this with a lot of variety to it. It is well suited for special fx, but lacks a good variety of crisp clean sounds, it seems to be revolved around rhythm guitar as opposed to lead guitar. It doesn't give me all that much feedback in a small room with three other amps, so interference is minimal, however be careful if you turn the treble to high or the feedback is unbearable.
Ease of Use:
The unit is programmable with 80 of the 240 patches user ones and it is very simple to edit create and rename patches even. It is extremely easy to use even more so than those simple ones with only a few dials.
Durability:
The maker Zoom is obviously well known enough and it is heavy duty construction, all metal and it is steady enough to play live performances even frenzied ones.
On 8/6/2000, Kaco Rodrigues (79) posted:
Overall Rating:
Troquei minha RP-6 pela GFX-8 e fiquei muuuito satisfeito! Tempo de delay muito maior, o sampler, o timbre de distoro e a facilidade na programao so coisas que influenciaram muito. Acho que vai um pouco de gosto tambm!
Model Year: 2000
Price: $950.00 R$ (new)
Where Obtained: Made In Brazil
Features:
- 4 pedais de patches - 2 pedais de mudana de bancos - 1 pedal de volume/parmetros - controles de regulagem de tom e mudana de parmetros (como distoro e tempo de delay) - AC includo - Sampler
Sound Quality:
J toquei com ele em um Marshall 100W e em um Roland 60W. Em ambos o som foi timo. Eu gosto muito dos timbres (principalmente os de distoro) da Zoom. Voc vai conseguir tirar timos timbres para rock/metal. Eu uso uma Kramer com 1 humbucking e uma Fender strato. Particularmente acho que ele soa melhor com a Kramer. Para que , ou foi, usurio de produtos mais antigos da Zoom, no existe mais o atraso na troca de efeitos e o rudo est muito reduzido!
Ease of Use:
A programao pode ser feita atravs do painel (de botes que podem ser usados enquanto toca) ou atravs do computador usando o software que vem com ele - que muito mais fcil de se programar. Essa programao pode ficar armazenada no computador ou ser enviada para outra pessoa!
Durability:
contruda em metal, o que a torna bastante resistente!