ZOOM 505 II Multi-Effects Pedal

Multi-Effects Pedal

Made by ZOOM

Description Awesome unit 33 effects with up to 9 at one time, amp modeling etc.
Posted By Chris Oyer (2046)
Directory Equipment: Effects
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Overall Rating: 4.3 (of 5)
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On 1/5/2006, Mike Wilkings (61) posted:
Overall Rating:
Really this needs 2 different points of view.

If your intrested in effects but don't know what each one is: then buy it , it'a a bargain for what you walk away with. If you already know about efects and are looking for a long lasting multi efects unit for gigging look elsewhere.
Price: $100.00 (new)
Features:
For the price it is incredible the amount of things it's got and the different way of combining them are awesome. It is AC and bettery powered although it's best to use the ac adapter to save on batteries. The adition of the expresion pedal is a must-have if only for the pedal-wah efect. It would be better if this pedal was included, but then I suppose thats why they made the 707! The idea is if you are a beginner (as I was) in effects you get to see all of them in this neat little machine! I wish it had seperate memory banks for preset and user patches, that would make it much better.
Sound Quality:
Quite good sound quality, but obviosly not professional. But still if your not doing over the top effects it is a good unit. I play it through a Peavy Studio Pro 65W. Some of the effects are a bit soft, but as I say to give the beginers an idea of each effect it's brilliant.
Ease of Use:
Once you've spent an afternoon in working out how it works your off. You can program you own sounds easily, and if you just use the presets that's easier still!
Durability:
And here is the problem with cheap stuff! I have a problem with the input: if the cable moves it looses the signal and loose all sound from it. This is rather anoying and every time I use it (after 2 years) I end up disconecting it. Until this happened I had no problem at all but I have had similar complaints froma friend with another Zoom model
On 7/10/2005, Neil Phillips (106) posted:
Overall Rating:
This effects peddle is good for one simple reason, its cheap and sounds great..cant ask for more than that.
Where Obtained: Uk guitars
Features:
It needs an AC adaptor or 4 AA batteries, theres options for an foot peddle add-on and the genral layout of the peddle is easy to use.
Sound Quality:
I play with a westfield electric through a 20 watt marshal..and to be honest if you can create an effect thats good enough and properlly balanced all the amp is is a big speaker and you dont need to alter any settings on it. As for the effects there are 33 effects..but once you start alering the parameters it quickly beomes an almost limitless tool and sounds great.
Ease of Use:
Its really easy to use..you go through a few options like gain and compression etc and alter the parameters i.e i want lots of echo with slight delay and massive amounts of overdrive. then you jsut hit both peddles together and it saves it.
Durability:
I have not taken this effects out on a stage yet..but when i writing songs it allows for a vast amount of creativity and the unit itself is good quality (i.e my postman chucked it over my 7 foot back gate and its perfectly fine)
On 10/8/2004, Bob O'hara (5785) posted:
Overall Rating:
This effects box is the witman sampler of effects units. It's good for home use or for travel when an amp is not available.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $79.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Richie's music
Features:
This unit is fairly straight forward. Select the effect you wish and rock on. It is ac and dc powered and has a led screen for easy visablity for which effect you are using.
Sound Quality:
All the effects are not good but i do recommend the acoustic setting and the blues setting for audible clarity.
Ease of Use:
This unit is easy to use right out of the box.
Durability:
This box is made from space age plastic, and can take a hit or two.
On 2/18/2004, Carlos Eduardo Seo (900) posted:
Overall Rating:
It's a good effect unit for beginners or for practicing. Good sounds, a decent selection of effects and easy programming. The only real issue here is the plastic cover. Too fragile!
Model Year: 2000
Price: $90.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Timbres Instrumentos Musicais
Features:
- Controls: one parameter select knob, 2 parameter adjustment switch and 2 stomp switches.
- Can be powered with a 9V AC adapter or 4 AA bateries.

A simple multi effects unit. Good for home practicing or to take on travels.
Sound Quality:
It's a simple digital multi effects processor, so I didn't expect any great sounds from it. It's good, but not excellent. Some effects sound too processed to my taste. Anyway, I just use it for practice.
Ease of Use:
The manual is pretty good and gives a good starting point for beginners or players unfamiliar with all these effects. It's easy to write and program patches and if you don't know or are too lazy to make your own patches, you can find a lot of them on the web. Just search for them.
Durability:
No way I would take this thing to a gig. It's plastic, fragile! Zoom should have taken a look at this before shipping it to sales.
On 2/2/2004, Dale Lindsey (8281) posted:
Overall Rating:
Good value for the price and fun to play around with, but definitely an entry-level device. A lot of different tones and will serve as a an introduction to effects for someone wishing to learn what kind of overall sound they are looking for. I would, however, look seriously at the Digitech RP50 for the same price (if only for the drum machine feature). If it were stolen, I would look at something a little more upscale, with better recording tone and versatility.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $69.85 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
Features:
Multiple distortions, reverb, compression, flange, chorus, etc.... just about everything! You can use it into an amp for live play or, with the 'amp' setting, use it alone into a PA or computer for recording. The downside is that you only have one parameter for most effects - i.e., you can only adjust the speeed of the flange, not the depth. This puts a damper on the usefulness of some of the effects. The reverb/delay effects have two parameters, which helps a lot. The "four-band EQ" is more or less a joke. You actually search through a table of presets looking for the one you want, and usually not finding it. The explanation of this feature is poor. They should have at least included some kind of chart as to what the settings correspond to. My advice is to set it flat and use your amp EQ.
Sound Quality:
I can't say how it would sound into an expensive amp, but it does give me more interesting distortion than my 15-watt Peavey practice amp does on it's own. It can't make a little practice amp sound like a Marshall stack, but it does let you experiment with a lot of different sounds. Some effects are really good, like the digital delay, and the acoustic emulator isn't too bad - especially if you don't have an acoustic guitar. Others might be better if you could tweak them more (see features). My big disappointment is with the direct sound for recording. I have a real problem getting a decent tone into my PC (Audigy Platinum sound card) and that is a big deal for me and a big reason why I didn't rate it higher.
Ease of Use:
It is pretty easy to use, except for the equalizer.
Durability:
It can take a drop, but it is plastic, so I wouldn't say that it is a gig-type device.
On 1/11/2004, Andrew Thomson (192) posted:
Overall Rating:
Awsome
Price: $70.00 (new)
Where Obtained: internet
Features:
This thing is awsome, i would use only this and mabye another delay pedal
Sound Quality:
I use my squiar strat in a fender amp and i play punk and this is awsome.
Ease of Use:
Easy
Durability:
It has broke once
On 7/5/2003, Derek Belser (1067) posted:
Overall Rating:
The 505-II is affordable, fun and it is a good piece of equipment to have. I have had one problem with it sliding around on wooden or highly polished floors. None theless, it will take the boredom out of a beginner;s playing and add demision to an advanced players repretoire. Check out my review on TOO MANY GUITARS and get yours for the same price I did.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $49.00 (new)
Where Obtained: TOO MANY GUITARS/ TUCKER, GA
Features:
This is an awesome effects pedal with many useful and trival features. I like the ability to adjust volume settings for my amp and headset. For the price it is an outstanding piece of equipment to add to your collection. It is powered by four double "a" batteries and has an AC input power port (not included). Run time on batteries is 28 hours of continuous use.
Sound Quality:
I have used it in practice sessions on a Marshall, Peavy and Tranzamp amplifier and it has done the job. the 505-II has a little of something for everyone.
Ease of Use:
It is programmable with serveral different patch modes, but it is not all that user friendly. But, the master patches are great and modifiable at the flip of a switch. It is easier to figure out the unit by just palying with it. The unit has onboard memory and will retain any user defined patches untill re-modified or defaulted.
Durability:
Have not been put to the test as of yet. But my baby girl did pick it up and throw it tn feet across the den floor and it suffered no problems. The unt is a sort of silvery/gold color and made of plastic. It has two pedals for forward and backwards movement of factory set or user defined patches.
On 2/6/2003, Mark Van Hyning (140) posted:
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The unit is great for practice easy to use portable and packed with effects that are easy to use. The head phone option is great for use anywere. I've even taken it on camping trips.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $69.00 (new)
Where Obtained: MARS MUSIC
Features:
Compact size and battery or Ac power make this a great practice tool. With a pair of headphones you can take it any were. Switches are easy to us and the presets are great fun. The effect stacking feature is great for creating varied effects.
Sound Quality:
Ease of Use:
Patches can be changed via foot switch edit controls are finger control .
Durability:
It can take alot of abuse. I've even taken it camping.
On 5/4/2002, Archie Sanchez (350) posted:
Overall Rating:
For a unit in its price range it would be pretty tough to come by something thats this versatile.but with new stuff from digitech and korg I would advise a little bit of discretion.....
Where Obtained: local distributor
Features:
Very simple to use and more intuitive then its predecessor, the 505.
Sound Quality:
For its price the sound is good, but can be much better, the distortions are upgraded from the 505 but still could do a lot more.and the acoustic model still sucks.
Ease of Use:
It basically has the same controls as the 505, but with the knob for selecting the distortion types, which makes it a bit easier to use.
Durability:
The plastic casing wouldnt survive a 10lb foot, so a little ease is necessary.
On 3/30/2002, Inactive Member posted:
Overall Rating:
I would definitely replace it if it were stolen. The only things I didn't like about it were the lack of a larger "change patch bank" switch (that would have really been nice!) and I thought it could have been larger and sturdier. The thing I love most about this unit is the gorgeous, nasty, Texas blues tone I found in it. That makes it a keeper, and a great value for $100! For that, it earns a 5 overall.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: local guitar shop
Features:
It's got one dial that selects between which effect you want to edit, two pedals to change patches up or down, two small buttons that are used to modify the effects, set their volume, or get to the built-in tuner. I bought an AC adapter for mine, which I recommend. All solid state. The output can be run to headphones or an amp.
Sound Quality:
I play my Strat through it, into a Fender re-issue DR amp, sometimes with a BD-2 & Clyde Wah in the chain. I play rock and ZZTop-style blues. It would work great for metal, blues, and really almost any kind of music. The patches that come with it are mostly useless (with a few exceptions), but that's easy to change. It models several types of amp distortion, from F*nder to Marshall, lead and rhythym tones, and acoustic guitar sound. I get a fine tone with the Lead switch and a little tinkering with the other effects, and I'm also quite impressed with the acoustic modeling. It's got reverb, echo, gain, distortion, phase, compression, limiting, EQ and wah. Some effects, like wah, can be set to auto or controlled with a foot pedal (not included). This unit can sound wonderful, or it can sound like total crap, depending on how you set it. I got several sounds I like a lot with it right off the bat, which makes the Zoom a great value for me.
Ease of Use:
This is the first amp modeler I've owned. It wasn't hard to create good patches, since I already had a pretty good idea of what I wanted. You can get a wide variety of sounds, pretty much something for everyone, without getting an ulcer, if you just read the manual before you jump into it. Switching between patches is easy--unless you have to reach for a distant one, which is not so easy. Put patches that you will use in sequence close together for best results.
Durability:
It's not a tank by any means, and you won't want to come crushing down on it with your spike-heeled boots while in the throes of a heavy metal frenzy or you will have a broken toy. But for normal use it looks fine, I've had mine for 6 months without a problem so far.
On 3/7/2002, Daniel Brown (90) posted:
Overall Rating:
VERY GOOD
Model Year: 2001
Price: $100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
Features:
Small, uses batteries up like an old vibrator...lol.9 dif. effects almost impossible to tweak
Sound Quality:
Great distortion. overall good sound.
Ease of Use:
Programmable easy to use
On 2/15/2002, Bob Howard (679) posted:
Overall Rating:
I'D SAY THE EFFECTS AND THE CAPABILITY TO CHANGE OR MIX THEM ARE GREAT. IT DOES MAKE A LOWZY AMP SOUND BETTER BUT, AS FAR AS DURABILITY I THINK ITS TERRIBLE, THE IN & OUTPUT JACKS ARE VERY WEAK, I'VE HAD TO TAKE MY 505 APART TWICE TO RE-SOLDER THE JACKS. FOR THIS REASON , I WOULD NOT BUY ANOTHER ONE & GIVE IT A RATING OF AVERAGE.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: WISE MUSIC
Features:
Sound Quality:
Ease of Use:
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On 2/15/2002, Rob Brown (30) posted:
Overall Rating:
I looked at many other effects units but in the end I chose this one because it had the most effects I had seen and was also in my price range.
Features:
The Zoom 505 2 has the basic foot switches and can also be used with an optional expression pedal. Up to 9 effects can be combined in any one patch. This enables you to make many different sounds for your guitar and store any patches that you have edited. Large switches make this multi-effects unit very easy to use. To go on top of this there is an auto-chromatic tuner built in and can be used with bateries or the mains power supply.
Sound Quality:
The sound quality is very good. I have a shoddy amp but with the effects unit it sounds brilliant! It is well suited for many styles of music including rock, metal and blues. The sound can be adjusted and it is the best sounding effects unit I have ever used.
Ease of Use:
It is extremely simple to create and edit patches and the operation manual explains everything in simple terms.
Durability:
I think this unit is only meant for playing at home as it is very light and probably could not take a lot of thrashing around. I t might be alright for live playing when used with an expression pedal but I do not know for sure.
On 1/29/2002, Hector Merced (1816) posted:
Overall Rating:
I love this damn thing, if your a beginner, it's a good way to get a idea of what effects you want to buy sicne it goves you a decent taste of all of them that you can mix, it could do well during performanc,e but you might want something abit more sturdy and sounding better, but it's still worht a purchase no matter what even if it's just for jamming along in the basement.
Price: $69.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Samash.com
Features:
Well, before this all I had was a Pastrami overdrvie, whcih was pretty cute, but I wanted to have a multifx pedal that I could experiment with. When I saw the price on this with all the features, ic oudl care less at the quality at that point, I could experiment.
Sound Quality:
As luck usally seem to find me in my blind judgements, the thing sounds good, the presets sound pretty good, and while I havn't designed anything fantastic yet, the possibilities are many and it usally sound pretty good.
Ease of Use:
I read the instructions, took me about 5 minutes to figure it out, so i guess it's pretty easy, might be a bit more complicated if you get the optional pedal, but still very sweet.
Durability:
Well, it's plastic, but high end plastic. Well all my pedals I have are plastic, so it doesn't bug me, I'm not the gutarist who needs to stomp a lot during his playing so I am very happy with it... but hey if you want to fork over some more cash you can move the contents moved to steel box, but even in it's orignal container it should do the job.
On 10/13/2001, Brendan Cottam (88) posted:
Overall Rating:
I got this pedal primarily because of its price. Most single effects pedals cost this much so I figured I was better of getting a multi. In hindsight I think I would have been better off forking out the extra money to get a gfx 707, or something similar, but at the time I couldn't justify it because it would have cost more then my guitar was worth, so I stuck with the 505II. It's probably best for beginners, then when you get better you can upgrade, I mainly use it now for the clean effects i.e. chorus, delay, flanger etc., but have upgraded my distortions. Overall it's a good unit for its price and features and is good value for money.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $200.00 Australian (new)
Where Obtained: Venue Music
Features:
The features are pretty good for what your paying. Got plenty of effects, about 33 I think, its easy to understand and doesn't take long to master. It's only quite small, which means its portable, but there aren't many buttons so editing patches and even changing the volume is a bit fiddly.
Sound Quality:
Some of the effects on this sound better than others. the distortions aren't fantastic, in particular the overdrive, wasn't a big fan of that. I found that the heavier the distortion the better it sounded. However other effects like chorus, phaser and delay etc. were pretty good as far as I can tell (although my experience with these particular effects is only limited). Should be fine for all styles of playing, can't see why not.
Ease of Use:
It's pretty easy to learn how to edit all the effects, it's just that its a bit fiddly to do it. Switching between effects doesn't seem to be as easy as on other (but of course more expensive) pedals. It just doesn't seem to depress as well. You also often need to fiddle with the volume as the distorted sounds are a fair bit louder than the clean ones, which can be a pain.
Durability:
This is probably the weakest point, but allowable given it's price. After only a few months the battery compartnment went funny on me and if I run it on batteries and i knock it when switching effects the batteries break their connection and turn the unit off and on again, which is a serious pain. It's also pretty light-weight so it can move around a bit if you move around a bit on stage, e.g. it gets dragged by the cable. I'll give it a 2, but its probably closer to a 2.5
On 8/11/2001, Paula Brown (331) posted:
Overall Rating:
I really didn't know what I wanted for an effects pedal. I was wanting to experiement with one, but not real familiar with effects pedals. I won a gift certificate from ActiveMusician.com thru WholeNote and I chose the ZOOM mainly because of the price. It's actuall quite a bargain for $89.99.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $89.99 (new)
Where Obtained: ActiveMusician.com
Features:
It has 36 preset settings for effects, but it is programmable so you can adjust the presets or create your own. It has wah, overdrive, fuzz, lead, etc. or you can set it to make an electric instrument sound like an accoustic.
Sound Quality:
I use it with all of my instruments. I have used it with electric bass and 6 string guitar. I have used it with mandolin, and vocals. It is really a versatile little unit. I have a little Harmony amp that I use for practice and I can get added volume using the ZOOM 505II that I couldn't get before.
Ease of Use:
This unit is programmable and it seemed a little overwhelming at first, but the instruction booklet is written extremely well and once I read the book, programming is very easy. This unit also features a chromatic tuner which is very useful and easy to use.
Durability:
This unit is small, about the size of a personal CD player and about the same weight. It is easy to transport. It runs on 4 AA batteries or you can use an adapter, which you have to buy seperately. It seems to be durable so far.
On 5/13/2001, Michael Carter (1094) posted:
Overall Rating:
Great for those who are on a buget.I love this unit!
Model Year: 2000
Price: $60.00
Where Obtained: Music Man
Features:
Lots of effects,looks good, pretty small. You get this pedal with it, thats really cool!+Headphones compatible
Sound Quality:
It makes my Squier and torque amp sound like a dream! Lots of fun to be had.
Ease of Use:
Programmable, Easy to do, but takes a while.
Durability:
Probably the only bad point is, its made of pastic. It could probably stand beign sood on, but its not exactly a BoSS construction!
On 3/26/2001, Chris Oyer (2046) posted:
Overall Rating:
Great unit, probably the best in its price range.
Model Year: 2001
Where Obtained: nowhere yet
Features:
I only used this in a store for about 20 minutes, and I only used the factory presets but its all digital ac/dc powered, power adapter sold separately, an optional foot pedal sold separately for manual wah or volume swells.
Sound Quality:
I played this a paul reed smith and Ibanez george benson model jazz guitar into a fender super 60 red knob solid state amp. played short blues, rock, jazz, and classic rock licks through it, and it sounded great. first multi effect I've tried.