Thursday, August 20, 2015

My tryst with the Zoom G3X

While my tryst with the zoom 70CDR continues, I happened to see some demos of the Zoom G3X and when I did dig deeper found that this processor in fact is loaded with features. So began my tryst with this Zoom G3X.
At the onset this processor is loaded with the same kind of effects (though not so many) like the MS70CDR (which I love by the way), this has some nice Amp modelling and some decent dirt pedals.
As in my previous blog, the major drawback for me in the MS70CDR were these things…
1.       No easy way to TAP TEMPO the tempo and use the TUNER
2.       No way to use my existing pedals / 70 CDR  in such a way that I could get dotted eighths
3.       Had to use a Amp modelling pedal like the Tech 21 series to get a decent sounding tone when running into the PA /mixer
To address these drawbacks, when I saw the Zoom G3X, I jumped at it.
And when I found out that the same MIDI signals can be used (which I used in the 70CDR), I couldn’t but help, pick this thing up…
Now come the hacks J
I took the old 70CDR Arduino board and tweaked the code and viola, the Zoom G3X now does all I want it to.
1.       Change patches via MIDI
2.       Use TAP tempo and Tuner
3.       Dooooooooooooooootttted eighths delay …
4.       There is one more thing I love  - Ability to switch ON / OFF individual pedals in a PATCH (I am writing code [50% done] to control this thingy via MIDI…


Here are some pics and a demo video of my small pedal board with the MIDI controller and foot switch.








46 comments:

leigh said...

Hey Lawrence

Nice work. I have built the project for myself with the code you provided, works great. Do you mind if I share the code and schematic?(with credit of course)

Also, I have noticed the need to have the zoom (B3 and B1on in my case) on a certain patch/range of patches when the arduino powers on for it to start functioning, and they are different patches for the B3 and B1on. Do you encounter this?

Thanks again for your code and schem.

Lawrence Doss said...

Leigh - Please go ahead and share them.. would love some comments on my blog / you tube on how they have implemented this.
NO, I have not encountered anything like this. As long as the B3 is connected .. it just works.

Bogdan Catanoiu said...

Hello world 😊
Please send some diy instructions on email bogdancat at yahoo com

Bogdan Catanoiu said...

Hello world 😊
Please send some diy instructions on email bogdancat at yahoo com

Bogdan Catanoiu said...

Please send me diy instructions on email above

Unknown said...

Hi Lawrence, first of all.. ..nice work!

I'm working on a similar project on my G3X, creating a midi-enabler-box, so I can use my midi pedalboard to controll the zoom g3x.

I would like to be in contact with you, to ask some questions if possible.

thanks

see ya

Manos Komis said...

Hi Lawrence,
Amazing work! I am building a similar controller and I would be grateful if you could send me the code and schematics (manoskomis@gmail.com). If you have also finished code for switching on and of individual pedals, I am interested as well.

Thanks a lot!

nick said...

Hi,
Please send the code and schematics.

wipnickname@gmail.com

Thank you

Ondra said...

Hi Lawrenc,

Very nice work, can you send me schematic?

Very thanks
Ondra - odohnyc@gmail.com

Bogdan Catanoiu said...

I asked also for the schematic, but I did not receive it.
Nice work Lawrence! can you please tell if you are willing to share it or not?

Unknown said...

I am very impressed by your ingenuity. Having the ability to change patches externally would be wonderful. May I trouble you to send me the instructions on this procedure?

timrutter1967@gmail.com

Alejandro Bravo said...

Hi master! I need the code to control the zoom more 70cdr please. I am very impressed!

heber.alejandrob38@gmail.com

Guido Roa said...

Wow! You're a genius!

I'm trying to know how send MIDI messages to my zoom g3x and I don't know how do that, can you give me a hand? I need a MIDI mapping. thanks!

gnroa.72@gmail.com

Marcos said...

Please send the code and schematics.

10marcos78@gmail.com

Thank you

Marcos said...

Please send the code and schematics.

10marcos78@gmail.com

Thank you

Lawrence Doss said...

Have sent the code and schematics to all who have asked. Please join the forum and also send me your projects.. would love to see how you have implemented this.

Bogdan Catanoiu said...

Great man!

Ayra Contamination Jazz said...

Hi, I am also interested to your project, code and schematics. I would like to try. Thanks

Ayra Contamination Jazz said...

I was equipped to make the Ashbass mods but I find this the most versatile and brilliant. I'm also interested because I'm curious to know how you did your code to interface with the operating system of Zoom G3. Do not forget me;-) Regards

anon said...

this is relevant to my interest. You have build something beautifull.. can you e-mail me the details? goodie2shoes@gmail.com

thank you!

Василий Чернаков said...

HI! you device is great! Could you send me schematics and code? Thanks alot!
vasych@mail.ru

Lawrence Doss said...

Ayra... need your mail id to send man.. :)

Lawrence Doss said...

Have sent the code and schematics to all who have asked. Please join the forum and also send me your projects.. would love to see how you have implemented this

Gustavo Marucci said...

Hi Lawrence,
Please send the code and schematics. My email is gmarucci@gmail.com. Thanks

Juvalis Le said...

Hi Lawrence, nice, can you please send me also the code and schematics?
Thank you!

Marcos said...

Olá obrigado pelo código para o 70cdr gostaria de receber o código para a G3.

Marcos said...

Olá obrigado pelo código para o 70cdr gostaria de receber o código para a G3.

Luth Oliveira said...

Hi, mister!! That's a incredible invention. Could you , please send me the code and schematics? lutholiveira89@gmail.com

ron3x said...

good day sir, i was about to mod my g3x using ashbass' method but got releaved when i see how u made it using midi controller footswitch! please send me the codes andschematics please��

aaron_yulde@yahoo.com

Greg said...

Hi,

Great invention, can you send me the code and schematics.Thanks gvile01@gmail.com

David Angga Prasetya said...

Hi Lawrence, great work! can you send me the codes and the schematics too?
Thanks - carsmetic.oc@gmail.com

Junior Santos said...

boa tarde amigo, como faço pra adquirir um controlador midi desse para a minha zoom g3x atravez de voce?

stanley said...

Hi Lawrence, this is absolutely perfect project. Would it be possible to have the schematics/code/information on my mail stanley.ondrus@gmail.com

Thank you very much and have a nice day.

Sam Sammitysam said...

Hi Lawrence,
Well done. I would also be thankful for a copy of the code and schematics. It is generous of you to offer it. Thank you.

fretsbr549@gmail.com

Unknown said...

Can you send the information for my email? I have a g3x and like this project. My email is silvadaniel138@hotmail.com

Unknown said...

Can you send the information for my email? I have a g3x and like this project. My email is silvadaniel138@hotmail.com

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Cristiano said...

Hi, Please send the code and schematics. cristianoufo@gmail.com Thank you

Davide Bellizia said...

Hi Lawrence!
This work has been done very precisely. I must say: great work man! Can you send me the code and the schematic? I need to get rid of my g3, to play live easily. Thanks in advance!! :)

davidebellizia@gmail.com

Goran Sabljić said...

Hi Lawrence,
Nice work. I would like to build that controller and I'll be grateful if you could send me the code and schematics:

web.prijava@gmail.com

Is it possible to connect G3 with computer and controller at the same time?
Thank you.

hoshpack said...

Hi Lawrence,

Great work. Could you share the schematic and the code to hoshpack@gmail.com

Thanks a lot.

J.B. Cholbi said...

Hi Lawrence, Could you share the schematic and code to jbcholbi@hotmail.com

Do you think I can controll the Zoom G3X via MIDI with Ableton Live for live performances?

Thanks Lawrence, I will do my best to make this happen...

dovermman x said...

Hi Lawrence!
This work has been done very precisely. I must say: great work man! Can you send me the code and the schematic? I need to get rid of my g3, to play live easily. Thanks in advance!!

dovermman@gmail.com

Lucas Oliveira said...

Muito bom!! Poderia por favor me enviar o esquema é o código? lucasoliveira.fran@gmail.com
Obrigado