Sonic State Studio / Effects Units / ZOOM 1201

Average rating: 8.1/10 out of 10

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steve a hobbyist user from holland writes:
just paid 30 euros for one this afternoon !!! Initial tests seem to show that A), you can't push the volume very hard, but a compressor and a pre-amp oughta fix that up. B), the effects don't seem up to much, but at 30 snots for all these reverbs I ain't complainin'!! And unlike some of the previous reviewers, I think the reverbs are a-ok...

Rating: 7 out of 10 posted Friday, 07-Mar-08 at 12:58
squezel from holland writes:
yo peepz, this thing is very ok! Ok the reverbs don't sound very natural, but if u need mars-landscape acoustics this machine is the one! :) Especially very usefull fx for houseproducers : the autofilter (it includes autofilter-envelopes, very ok for buildups). The lo-fi is very usefull for making a break in a housetrack. The vocoder is also good, but u really have to choose your carrier-signal very carefull & EQ it, because the formant-converter is not configurable but it only responds to the midfrequencies-amplitude.

posted Monday, 23-Feb-04 at 9:39
Kyran a part-timer user from UK writes:
heres a tip for the auto filter to make it controlable: ive used this a lot...

feed your source into one channel of the input and on the other channel feed a mid range tone - on certain autofilter programs the VOLUME of the tone will 'control' the depth of the filter - with a bit of experimenting you should be able to sweep with this thing by altering the volume of the tone

obviously only monitor the output channel with your now-effected source, not the tone (so yes its only a mono effect now)

yeah I give it an 8 like everyone else - its what you make of it - not enough subtle reverbs - the 'garage' one is ok for giving a live sound

one other thing - this thing seems to fuck up nearby components with its magnetic field or something - my sequencer wont work with the zoom on top - and it made an amp hum really badly when it sat on top - keep it out of your rack

Rating: 8 out of 10 posted Tuesday, 03-Sep-02 at 14:17
rigsby a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Had 'reverb envy' for years (!)

I'd always dreamed of effects of this quality that I could afford, and in 1997 when it was launched, I snapped one up.

Still got it and won't part with it. This amount of sound processing at the price? They almost gave the thing away! Sure, it hisses a little when there's no activity, but for home producing: it's the business. Studio techies may need to look elsewhere.

No memories are a pain (brings the score down to a very respectable '8'), but this box is great for live manipulation of audio sources.

They're discontinued now, but if you can find one second-hand, buy it.

Rating: 8 out of 10 posted Monday, 02-Sep-02 at 18:53
wild jagd from UK writes:
Great little box for fast inspiration, just patch something through it, dial up an effect, tweak some knobs and you're off. Feels like an analogue box with all those knobs (just knobs and a selector switch really). Some sounds are fantastic, some are a little grainy and rough-edged but there's plenty of variety so you can't complain.

Rating: 7 out of 10 posted Wednesday, 15-May-02 at 8:57
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