NAMM News: Zoom S2t

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NAMM News: Zoom S2t

Post by Armin » Sat Jan 19, 2008 4:18 am

...Walking toward Zoom's NAMM booth, we heard a ton of great amp tones; imagine our surprise when they were all coming out of one...computer! ...

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Post by Zoetrope » Sat Jan 19, 2008 6:39 am

Cool. Looks like Zoom is gonna be stomping all over Line 6's toes with that one. Good for them. :wink:
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Post by manzana » Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:46 am

thanks for the link. I think i already saw the picture at the musikmesse 2007. Seems to be worth a try.

the HarmonyG seems to be interesting, too:

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Post by Armin » Sat Jan 19, 2008 1:08 pm

manzana wrote:thanks for the link. I think i already saw the picture at the musikmesse 2007. Seems to be worth a try.
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Yes, at Musikmesse 2007 they showed a picture - now they have the hardware and software.

I own one since November and do a lot of beta testing - it will need a new section here :)
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Post by manzana » Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:02 pm

is it better than the Line6 toneport? I think its pretty the same, isnt it?
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Post by Armin » Sun Jan 20, 2008 4:36 am

manzana wrote:is it better than the Line6 toneport? I think its pretty the same, isnt it?
UI and sound is a matter of taste - I like both in the ZFX more.

I'll create some soundclips in the next days.
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Post by Raytonium » Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:34 am

I just got one of these for my birthday a week ago. It's fun to play with, but I'm getting sharp, loud bursts of white noise--usually when clicking on an amp or effect to assign it to the mix. Sometimes for no reason at all.

These ear-splitting bursts are ruining the enjoyment I'm having, and I don't know how to get rid of them. I tried this on two different computers and it happens on both. I tried adjusting the latency settings, but it happens at both ends of the scale. Any other ideas?
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Post by Cellomangler » Sat Jun 14, 2008 1:15 pm

Raytonium wrote:...I'm getting sharp, loud bursts of white noise--usually when clicking on an amp or effect to assign it to the mix. Sometimes for no reason at all.....I tried this on two different computers and it happens on both....Any other ideas?
I was looking at this product myself, but now you have me worried. Have you seen this news item at Zoom's Japanese website:
http://www.zoom.co.jp/english/news/index.php
Sounds like they had a bad USB driver and that could be your problem. Also sounds like a temp fix they came up with was withdrawn and that they are still working on it. I want to see how this comes out before I spend my money. Otherwise, you're pretty happy with the sounds and the latency isn't a problem ?
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Post by Raytonium » Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:05 pm

I remember seeing that before I bought it, but with their poor English I wasn't quite sure what they meant. I still don't know if it is the same problem that I'm having. I tried it on an Intel and an AMD computer, with the same results, still not sure about the problem.

Anyway, I like the interface and the ease with which you can swap effects/amps, etc. I wish that the 'catalog' of amps/cabs/effects was also included as a hard copy, instead of just being in the interface. I didn't notice any latency problems and all of the different patches I tried sounded pretty good.

I've got it on ebay right now, just because I don't want to have to deal with it anymore:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... %3DSelling
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Post by nyhardcore » Thu Jul 10, 2008 7:15 pm

I saw this at Sweetwater's Gearfest a month or so ago. I was planning on buying a Line 6 Toneport, but when I saw and heard the S2t I had to pick it up. Just watching the demo for about 3 minutes I was sold.

After a bit of confusion I was able to get it working with Cubase LE, but I haven't had as much luck with Audacity yet. I'm still pretty much clueless when it comes to DAW's, but I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually.

The guitar tones are killer, but the bass tones are a little lacking. I haven't really had any issues with noise and I haven't tried using a mic with it yet.
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Re: NAMM News: Zoom S2t

Post by nyhardcore » Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:20 pm

As an update to my previous post about the S2t Stack Package, here are my thoughts after using the device for a few months:

While the S2t Stack is easy to use, I think I get a far better sound going direct into my HD16, then exporting the wav files to Cubase, than going direct into Cubase using the stack as an interface. This may have to do with me being a Cubase novice and not knowing how to set my levels correctly, but the preamps just don't seem to be the same caliber as those on the HD16.

For vocals, I really need to crank my levels to get my tracks loud enough. Recording acoustic guitar without effects through the stack tends to sound very empty, but I've found it difficult to get a good acoustic sound using the plug-in software effects. On the flip side, when I go direct, without using any effects to my HD16, I get pretty decent, full sounding tracks. I've had much better results recording electric guitar using the ZFX plug-in software to craft my tone.

I have had some noise issues using the software, but generally they clear up if I restart Cubase or reboot my system. And the problems haven't been too pervasive.

Has anyone else tried using the S2t Stack Package?
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