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MOTU ZBox - Guitar Pickup Impedance Adapter

You Pay: $39.95

The ZBox from MOTU is a guitar pickup impedance adapter that allows for connecting an electric guitar or bass to a computer audio interface without losing tone. Today's guitar amp modeling plug-ins are amazing in their ability to faithfully model real guitar amplifiers. However, they're missing a crucial element of the signal path that simply cannot be modeled in software - the proper input impedance of a real guitar amplifier.

The ZBox matches the output impedance ("Z") of your guitar to the impedance of a non-amp input, such as the microphone/instrument preamp input on your audio interface. Without proper impedance matching, your guitar won't sound natural or "feel right". The authentic matching circuits emulate the 2-jack switching network found on many classic amplifiers, complete with analog simulation of the input tube grid. To support a wide range of guitars, the ZBox provides authentic "Hi-Z" and "Lo-Z" inputs, just like the ones found on many classic guitar amplifiers.

The unit is not a computer-related device and does not require any software drivers. It does not even require a power source. If you use Digital Performer's Custom 59 amp model plug-in, or a third-party guitar plug-in product like IK Multimedia Amplitube, Waves GTR, Native Instruments Guitar Rig, or similar guitar modeling software, the use of the ZBox will further enhance the authenticity of the tones you play from these products.

Simple to use guitar interface that restores natural guitar tone
Works with audio interfaces equipped with preamps on either a Mac or PC
Works with other devices with guitar ("instrument") inputs such as wireless transmitters, mixers, etc.
Authentic matching circuits that emulate 2-jack switching networks on classic guitar amps
No extra cables or power required
No software or drivers required
Plug and play operation with any guitar
Sturdy, lightweight metal housing
Built-in 16-inch cable with 1/4" plug for connection to any guitar input
Dimensions (WxDxH) 1.75 x 1.0 x 2.5" (45 x 25 x 64mm)
MOTU ZBox - Guitar Pickup Impedance Adapter
  • Two (2) Year Warranty
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    MOTUZBox - Guitar Pickup Impedance Adapter
     
    4.3

    (based on 3 reviews)

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    5.0

    Great

    By farmcat

    from ct

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about MOTU ZBox - Guitar Pickup Impedance Adapter:

      Simple inexpensive fix to plug guitars into non-guitar processors. Especially older equipment.

      It even made my live rig sound better.

      B&H was very helpful and answered some of my silly questions about it without rushing me or being frustrated and treated me as if I was buying a Medium format Leica digital camera.

      No batteries, quick, simple, inexpensive, and effective.

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      4.0

      ZBox - Guitar adapter

      By guitarist

      from Canada

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Excellent Craftsmanship

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about MOTU ZBox - Guitar Pickup Impedance Adapter:

          Gtr sounds better with it this is an affordable upgrade and no batteries required.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great with iPhone Amp Model Apps

          By Uncle Bones

          from CT

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • IPhone
          • Mobile

          Comments about MOTU ZBox - Guitar Pickup Impedance Adapter:

          Not much of a difference with my hard disk interface but a world of difference when put in-line with some of the new guitar amp modelling apps for iPhone. Correctly matches impedance when connceting guitar to iPhone.

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