Retro Zoom


Ternyata Boss ME-50B tak kekal lama dalam axology aku, ia telah terbang menemui tuan barunya di Kota Kinabalu beberapa minggu lepas. Suku daripada bayarannya adalah tukaran (trade) pedal ni.


Sebuah pedal multi-effects untuk bass yang agak retro Zoom BFX-708. Kalau tak silap model ni keluaran awal 2000an pada ketika produk-produk Zoom masih lagi dibuat di Jepun.

Apa yang menarik mengenai pedal ni ialah badannya yang berprofil rendah, agak nipis berbanding model-model Zoom terkini. Disebabkan itu, ia mudah disimpan dalam poket gigbag.


Seperti ME-50B, pedal ni juga tidak mempunyai teknologi amp modeling, tetapi mempunyai opsyen AMP SIM - EDGE A/B, WARM A/B output amp (AP) ataupun line (Ln), kesemuanya sembilan tetapan (termasuk OFF). Sesuatu yang amat berguna ketika jamming/gig tanpa amp bass, sambung terus ke PA/FOH.


Input/output yang agak minima dan tidak disertakan dengan AC adapter. Tapi tak mengapa (parap-parap) aku masih ada adapter Boss PSA.

Efek selebihnya, compressor (ini yang penting), overdrive/distortion/fuzz, ZNR, modulation/delay dan reverb tak perlulah diceritakan. Yang pasti, ia lebih ringkas berbanding Zoom B-series terkini (B1on, B3).


Satu lagi kelebihan utama BFX-708 ni berbanding model terkini ialah display LED yang besar dan terang. Contoh, selain nombor patch [A3], nama patch [B-MAN] juga dipaparkan, sesuatu yang amat berguna supaya tidak celaru semasa persembahan, terutama ketika di atas pentas yang gelap.


Ia telahpun digunakan semasa latihan dan persembahan MUP sempena Malam Aspirasi Seni 2016 Ahad minggu lepas (entri berasingan menyusul). Bagi aku, tak perlu setting yang kompleks untuk bass, hanya aktifkan compressor, sedikit overdrive dan selaraskan EQ pada pedal dan pre-amp (flat pada amp).

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Ada apa: Agak menyesal jual pedal Hartke VXL.

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