The B1on offers 100 bass effects, including a variety of distortion, compression, modulation, delay, reverb, and amp models.
Up to 5 effects can be used simultaneously, chained together any way you like. In addition, there are 68 built-in rhythm accompaniment patterns, and you can connect headphones to the output jack (as well as portable music players to the auxiliary input jack) for silent practice sessions. An onboard chromatic tuner supports all standard bass tunings, and a Looper feature allows you to record up to 30 seconds of CD-quality audio. Loop length can be set either manually or to a preset number of quarter notes, and you can loop to any rhythm pattern, with automatic quantization that ensures seamless start and end times.
Programming is simple and straightforward thanks to a streamlined user interface and large backlit LCD screen. Advanced editing features such as Swap, Auto-Save, and Pre-Select make it easy to organize your patches for live performance and allow you to scroll through patches silently while keeping the current patch operational. In addition, the B1on's built-in expression pedal enables you to control input level, output level, or any selected effect parameter in real time.
The B1on allows you to choose from 100 different onboard DSP effects.
These include compressors, noise gates, filters, equalizers and octave dividers, as well as boosters, overdrives, fuzzes, phasers, and flangers, plus chorus, pitch shift, tremolo, vibrato, a sub-octave generator, and an intelligent bass synthesizer that plays along in key—even a DeFret effect that changes the tone of a fretted bass into that of a fretless. There are simulations of both classic and modern pedals such as the Aphex Punch Factory, MXR DynaComp, dbx 160A, BBE Sonic Maximizer, Moog MF-101, and Z. Vex Seek-Wah, as well as the Xotic EP Booster and Bass BB Preamp, Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff, SansAmp Bass Driver DI, MXR Bass D.I.+, Avalon Design U5, plus the ADA Flanger, tc Electronic Corona Tri-Chorus, and BOSS ODB-3, DS-1 and Metal Zone. Original effects include Zoom's Noise Reduction (ZNR) algorithm, a bass frequency-specific Auto-Wah, and a "talking" modulator. You'll also find more than a dozen delays and natural-sounding reverbs here, including rooms, halls, plates, and an emulation of the Line6 M9 Particle Verb.
The dozen amp models include emulations of classic tube amplifiers like the Ampeg SVT, Ampeg B-15, Fender Bassman, Marshall Super Bass, Polytone Mini-Brute III, and acoustic 360, as well as the contemporary sounds of the Hartke HA3500, SWR SM-900, Aguilar DB750, Gallien-Krueger 800RB, Eden WT-800, and Italian Markbass Little Mark III, each with its own distinct cabinet modeling that can be used to further alter the tonal quality. What's more, you can pair any amp model to any cabinet model for unusual, and often striking, effects.
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Features at a glance
75 effects, including distortion, compression, modulation, delay, and reverb
Up to 5 effects can be used simultaneously, chained together in any order
100 memory locations (10 banks of 10) for the storage of user-created patches
Swap function makes patch organization a breeze
Auto Save function for automatic saving of all patch parameters
Pre Select function allows silent patch selection while keeping the current patch operational
Onboard chromatic tuner supports all standard bass tunings
Looper feature for the recording of up to 30 seconds of CD-quality audio with seamless start and end times
68 built-in rhythm patterns which can be used in conjunction with the Looper
Standard ¼" input jack accepts standard cable (both active and passive instruments supported)
⅛" auxiliary input jack for connection of personal music players
Output jack for connection to amp or headphones
Backlit LCD with contrast control for easy viewing in low-light environments
Lightweight and small enough to fit in your gig bag
Easily integrated into any existing pedalboard
Runs on 4 AA batteries, with alkaline battery life of 20 hours
USB port for power and firmware updates
Optional AC adapter
Here's what comes included with the B1on:
AA size (LR6) battery x 4
AC adapter (Zoom AD-16)