Zoom MS70CDR multi Stomp review

Posted by Guy Capuano - July 1, 2013 - Gear Reviews - 2 Comments


MS70CDR chorus delay & reverb Zoom MS70CDR SpaceHole

Hello internet, if you have ever been on my site you can probably tell I like delay and reverb. Also not scared to use a product with the “Zoom” name attached to it. So naturally when I caught wind of the development of MS70CDR in 2012 I got very curious. Seems like it took them forever to release it even after the other multistomp units. Anyhow it is here now and I am happy to say I have been messing with it since the day sweetwater shipped them!

Initial thoughts

This unit is slammed packed full of options. So much creativity to be had. This unit really excels at the more ambient, non traditional effects like shimmer and particle verb. My first order of business was to check out the new delays, HD hall, Church, 65’Spring etc. I was disappointed with the church and the HD hall. Seemed to have that similar feel and tone to the Hall verb on the G3. Nothing impressive at all. Then I kicked on the Particle verb and man it is AWESOME! I am a M9 user and have to admit the particle verb on this unit is more tweak able and manageable! Its always felt like kind of a wild effect on the M9 though I use it every week. There are a few extra parameters on the MS70, it nails the sound exactly! Then there is the Ice delay and the Blue Sky shimmer. Both excellent! My favorite thing about the Strymon Timelines Ice delay is the smear function and I was happy to see the MS70 also has that, as well as just about every other parameter the Ice has on the time line. The sound is pretty on point also, though I have not put them next to each other.

Weak points

The tap tempo function for the delays. In order to get into tap tempo you have to hold down the bypass switch for a few seconds, tap your tempo, then hold down the switch again to get out. No external tap tempo jack. To me this makes the Zoom more of a reverb pedal with many amazing benefits, one of which is the option to add delays. This pedal is NOT gonna replace your delay pedal, nor can I take it seriously as a major option for a delay unit. Big failure in my opinion. Also the more standard reverbs like Hall, Room and Arena are kind of weak, unlush and digital. Bob Digi if you know what I mean!

Strong Points

Reverse modeled after the Digitech Hardwire RV7 but this has the option of having a dry signal as well!

Reverse modeled after the Digitech Hardwire RV7 but this has the option of having a dry signal as well!

It is incredible all the options this pedal has in such a small unit! Wow it really is impressive. The delays sound great tonewise, the non traditional reverbs and delays are outstanding! The trem reverb and trem delay are very impressive effects on there own. The dual reverb modeled from the Eventide Space is also a very awesome effect worth mentioning. I have never played a “Space” but this model sounds great! The auto swell delay modeled after Line 6 actually sounds better as the modulation is lusher and alot more useable on the Zoom. This effect I did test right next to the M9 also! Seems to be the Auto Swell effect alone is wortht he price of admission and can easily replace a volume pedal on a pedal board set up for swells. Oh man I dont even have time to tell you all about the Space Hole, Reverse Reverb, Mod verb, Pitch Shift delay and Mangled Reverb!

Here are a few demo videos I have made so far.


 

 


2 comments

  • The tap tempo function for the delays. In order to get into tap tempo you have to hold down the bypass switch for a few seconds, tap your tempo, then hold down the switch again to get out. No external tap tempo jack. To me this makes the Zoom more of a reverb pedal with many amazing benefits, one of which is the option to add delays. This pedal is NOT gonna replace your delay pedal, nor can I take it seriously as a major option for a delay unit. Big failure in my opinion. Also the more standard reverbs like Hall, Room and Arena are kind of weak, unlush and digital. Bob Digi if you know what I mean!

  • Richard Morris says:

    Good review. I’ve been using ZOOM pedals for a long time. Best bang for the buck on the market. I do agree though, the lack of a jack to attach an external port is a terrible oversight. Maybe they were trying to keep it at a certain price point. I suggest they make a 2.0 version with a tap tempo button.

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