The manual for this great new product from Zoom is lacking to say the least. Most stuff is fairly straight forward, but they should still be a bit more thorough in the manual. When it comes to guitar players we cant always assume certain levels of common sense. Joke! But seriously, I wonder if maybe Zoom will be releasing an “advanced manual” or something of the like that goes into descriptive detail about this unit. I was unsure if the delays had certain note value options from the plain text of the manual. This would have been an absolute deal breaker for me.
Yes you can tap in your delays
Lets talk about using an external tap tempo pedal with your new Zoom G3. Some will complain it has no tap tempo pedal on it, but to those I really have to ask how you can complain when you just paid such a small amount of money for such a high quality multi effects box. It also has an insane amount of effects to choose from. I would rather tap my tempo in on an external pedal anyways, as playing Praise and Worship music live, with less than stellar drummers, many times a week can really take a toll on the old tap tempo pedal. I really dont want to be stomping on the actual unit that many ties in one day anyways.
First step plug your tap tempo pedal into the “control in” jack.
Second step hit the “Total” button.
The external pedal screen is the third one over, this is the screen that controls the external pedals option. Hit the page button on screen 3. There you can choose with the first knob exactly what you would like to control with your external footswitch. Go ahead and select tap tempo. The first page is for the external expression pedal, should you ever want to use that option.
The downside of tapping in your Delays
Here is something that surprised me when I first used the tap tempo pedal with the Zoom G3. When you tap in your tempo the delay actually cuts out, as if the Zoom is resetting itself or something. I have never experienced this kind of thing with any delay pedal, and I have owned and played tons of them. This never happened on the old Zoom G7.1ut if I remember correctly. Anyways I am hoping a future firmware update will take care of this problem so I can get back to obsessively tapping in the exact tempo for my galloping delays live. It would be a shame if I had to be a few milliseconds off.