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NPD: Zoom GFX707 II

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2021 12:47 pm    Post subject: NPD: Zoom GFX707 II Reply with quote

So a Zoom GFX707 II has been hanging about on FB marketplace for a week or so. Then it was reduced to £25 at which point I thought it was worth picking up for my older son, who has decided to see if he can learn guitar, as it would give him a basic rhythm machine. I already had the the original GFX707 and had modded it for an external rhythm machine start/stop switch. Having looked at the additional features I've decided to keep the Mk. II and let my son have the Mk. I.

The rhythm machine now has some intro and outro patterns, and these can be associated with specific patches. I'm looking forward to playing with that. Another feature is that you can extend the 6 seconds (!) of looper time using a SmartMedia card of 16 - 64 MB. I do not have a SmartMedia card and I don't know that it's worth risking buying a second-hand one from Ebay.

Other things have taken priority this weekend but I hope to report back with pictures shortly..
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, slightly disappointed so far. The expression pedal is a bit loose, as if the plastic bearings that the pivot bolt runs through are worn. The nine new Intro rhythms all seem a bit naff and the six Ending rhythms are remarkably unremarkable, one of them being a single drum beat.
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As you can see, I fitted a temporary jack socket for a rhythm start/stop footswitch as I did with the GFX 707. It also has an Aux input.


There's the SmartMedia card slot, hiding under the battery cover.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

is the difference between the OG model and Mk. II great enough that memory can't be copied over? i say this knowing nothing about the difficulty such a feat would carry.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2021 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry you’re a bit disappointed. I’ve been thinking about picking up a mkI 707 for purely nostalgic reasons, I used that pedal for ages.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2021 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I regret giving my son the Mk. I, I should have let him have this. I'll have to investigate the bearings another time. I think the previous owner tried to fix the problem by tightening up the bearing bolt till it squeaked.

There is no removable memory on the Mk. I.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aw boo. Don't you still have that Trio+ I sold you? Seems like that's gotta be a less disappointing 'band-in-a-box' solution??
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doog wrote:
Aw boo. Don't you still have that Trio+ I sold you? Seems like that's gotta be a less disappointing 'band-in-a-box' solution??


Yes, but 'band-in-a-box' is not what I was after in this case. I have been using the Zoom as a simple drum machine when doing Jamkazam practices with the bassist or with the bassist and keyboardist. The ability to select a basic rhythm and tempo quickly for 15 - 20 songs in a session is handy. I could probably use the Yamaha keyboard but I don't have foot-switch stop/start capability on that.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2021 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, I gotcha.
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