> This is the most awesome thing in the world and I don't even like technical... more
This is the most awesome thing in the world and I don't even like technical gadgets that much. It is a guitar effects box that has a built in speaker and is battery operated so you can rock your friends at the corner store if you so choose. We like to use the zoom for recording vocals. We sing though it with our Shure SM57 mics. It has a setting called "ZZTop" on it that is totally distortion-y in a majorly disgusting way and another setting called "Woman" that is massively ethereal and ridiculous. I like to think that ZZtop is supposed to be the "man" setting and it's opposite is the "woman" setting. Luckily this thing has like two hundred settings in all so it's easy to find a bunch of good ones. The zoom tends to put a lot of hiss on vocals which we sometimes like, but most times we redo them in a nice studio with better mics anyways, so it doesn't really matter. We use the zoom to decide how we want our vocals to ultimately sound (like do we want flange, reverb, distortion, compression, modulation or what) on them? That way when we are in the studio we can play our homemade recordings for to the engineer and ask her/him to create a similar, less hissy version of the effect we used. Word has it that Stereo Total also uses the Zoom on their vocals. I also play my guitar through it directly into the computer when we record at home.