Zoom is kind of like Mitsubishi -- it sort of does it all. Months after shipping one of the greatest pocket audio recorders every known to man, the company is now hitting back with none other than a pair of guitar effects pedals. The G2Nu and G2.1Nu boards both feature 100 preset guitar sounds, 20 of which have purportedly been given the almighty thumbs-up from Steve Vai. If you're curious about differences, the latter adds a built-in expression pedal for additional control, but frankly, the expected capabilities aren't what we're interested in. Both devices sport integrated USB ports that enable them to operate as audio interfaces; in other words, axe slingers can record directly to their computer through this box, and the 1.9-inch display helps you keep track of what's going on. Regrettably, pricing and availability details have been conveniently omitted, but we suspect it'll be hitting Sam Ash, Sweetwater and the rest of the gang soonish.

Zoom G2Nu and G2.1Nu guitar effects pedals

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Power, Tone and Intuitive Control Advance with Zoom's G2Nu and G2.1Nu

Hauppauge, NY – March 11, 2010 – Zoom's new G2Nu and G2.1Nu take the performance, tone and functionality of the incredibly popular G2 guitar effects pedal and incorporate years of engineering innovation. What emerges is a variety of new and practical features along with enhanced ease of use, improved tone technology and patches created by legendary guitar virtuoso Steve Vai.

Zoom's revamping started with the overdrive/distortion sounds. Twenty types of guitar amps and stomp boxes offer finely tuned sonic qualities including gain settings and harmonic character. Both new pedals also feature 100 preset guitar sounds, 20 of which have been created by world-renowned guitarist Steve Vai. Additional patches meticulously emulate famous rock sounds from the sixties and seventies as well as other famous artists. And the G2.1Nu also features a built-in expression pedal for enhanced control.

"The new G2Nu and G2.1Nu show how the investments we've made in engineering and technology have progressed to help produce amazing models," says Masahiro Iijima, CEO for Zoom. "I truly believe that these advances, along with the assistance of guitarist Steve Vai, help make the G2Nu and G2.1Nu the best sounding pedals we've ever developed."

The new pedals can also operate as audio interfaces, letting users record directly to a computer via the built-in USB port. Plus, Zoom's direct monitoring design eliminates latency problems and allows you to seamlessly capture any tone right on your favorite computer DAW. A large 1.9-inch LCD display and a new, more intuitive interface also provide easier navigation during both live and recording sessions.

"For more creativity and interactivity we've also made software available through a free download," says Iijima. "Not only does this software allow you to download the latest patches, it also helps you edit patches easily to quickly achieve the sound you're looking for. Plus, import and export functions let you exchange patches with other users. All these new functions and capabilities make these our best sounding, most intuitive and technologically advanced pedals to date."

About Samson Technologies

Samson Technologies Corp. is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Zoom recording and signal processing electronics. Samson designs, manufactures and distributes high-performance wireless, audio and music accessory products in the United States and 106 countries abroad. Samson is also the exclusive worldwide distributor of Hartke products. Samson Technologies is based in Hauppauge, New York. For more information, please visit www.samsontech.com.

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Zoom G2Nu and G2.1Nu guitar effects pedals offer direct USB recording