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Old 09-24-2023, 08:00 AM
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Default Bodyrez sound from Zoom A1 Four?

Has anyone found settings/tweaks in the Zoom A1 Four that have a similar sound to TC's Bodyrez? I'm trying to downsize my pedalboard footprint. The only thing I use my TC Helicon Play Acoustic is for the acoustic guitar sound (with bodyrez). I've messed around with the D-28 preset settings, but haven't had any luck yet. Thank you
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Old 09-24-2023, 10:14 AM
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I don’t have any experience with the Body Rez, but I’ve heard that it applies some compression to the signal. I’ve been using the compressor simulation that just says “comp” on it. I set the sensitivity to 2 or 3 for my uses, depending on the pickup (the lyric mic needs more compression than a soundhole mag. The mag signal is already somewhat compressed.) I set the release parameter to FAST and the tone to 5.

As for the guitar modeling, I think it’s a little more helpful for mags than USTs. My ears tend to favor the OOO-28 model for some reason. The modeling isn’t terribly strong, and you can’t adjust the dry/wet blend like you can with the Aura Spectrum processor. I don’t use the modeling at all with the Lyric, the Anthem SL or the iBeam SBT. I think it helps a bit with USTs and mags.

One nice thing about the models is that you can adjust the gain to accommodate for the signal strength of whatever guitar/pickup rig you’re creating the patch for.

The A1-Four has many EQ device simulations which can be used in creating patches. The Baggs Venue simulation, the Boss GE-7 simulations and “parametric” EQs are personal favorites. It also has a basic three band manual EQ (in the PLAY mode) for any “quick and dirty” EQ adjustments which you may need to do at the gig.

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Old 09-24-2023, 10:31 AM
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Thank you, I'll need to look up/become more familiar with a few of the specific effects you mentioned, I'm a violinist that plays guitar so I'm not always familiar with some of the terms. I primarily use a Takaminie acoustic/electric in a looping setting as the rhythm guitar, arpeggios, and the beat, stacking violin parts on top and playing on top of that. The bodyrez gave a lot of body and fullness to the beat I would tap out on the body and bridge. I didn't realized the nice job it was doing until I took it out! Thanks again for your help, very appreciated.
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Old 09-24-2023, 11:33 AM
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The Takamine guitars have six large piezo crystals mounted below the saddle. Applying some compression will likely give you a fatter and more sustained sound when you tap on the guitar top near the bridge.

Guitarists who do a lot of tapping usually have a soundboard pickup mounted under the bridgeplate, but using a guitar patch which applies some compression and reverb will hopefully enhance your tapping sound sufficiently.

I assume that youíre already using some of the A1-Fourís effects for your violin and are already familiar with how to create patches for a pickup equipped instrument.
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Old 09-24-2023, 12:22 PM
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I'm already getting better sounds with your compression suggestions, will dive a bit deeper into the EQ simulations in a bit. For violin, I'm fairly set with my looping rig sound with an older Zoom multi-effects unit that I've gotten a ton of milage from. I know the A1 Four has specific violin presets, and at some point I'll give those a go.
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Old 09-27-2023, 12:02 AM
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I considered a similar question a while back, and tried to determine exactly what the BodyRez was doing...

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As well as (scooped mids) EQ and some compression, it seems (from TC Helicon's manual for the Play Acoustic) that it also has some sort of "ambience". Whether that's reverb, chorus, tremolo, a mixture of all 3, or something else entirely, I don't know. In the chats I looked at, saturation also gets mentioned a bit.

Without a doubt, its selling point is its ease of use (effectiveness vs simplicity and size). Potentially it's replacing maybe 4 (comp, EQ, Chorus, Reverb) pedals with 1 mini.
Just to add - saturation seems to be a very mild form of [analogue/vintage/tape] distortion.

I hope that's some help.
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Old 09-27-2023, 12:41 PM
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Thank you, interesting and helpful info. low level saturation/distortion is surprising, but I can see how that might add to the magic happening under the hood.
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