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Your Acoustic Sound—Reimagined THE ZOOM AC-3 Meet the AC-2's Big Brother

Like its little brother, the AC-3 Acoustic Creator is an enhanced direct box with essential DI features that help you achieve great tone no matter where you play. The AC-3 is equipped with an effects generator, stereo outputs, and a compressor. With these features plus the same high-quality preamp and 3-band EQ as the AC-2, the AC-3 is an all-in-one acoustic toolkit that’s perfect for live performance and studio.

Acoustic Creator Series



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The Essential Acoustic DI

The AC-3 puts essential DI features right at your fingertips. Its high-quality preamp boosts your signal and helps restore your true acoustic sound. Plus, its 3-band EQ lets you quickly make the perfect adjustments to refine your tone.

To add depth and color to your tone, AC-3 also features the best effects we’ve ever designed for acoustics. Choose from 9 different effects such as delay, chorus, and reverb, each of which has with adjustable parameters for fine-tuning your sound.

Dial In Your Source...

With 16 source guitar presets, the AC-3 recovers the sonic characteristics of a variety of guitar types and body shapes. You can choose from dreadnought, upright bass, nylon strings, 12 string, and more.

Simply select your guitar of choice, then choose piezo or magnetic pickup. From there, the AC-3 is ready to reproduce and amplify your guitar’s tone with complete accuracy.

...and Target

The AC-3 also comes with 15 additional target guitar* presets that you can use to more accurately match your guitar’s tone. For example, when using a Martin D-18 dreadnought, you can choose the Dreadnought source guitar preset and the D-Eighteen target guitar preset to more closely match the unique sound of your instrument. Or if you’re playing a square shoulder guitar, choose the Square Shoulder source preset, then use the Humming Bird target preset to recreate your tone more accurately.

*Not all target guitars are available from all source guitars. For instance, when plugging in a Resonator, you would turn your target guitar to “Off.” Please see page 10 of the operation manual for compatibility.

Ultra Smooth Compression

Whether you’re lightly strumming or playing with a little more intensity, the AC-3’s single-knob compressor is one of the finest you’ve ever heard. Zoom's single-knob compressor makes it easy to smooth out and control your guitar’s dynamics for a full, balanced sound. Plus, the compressor’s LED indicator makes it simple to adjust dynamics parameters during a live set.

Stereo Outputs Times Two

The AC-3’s balanced XLR mono/stereo outputs with pre/post control allow you to connect to any PA mixing board or studio console. It also includes two ¼” outputs for simultaneous mono/stereo connection to amps, headphones, or audio interfaces. This allows audiences to hear the full character of stereo or delay effects.

Cut Feedback Automatically

The AC-3 is equipped with an anti-feedback button which can also be activated with Zoom’s FS-01 footswitch (sold separately). This automatically locates and eliminates problem frequencies—an essential for live performance.

Ground/Lift

To eliminate unwanted hum or buzz from mics or speakers, the AC-3 includes a ground/lift switch that interrupts ground loops between equipment.

Studio Magic

Thanks to the AC-3’s all-in-one design, you can record the rich, acoustic sound you love without the need for heavy post-production processing.

Watch the clip below to see Kyle Bolden record directly from the AC-3 to his computer DAW.

Volume Control

The AC-3's Volume control automatically controls both the preamp's input gain and output level, taking the guesswork out of adjusting sound levels to match.

Tune on
the Spot

The AC-3’s built-in tuner with its
large LED meter lets you easily
see when you’re in tune.

Up to 9 dB of Additional Gain

You can also add up to 9 dB of gain with the tap of your foot using the AC-3's boost function, allowing you to switch from strumming to finger-picking without ever missing a note.

Three Ways to Power Up

Two AA batteries provide up to three hours of continuous power. Alternatively, you can use the included Zoom AD-16 AC adapter for plug-in power, or the micro USB port to bus power the AC-3 via your computer.

Features at a Glance

  • 16 source guitar type/body presets for accurate tone re-creation
  • 15 target guitar type/body presets for tonal refinement
  • ¼” input
  • Two XLR balanced outs
  • Two ¼” outputs for mono or stereo connection to guitar amps, headphones, and audio interfaces
  • High-quality, low noise preamp
  • 9 effects with adjustable parameters
  • Piezo/magnetic input pickup select
  • Built-in compressor
  • 3-band equalizer
  • Input and output gain/sensitivity adjustable via single volume knob (patent pending)
  • Clipping indicator
  • Anti-feedback control
  • Boost switch for up to 9 dB of additional gain
  • Built-in chromatic visual-LED tuner
  • USB connection for firmware updates
  • Dual output jacks for connection to guitar amps and mono or stereo PA systems
  • Three power options: 2 x AA batteries, the included Zoom AD-16 power adapter (9V DC in), or bus power via micro-USB port

Accessories

Here's what comes included with the AC-3:

  • AC adapter (AD-16)
  • Operation manual

 


Optional accessory:

  • Foot switch (FS01)

Media

Video

AC-3 Product Video with guest Josh Turner

Talented singer-guitarist Josh Turner uses the Zoom AC-3 to reclaim his live acoustic tone. Here, Josh explains the ins and outs of the AC-3 to help you understand all the ways it can help you achieve your best acoustic sound.

Full Video | Kyle Bolden and the AC-3

The Zoom AC-3 gives Kyle all the functionality and versatility he needs to sound great live. Watch as he walks through al of the AC-3’s great features.

Reverb | Kyle Bolden and the AC-3

For Kyle Bolden, the Zoom AC-3’s reverb effect comes in handy when he’s on stage or in the studio. Here’s Kyle demonstrating how the reverb effect sounds on the AC-3.

Delay | Kyle Bolden and the AC-3

Guitarist Kyle Bolden likes to have a variety of delay effects readily available when he's on stage. Watch as Kyle explores the delay effect on the Zoom AC-3.

Chorus | Kyle Bolden and the AC-3

Guitarist Kyle Bolden loves having a lush chorus effect to play with when he’s on stage. Watch Kyle demonstrate the chorus effects on the Zoom AC-3.

Jessica Byrd's "Little Things" on AC-3

Watch singer-guitarist Jessica Byrd use her guitar and the Zoom AC-3 to play an original song called “Little Things.”

Specs

Source Guitars:

16 Types

Target Guitars:

15 Types

Effect Types:

9 Types

Sampling Frequency:

44.1 kHz

A/D conversion:

24-bit with 128x oversampling

D/A conversion:

24-bit with 128x oversampling

Signal processing:

32-bit

Frequency characteristics:

20 Hz – 20 kHz (+1 dB/-3 dB) (10 kΩ load)

Inputs
Input:

Standard mono phone jack
Rated input level: -20 dBu
Input impedance: 10 MΩ

Outputs
L/MONO/PHONES:

Standard stereo phone jack                            
(combined line/headphones)

Maximum output level:                       
Line +7 dBu
(10 kΩ or more output impedance)
Headphones 8 mW + 8 mW (32 Ω load)

R:

Standard mono phone jack
Maximum output level: Line +7 dBu
(10 kΩ or more output impedance)

BALANCED OUT-L:

XLR jack
Output impedance:
100 Ω (HOT-GND, COLD-GND), 200 Ω (HOT-COLD)
PRE/POST (switchable)
GND LIFT (switchable)

BALANCED OUT-R:

XLR jack
Output impedance:
100 Ω (HOT-GND, COLD-GND), 200 Ω (HOT-COLD)
GND LIFT (switchable)

Equivalent input noise:

120 dBu

Noise floor (residual noise):

-100 dBu

Control input:

FS01 Input

Power:

AC adapter: 9 V DC 500 mA center negative (ZOOM AD-16)
Batteries: 2 AA (about 3 hrs continuous operation time using alkaline batteries)

USB:

USB MIDI  USB Micro-B

Dimensions:

6.22 in (D) X 4.21 in (W) X 2.04 in (H)

Weight:

2.5 lbs (Not including batteries)

Options:

FS01 footswitch

Note:  0 dBu = 0.775 V