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Zoom has now combined a versatile live effects bass guitar processor with an easy-to-use drum machine, SmartMedia riff sampler and 69 new effects in the new 708II.

The 708II's onboard drum machine includes 60 preset rhythm patterns featuring high-quality PCM sounds. The internal sampler lets players record sounds for learning riffs and phrases. Playback speed can be reduced with or without affecting pitch and storage is available via a SmartMedia card.

The system also has 69 Zoom bass guitar effects (9 simultaneously) including EQ, reverbs, delays, modulation effects and more. The 708II also features 33 amp modeling programs that emulate some of the world's most revered bass amps and cabinets.

Designed for performance, the system features analog edit knobs for easy adjustment of effect parameters in real time. They can also be used as "Instant Edit" in Play mode for Distortion, Modulation and Reverb programs.

A large LED display clearly shows all critical information on dark stages and other low light situations. The 708II's built-in expression pedal controls volume, wah and other effect parameters. Simple up/down footswitch operation allows easy access to patches and sampling functions.

Other features include 120 patch memory locations (60 user and 60 preset). For convenience, the unit can be powered by four AA batteries or an optional AC adaptor. The new 708II has an MSRP of $259.99.

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