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Dope Machines You Didn't Know Existed:  Zoom Fire 7010

(Effects Processor) 

There is always this trend. No matter the hobby or intrest. A trend of "Tried and Proven"

You really miss out on a lot playing follow the leader. You close your eyes to an entire world just to take what has been set in front of you without question. 

The last three machines to be featured were all samplers. Up now is an effects unit from Zoom. Zoom in my opnion defenatly has made some really great stuff! A lot of people when they think Zoom, they think budget kit, cheaply made, poor quality sound or effects (Minus the people who have actually used a Zoom product, or know the full catalogues gems).

Maybe with the typical known about market flooded stuff.

But there is a whole world of great Zoom out there (Look at the ST-224!)


To talk on Zoom being cheap. One big contributor as you can see above. Anything with that color scheme can defenatly be a bit off putting. Maybe when it was released it was thought to be cool and attention grabbing like all the wacky boutique stuff western markets seem to go for.

Now check out the JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) model!

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The black housing with silver grille is a much nicer touch. I might be writing on article on dissasembling and painting the Zoom Fire 7010!! (I am now in the process of doing this. The JDM model has me sold on doing it!)

To speak on build quality, at first sight the Blues and Yellows might be a bit off putting in photos. Yes it's plastic, but it's the colors that make it look like cheap plastic. It's actually incredibly thick! Very durable.

Most commonly used as a guitar processer, but I've found many other uses for it. The onboard speaker is actually very loud. You can't get too low of frequencys (not sure on the cutoff) but you can still capture a good range if using as a battery powered speaker (Uses 6 AA's) if your out with your MPC or whatever you have out in the park.

Now when externally amped, running the output of the 7010 to a sound system, it produces an incredible sound. 

A number of other uses, is with Samplers! You can run your source through here. Or run your outputs into here, then sample back in with effects. A wealth of great effects actually. 

Using with synths, this makes a great companion. Especially with the effects, boring and as obvious as that would sound it being an effects unit, but I've got some wild sound out of a square wave in a home built synth based around the APC or Atari Punk Console. So for a situational example! A simple Square wave being played through a random setup of effects. Triggering for a moment and letting go. Then, switched to 'always on' then changing the pitch around, we get this (what you hear at the end)!

So a few years ago some of the lads in my neghiborhood popped round and said they had a "beat machine thing" and were wondering if I would be interested. I said sure I'de take a look at it. What they brought back was the Zoom Fire 7010. I thought oh wow, this has a speaker and everything. Batterys already in it, so I hooked it up really quick to my cassette player and I was sold.

They had found it going through dust bins at the local University. They will spend days on end digging through all the garbage and bring back a lot of great stuff for a good price. So I got it for 10£ and it was a great purchace!





With anything, one of the first things I do is check to see if there is an enthuast forum. Typically when something comes out, you have someone who starts a forum for it. Sometimes not. Other times especially when older equipment, a lot of those forums don't exist anymore.

For the Zoom ST-224, there is still a running forum:




Looking online to see what mods currently are known about (at least written about and searchable online) I came across absolutely nothing.

Soon here I'll be opening it up and spilling some details on what I find, but from the time of writing, there most likely is nothing proprietary about the internals of these. 

Painting, speaker upgrades, little things like that are reasonable that I can think off the top of my head. I'll have a better idea at some point and when I do I will be sure to update this section!


Official Operations Manual: 


Factory Service Manual: (Unavaiable -- May not have yet been released online)


Not much to add at this time. As photos are taken here, I will update this section!


Aside from my video posted above with the Hello Kitty Synth, it seems to be all Guitar videos, which makes since as this was made for guitars! Of course there will also be loads of people maybe stumbling across this article wanting an effects unit for their guitar! 

Here's a great video that shows a bit how the speaker preforms. Older video so don't expect awesome sound quality! In fact you should never judge the sound of a unit as heard filmed. There are a GREAT deal of factors that can make something sound worse, (or worse then worse) or better then it will sound in person!

From Youtube user: Shima-Z

Here is a good demonstration video for the 7010 from a bloke called Glynn Masterman with dialogue to go along with it. He even demo's the modulation effects. He says it's a gimic, but I disagree completely. Maybe they thought of this but maybe not, that it could in fact be used with synths, romplers or other sound modules! 

He hit the nail on the head with "Casual lounge room jamming" and "busking" could have been in mind when they made this unit. Those were two great things I thought to be really fun about the unit!



Mashiro Shiina
0 #2 Mashiro Shiina 2016-03-24 21:44
Yes, the only way to really pair it is re-sampling with the effects. Can be a real pain but a cool option.

I see what you mean about prices!

You never know, you might find something really cool that nobody knows about and end up writing a "Dope Machines You Didn't Know Existed" article :-)
0 #1 Nikolas 2016-03-10 03:22
Owning both the ST-224 and s20, I thought I'd look at the other gear you have listed, and this one looks like a doozy for pairing with a sampler which, say, has no onboard effects at all ;)

Unfortunately the only ones I can find online are drastically priced. Wonder if I'll ever find a dustbin deal like your's?

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