Operation Manual
Introduction
T h a n k y o u f o r s e l e c t i n g t h e Z O O M M O D E L I N G G U I TA R
AMPLIFIER FIRE-18 (simply called the "FIRE-18" in this manual).
Please take the time to read this manual carefully so as to get the most
out of this product and to ensure optimum performance and reliability.
Please keep this manual in a convenient place for future reference.
Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
USAGE AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Controls and Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
◆ Input/preamplifier section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
◆ Effect section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
◆ Patch section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
◆ Output/control section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Using the FIRE-18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Basic operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Using effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Loading and storing patches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
◆ Loading a patch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
◆ Storing a patch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Using the built-in tuner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Switching the mode with the foot switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Returning the FIRE-18 to the factory default settings (all initialize) . . . . . . . .15
Drive Types and Effect Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
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DRIVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
ZNR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
MODULATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
DELAY/REVERB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Patch List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
USAGE AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
In this manual, symbols are used to highlight warnings and cautions for you to read so that accidents can
be prevented. The meanings of these symbols are as follows:
Warning
Caution
This symbol indicates explanations about extremely dangerous
matters. If users ignore this symbol and handle the device the wrong
way, serious injury or death could result.
This symbol indicates explanations about dangerous matters. If users
ignore this symbol and handle the device the wrong way, bodily injury
and damage to the equipment could result.
Please observe the following safety tips and precautions to ensure hazard-free use of the FIRE-18.
• Power requirements
Connect only to AC power outlets rated 100-120 V or 220-240 V 50/60Hz (depending on the
Warning voltage range of the unit; refer to the back panel).
When not using the unit for an extended time, disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet.
• Environment
Avoid using your FIRE-18 in environments where it will be exposed to:
• Extreme temperatures
Caution
• High humidity, moisture, or splashing water
• Excessive dust or sand
• Excessive vibration or shock
• Handling
Never place objects filled with liquids, such as vases, on the FIRE-18 since this can cause electric
Warning shock.
The FIRE-18 is a precision instrument. Do not exert undue pressure on the keys and other
Caution controls. Also take care not to drop the unit, and do not subject it to shock or excessive pressure.
• Alterations
Never open the case of the FIRE-18 or attempt to modify the product in any way since this can
Warning result in damage to the unit.
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• Volume
Do not use the FIRE-18 at a loud volume for a long time since this can cause hearing impairment.
Caution
•
Connecting cables and input and output jacks
Caution
You should always turn off the power to the FIRE-18 and all other equipment before connecting
or disconnecting any cables. Also make sure to disconnect all connection cables and the power
cord before moving the FIRE-18.
Usage Precautions
• Electrical interference
For safety considerations, the FIRE-18 has been designed to provide maximum protection against the
emission of electromagnetic radiation from inside the device, and protection from external interference.
However, equipment that is very susceptible to interference or that emits powerful electromagnetic waves
should not be placed near the FIRE-18, as the possibility of interference cannot be ruled out entirely.
With any type of digital control device, the FIRE-18 included, electromagnetic interference can cause
malfunctioning and can corrupt or destroy data. Care should be taken to minimize the risk of damage.
• Cleaning
Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the FIRE-18. If necessary, slightly moisten the cloth. Do not use abrasive
cleanser, wax, or solvents (such as paint thinner or cleaning alcohol), since these may dull the finish or
damage the surface.
Please keep this manual in a convenient place for future reference.
© ZOOM Corporation
Reproduction of this manual, in whole or in part, by any means, is prohibited.
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Features
Features
The FIRE-18 is a guitar amplifier with the following features.
• Versatile guitar amplifier and compact effect sound modeling
The FIRE-18 lets you select from 22 drive (distortion) types which faithfully duplicate the sound
of famous guitar amplifiers and compact effects. The available choices range from vintage amps to
modern sharp distortion, covering every need. With the simple push of a key, you can boost the
sound, prolong sustain, and emphasize the bass or treble range.
• Digital effects ideal for guitar play
The FIRE-18 also incorporates a full range of modulation effects and reverb/delay effects.
• Store amp settings as “patches”
Multiple amplifier and effect settings can be easily stored as user “patches”. This allows you to
instantly call up a desired combination of settings and effects, using the keys on the panel of the
unit or an optional foot switch. A number of preset patches with recommended settings are also
available.
•
Built-in auto-chromatic tuner
An easy-to-use auto-chromatic tuner is built right into the unit.
• Versatile input/output configuration
The AUX IN jack makes it easy to connect a CD player, MD player or other source device. The
RECORDING/PHONES jack lets you plug in a pair of headphones or a recorder.
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Controls and Functions
Controls and Functions
Input/preamplifier section
Output/control section
Patch section
Effect section
◆ Input/preamplifier section
This section comprises the input jack and controls for adjusting distortion depth and tone.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(6)
(4)
(5)
(7)
(9)
(8)
(10)
(1) [VARIATION] key
(2) [DRIVE TYPE] knob
Select the simulated amp type and distortion (drive) type.
The [DRIVE TYPE] knob gives access to 11 types, and the [VARIATION] key provides further
variations (vintage/standard). The LED for the currently selected variation lights up.
(3) [GAIN] knob
Adjusts the input gain. Turning this knob up increases distortion depth.
(4) [BASS]/[MIDDLE]/[TREBLE] knobs
This is a 3-band equalizer that allows boost/cut in the low, medium, and high frequency range.
(5) [LEVEL] knob
Adjusts the volume after passing the preamplifier.
(6) [INPUT] jack
Connect the electric guitar here, using a dedicated instrument cable.
(7) [BOOST] key
Setting this key to ON (LED lit) boosts the sound pressure level.
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(8) [SUSTAIN] key
Setting this key to ON (LED lit) produces longer sustain.
(9) [EDGE] key
Setting this key to ON (LED lit) emphasizes the high frequencies.
(10) [BOTTOM] key
Setting this key to ON (LED lit) emphasizes the low frequencies.
◆ Effect section
This section controls the built-in digital effects. The FIRE-18 provides modulation effects and
delay/reverb effects.
(1)
(3)
(2)
(1) [MODULATION] key
Switches the modulation effect on and off.
(2) [DELAY/REVERB] key
Switches the delay/reverb effect on and off.
(3) VALUE [Q]/[W] keys
Serve to change effect settings and values.
◆ Patch section
This section lets you store and recall effect patches. It also serves to operate the built-in tuner and
noise reduction functions.
(3)
(4) (5) (6)
(1)
(7)
(2)
(8)
(1) [MANUAL] key
(2) [PROGRAM/BANK] key
These keys switch between manual mode, where you use the controls on the front panel to shape
the sound, and program mode where you use settings stored in preprogrammed patches.
When the [MANUAL] key is ON (LED lit), the manual mode is selected. When the [PROGRAM/
BANK] key is ON (LED lit), the program mode is selected. (The default setting at power-on is
manual mode.)
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(3) Display
Shows the number of the currently selected patch, or the value of setting parameters of the FIRE-18.
(4) [Q]/[W] keys
Serve to switch between patches and to adjust ZNR (ZOOM Noise Reduction).
(5) [STORE] key
Stores the current settings as a user patch.
(6) [EXIT] key
Cancels an operation and calls up the number of the currently selected patch onto the display.
(7) [TUNER] key
This key activates the built-in tuner of the FIRE-18.
(8) [ZNR] key
This key turns ZOOM Noise Reduction on or off. (ZNR is ON by default at power-on.)
◆ Output/control section
This section lets you adjust the overall amp volume and connect external devices including a foot switch.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(1) [MASTER] knob
Adjusts the volume.
(2) [POWER] switch
Controls the power on/off status.
(3) FOOT SW jack
A separately available foot switch (ZOOM FS-01) can be connected here, allowing you to toggle
between manual mode and program mode with your foot.
(4) [AUX IN] jack
This is a stereo input that accepts the signal from a CD player or MD player.
(5) [RECORDING/PHONES] jack
This is a stereo output that can be used to connect a recording device or a pair of headphones.
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Connections
Connections
When connecting a multi-effect
device (such as the ZOOM 606
or 707II) between the guitar and
the FIRE-18, set the [DRIVE
TYPE] knob to "PLAIN".
To input the signal from a CD player or
other stereo playback device, use a stereo
cable and connect it to the [AUX IN] jack.
The signal input here is mixed internally
with the guitar signal.
Guitar
CD player or similar
606 or similar effect pedal
Power Cord
FS-01
To toggle between manual
mode and program mode
with your foot, connect the
separately available foot
switch ZOOM FS-01 here.
To monitor the output of the
FIRE-18 with headphones,
connect the headphone plug to
the [RECORDING/PHONES]
jack. (When a plug is inserted in
this jack, the speaker output is
automatically turned off.)
Headphones
To record the output of the FIRE-18,
connect the recording device such as
the ZOOM MRS-1266 to the
[RECORDING/PHONES] jack.
MRS-802 or similar recording device
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Using the FIRE-18
Using the FIRE-18
This section explains how to operate the panel controls and how to use patches and other functions
of the FIRE-18.
Basic operation
1.
Turn the [MASTER] knob to 0 and set the [POWER] switch to ON.
Immediately after turning on the power, the manual mode is selected ([MANUAL] key LED is
lit). In manual mode, you can use the knobs and keys on the panel to adjust the sound. Set the
[GAIN], [BASS], [MIDDLE], [TREBLE], and [LEVEL] controls all to the center position.
-2.
Display in manual mode
Use the [DRIVE TYPE] knob and the [VARIATION] key to select the drive type and variation.
Amplifier characteristics and distortion depth will differ, depending on the selected drive type. To
create your sound in manual mode, first use the [DRIVE TYPE] knob to select the drive type, and
then choose the variation (standard/vintage) with the [VARIATION] key. (For information on
available drive types, see page 16.)
3.
Raise the [MASTER] knob to a suitable position, and adjust the distortion depth and
volume with the [GAIN] knob and [LEVEL] knob while playing your guitar.
Normally, you will use the [GAIN] knob to adjust distortion depth and the [LEVEL] knob to adjust the
level for a particular patch. The [MASTER] knob controls the overall volume, common to all patches.
4.
Use the [BASS]/[MIDDLE]/[TREBLE] knobs to adjust the tone.
You can also use the [BOOST], [SUSTAIN], [EDGE], and [BOTTOM] keys to increase the sound
pressure, prolong sustain, and emphasize the high or low frequency range.
5.
To change the ZNR (ZOOM Noise Reduction) setting, press the [ZNR] key.
The LED of the key flashes, and the current setting (Z1 – Z9, oF) is shown for about 2 seconds on
the display. Use the [Q]/[W] keys to select the new setting. To switch ZNR on or off, press the
[ZNR] key once more. Higher setting values result in more effective noise reduction. Set the value
as high as possible without causing the sound to be cut off abruptly.
H INT
The optimum ZNR setting value will differ, depending on the instrument, selected drive type, and distortion
depth. If noise seems excessive, check the ZNR setting.
6.
To turn the unit off, turn the [MASTER] knob all the way down and then turn off the
[POWER] switch.
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Using effects
Immediately after turning on the FIRE-18, the [MANUAL] key LED is lit, and the internal effects
(modulation, delay/reverb) are off. This section explains how to activate the effects and use them
to achieve various kinds of sound.
1.
Press the key for the desired effect in the effect section.
To use the modulation effect, press the [MODULATION] key. To use the delay/reverb effect,
press the [DELAY/REVERB] key.
The respective LED flashes, and the indication "oF" (effect off) is shown on the display for 2 second.
OF
2.
While "oF" is shown, press the same key once more.
If you press the key while "oF" is visible on the display, the effect is turned on, and the effect type
and setting value are shown on the display.
For example, if you press the [MODULATION] key in step 1, the effect type is shown as "C"
(chorus), and the setting value as "1".
Effect type
3.
C1
Setting value
Use the VALUE [Q]/[W] keys to select the desired effect type and setting value.
You can select one effect from a number of choices for the modulation effect and the delay/reverb
effect, and then you can adjust the intensity of the effect by setting the value of a parameter. For
information on effect types and setting values, see page 17 – page 20. To change the effect type
and setting value, proceed as follows.
• To increase or decrease the setting value by one step
When you press one of the VALUE [Q]/[W] keys, the setting value changes by one step, such
as C1 → C2 → C3 or C9 → C8 → C7. When the maximum or minimum setting is reached,
the unit switches to the minimum or maximum setting of the next effect type, such as C9 →
F1 or H1 → F9.
• To switch the effect type
When you press both of the VALUE [Q]/[W] keys together, the setting switches to the minimum of the next effect type, such as C5 → F1 or F3 → H1.
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Available modulation effect types and their abbreviations are listed in the table below.
Effect type)
Code
Effect type
Code
CHORUS
C
AUTO WAH
W
FLANGER
F
STEP
S
PHASE
H
SLOW-A (slow attack)
A
DOUBLING
D
PITCH (pitch shift)
P
TREMOLO
T
RING MOD (ring modulator)
R
The available delay/reverb effect types and the corresponding codes are shown in the table below.
Effect type
Code
Effect type)
Code
DELAY
D
ROOM
R
ECHO
E
HALL
H
H INT
•
•
•
•
You can use a modulation effect and a delay/reverb effect simultaneously. If necessary, perform the above
steps again for the other effect.
In program mode, you can call up a patch and change the effect setting.
When the effect in the selected patch is off, you can select an effect type and setting value by performing
steps 1 – 3.
When the effect in the selected patch is on ([MODULATION] key or [DELAY/REVERB] key LED lit), you can
press the key whose LED is lit to call up the effect type and setting value onto the display. You can then
use the VALUE [Q]/[W] keys to change the effect type and/or setting value.
Loading and storing patches
The FIRE-18 offers a bank of ten read/write user patches (U) and two banks of ten read-only
preset patches (A, b). Patches in each bank are numbered 0 - 9.
This section explains how to call up stored user patches or preset patches and how to save
amplifier and effect settings in a user patch.
◆ Loading a patch
1.
Press the [PROGRAM/BANK] key in the patch section, so that the LED lights up.
The FIRE-18 switches from manual mode to program mode, and the currently selected patch is
shown on the display.
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In program mode, the knobs and controls on the panel become inactive, and the settings of the
patch shown on the display are enabled.
2.
Use the [Q]/[W] keys to select the bank and number of the desired patch.
With the [Q]/[W] keys, you can cycle through the patches in the order U0 - U9 → A0 - A9 →
b0 - b9 → U0 ... (For information on factory default patch contents, see page 23.)
Patch bank
U: User bank;
A, b: preset banks
4
Patch number
When you press the [PROGRAM/BANK] key, the patch number stays the same and only the bank
is toggled: U1 → A1 → b1 → U1.
3.
Operate the controls in the input/preamp section and the effect section as required, to
adjust the distortion, tone, volume, effect type and intensity, etc.
If a control has been operated after a patch was loaded, a dot appears at the bottom right of the
display. This indicates that the contents of the patch have changed. (When you return to the
original settings, the dot disappears.)
4
Lit
H INT
You can store the changed contents as a user patch by pressing the [STORE] key. For information on the
procedure, see the section "Storing a patch".
N OTE
If you have changed some settings and then select another patch, the settings of the previous patch will
return to the stored condition. If you want to preserve your changes, store them as a user patch.
◆ Storing a patch
N OTE
When you store a patch, any patch currently stored under the same number will be overwritten (erased and
replaced with the new settings). Take care not to accidentally erase a patch that you want to keep.
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1.
Use the knobs and keys on the panel to establish the desired sound.
2.
Press the [STORE] key in the patch section.
The indication "U" (for user bank) and the patch number (0 – 9) are shown on the display. In this
condition, storing the settings as a user patch is possible.
0
3.
Use the [Q]/[W] keys to select the desired user patch (U0 – U9).
The preset patches (A0 – A9, b0 – b9) are read-only. They cannot be selected as a target for storing.
1
4.
To store the patch, press the [STORE] key once more.
The store process is carried out, and the unit goes into program mode. If you press the [EXIT] key
instead of the [STORE] key, the operation is canceled and the unit returns to the condition of step 1.
H INT
By calling up an existing patch and then selecting another destination for the store process, copying a patch
is possible.
Using the built-in tuner
The FIRE-18 incorporates an auto-chromatic tuner which can be activated by pressing the
[TUNER] key.
1.
Press the [TUNER] key in the patch section.
The LED of the key lights up and the internal tuner becomes active.
If you want to tune while keeping the sound output on, press the [TUNER] key only briefly. (The
display indication shows "tU".) If you want to tune while the sound is muted, hold down the
[TUNER] key somewhat longer. (Release the key when the display indication shows "Mt".)
T
Hold down
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MT
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2.
Play the open string you want to tune
The left side of the display shows the note which is closest to the current pitch. The right side of
the display shows how far the pitch is off. Adjust the pitch while observing the display.
Pitch is sharp Correct pitch Pitch is flat
A8
A8
The higher the rotation speed, the more the pitch is off.
3.
To change the tuner reference pitch, press one of the [Q]/[W] keys.
The current reference pitch is shown for two seconds. The default setting is "40" (center A = 440 Hz).
40
4.
While the reference pitch is shown, you can use the [Q]/[W] keys to change the setting.
The setting range is 35 – 45 (center A = 435 Hz – 445 Hz).
42
N OTE
When power is turned off and on again, the reference pitch is reset to "40" (center A = 440 Hz).
5.
When tuning is complete, press the [TUNER] key to turn the tuner off.
The tuner function is disabled.
N OTE
During use of the tuner, effects are turned off.
Switching the mode with the foot switch
Using the separately available foot switch, you can toggle between manual mode and program
mode during play.
1.
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Turn off power to the FIRE-18 and connect the foot switch FS-01 (available separately)
to the [FOOT SW] jack.
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N OTE
Please do not connect or disconnect the foot switch while power is turned on.
2.
Turn power to the FIRE-18 on.
The FIRE-18 is in manual mode.
-3.
Display in manual mode
Press the foot switch while you are playing your instrument.
When you push the foot switch, the FIRE-18 switches to program mode, and the currently
selected patch becomes active. If required, use the [PROGRAM/BANK] key and [Q]/[W] keys to
switch the bank and patch number.
A1
4.
Program mode display
To return to manual mode, press the foot switch again, or press the [MANUAL] key.
Returning the FIRE-18 to the factory default settings
(all initialize)
If required, you can return the settings of the user patches (U0 – U9) to the condition in which the
unit was shipped. (This function is called "all initialize".)
N OTE
When you carry out this function, any settings that you have stored in user patches will be lost. Proceed with
care.
1.
Hold down the [STORE] key while turning power to the unit on.
The indication "AL" appears on the display.
AL
2.
To execute the all initialize function, press the [STORE] key once more.
All user patches are returned to the factory default condition. To cancel the process, press the
[EXIT] key instead of the [STORE] key.
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Drive Types and Effect Types
Drive Types and Effect Types
■ DRIVE
Selects the modeling material (amp) and distortion type (drive type).
Drive type
FDR
CLEAN
MS
BG
HI GAIN
Display
FUZZ
16
Name
Description
VINTAGE
FDR BLUES
Classic bluesy sound of built-in type tube
amp
STANDARD
FDR CLEAN
Clean sound of built-in type tube amp
VINTAGE
J CLEAN
Clean bright combo amp sound
STANDARD
MATCH
Warm and powerful combo amp sound
VINTAGE
MS OLD
Nostalgic British-style tube stack amp sound
STANDARD
MS DRIVE
British-style tube stack amp drive sound
VINTAGE
BG OLD
Sound of an old-style tube combo amp with
gutsy midrange
STANDARD
BG DRIVE
Drive sound of a tube stack amp with gutsy
midrange
VINTAGE
MP 1
Sound of a high-gain tube preamplifier
STANDARD
PVY
Tube stack amp drive sound in the heavy
metal style
VINTAGE
9002
ZOOM original 9002 sound
STANDARD
Z POWER
ZOOM original powerful amp sound
VINTAGE
VINTAGE OD
Sound of dry overdrive effect connected to
combo amp
STANDARD
TB DIST
Sound of fully revved up distortion effect
connected to combo amp
VINTAGE
WILD FUZZ
Sound of high-gain aggressive fuzz connected
to stack amp
STANDARD
FUZZ
Sound of nostalgic sixties fuzz connected to
stack amp
FD
CL
MS
BG
HG
M
ZOOM
OD/DIST
Variation
OD
F
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Drive Types and Effect Types
METAL
ACOUSTIC
PLAIN
VINTAGE
MTZ
Typical metal style sound with distinctive
midrange
STANDARD
MT 7
Heavy metal sound great for 7-string guitar
VINTAGE
AC FAT
STANDARD
AC STANDARD
Changes the sound of an electric guitar into
that of an acoustic guitar
The DRIVE [VARIATION] key switches the
style between fat and standard
VINTAGE
VINTAGE
STANDARD
STANDARD
MT
A
PL
Clean guitar amp sound great for direct input
to a ZOOM multi-effect processor
The VINTAGE setting produces an even
tighter sound
■ ZNR
This is ZOOM's original noise reduction which suppresses noise during play pauses. Use the
[ZNR] key to turn the function on and off, and use the [Q]/[W] keys to adjust the setting value.
Setting
value
1
ZNR
9
Description
Higher settings result in more effective noise reduction. Set the
value as high as possible without causing the sound to be cut
off abruptly
■ MODULATION
This effect adds body and modulation to the guitar sound. Use the [MODULATION] key to turn
the effect on and off, and use theVALUE [Q]/[W] keys to select the effect type and the setting
value.
Effect type
CHORUS
Setting
value
C1
C9
F1
FLANGER
ZOOM FIRE-18
F6
Description
Mixes pitch-shifted components (up and down) to original
signal, for spacious and solid sound. Higher setting values result
in deeper chorus effect
Pitch-up/down modulation adds pronounced character to the
sound. Higher setting values result in faster modulation
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Drive Types and Effect Types
FLANGER
→CHORUS
F7
F9
H1
PHASE
H6
H7
PHASE→CHORUS
H9
D1
DOUBLING
DOUBLING
→CHORUS
D6
D7
D9
T1
TREMOLO
TREMOLO
→CHORUS
T6
T7
T9
W1
AUTO WAH
AUTO WAH
→CHORUS
W6
W7
W9
S1
STEP
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S6
Serial connection of flanger and chorus. Higher setting values
result in faster flanger modulation (Chorus rate and depth is
fixed)
Adds a swooshing modulation to the sound. Higher setting
values result in faster phaser modulation
Serial connection of phaser and chorus. Higher setting values
result in faster phaser modulation (Chorus rate and depth is
fixed)
This effect adds a very short-delay sound to the original sound,
which gives the impression of several players playing the same
phrase, resulting in more solid sound. Higher setting values
result in stronger doubling action
Serial connection of doubling and chorus. Higher setting values
result in stronger doubling action (Chorus depth is fixed)
This effect varies the volume periodically. Higher setting values
result in faster tremolo
Serial connection of tremolo and chorus. Higher setting values
result in faster tremolo (Chorus rate and depth is fixed)
This is an effect that automatically adds wah depending on the
playing intensity. Higher setting values result in higher auto wah
start sensitivity, producing wah even with low-level signals
Serial connection of auto wah and chorus. Higher setting values
result in higher auto wah start sensitivity (Chorus depth is fixed)
This effect causes random pitch changes and creates an auto
arpeggio-like sound. Higher setting values result in faster sound
change
ZOOM FIRE-18
Drive Types and Effect Types
S7
STEP→CHORUS
S9
A1
SLOW-A
A6
A7
SLOW-A→PITCH
A9
Serial connection of step and chorus. Higher setting values
result in faster sound change (Chorus rate and depth is fixed)
This effect slows down the sound attack speed, resulting in the
impression of “violin playing”. Higher setting values result in
slower attack speed
Serial connection of slow attack and pitch shift. Higher setting
values result in slower attack speed (Pitch shift is fixed to one
octave higher)
This effect varies the pitch of the original sound. You can select one of nine
preset pitch shift patterns (P1 – P9)
P1
Mixes the original sound and a sound component shifted one
octave down
P2
Mixes the original sound and a sound component shifted a
perfect fifth down
P3
Adds a chorus effect to the P2 setting
P4
Mixes the original sound and a sound component shifted a
perfect fourth up
P5
Adds a chorus effect to the P4 setting
P6
Mixes the original sound and a sound component shifted one
octave up
P7
Mixes the original sound and a sound component shifted slightly,
resulting in a chorus effect with only slight modulation
P8
Mixes the original sound and sound components shifted a
perfect fourth down and up
P9
Mixes the original sound and sound components shifted an
octave down and up
R1
Adds amplitude modulation to the sound, resulting in a metallic
effect. Higher setting values result in higher modulation
frequency
PITCH
RING MOD
ZOOM FIRE-18
R6
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Drive Types and Effect Types
RING MOD
→CHORUS
R7
R9
Serial connection of ring modulator and chorus. Higher setting
values result in higher modulation frequency (Chorus depth is
fixed)
■ DELAY/REVERB
This effect adds a delayed component or reverb to the guitar sound. Use the [DELAY/REVERB]
key to turn the effect on and off, and use the VALUE [Q]/[W] keys to select the effect type and
the setting value.
Effect type
Setting
value
D1
DELAY
D9
E1
ECHO
E9
R1
ROOM
R9
H1
HALL
20
H9
Description
This is a conventional digital delay effect. Higher setting
values result in longer delay time. The mix/feedback amount is
set to an optimum value
This delay effect re-creates the warm sound of a tape echo.
Higher setting values result in longer delay time. The mix/
feedback amount is set to an optimum value
This effect simulates reverberation in a room. Higher values
result in a deeper effect
This effect simulates reverberation in a hall. Higher values
result in a deeper effect
ZOOM FIRE-18
Specifications
Power Output
Speaker
Inputs
Output
Drive
Effect Programs
Effect Modules
Program Patches
Sampling Frequency
A/D Conversion
D/A Conversion
Control Connector
Display
Dimension
Weight
Included Items
Specifications
18 W RMS
20 cm, 8 ohms
Guitar input : standard mono phone jack (nominal input level -20 dBm,
input impedance 470 kilohms)
AUX IN : standard stereo phone jack (nominal input level -20 dBm, input
impedance 10 kilohms)
Combined recording/headphone output: standard stereo phone jack
(nominal output level +4 dBm with output load impedance 10 kilohms or
higher)
22 types
19 types (10 MODULATION + 4 DELAY/REVERB + BOOST +
SUSTAIN + EDGE + BOTTOM + ZNR)
7 modules (MODULATION + DELAY/REVERB + BOOST + SUSTAIN
+ EDGE + BOTTOM + ZNR)
USER : 10 (rewritable, with store)
PRESET : 2 banks x 10 = 20
Total 30 patches
31.25 kHz
20-bit, 64-times oversampling
20-bit, 8-times oversampling
FOOT SW (FS01)
2-position 7-segment LED
400 mm (W) x 205 mm (D) x 380 mm (H)
10 kg
Power Cord
*0 dBm = 0.775 Vrms
*Design and specifications subject to change without notice.
ZOOM FIRE-18
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
• Power does not come on.
• Is power cord correctly plugged into AC outlet?
• Is [POWER] switch set to ON?
• No sound, or low volume.
• Is the guitar correctly connected to the FIRE-18?
See page 8 for information on connections.
• Is something plugged into the [RECORDING/PHONES] jack?
If something is plugged into the [RECORDING/PHONES] jack, the speaker is automatically
cut off.
• Is the [LEVEL] knob or [MASTER] knob turned down?
Turn the knobs clockwise while playing your guitar.
• Sound is too distorted or breaks up.
• [GAIN]/[LEVEL] knobs may be turned up too high?
Turn the knobs counter-clockwise. Adjust the volume with the [MASTER] knob.
• The foot switch does not toggle modes.
• Is a ZOOM foot switch connected?
Use only the foot switch ZOOM FS-01.
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ZOOM FIRE-18
Patch List
Patch List
COMMENT
Powerful drive sound with huge and full sonic impact
J CLEAN
Simulation of combo amp sound with characteristic chorus
BG OLD
Light drive combo amp sound
MT 7
Metal sound for 7-string guitar
FDR CLEAN
Standard amp sound for studio recording
BG DRIVE
Simulation of BG stack amp sound
MATCH
High quality crunch sound simulating combo amp
9002
Combination of auto wah and distortion
AC STANDARD Acoustic sound for stroke and arpeggio
BG OLD
Standard pitch sound with 1-octave-down component
PVY
Simulation of high gain amp drive sound
PLAIN (St)
Clear, transparent chorus sound
Z POWER
ZOOM original power lead sound
MS DRIVE
Simulation of standard stack amp sound
VINTAGE OD
Overdrive sound with delay suitable for melody and lead
PLAIN (St)
Phaser sound for cutting
TB DIST
Simulation of stomp box distortion
MP 1
Crispy, useful jet sound
MP 1
Amp sound with hard distortion and quick response
9002
Variation of vintage original ZOOM sound
WILD FUZZ
Powerful fuzz sound for backing and lead
PLAIN (Vin)
Chorus & delay sound for clean lead
FDR BLUES
Fat sound adds weight to the mid range
TB DIST
Sound of accentuating outline with short delay
J CLEAN
Fantastic pitch sound for chord arpeggio
MS OLD
Simulation of typical old stack amp sound
Simulation of combo amp sound with characteristic tremolo
FDR CLEAN
and reverb
PVY
Almighty auto-wah sound
MATCH
Mersey beat type combo amp sound
FUZZ
Fuzzy sound loved by studio musicians
BANK PATCH PATCH NAME DRIVE TYPE
U
A
b
0
Fire Drive
1
Pop Chorus
2
Combo Drive
3
Metal 7
4
FDR-Clean
5
BG-Stack
6
Match Box
7
Cry Lead
8
Strum Arp
9
Pitched DRV
0
PV-Hard
1
Clear Chorus
2
Z-Power
3
M-Stack
4
Delayed OD
5
Phaser Cut
6
X-Distortion
7
Jet Drive
8
MP-Power
9
Z-Box
0
Wild Fuzz
1
Clean Lead
2
Fat Tweed
3
Outline Dist
4
Mystic Chord
5
Old Stack
6
Silver Panel
7
Wah Useful
8
UK Box
9
Neo Fuzz
ZOOM FIRE-18
PVY
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The FCC regulation warning (for U.S.A.)
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may
cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
ZOOM CORPORATION
NOAH Bldg., 2-10-2, Miyanishi-cho, Fuchu-shi, Tokyo 183-0022, Japan
PHONE: +81-42-369-7116 FAX: +81-42-369-7115
Web Site: http://www.zoom.co.jp
FIRE-18- 5000-1