My Zoom MS-50g MultiStomp is a versatile companion for our live performances and recordings. Reverb, delay, plus the compressor are the usual ones that I use in my MS-50g for live performances using an acoustic guitar. While drive and distortion effects for electric rhythm needs. In fact, most of the electric rhythm you can hear in our Puso at Bayan album were all recorded with distortion effects from the MS-50g.
My MS-50g has been with me since 2013. I remember updating it once but unfortunately I wasn’t able to document the process and share it with other users. So this time (after four years) I’m doing a proper documentation and sharing it with everyone.
Why update the Zoom MS-50G Multistomp?
Probably the best reason is because you might be interested in the capability to add (and of course delete) effects to it. As of writing this guide, I discovered 72 new effects that I put into my MS-50G. My Zoom already carry 100 effects from the last update.
Can you use all the new 72 effects? Yes. Can you put them alongside your existing 100 effects? Yes and no. More on that later.
Alright let’s get our Zoom updated!
Step 1: Check your version
If the SYSTEM version isn’t 3.0 yet then proceed with updating the Firmware.
Here’s mine before updating.
Also, find an appropriate USB cable. My MS-50G doesn’t have a USB cable bundled with it when I bought it.
Step 2: Download the software from Zoom
Download the appropriate Firmware Software and MS-50G Effect Manager (there’s a PC and Mac version) from the official zoom website. Also download the MS-50G Effects List (Ver.3) PDF as a guide to the effects you already have or for the new ones.
Step 3: Connect the MS-50G in Firmware Update mode
The USB connection will power your MS-50G. So check first that you are not powering the device through other means like battery or a DC power adaptor.
Press and hold the up and down button together while plugging the device to your computer via the USB.
You are successful with this step if the Zoom’s screen say Ready for Firmware Update!
Step 4: Run the Firmware software and update
Now before you celebrate, we have to confirm that your computer and OS have properly detected the device. In my experience, there’s no driver installation window popping up after plugging it into my Lenovo laptop running Windows 10 OS. However, the Firmware Software was able to detect the device.
The device ZOOM MS Series only appears in the MIDI IN and MIDI OUT drop down menus when you have properly connected the MS-50G to your computer. So if it doesn’t, try a different USB cable, or other solutions via Google.
If everything is ok, click execute!
Both your computer and your MS-50G will be working at this point.
After a few minutes, you are now updated to Version 3!
You now can restart the device and confirm if it indeed updated to Version 3.
Good news! Your settings and presets were not deleted yey!
Step 5: Add and Remove Effects via the MS-50G Effects Manager
Connect your Zoom to the computer once again via USB. Just connect it, no need to press any button combination. Now run the MS-50G Effects Manager.
Now you can see the effects that are currently installed (those with checked boxes) and the rest that you can add.
As I was saying in the first part of this guide, you can use all of the effects but you can’t add them all because probably of limited software space. You can only push the device’s capacity to carry only around 130 effects. Hence you have to decide which effects you would like to add.
This happens when you click Select All.
The blue bar turns red and the button Write Effects greyed out.
For my needs, I picked only the new reverb and delays, yes Shimmer Reverb included.
After that you can now click Write Effects to start the transfer.
Wait for a few minutes and then you’re done!
Check and try out the new effects you have just installed in your Zoom MS-50G! Here’s a video clip of the new reverb effects I installed in my Zoom.
So that’s it! I do hope this guide is useful for fellow Zoom MS-50G users.
Zoom MS-50G Fun Fact: You can actually power your device using a powerbank. I’ve been using my Zoom this way since 2014.