Adding effects to the Zoom MS-50G MultiStomp

Adding effects to the Zoom MS-50G MultiStomp

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

Zoom MS-50G

If the SYSTEM version isn’t 3.0 yet then proceed with updating the Firmware.

Here’s mine before updating.

Zoom MS-50G

Also, find an appropriate USB cable. My MS-50G doesn’t have a USB cable bundled with it when I bought it.

Zoom MS-50G

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.

Zoom MS-50G

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.

Zoom MS-50G

You are successful with this step if the Zoom’s screen say Ready for Firmware Update!

Zoom MS-50G

Yey!

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.Zoom MS-50G

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.

Zoom MS-50G

Zoom MS-50G

After a few minutes, you are now updated to Version 3!

Zoom MS-50G

Zoom MS-50G

You now can restart the device and confirm if it indeed updated to Version 3.

Zoom MS-50G

Zoom MS-50G

Good news! Your settings and presets were not deleted yey!

Zoom MS-50G

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.

Zoom MS-50G

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.

Zoom MS-50G

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.

Zoom MS-50G

After that you can now click Write Effects to start the transfer.

Zoom MS-50G

Zoom MS-50G

Wait for a few minutes and then you’re done!

Zoom MS-50G

Zoom MS-50G

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

Zoom MS-50G Fun Fact: You can actually power your device using a powerbank. I’ve been using my Zoom this way since 2014.

6 thoughts on “Adding effects to the Zoom MS-50G MultiStomp

  1. Hi Karl,
    Thanks for sharing on how to load patches on the Zoom MS50G. It is really helpful especially the max number of effects that can be stored.
    In reading your post, you mentioned you use this pedal for acoustic guitar. I’m planing to use it for acoustic guitar too. Would you mind to share some of the specific effects and settings to go with the acoustic guitar since I find sometime the pedal sound a bit too digital if I put too many effect in the chain.
    Thanks a lot for your help.
    Gary

    1. Hi Gary! Sorry for the late response. For my set with my band I put on light compression (to make the guitar stand out evenly), a have the delay ready (there are songs in our repertoire that I need to use it), and I also have the Booster ready (when I do my acoustic lead solos I use it, then move back to rhythm again).

      Also when the house sound system does not have reverb, and if I think I need it (for example the general feel sounds dry), I put on a reverb.

      Usually that’s how I use it.

      When I’m doing bass duties for Talahib People’s Music, I put on compression, nothing else. Medium setting. It works good for my and for any bass amp I use onstage.

      –Karl

  2. I have the pedal, firmware worked, but when I download the effects manager, I down have a scroll bar to see all the effects! on your tutorial and others there is a bar you can hold to move down the box of effects, I don’t have that so I only see the first part of the screen?

    1. Hi jared! sorry for the late response. If you are referring to the application in windows, sometimes the scroll bar doesnt load (I also experinced that). But I was able to scroll down with the scroll button on my mouse. And then suddenly the scroll bar appeared. I’m using Windows 10, maybe there’s a glitch in that version of the application no? –Karl

  3. Hi Karl,
    I have a problem about reading my midi update.
    I already did the pressing (up and down) part, and it appeared in my pedal “READY FOR FIRMWARE UPDATE”
    BUT…
    the system can’t scan my device to do the execution.

    Waiting for your response.
    Thank you in advance!
    what should I do?

    1. Hi Mars! Sorry the comment went to the spam folder. That happened to me the first time and it was a result of a bad cable. I just used an existing one from another equipment. So bought a new one that has the specs of having to transfer DATA and not just for CHARGING (there are usb cables that suprisingly are only good for charging and NOT data transfer).

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