MOTU ZBox 1-channel Passive Guitar Direct Box

Guitar Impedance Adapter with 16" Hardwired Cable
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Get That "Amp Feel" When You Plug into Other Gear!

It's bothered guitarists for a long time: whenever we plug into a piece of recording gear other than our trusty amp, we lose that "connection" between us and our sound! The ZBox fixes all that. When you plug into it, you'll feel as though you're jacked straight into a tube amp. Finally, you can play with the response and reaction you're used to. It's perfect in conjunction with the trainers and interfaces — anywhere you need to plug in your guitar that's not an amp, use the ZBox and restore the feel of your guitar!

MOTU ZBox Guitar Impedance Adapter Features at a Glance:
  • Easy to use
  • Hardwired 16" cable
  • Optimizes guitar impedance when plugging into other devices
  • Restores feel of playing through a real amp
  • Perfect for use with audio interfaces, mixers, recording devices, wireless transmitters, PA systems, and FX processors
  • Compact (1" x 1.75" x 2.5")
  • Virtually indestructible aluminum construction

Tech Specs

Type Guitar Impedance Adapter
Channels 1
Inputs 1 x Hi-Z Instrument, 1 x Lo-Z Instrument
Outputs 1 x Instrument
Height 1"
Width 1.75"
Depth 2.5"
Weight 0.2 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 2300

Customer Reviews

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A MUST for those using amp simulation plugins

I actually bought this a few years ago. I still use it to this day, when using Amplitube 4 and the amp simulators from EZmix2. I have it mounted to my desk. I was reminded over the weekend what it does. I was curious and plugged straight into the interface, without the ZBox. YUCK! I plugged in again with the ZBox, so much better. It's more than suddle. Definitely makes a huge difference. love Love LOVE it. I'm glad I purchased this, and will continue to use it. I highly recommend for those who use amp simulation plugins.

Love It

This box does what it says. It can be subtle or not depending on the guitar or bass you plugin but it does bring back lost tone and you lose the icepick sound of digital highs.
Music background: Musician, Engineer


This is a must if you run your guitar straight into a tape echo . before your amp. The impedance correction is like night and day for your tone. No more mud, no loss of clarity. Try this thing anytime you experience tone sucking.. Good for correcting tonal problems with acoustic/electric guitars too.
Music background: Pro Musician


Awesome clarity in front of an outboard tape delay before the input jack. Balanced impedance is a must. My assigned sales rep. Matt was instrumental to my satisfaction. Thanks Matt.
Music background: Pro Musician

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Been having issues with line levels when recording directly with my guitar into my MBox. Greg Savino recommended giving this product a try. Wow, I can finally hear what Amplitude sounds like!. Greg is a great tech to help you out with issues.
Music background: Home Recording, Guitar

Sweetwater Advice

Scott Augustyniak

I finally decided to give this box a try since I play my guitar through an interface more than an amp anymore. Plugged it in and immediately heard a boost in the mids. I didn't realize what I was missing until I gained it. It gives you a better "amp-like" response, plus I find myself playing more.
See also: Direct Input Boxes, MOTU, MOTU Direct Boxes