Capture your performance now, audition on any pedal or amp later.
The all new Locomotive ZCAR is simple. Connect any instrument to your favorite mic preamp and record. Then, send the recorded signal to your pedal chain or amp of choice - all from one box!
With ZCAR's mu-metal shielded transformer, the 1/4" jacks and XLR jacks are isolated from one another. This provides proper input and output impedances on each side, so that you can focus more on performance and less on technical requirements. And since the ZCAR is passive, no power source is necessary. Just plug and play, anywhere!
A little history: Impedance in audio is denoted by the letter Z. And in the Locomotive “Z” CAR, our high-quality transformer ensures the appropriate impedances are available on each side of the signal chain.
Capture performances with
your favorite preamps
Since the Locomotive ZCAR is a passive DI, a transformer takes your instrument signal and makes it perfect for any mic preamp. This will give you flexibility on how much coloration you would like the captured signal to have. Use a clean preamp to retain the characteristics of the instrument, or dirty it up before sending the signal back out to your amp in Amp-Up mode. A three-position switch allows the user to select the desired level of attenuation.
Send your recorded signal out of your DAW to any amplifier of your choice. The Amp-Up function offers two modes; a standard frequency response mode and “Big Roll” which offers a high frequency rolloff at 6dB/per octave starting at 1kHz.
Send recorded audio out to
your pedal chain and amps
Custom-wound American Mu-Metal Shielded Transformer
ZCAR's Heavy-duty steel enclosure will take day to day abuse, whether in studio or on the road
ZCAR's pad switch
works in both DI &
DI output and Amp-Up input XLRs are balanced and isolated from one another