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Your Acoustic Sound—Amplified. THE ZOOM AC-2 Acoustic Creator

Amplify your acoustic sound with the Zoom AC-2 Acoustic Creator. The AC-2 is a DI (direct box) that encompasses all you need to deliver natural guitar tone on stage or in the studio. The AC-2 automatically restores tone lost through acoustic pickups, so your sound is always lush, resonant, and faithful to the instrument you have in hand.

Acoustic Creator Series

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Restore Your Acoustic Tone

With 16 source guitar presets, the AC-2 recovers the sonic characteristics of a variety of guitar types and body shapes. You can choose from dreadnought, upright bass, nylon strings, 12 string, and more.

Simply select your guitar of choice, then choose piezo or magnetic pickup. From there, the AC-2 is ready to reproduce and amplify your guitar’s tone with complete accuracy.

Essential DI Features

The AC-2 features a high-quality preamp which boosts your signal and helps restore your true acoustic sound. Add its natural-sounding reverb to increase your acoustic’s depth and width, and round out your desired tone with easy 3-band EQ adjustments.

Josh on a Triple 0

All Josh Turner needs to deliver an incredible live performance is his Martin 000-28H and the AC-2. With its dedicated "Triple 0" preset, the AC-2 makes Josh’s guitar sound full and rich no matter where he plays.

Volume Control

The AC-2's Volume knob 
automatically controls the 
preamp’s input gain and 
output level, taking the
guesswork out of adjusting 
sound levels to match. It’s all
you need to make volume control
and setup simple when you’re
playing live on stage.


Full Versatility for
Carlitos’ Upright Bass

Carlitos del Puerto needs the earthy tone of his upright bass to fill the room when he plays with legends like Bruce Springsteen and Chick Corea. He uses the AC-2 for the great sound, easy setup, and versatility he needs to put in a killer performance.

"The AC-2 preamp is a fantastic tool for us musicians, easy to use. Very versatile and uncompromising sound."



The AC-2 is also equipped
with an anti-feedback button
that automatically locates
and eliminates problem
frequencies —an essential
for live performances.



Balanced In
All The Right Places

The AC-2’s balanced XLR output (with ground/lift and pre/post control) allows you to easily connect to any PA mixing board or studio console. It also includes two ¼” outputs for mono or stereo connection to amps, headphones, or audio interfaces.



Tune on the Spot

The AC-2’s built-in tuner with its large LED meter lets you easily see when you’re in tune.

The Unique Sound
of a 12 String

There’s no mistaking the beautiful, shimmering sound of a 12 string guitar. With the AC-2, your guitar will retain its natural, chorus-filled tone whenever you're on stage.

Up to 9 dB
of Additional

You can also add 9 dB of gain with
the tap of your foot using the AC-2's
boost function, allowing you to switch
from strumming to finger-picking
without ever losing a note.

Omar’s Nylon String,
Clean and Clear

For the supremely talented Omar Torrez, nothing’s more important than letting his guitar take over a performance. With the AC-2, Omar can confidently deliver the soft, warm tone of his nylon strings guitar to every corner of the venue.

Three Ways to Power Up

Since the AC-2 is designed to enhance your acoustic performances in all environments, it offers a variety of power options. Two AA batteries provide up to three hours of continuous power. Alternatively, you can use the Zoom AD-16 AC adapter for power, or the micro USB port to bus power the AC-2 via your computer.

Features at a Glance

  • 16 source guitar type/body presets for
    accurate tone reproduction
  • ¼” input
  • XLR balanced out
  • Two ¼” outputs for mono or stereo
    connection to guitar amps, headphones,
    and audio interfaces
  • Reverb effect
  • High-quality, low noise preamp
  • Piezo/magnetic input pickup select
  • 3-band equalizer
  • Input and output gain/sensitivity adjustable
    via single volume knob (patent pending)
  • Anti-feedback control
  • Boost switch for up to 9 dB of additional gain
  • Built-in chromatic visual-LED tuner
  • USB connection for firmware updates
  • Dual output jacks for connection to guitar
    amps and mono or stereo PA systems
  • Three power options: 2 x AA batteries, the
    included Zoom AD-16 power adapter
    (9V DC in), or bus power via micro-USB port


Here's what comes included
with the AC-2:

  • Operation manual
  • Zoom AD-16 AC adapter



AC-2 Acoustic Creator: Introduction

Learn about all the basic features and functionalities of the Zoom AC-2 Acoustic Creator.

Carlitos del Puerto and Friends Play "Reach Down" on the AC-2

The Zoom AC-2 offers musicians everything they need to deliver natural guitar tone on stage or in the studio. Watch as upright bassist Carlitos del Puerto and his friends give an incredible performance of an original song called “Reach Down.”

Carlitos del Puerto on Upright Bass

When Carlitos del Puerto is on stage, the Zoom AC-2 makes it easy for him to fill a live venue with the earthy tone of his upright bass. Watch Carlitos put in a great performance with the AC-2.

Omar Torrez on Nylon String

When Omar Torrez plays his nylon string guitar, he uses the Zoom AC-2 to ensure that his audience hears its soft warm tone with complete accuracy. Watch Omar deliver a moving performance with his nylon string and the AC-2.

Omar Torrez and His Steel String

Watch as Omar Torrez uses the Zoom AC-2 Acoustic Creator to amplify the unique sound of his steel string guitar.

Josh Turner Samples His Guitars with the AC-2

The Zoom AC-2 Acoustic Creator gives guitarist Josh Turner all he needs to have full and powerful live sound. Watch as Josh tests out a variety of guitars with the AC-2.

Shaun Hopper Shows His Musical Versatility with the AC-2

Guitarist Shaun Hopper plays a wide variety of music during his live sets and he uses the Zoom AC-2 to make sure his guitar always sounds loud, clear, and powerful. Listen to Shaun play through some familiar songs with the AC-2.



Source Guitars:

16 types

Sampling frequency:

44.1 kHz

A/D conversion:

24-bit with 128x oversampling

D/A conversion:

24-bit with 128x oversampling

Signal processing:


Frequency characteristics:

20 – 20 kHz +1 dB, -3 dB (10 kΩ load)


Standard monaural phone jack
Rated input level: -20 dBu
Input impedance: 10 MΩ


Standard stereo phone jack                            
(combined line/headphones)

Maximum output level:                       
Line +7 dBu (10 kΩ or more outuput impedance)
Headphones 8 mW + 8 mW (into 32 Ω load)


Standard mono phone jack
Maximum output level:
Line +7 dBu (10 kΩ or more output impedance)

Balanced Output:

XLR jack
Output impedance:
PRE/POST (switchable)
GND LIFT (switchable)

Equivalent input noise:

120 dBu

Noise floor (residual noise):

-100 dBu


AC adapter DC9V, 500 mA center negative (ZOOM AD-16)
Batteries: 2 AA (about 3 hrs continuous operation time using alkaline batteries)




158 mm (D) X 107 mm (W) X 52 mm (H)


0.570kg / 1.26 lbs (without batteries)

* 0 dBu=0.775 V