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The Empress Effects Zoia may look like a guitar pedal, but it’s also a fully functional modular synthesizer. Dial in custom synth sounds, sequences, effects, and more with over 80 modules. Custom-designed for exploring new sounds, the only limit to what you can create with Zoia is your imagination.
Zoia is an extensive modular effects processor packed with over 80 modules for designing custom sounds. Create everything from basic signal chains to complex parallel processing using interface modules like audio I/O, MIDI and CV I/O. Build your own custom synth sounds using audio modules like oscillators, VCAs, filters and more. Modulate sounds using CV modules like LFOs, ADSR envelopes, and step-sequencers. Polish your tones with an array of built-in effects like EQ, compression, reverb, delay, distortion and more. Save up to 64 patches directly to Zoia and instantly recall them during live performances.
Zoia’s intuitive interface makes creating complex synth sounds as easy as connecting the dots. Simply tap a pad and select a module using the OLED Display and begin building your own sound shapes with pitch shifters, noise generators, and bit modulators. Connect your favorite MIDI controller suing the Dedicated control port and MIDI 1/8” in/out using the included 1/8” to MIDI dongle.
Zoia may be small, but this compact stomp box has enough effects to put even the most robust pedalboards to shame. Use simple single-module effects for basic sounds or create complex signal chains using dozens of different effects. Fine tune your tone with multi band EQ. Shape transients using the compressor, gate and envelope filter modules. Add overdrive, distortion and fuzz to tracks for extra bite. Add space and depth to your tracks with over a dozen reverb, delay and modulation effects. There’s even a cabinet simulator!
|Input Connectors||1/4-inch TS|
|Output Connectors||1/4-inch TS|
|Power Supply||Required (not included)|
|Power Consumption||300 mA|
|MIDI Connections||In, Out|
I think of the ZOIA as almost a prototyping pedal. Like if you can imagine an effect, you can probably build it in the ZOIA. Or, if you aren't a heavy tweaker, you can also download an infinite number of user generated patches from patch storage.
While this pedal is a multi FX unit, and can be used as a whole pedal board in a pedal, it really is more of a modular synth. The oscillators and filters actually sound pretty nice, and there is an infinite amount of ways to control and modulate any parameters on any modules, with LFOs, Sequencers, ADSR, Slew Limiters, etc.
In terms of FX and sound quality, Zoia really excels with looper, granular, and time based effects. The delays and reverbs are lush and stellar! The modulation sounds are good, although I prefer my analog chorus. The compressor is functional. I rarely use their gain sounds because I have a bunch of boutique analog gain pedals which sound better to my ears, but they're ok.
Overall, I'm obsessed with Zoia. I think about it everyday. It marks a major shift in the evolution of pedals, because it can become anything you want it to be. Also Empress are always making new modules for it. Be prepared to spend hours, or days exploring and learning how to use it.
Love the Zoia. Super fun to create just about any effects I can think of. I also love the community site where everyone can share their discoveries.
This pedal is amazing. It is endlessly creative and incredibly inspiring. It really is limitless, and the sound quality is top notch. Couldn't ask for a better shop to buy it from either, VK was absolutely stellar in every way. They got it to me faster than I could have ever hoped. Buy with confidence, these guys are doing an amazing job!
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