Empress Effects ZOIA


Effect Pedal

  • Modular synthesiser
  • Provides the necessary modules to recreate your own custom effects, synthesizers, midi controllers and virtual pedalboards
  • Over 80 modules
  • Over 20 ready-made effects like Delays, Chorus, Flanger, Overdrive already included
  • 64 Patches
  • Multifunction controller
  • OLED display
  • Effect on LED
  • Footswitch: Select, Scroll, Bypass
  • 2 x Input (6.3 mm jack)
  • 2 x Output (6.3 mm jack)
  • Midi In / Out
  • Micro SD
  • Power adapter connector (coaxial connection 5.5 x 2.1 mm, negative polarity inside)
  • Current consumption: 300 mA
  • Power supply via 9-12 V DC power supply (2.1 mm x 5.5 mm coaxial connection, polarity (-) inside, not included in delivery, matching power supply: Art.409939)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 145 x 95 x 67 mm
  • Weight: 680 g

Note: Battery operation is not supported.

Available since April 2019
Item number 463334
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Design Stompbox
Amp Modeling No
Drumcomputer No
Incl. Tuner No
Expression Pedal Yes
USB-Port No
Headphone Output Yes
MIDI Interface Yes
Line Out Yes
Battery Powered No
PSU included No
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44 Reviews

the Swiss army knife of fx pedals
Pruneboy 07.10.2020
I use my ZOIA in two ways:
1) an all in one sound design pedal.
- whenever i need something special for live performances and can't be bothered with lugging 3 pedalboards with me for just 20 seconds of sound ---> ZOIA

2) my modular's best friend.
- very nice reverb, delay, granular, amp sim etc... with the possibility to accept CV and 2 separate inputs which can be internally routed and mixed. ((let's say input = synth, input 2 = guitar) = FUN).

it's a bit unwieldy at the beginning but once you get used to the fact that it's not just an fx pedal but also a sound design machine you'll be creating great sounding patches in no time!


Zoia is amazing, but could be better
iOnX 03.04.2023
Zoia is unlike all other pedals. It's a modular synth and the most comprehensive, controlable effects processor! However it could be better if there was an editor. Sometimes I get tired of looking at that tiny LCD... Certain effects could also sound better in my opinion, comparing to empress effects like Echo System and Reverb.


this machine is nerdy is hell!
Anonymous 06.01.2023
if you read this, you probably somehow learned that the zoia exists. welcome to the club.
after i saw my first videos about the zoia, i knew that i have to try it out. usually i buy my pedals used and i sell them as easily. i like to think, that they're traveling from musician to musician to help them find their own unique sound haha i guess that makes me feel a little bit better about the fact that im spending too much money on pedals :D
so i sat down and waited for a used zoia to pop up in my area. i waited and i waited. nothing. once i was tired of waiting, i decided to buy it online from a very big music store in germany. in case i hated it, i could still send it back, right? or sell it to somebody else who then could hate it instead of me. and what can i tell you. it came quickly. i tried it out, got addicted to it and never hated it for a second!

i gotta be honest. this pedal has a steep learning curve. there is a lot of menu diving, blinky buttons. to put it simple: the whole system is confusing as f***.
BUT as confusing as it might seem in the beginning: this is more than a simple multi effect. what empress effects built here is a very powerful tool, that can be used for almost anything that has to do with music. plus there are very good tutorials on youtube and even a platform where the very active zoia community shares their "patches", thoughts and ideas with each other. if you dont want to build your own custom effects, you can browse and download patches there - but let's be honest again, the charm of this pedal is that it urges you to understand and to be creative with it.

the zoia can do so many things, here are a bunch of examples of how i use it:

mainly i use it as a guitar multi fx stomp box. you can build your own effect chains, and experiment with building your own sounds - mono or stereo, everything is possible. the only limit here is your imagination (and the dsp that maxes out at some point but until then its so much fun). i personally love that i can build my own delays, reverbs, loopers and modulation effects and in terms of sound quality everything sounds really good.
i'm not really a fan of the zoias distortion effects though, they sound kinda cold and digital (i guess thats because they are).

as outboard gear for studio mixing or live sound purposes! again, the sound quality is super sweet and it can be set up to accept line level inputs to avoid clipping.

you can use it as a synth! it has everything you need to build your own modular synth inside the box. you can build a 4 voice synth (thats what i managed before it maxed out on processor power) and play it through your favorite midi keyboard, or use one of the many analysing tools to build a guitar synth!

it can be a midi controller. you can build sequencers and other midi control devices and hook it up to your favourite synth.

it is even capable of putting out cv voltages to your modular synth system.

so if you're still reading this, and you're curious and fortunate enough to be able to afford it, you should probably go and try that thing out. i have it for quite a while now and i am still mind blown by how versatile the zoia is - if you take the time to learn your way around it! :)


Roman23 18.01.2020
This is a good modular device with a fresh concept of interface and Empress did a good job with this idea and implementation.
This is a nice multi-purpose toolbox, the biggest features for me are the ability to add any kind of modulation to the effects (which is missing on many expensive stompboxes) and granular/looper/env-follower/pitch-tracking-shifting madness.
And unlike similar modular devices you can program it in place (or at least without monitor and keyboard as with Organelle or iPad with H9).
Unfortunately this comes by a cost of lesser quality of sound. Maybe I am wrong but initial impression was that the same effects sound a bit worse than reverbs and delays on other Empress boxes and overall sound is a bit muddy. But I haven't seen anyone complaining about that...
Another "con" is a difficulty to figure out what is going on in the current patch, the types of boxes and connections are not visible until you click everything. The bigger screen or ability to use external screen or tablet would be great, but looks like not in the current hardware revision (and this would contradict with the whole idea of Zoia buttons interface, why not touch screen then?)


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