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Empress Effects ZOIA

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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.

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
Item number 463334
£444
Free shipping incl. VAT
In stock within about one week
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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!
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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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It's fun
LA Uno 19.08.2021
Yes of course there's a learning curve, but once you have the concept it's a ton of fun. dream up any effect and make it. if you have experience with modular synths this helps because it has the same workflow. It's a toy that has endless fun waiting for when you have the time to play.
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Probably the best multieffect pedal
Bentrushmore 04.02.2021
I use Zoia connected to my synthesizers so much that it has become part of my sound.
Not sure if it's a bad or a good thing, but this thing is smaller than it appears on product photos. Although small, buttons are big enough for even bigger fingers.

Pros:
- good sounding
- lots of modules to use in your patches
- active and helpful community
- many downloadable patches
- no need for a computer to make patches
- looks nice and colourful when in operation :)

Cons:
- difficult to navigate in patches and understand what's going on
- screen very small
- no earphones out
- needs more physical knobs to modify sounds on the fly. Can connect expression pedal, but that's not enough. Also has midi in, so you can add buttons via midi.

Overall it's a really good sounding effect pedal/modular synth box. you can sculpt any sound with it and extend it any way you like. Excellent community publishes patches all the time on patch storage if you're like me and not interested to make your own patches.
Making and tweaking patches is somewhat difficult task and you have to know exactly what you're doing. It has happened that I download a large patch and mess it up by disconnecting modules accidentally.
Nevertheless, I really love what this pedal can do. I have it connected to my synthesizer setup and it really adds to all the sounds I'm generating.
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