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Empress Effects Zoia Modular Synthesizer In Pedal Form

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Here at The Guitar Store Southampton we have the truly amazing Empress Effects Zoia which is, amongst other things, a Modular Synthesizer In Pedal Form.

I've sat here looking at the computer screen for 10 minutes trying to describe what this pedal does,  and is capable of doing - eventually I fell of the stool just before my head was about to explode!  This is what the boffins at Empress Effects say:


The ZOIA is basically a modular synthesizer in pedal form. Instead of being a delay effect or tremolo, the ZOIA provides the modules necessary to build a delay or tremolo from the ground up. But since you're the one building it, you can make it do whatever you want. With the ZOIA you can build your own custom effects, synthesizers, midi controllers, and virtual pedal boards. And to make life a little easier, we've created modules for all your standard guitar effects. So for instance, if you want a phaser, you can just plop down a phaser. You don't have to break out the textbooks to learn that they're built out of all-pass filters. (Of course, if you're a nerd like us, you can use the ZOIA to build them out of all-pass filters).


  • 80+ Modules and Growing - ZOIA comes packed with a vast collection of modules to create just about anything you can dream up. With ZOIA the only limit is your imagination!
  • Create your own effects, synths, control devices, and more! - Oscillators, LFOs, filters, bit crushers, envelope followers - these are just a handful of the included modules that can be connected in almost any way imaginable. If you can dream it up, you can create it!
  • 20+ Ready-Made Effects Modules - Pre-built effects modules such as reverbs, delays, chorus', flangers, overdrives and more.
  • Up to 64 Patches - Create and save up to 64 patches that can be easily recalled during live performance.
  • Swap and Share Patches - Join the community of ZOIA users on to try out other users patches, or upload your own awesome creations to share with the world.
  • SD Card Included - Load and save patches to/from ZOIA. We're also continuously improving the firmware by adding new modules and features, and fixing bugs. Download the newest firmware from and load onto the ZOIA with the included SD card.
  • OLED Display Screen for Easy Editing - View all of ZOIA's module and parameter information on the high resolution OLED display screen.
  • Control Port and MIDI Connectivity - Dedicated control port and MIDI 1/8" in/out jacks allow you to connect a huge range of external devices to control any or all of ZOIA's functions and parameters. 1/8" to MIDI dongles included.
  • Customizable Patch Recall System - The on-board stompswitches can be used in either scrolling- or bank-style preset modes, for quick on-the-fly patch recall that suits your workflow.
  • Built-In Help - Almost like having a built in manual, the dedicated help function will give you quick information at a glance about ZOIA's various modules and options.
  • High-Quality Audio - 48kHz sampling, with 24 bit conversion and 32 bit internal processing.
  • Low-Noise Signal Path - Features extremely low noise operation with a signal to noise of >105dB


Interface Modules

  • Audio Input
  • Audio Output
  • Midi Notes In
  • Midi CC in
  • Midi Pressure
  • Midi CC out
  • Midi PC out
  • Midi Note Out
  • Stompswitch
  • UI Button
  • Pushbutton
  • Keyboard
  • Cport Exp/CV in
  • Cport CV out

Analysis Modules

  • Onset Detector
  • Env Follower
  • Pitch Detector


 Audio Models
  • Oscillator
  • VCA
  • SV Filter
  • Multi-Filter
  • Delay Line
  • Audio Panner
  • Pitch Shifter
  • Audio Balance
  • Audio Mixer
  • Inverter
  • Audio In Switch
  • Audio Out Switch
  • All Pass Filter
  • Noise
  • Audio Multiply
  • Bit Crusher
  • Aliaser
  • 1 Buffer Delay
  • Looper
  • Stereo Spread
  • Bit Modulator
  • Diffuser
  • CV Modules
  • LFO
  • Sequencer
  • ADSR
  • Sample and Hold
  • CV Invert
  • CV Rectify
  • Value
  • Trigger
  • CV Flip Flop
  • CV Delay
  • CV Loop
  • CV Filter
  • Clock Divider
  • Comparator
  • In Switch
  • Out Switch
  • Slew Limiter
  • Quantizer
  • Steps
  • Multiplier
  • Random
  • Rhythm
  • Tone Control EQ
  • Delay w/Mod
  • Ping Pong Delay
  • OD & Distortion
  • Fuzz
  • Compressor
  • Gate
  • Plate Reverb
  • Hall Reverb
  • Room Reverb
  • Ghostverb
  • Reverb Lite
  • Phaser
  • Chorus
  • Vibrato
  • Flanger
  • Tremolo
  • Env Filter
  • Ring Modulator
  • Cabinet Sim 

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