Empress ZOIA compared to 3 product types: Boutique pedals, MultiFX and Modular // Review, tutorial
What drew me to ZOIA initially actually wasn’t its programmabiltiy, but rather the rapidly growing number of interesting community made patches. As I was exploring it, it seemed more appropriate to compare ZOIA to three different product types, or in other words, to explore its pros and cons for three different potential buyer types: People interested in boutique effects pedals, people interested in multi effects, and people looking for a portable environment to develop and use modular patches.
Here’s my full three-part review, along with brief tutorials that show what it’s like to create mutli-effects chains and program “modular” patches on ZOIA:
0:00 Intro 1:10 Overview 4:00 vs. Pedals 4:15 Patch demos 7:35 Pedal pros/cons 8:45 MIDI mapping 10:25 Patch desc 11:50 vs. MultiFX 12:15 Building chains 15:15 MultiFX pros/cons 16:40 vs. Modular 17:10 Module overview 18:15 Audio & CV 18:40 Building a patch 22:30 Modular pros/cons 24:30 Summary