Guitarist|October 2020
A few months’ gigging, recording and everything that goes with it – welcome to Guitarist ’s longterm test report
Rod Brakes

Empress Effects’ Zoia has achieved a virtual cult following since its release, with a generous community of users keen to share their patch-building mastery online (patchstorage.com boasts more than 640 downloadable patches at the time of writing). Granted, it’s an unusually high tech device for a guitar pedal – something between a computer system and a piece of Monome hardware – but that takes it far beyond being just another hip and quirky stompbox. It can also be a virtual pedalboard of effects. It can be an instrument in itself. Or a looper. Or a MIDI controller. A couple of years ago, Empress Effects’ founder Steve Bragg told us they were even working towards being able to use the Zoia in place of a DAW. The folk at Empress are constantly updating their firmware with exciting new features, so watch this space for such surprises.


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October 2020