I’ve made 3 patches so far to use for different songs that my alt-rock band, We Used To See The Sky, play live:
A simple lush reverb and delay that can be stompboxed on and off, for vocals in the bridge section of a song. Just using the left input.
Simple guitar patch using compression, tone control and overdrive that sounds really muscular when dialled in. Just using the right input.
The most complicated one so far: A vocal looper with stompbox recording on/off, and expression pedal control for speed and loop start position and another stompbox for mute. Bypassing the looper for the main sections of the song, I’ve added a mild bit of fuzz to my vocals to replicate the original demo of the song in Logic. On another page, a guitar signal path with a delay and ghost reverb that sounds so lovely, I could cry. This can also be stompboxed on/off.
While I’m excited in trying out the more ‘out there’ patches on Patchstorage and playing around more with the presets already in the machine, I bought the Zoia primarily to use myself on stage, and even for my alternative rock stuff, it’s already proving useful.
I’m trying to get in the habit of always using left input/output for vocals and right input/output for guitar, and setting the colours of modules in consistent ways (eg. red for inputs and outputs). Having said that, it could be quite interesting to utilise my amp for some vocal stuff in future!
And I haven’t even really tried it for FX for my synths/Deluge/Octatrack yet, or hooked up a MIDI keyboard to play a synth created by the Zoia! A couple of the synth presets sounded really meaty. The possibilities are endless with this thing, basically. I absolutely love it, even though I have loads of stuff to learn when it comes to more complicated modular concepts.