Empress Zoia


I admit I’ve been so spoiled by the H9 Max that I forget that H9 Core only comes with one algorithm - the H910-H949. So you could use the Core to offload pitch shifter and digital delay duties if you want to run a CPU heavy patch (eg. certain Empress reverb(s)) on the Zoia. At the prices Eventide charges for add-on algorithms, you might consider budgeting for the standard H9 over the H9 Core, because the extra $100 gets you 8 more algorithms. I think the Core makes the most sense as an expander for H9 Max units, due to the Max’s algorithm-sharing feature which lets it share algos with up to 3 other H9 units.

I was actually going to get a Strymon BigSky but then I got a deal on an H9 Max.

I’m getting a VFE Klein Bottle for audio routing between the Zoia, H9 Max, and Infinite Jets. It’s a mixer in pedal format with 3 FX busses, LPF, HPF, etc.


Very cool indeed.

I’m suspecting I’ll want the Zoia on a stand of some sort - it’ll be easier to see the display while playing, and also work the buttons and such.


I made a small thing tonight; first time I’ve actually had a clear couple of hours where I could think about an instrument I wanted to make and was able to try it out.

It’s a bit rudimentary at present and I’m sure I could streamline it to make the CPU load much less, but still; I am happy with the sound so far. Things like using switches to toggle between values (I use multiple keyboards at the moment) are eluding me presently.


There should be more synths run through amps in this world.


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:

  1. 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.

  2. Simple guitar patch using compression, tone control and overdrive that sounds really muscular when dialled in. Just using the right input.

  3. 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.


Excellent! I can’t emphasise how much fun I’m having with the Zoia - it’s absolutely amazing and your team should be very proud of themselves for bring it to market. I hope it’s a big success for you.

By the way, it would be great if there was some kind of explanation on the modules sheet on the website about the different algorithms within modules. For example, the overdrive module has a few different algorithms (classic, edgy etc) and while I can hear my guitar tone change when I choose different options, it would be cool to read about what each one was designed to be.


You’ve got me thinking of swapping the stock speaker in my Boss Katana 100 amp for a Celestion F12-X200, which has a 60Hz-20KHz frequency response. It would give me more confidence to run my Lyra-8 and other bass-capable synths into the Katana at gig-level volumes.



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Yep, really a classics … It’s one louder …


Sometimes I want to send the EU that clip


The new firmware 1.02 dropped, and it’s a good one. Looper overdub! MIDI CC learn!


And a Zoia T-Shirt for the first person to find and submit a bug!

If they’re delivering updates this fast – that really speaks volumes for the long term support of this product.


Also a request for a granular module in the voting forums was officially set to “in progress”, minor thing maybe but certainly good news.


Empress makes their stuff sound so good – so maybe a Granular module won’t be such a minor thing. Good news for sure.


I meant the “in progress” change might be minor. The actual granular module will be huge for sure! I predict it’ll be a game changer and reason to buy the pedal alone for some.


Will probably replace my Oto Bim with the Zoia i guess …


Looooooper! Winning. A granular module/effect will make this thing unstoppable for me.


So happy to hear the good news about the looper! I was racking my brain routing all kinds of stuff with the loopers to get overdubbing and it just wasn’t happening. I am so psyched about this :ecstatic:


Is it possible to run an internal synth patch through one output and use other output as an fx out with external incoming audio?


Yep, totally possible. You can set up audio in and audio out routings however you’d like. For your example you could have the internal synth patch routed to the L output (mono), and have the L/R inputs take in a stereo input, process it with Zoia effects, and route it to the R output (mono). You can have separate gain controls for both the L and R outputs. Or you could have a synth patch, an L mono input and an R mono input from two different devices, all summed into stereo L/R out. Etc.

(I should add that none of this requires any sort of complex patching or problem solving. It’s just a few seconds of creating audio in modules and audio out modules, then patching the signal flow you have in mind)