RE: Zoia being open source or not …
I agree! Open source would be nice, but that all comes in degrees.
The Zoia falls short of the open sky that complete openness – hardware and software – would present, but is far down the road from the closed box. How far will depend on the granularity of the built-in modules (i mean how well you can get to individual controlling parameters, interesting ones) and the size and detail that can be attained with the user created modules which can all call ‘supermodules’. This also presupposes to the resources – compute power and memory, etc - to support this flexibility. The possibility is for a rich open environment – though it might be just vanilla and unadornable. Empress obviously intends to take this a way down the road. We shall see.
The range and controlability and quality of the sound is where the rubber meets the road as far as i’m concerned. The previous products from Empress, and granted this is subjective, make me optimistic that this unit’s sound quality will be good.
Ryan I really do hope that there is going to be a larger screen way to create modules, even if they then are moved via SD to the Zoia. While i think people can adjust to this interface, it would still be worth the time and trouble shuffling SD cards for a better development environment.
And their’s also the random button – which could open this to everyone. I could see cutting and pasting pieces from several random creations and voila.