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NAMM 2020 | Empress Effects ZOIA Euroburo: The “Infinite-Trick Pony”

ZOIA Euroburo
ZOIA Euroburo

NAMM 2020 | Empress Effects has released the ZOIA Euroburo – it’s the ZOIA modular guitar pedal in a new Eurorack format.

By Steven Jeffels | Published 17.01.20

ZOIA Euroburo

The Empress Effects ZOIA guitar pedal brought modular synthesis to the guitar world. Clearly Empress Effects wasn’t finished with this incredible device, and it’s now here for NAMM 2020 in a revised Eurorack format - the Empress Effects ZOIA Euroburu.

 “...an infinite trick pony” - Empress Effects

The ZOIA Euroburu is a self-contained modular synth with effects and a looper. While the core functionality may be the same as its predecessor (the ZOIA Modular Effects Pedal), the new Euroburu takes this platform to the next level with over 80 modules and 20 effects, plus multiple CV jack connections.

Complex capabilities, user-friendly design

Have you ever dreamed about building your own synth sounds and effects from the ground up? While you might imagine this is the preserve of the most technically minded, the ZOIA Euroburu caters for all users.

Automatic preset sounds make it easy to get started, while deep dive functionality is available for users who want it. Not often are both markets taken care of in such a way.

So, how does it sound? That depends entirely on how you set it up.

80 Modules

The ZOIA allows you to create sounds with its 80 onboard modules [this writer did a double take on hearing that!]. Imagine the possibilities; 80 fully editable modules including CV loopers, CV switches, slew limiters, and a sample player!

Okay, back to sound. The ZOIA Euroburu is clean, characterful and lush...sometimes. But it can also be messy, noisy, raucous, experimental, weird… you name it.  Depending on how you set it up, this is truly a platform to let your imagination go wild.

Ready to connect

Connectivity-wise, you’ll find 4 CV inputs and outputs, MIDI I/O, and 3.5mm stereo audio I/O. The integration possibilities with your current setup will have you experimenting from the get-go. Users can even save/load samples from an SD card for the ultimate convenience.

A tool for creativity

The ZOIA Euroburo is less an effect and more a creative canvas. It can be whatever you need it to be. While this could overwhelm some beginners, there are plenty of pre-loaded patches to get you started straight out the box.

Once you’ve gained confidence, the ZOIA will become a fantastic educational tool for exploring modular synthesis. Knowing what you want to change about your sound and learning how to achieve that is the addictive element at play. And play you should!

More experienced users will find the ZOIA to be an extremely capable tool, able to translate their ideas with ease.    

Find out more | Empress Effects ZOIA Euroburo

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Posted on 17 Jan 2020 13:37 to category : Instruments News

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