Videographer extraordinaire Knobs just posted this video of an upcoming pedal by Canadian builder Empress Effects, which looks like something entirely new and exciting – so exciting we are giving it the freshly made up tag “Game Changer Alert”!

The name of the device is Zoia, and it could be described in simple terms as a synth-style, fully routable multi-effect.

As usual, the Knobs video is extremely thorough in highlighting all the features, check it out!

Zoia is a compact grid of musical anything. Use modules to construct instruments, effects, utilities. Save and transfer them via SD. It is what you need it to be. Features: – Stereo operation (including Empress effect algorithms) – MIDI i/o – CV & clock in – Save patches as supermodules to speed up creation – Ongoing updates (new modules!) – Random create function to jumpstart or invigorate your process – Blocks can all be linked freely to multiple sources & destinations – Extensive favourites system: even moments can be favourited, to quickly return to a safe place if your patch goes awry This is an introduction. Tentative release information: Spring, $450.