Event #83 Intro to The ZOIA modular pedal with Mitch Lantz- April 8th, 7 PM MDT

[UPDATED See comments below for post-event notes. Feel free to add your own comments. Your first comment on this site will be pending approval, but once I approve, you’ll be able to just post comments from then on.

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Registration for our April 8th event is now open. Meetup member Mitch Lantz is the sole U.S. employee of Empress Effects. For this event, he will be offering an intro and performance on ZOIA. The ZOIA is basically a modular synthesizer in pedal form. With the ZOIA you can build your own custom effects, synthesizers, midi controllers, and virtual pedal boards.

More here https://empresseffects.com/products/zoia

Registration Required

The event is for Rocky Mountains Synthesizer Meetup Members and is on April 8th at 7 PM MDT

Password for the event will be sent registrants prior to the event.


– 6:50 PM Get the App Join the Waiting Room: For new Zoom Cloud users click the link early and get the app downloaded so you can start on time. When you are all set join and you’ll queued up in the waiting room.

– 7:00 PM Welcome to Video Conference: Your host will bring attendees from virtual waiting room to meeting room. We’ll spend a few minutes listening to some music while people join and get settled.

– 7:10 PM Welcome and Announcements

– 7:15 PM Intro to The ZOIA modular pedal and Q & A Mitch Lantz

– 7:45 PM Breakout to separate rooms for intros

– 7:50 PM Performance featuring ZOIA by Mitch Lantz

– 8:00 PM Attendee Roundtable


Mitch Lantz is an electronic musician and the sole U.S. employee of Empress Effects. (Everyone else is in Canada!). As part of his job he travels across the US educating people on how to use the ZOIA. His primary instruments are a modular synth, the ZOIA and a Digitone or guitar with way too many effects. He based out of Boulder, Colorado.





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4 responses to “Event #83 Intro to The ZOIA modular pedal with Mitch Lantz- April 8th, 7 PM MDT”

  1. During the event someone asked which MIDI to MINIJACK connector ZOIA uses. The answer is “TRS” (tip-ring-sleeve) Type A.

    This page https://minimidi.world/ indicates this format is “Used by manufacturers like Korg, Make Noise, Akai, and IK Multimedia (iRig MIDI 1). In 2018, it became the MIDI 2.0 Standard”

    Here is the MIDI standard on TRS https://www.midi.org/articles-old/trs-specification-adopted-and-released.

    And as an FYI Type B is “Used by manufacturers like Arturia (BeatStep Pro), Novation (Launchpad Pro), and 1010music”.

    Novation is switching to Type A as noted in this post https://support.novationmusic.com/hc/en-gb/articles/360009110480-What-devices-are-compatible-with-the-Launchkey-Mini-MK3-TRS-MIDI-Jack-


  2. Hey everyone, I had a great time doing this event. If you want to tune in to the ZOIA first birthday event on Zoom it will be happening here – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/460463384 starting at 10 EST. There will be workshops/Q&As during the day that transition to an open mic event at night. The full schedule is here – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ESluaTpQwYVDHERPqheH0x2LTa2sK87wP63YL_E4jqM/edit#gid=0
    and if you have any questions about ZOIA feel free to email me – media@empresseffects.com, looking forward to seeing everyone in person again as well.

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