In 2005, having recently graduated from Queens University with a degree
in electrical engineering, Empress's Steve Bragg was approached by a friend looking for a
tremolo with a set of features that were unavailable on the market at the time. Seven months later, Steve presented the tremolo to his friend. Turns out
that his friend had already bought another tremolo and no longer needed
it, so Steve went to sell it at a local used instruments store. The store liked it so much that they ordered 10. After
speaking with a few other retailers, it was clear that there was a demand
for these pedals, and so Empress Effects was born.
Empress Effects strives to make original and exciting effects. Every effort is made to ensure the highest possible sound quality in every pedal. They aim to maximize the tonal possibilities with innovative features, yet remain focused on providing an intuitive user experience while keeping the footprint on the pedalboard minimal. Their goal is to
inspire musicians, and give them the tools to create any sound they can dream of (and even some they can't).
Artists include Andy Summers, Adrian Belew, Brad Paisley, Bootsy Collins, Devin Townsend and John Scofield.
Zoia (Modular Synthesizer)
With the ZOIA you can build your own custom effects, synthesizers, midi controllers, and virtual pedal boards. And to make life a little easier, there are also modules for all your
standard guitar effects.
The Dual Engine functionality allows any 2 of these delays to be used together, routed in either parallel, series, or left/right configurations.
When Empress released their original Compressor back in 2011, it quickly became a favourite among guitar and bass players who were searching for something more than the typical oversimplified controls found on most compressor pedals. Empress took their users' feedback and made their original compressor even better.