ZIM is like two separate pedals joined at the hip. The two channels can be configured a number of different ways depending on whatZIMcardsare installed. The easy and convenient CardSWAParrangement makes it easy for you to customize your ZIM to suit your needs. Unless you specify otherwise, you get your ZIM with the default Overdrive cards
ZIM - it's not the same as other overdrives. Instead of a bypass switch and a boost switch, ZIM has two individual channels which can be used individually or together in series (cascaded). Each has it's own true bypass (3pdt) switch w/ LED. This gives you three differenet sounds (A, B, or A + B). With the option of having two gain stages in series, you'll never be starved for gain.
Instead of a treble control, ZIM has a unique voicing circuit that gives you almost limitless control over your overdriven tone. In addition, each channel has it's own bass/treble trimmer which can be set internally.
Please take the time to read through all of the ZIM pages (see links above) and listen to the clips. There's a lot going on inside of ZIM,.. and with ZIMcards, it's the one pedal you can adapt to whatever your drive needs are even if they change over time.
Features: Voicing Configs Protos
ZIMcards: Cardswap ZIMcardconcept
More ZIM pages: Soundclips User feedback
Here's a little demo video for the optional FF ZIMcard. No talking, no production value - just Dave Fox noodling through the pedal and turning knobs. He included the card
being swapped at the beginning for those not familiar with ZIM.
The FF card is a low-gain NPN Silicon fuzz followed by a mild overdrive
stage. The two stages combine together for a decent amount of
gain/sustain and the top end is smoothed out so it sounds good through a
clean amp. The low gain in the FF section allows a nice vol knob clean
up - not brittle like a normal high gain silicon Fuzz.