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This is prototype #1, one of two ZIM prototypes built in early 2003 to try out the ZIMcard concept. ZIM Dual Drive was released in October 2003. The prototype has 4 voices, each with boost and for a total of 8 available voices.
The ZIMcards loaded into the prototype are early versions of CS and H9. CS is a low/medium gain overdrive without a mid-hump. Very natural sounding. H9 is a higher-gain drive with strong mids. Great for pushing CS over the edge. H9 is in Channel A and CS is in Channel B (green LED).
You can substitute with any of the available ZIMcards, but I recommend you start with this combination. Each channel alone gives a great rhythm sound and stacking the two creates a beautiful High Gain sustain.
Even though the LEDs look white in the pictures, the left one is Red (ChB) and the right one is Green (ChA), just like a standard ZIM pedal.
General Product Info:
ZIM is two independent true-bypass effects in one pedal. It's the definitive dual-drive pedal. The two channels can be configured a number of different ways, depending on which ZIMcards are installed. The convenient arrangement allows you to easily customize your ZIM to suit your needs.
ZIM is 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 its own true bypass (3pdt) switch with LED. This gives you three different 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 of your overdriven tone. In addition, each channel has its own bass/treble trimmer which can be set internally.
ZIM's two channels use plug-in cards, called ZIMcards, for their processing. Channels A and B work independently and each have their own input and output jack. Channel B has a unique phase-shift selector switch for coloring the sound. ZIM comes with a pair of ZIMcards already installed. The current default ZIMcards in A-stock units are Vintage Tube in Channel A and Hot 9 in Channel B. This pair gives a wide range of overdrive sounds.