ZIM is two independent true-bypass effects in one pedal. You get to configure what they are and what order they're in. The two channels' functions are determined by the ZIMcards that are installed.

As of July, 2022, ZIM Dual Drive has been replaced with Mini ZIM, for which ZIMcards and ZIMcard Swap are available here:


ZIM is like two separate pedals joined at the hip. There is a default signal flow through the pedal so that no patch cord is needed. However, each channel has its own Input and Output jacks which can patch in any order, at different places in your signal chain. ZIM can even be used to process a stereo signal.  

ZIM's Channel B voicing section uses 8 cascading stages of phase shift which can be mixed both in and out of phase. This creates an almost limitless palate of tones simulating different amps and mic'ing techniques.

ZIM's two channels use plug-in cards, called ZIMcards, for their processing. ZIM comes with a pair of ZIMcards already installed. The current default ZIMcards are Vintage Tube in Channel A and Hot 9 in Channel B. This pair gives a wide range of overdrive sounds. If you'd like us to customize your ZIM pedal with specific ZIMcards, choose Channel A and B cards from the dropdown menu above.

Did you ever wish you had a Fuzz with a level boost? Or an Octave with overdrive? Or an overdrive with a switchable treble boost? Distortion and OD in one pedal? With ZIM you can pair up different effects to create your desert island pedal. If your tastes change and you need, for example, Fuzz instead of Distortion, you don't have to change pedals. Swap out the ZIMcard and now your ZIM is a Fuzz pedal.

Inception DateOctober, 2003
DimensionsWidth = 5.5" Depth = 5" Height = 2.85"
Unit Weight2 lbs. 2 oz.
Voltage9 Volts DC or higher* (via 9V battery or external power)
Current Draw35mA
Power Connection2.1mm, Center = NEG (FX standard)
Signal SwitchingTrue bypass with LED
Owner's ManualDownload ZIM manual