I know it’s been quiet around here, but rest assured that the ZDS Shifter has been steadily moving towards a production-ready model!
We were initially projecting it to be available before the end of 2017 and while it certainly will be in final beta by then, I now expect to be accepting orders in early 2018.
A lot of spit and polish has gone into the interface and programming to make sure the final product is as perfect as can be!
As you can probably imagine, with a tool as flexible as the Shifter, there are a great number of setup permutations and scenarios to test — to the point where I’ve had to build out additional hardware testing rigs in order to automate it all. This has taken additional time, but it’s the only way to get it “right”. I won’t put my stamp of approval on each box until I know it can stand up to the abuse of the road and can perform 100% reliably on stage.
We’re still waiting for the final graphics to arrive, but otherwise, this is exactly what the finished Shifter will be.
In other news, the firmware is receiving its final tweaks and the software should be ready soon. There was a last-minute decision to move the interface into ZenEdit rather than require a separate install. Once all that’s done then it’ll be launch time!
Here’s a peek at what the top of the Shifter will look like.
Coming soon, to a pedal board near you!
Work on the “proof of concept” model is coming along nicely!
After going through a number of candidates, I’ve settled on using this aluminum case to house the Shifter; seen here with a Zendrum Merge Brick for size comparison:
The case is roughly the same width, slightly squatter and a bit wider than the Merge Brick. This feels like the right sweet spot when taking into account cost, internal volume, ruggedness and the need to accommodate two footswitches as low to the ground as possible.
It’s of course possible that the design will change before completion, but I feel confident stating that the final product will look something like this.
More updates soon.