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Chase Bliss Audio Automatone CXM 1978 reverb pedal

Boutique effect designed with Meris

Written by

Cian Hodge

Andertons TV duo Captain Lee Anderton and Danish Pete said the Chase Bliss Audio Automatone Preamp was one of the best pedals they've ever experienced – and what a way to follow it up. The Automatone CXM 1978 is a studio reverb machine simply capable of the spectacular.

Designed in collaboration with boutique tone gurus Meris, the CXM 1978 takes inspiration from the earliest ambient digital reverb effects from its namesake year. That means the CXM absolutely nails long trails, experimental delay and lofi mixes, slushy modulation and glistening shimmer.

Like its Chase Bliss predecessor, the CXM features six automated sliders that pop into place when you recall a preset (yep, we're all big kids at heart and cannot resist stuff like this). There are three general voicings to pick from and three settings for diffusion and modulation, as well as a clock switch to alter clarity and degradation. It's a rabbit hole of a pedal – the possibilities are massive.

Key Features

  • Three classic reverb algorithms designed with Meris
  • Modulation, delay, infinite, scatter options and more
  • Adjustable decay crossover
  • Automated faders
  • Save presets
  • MIDI compatible
  • Expression pedal compatible
  • 32 Bit AD/DA
  • Balanced stereo ins/outs
  • Boosted +/-15V rails for line level input

Chase Bliss & Meris - CXM 1978

Here's what Chase Bliss Audio say about the Automatone CXM 1978 reverb:

What happens when Chase Bliss partners with the geniuses at Meris to create a pedal adaptation of the beloved and famous 1978 studio reverb? The CXM 1978. Known around here as the next Automatone.

1978 was a big year for reverb. The dawn of sprawl, massive trails, and infinite decay. The CXM 1978 reaches back to that moment, allowing you to explore the charm of those late 70s imperfections. Using the Automatone’s robust industrial housing and Meris’s pro-audio level sound design, the CXM 1978 offers a modern take on its inspiration.

Features include moving faders with presets and MIDI control, 32 Bit AD/DA, three classic algorithms, adjustable decay crossover for fully shapeable reverb tail, expression pedal control, optional fully balanced I/O, stereo input and output, and internally boosted +/-15V rails for line level input.

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