Chase Bliss are no strangers to exploring uncharted tonal territory. The Mood is a collaboratively-designed granular micro-looper and delay. And in typical Chase Bliss fashion, it offers endless control, stunning time-based effects, ambient textures and spacious drones quite unlike anything else.
Stunning time-based effects
The Mood is split into 2 sections. The first ('wet' channel, on the left) offers 3 real-time algorithms for time-based textures and ambience, as follows:
- Reverb - a cluster of smearable delay taps. It produces an array of atmospheric effects, from reverb to multi-tap delay to comb filtering. In this mode, the Time knob adjusts the time of all delay taps. Turning the Modify knob clockwise increases the amount of smearing (from clean repeats to washed out reverb).
- Delay - a looping delay that morphs alongside tweaking of the Clock control. The Modify knob controls the feedback of the looping delay.
- Slip - a sample buffer with an adjustable playback head. Go from half to double speed, forwards or backwards. Time sets the length of the buffer; smaller samples means instant, granular effects, while longer samples will capture and alter whole phrases.
The second section is the loop channel ('looper' channel, on the right). Again, it features 3 looping modes, as follows:
- Envelope - dynamically interrupt your loop, creating momentary stutters, time-stretching, and frozen notes.
- Tape Machine - adjust the speed & direction of your loop, in quantized steps. Length slices the loop up into grains; moving the control anti-clockwise reduces the grain size to make your loop porous, swelling in and out or dissolving into bits.
- Stretch - time-stretches your loop, allowing you to zoom in and smear little moments. Length sets the amount of loop that will ultimately get stretched.
A team effort
The real beauty is how these 2 sections interact. The Mood is designed to allow your signal to freely pass between the 'wet' and 'looper' channels. The resulting textures are out of this world.
You can tweak the clock and mix controls to determine how the 2 channels behave alongside eachother. But it wouldn't be a Chase Bliss pedal without a set of dipswitches on the top. These unlock additional controls related to expression and ramping.
As mentioned earlier, the Mood is collaboratively-designed. The 'wet' channel was designed by Old Blood Noise Endeavors, while Drolo FX designed the 'loop' channel. Then Chase Bliss brought them together in glorious sonic matrimony. Peachy!
- Granular delay & micro looper
- Designed by Chase Bliss, in conjunction with Old Bloose Noise Endeavours and Drolo FX
- 2 channels uniquely interact with eachother to create otherworldly textures
- MIDI, expression and CV connectivity
- 2 footswitches, 4 toggle switches, 6 knobs and 16 dipswitches offer unprecedented control