Chase Bliss Audio Spectre Analog Through Zero Flanger


Chase Bliss Audio have really knocked their latest pedal out of the park with the Spectre Through Zero Flanger. We all know that flanger, phaser and chorus are all very similar effects that produce drastically different results. This pedal really takes advantage of that fact creating a pedal that can be any of those things and yet none of those things by combining elements or meeting halfway to get some really stunning sounds.

Through Zero Flanging

Typically Flanging was done by slowing down one of two identical tape machines in a pulse to get this wavy and off pitch effect. By adjusting both tapes however people realised you could get what is known as Through Zero flange where the phase and timings would meet in a way that cancels the other out creating some very interesting sounds. The Spectre has captured this perfectly and has added enough control for you to utilise it to make anything from pitched drones, to whale sounds or you can even use it as a regular Flanger if you really wanted to.

So Many Controls!

One of the things that Chase Bliss Audio does to nearly all of their gear is use real all analogue tone circuits with a digital brain. This brain is nowhere near the tone circuit but gives you extra control over every possible part of the pedal without it having to be as wide as your pedalboard. That is how they have managed to put 16 little dip switches on the back of the pedal so you can craft this pedal to be as vintage inspired or as absolutely crazy and modern as you want.

Here's what Chase Bliss Audio say about the Spectre

Through-zero and back again. Many decades ago, it is rumored that a certain, infamous "Spectre" created the effect we've all come to know as flange by putting a finger on a set of identical tape recorders, slightly altering the speed of one of the recorders. Through-zero flanging is an incredibly rare and inspiring effect, especially in the analog domain. By using two delay lines (as opposed to just one), Spectre can cross over the elusive "zero point." This through-zero flanger pedal features an all-analog signal path that can be dialed in to create any amount of subtle and wacky flange tones. Spectre also boasts an impressive array of chorus and vibrato tones.  Further, every knob and switch is connected to a little digital brain while your guitar signal stays 100% analog the entire time and never gets digitally processed. Since the control of the effect is digital, it opens up unprecedented effects and features that have never been heard or offered in analog stompboxes.

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