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Chase Bliss Audio Automatone CXM 1978 reverb pedal

Boutique effect designed with Meris

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Product Description

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

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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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Customer Reviews


2 reviews





Mr Steven Gange12th Nov 2021

The Chass Bliss Automatone is expensive but within 5 minutes you forget the cost it's that good . Top build quality and sounds, the best equipment makes you want play more this is one. The more time you get to know it ,the bigger reward it will give.

Value 4Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

Mr Gary Oneill30th Apr 2021

Is it worth it, definitely I would repeat this purchase in a heartbeat there is no doubt for what it can do it’s the best pedal on the market and is better compared to studio rack style effects than other pedals. No way round it this pedal is expensive but worth every penny

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

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