Up for sale, a Chase Bliss Audio CXM 1978 Automatone reverb in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original box and paperwork.
This collaboration between modern innovators Chase Bliss and stompbox pioneers Meris is designed as a modern interpretation of the Lexicon 244 and similar digital delays that first emerged at the tail end of the 1970s; capturing the charm of late ‘70s developments like sprawl, massive trails, and infinite decay. The CXM 1978 excels in its reimagining of those imperfection-riddled effects, delivering a highly adjustable unit that easily delivers tones ranging from subtle glow to full-on, washed-out weirdness. Thanks to the bevy of controls, it can be strange and unpredictable or clean and modern with just the press of a button.
The most distinct feature of the CXM 1978 is likely the bank of six fully automatable faders, which can be manually adjusted for specific tonal sculpting and saved to any one of the 30 available preset bank slots. Depressing the Preset footswitch and cycling to the desired saved Preset engages the motorized faders, which move notably quickly, making the CXM 1978 great for on-the-fly or on-stage usage. The faders dictate Bass, Mids, Cross, Treble, Mix, and Pre-Delay. Cross sets the crossover point between Bass and Mids, effectively acting like a frequency splitter. The CXM 1978 has a unique approach to EQ, integrating it into the Reverb time and delay in a wholly unique way. The tone and behavior are interwoven; reverb delay time, breadth, and color all are affected by frequency response, just as they are in physical reverb. The Mix fader controls wet/dry, and Pre-Delay dictates the time threshold between user input and the onset of the delay.
Further tonal sculpting is achieved by the five buttons, each of which has three selectable modes:
-Jump (Off, 0, 5) enables quick movement to presets 0 or 5 at just one touch
-Type (Room, Hall, Plate) selects the overall tone and scope of the reverb
-Diffusion (Low, Med, High) sets the amount of smearing for the initial attack of the sound, with some unique features depending on the other parameters selected. For example, if Hall (Type) and Low Diffusion are engaged at the same time, a series of soft delay taps surround the attack. High Diffusion also introduces regeneration to the Pre-Delay.
-Tank Mod (Low, Med, High) sets the amount of modulation present in the reverb, from subtle organic liveliness (Low) to rotating speaker-inspired overtones and fast speed with low depth (High)
-Clock (HiFi, Standard, LoFi) sets the fidelity and length of the Pre-Delay control. LoFi engages the late ‘70s weirdness that inspired this pedal, while HiFi introduces modern precision and clarity.
This pedal offers stereo I/O and has MIDI compatibility, with independent jacks for Aux and for an external expression pedal. This particular unit is in great shape, save for a handful of scratches on the sides of the enclosure.