The first Automatone.
What happens when you combine the DNA of Benson Amps’ Chimera in a box Preamp with a little fuzz, some of Condor’s resonant parametric mids, and full blown preset control from your friends at Chase Bliss Audio? The Preamp MKII. Built in collaboration with Chris Benson from Benson Amps, and known around here as the first Automatone.
This baby has variable diode clipping control (transistor only, silicon, and asymmetrical germanium), fuzz you can swap from open to gated, three mids resonance settings with variable routing you can place before or after the preamp, and three banks of ten presets each that give you thirty presets to set at your leisure.
But what’s an Automatone, you ask? It’s a pedal built with motorized faders that adjust automatically – and a little magically – as you cycle through presets. Check out the video below to learn more and see it in action.
The Chase Bliss Audio Midibox allows you to connect Chase Bliss Audio (or Empress) pedals to a standard MIDI cable. More specifically, it converts the standard 5 pin MIDI cable to a simple TRS patch cable.
There are internal jumpers so that you can make any port you want compatible with Chase Bliss, Empress, or Meris products. The jumpers on this product are simply making them “ring active” (instead of “tip active”) on the TRS jack so that they interface to the Chase Bliss Audio tap / midi jack with just a common TRS patch cable.