Chase Bliss and Zvex unveil the collaborative Bliss Factory
Two of the most revered boutique pedal brands on the planet, Chase Bliss Audio and ZVEX Effects, have come together for a collaborative pedal entitled the Bliss Factory.
As the name suggests, the pedal is a Chase-Bliss-ified spin on ZVEX’s legendary Fuzz Factory. The enclosure takes after Chase Bliss’ usual style, with similar knobs and – as we’ve come to expect from the brand – a multitude of extra control inputs, as well as a secondary footswitch.
The fuzz pedal features controls for volume, drive, gate, compression, ‘stab’ and a low pass filter, as well as toggle switches to adjust the sound’s fatness, the character of the filter, and the behaviour of the auxiliary footswitch/midi input.
Like all Chase Bliss Audio pedals, all of your settings can be stored in presets, ramped, or controlled via an expression pedal. Managing this extreme tweakability is a digital control centre, while the signal path is kept 100 percent analogue. Along the top of the unit is a bank of dipswitches, allowing you to adjust the behaviour of the pedal’s digital brain.
As the pedal’s listing notes, “We may have finally caught bliss.”
The collaboration comes alongside the launch of a new trailer for Reverb.com’s The Pedal Movie, a well as another exclusive pedal – a collaboration between Death By Audio and Earthquaker Devices. Reverb said of the initiative: “With the launch of our new trailer this week, we’ve partnered with four of the legendary pedal builders featured in the movie to offer a pair of exclusive pedal collaborations.”
Find out more abut the collaborations with Reverb’s introductory video below.
The launch comes after a few teases from both brands, with both brands sharing some obscured shots of the collaborative pedal. Joel Korte, the man behind Chase Bliss audio, was hired as an engineer at Zvex before branching out to start his own company in 2013, launching with the Warped Vinyl.
On his Facebook page a few months ago, Zachary Vex wrote: “I hired a kid out of college to be my engineer at ZVEX Effects and he went on to start his own company, and now he’s about to release a product that combines our best efforts into one pedal.”
The pedal can be ordered from Reverb.com, listing for $399. For more gear news, click here.
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