Chase Bliss Gravitas Tremolo Pedal

Chase Bliss Audio introduces the Gravitas tremolo, a feature packed pedal with a wealth of controls for deep tone shaping.

Chase Bliss Gravitas

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This new tremolo pedal is unveiled alongside two revamped pedals from the company, the Warped Viny mkII and Wombtone mkII, all three featuring similar interface configuration and aesthetics while covering different effect types.

Going beyond the usual control set, the Gravitas tremolo pedal has 6 knobs, 4 mini-switches and 2 foot-switches, packed in a regular sized stompbox metal chassis. The presence of these controls allow for improved control over the tremolo effect and resulting guitar tone.

According to Chase Bliss Audio, they ensured that your guitar tone will flow through an all-analog signal path inside this pedal for improved sonic integrity. Your guitar signal will first go through a transparent, discrete class A clean boost circuit, which is then followed by buffering and tone shaping by the various controls, utilizing Analog Devices AD823 OPamps. The aim of this analog design is improved clarity and genuine analog warmth.

Since there is no video demo available yet, the effect of each control is not , but the labels do give us a hint of what to expect. Three of the six knobs are labeled Drive, Volume and Tone, and you can expect the drive setting to give you control over the boost circuit. Volume and Tone should behave as expected, allowing you to adjust output volume and adjust the higher frequencies as needed.

The other three knobs - Rate, Depth and Sway - provide control over tremolo settings. Rate lets you adjust the tremolo rate or speed, Depth will let you tweak the volume fluctuation, and Sway will probably let you adjust the phase of tremolo.

Two of the mini switches are labeled as ModuShape, and they change the behavior of the depth and sway knob. A Tap/MIDI switch is also provided for tap control of the tremolo timing or for having it controlled by a MIDI source. Finally, they implemented a special mode switching system that allows you to choose between standard volume modulation mode and harmonic tremolo mode as inspired by vintage Brownface). Note that you can even mix the two modes for even more tremolo options.

Interestingly, the knobs and switches are connected to a digital brain and it does so without interfering with your guitar signal. This allows for preset storage and other conveniences that are not available from straightforward analog pedals.

The Chase Bliss Gravitas pedal is scheduled for release on the 2nd quarter of 2015, with an SRP of $299. For more information, you can head over to Chase Bliss Audio

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