The long awaited Chase Bliss Audio / Benson collaboration Preamp MKII (Automatone) has finally got a release date! It's May of 2020 and it also has a price. It's $750! I'm not sure what else to say about this.
It’s great to see this actually going into production and it does seem like a very legitimate studio production tool, but man is the price point going to push some people away. The folks at CBA have been pushing the envelope with these releases for the last few years and I love them for it but this is moving into a very different market. I’m excited to see what comes next!
Details on the Automatone are as follows (directly from ChaseblissAudio.com)
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 knobs 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.
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