MATRIXSYNTH: New Chase Bliss Blooper Looper

Friday, September 06, 2019

New Chase Bliss Blooper Looper

Published on Mar 5, 2019 Knobs

Currently on Kickstarter

"In January of 2018, shortly after the Winter NAMM show, my friend Knobs and I were on a plane to San Francisco. It's difficult to describe the feelings surrounding the immediate aftermath of a NAMM show, but we are a bit loony. We were also excited because we were going to visit one of our favorite musicians, Tycho (this trip yielded this video). Throughout the flight, Knobs kept talking about how there were no loopers out there that fit his needs, and at some point in the flight we just looked at each other and said, "Should we make a looper together?" We began working on the concept immediately.

A few months later, we enlisted the help of DSP code guru Mark Seel of 3 Degrees Audio to help fully realize the radical ideas that Knobs had. Several months later we added Parker Coons (former DOD / Digitech engineer) to help with hardware design and to provide general engineering support.

In January of 2019, one year after the idea was originally conceived, we found ourselves at a crossroads. We had worked tirelessly to demonstrate our ideas and to develop a physical prototype to show at the Winter NAMM show. Getting the hardware in its first iteration was a photo finish with the start of the tradeshow. We had our prototype and we had our booth, but there was just one problem... the prototype just kind of sucked. We knew it had promise, of course, but our original ideas just did not translate well when we finally actually had the thing in front of us.

So, we decided to do something a little risky, and a little weird. We decided to show the prototype anyway, and just tell people right there at the show what we felt was wrong with it. Then, we decided to document our progress on the device, and gather feedback from other musicians both at the NAMM show and through online comments of our YouTube videos.

Of course we don't expect everyone to actually watch all of this stuff so here is what we believe to be the most exciting features about blooper:

40 seconds max loop time (48kHz, 16 bit) with ultra-low-noise hardware / XMOS DSP processor, 32 save-able presets and full undo / redo capability

8 layers of undo / redo, unlimited overdubs (oldest layer gets discarded after 8)

Layers knob to navigate through undo / redo layers

6 loop modifiers (quantized & free time/speed changes, scrambler, trimmer, filter and dropper) available over 2 independent channels

Normal, additive (effects get recorded), and one-shot sampling modes

Full midi implementation via 1/4" TRS

Repeats knob for fading loops or to use blooper like a tap-tempo delay

CV clock sync and modulation control

Stability control introducing optional tape and warble effects to loop.

Chase Bliss ramping control (including randomization and ability to sync to loop time)

Expression control over any parameter either individually or simultaneously

Dip-switches for customizing behavior: dry kill, straight to overdub, etc.

In closing, thank you so much for all of your support and feedback so far. This has largely been a community driven project, and feels especially appropriate for Kickstarter. We are targeting a release / ship date of Thursday, December 12th so that bloopers are safely received by Christmas / Winter Holidays."

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