Chase Bliss Audio Spectre (Blue Knob Mod)
Spectre by Chase Bliss Audio
Through-zero and back again. Many decades ago, it is rumored that a certain, infamous “Spectre” created the effect we’ve all come to know as flange by putting a finger on a set of identical tape recorders, slightly altering the speed of one of the recorders.
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Through-zero and back again. Many decades ago, it is rumored that a certain, infamous “Spectre” created the effect we’ve all come to know as flange by putting a finger on a set of identical tape recorders, slightly altering the speed of one of the recorders. Through-zero flanging is an incredibly rare and inspiring effect, especially in the analog domain. By using two delay lines (as opposed to just one), Spectre can cross over the elusive “zero point.” This through-zero flanger pedal features an all-analog signal path that can be dialed in to create any amount of subtle and wacky flange tones. Spectre also boasts an impressive array of chorus and vibrato tones. Further, every knob and switch is connected to a little digital brain while your guitar signal stays 100% analog the entire time and never gets digitally processed. Since the control of the effect is digital, it opens up unprecedented effects and features that have never been heard or offered in analog stompboxes.
Power & Other Info: This pedal consumes ~20mA and should be operated with an alkaline 9V battery or a standard 2.1mm 9V – 18V DC center negative adapter. If you want more output and headroom out of the pedal, we recommend powering it at 18V. Input impedance of this device is 1M, and output impedance is less than 1k.
Chase Bliss Audio Non-Transferrable Limited Warranty Warranty Chase Bliss Audio warrants the product to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the original date of purchase. If the product fails within the warranty period, Chase Bliss Audio will repair or, at our discretion, replace the product at no cost to the original purchaser. If the one year warranty has expired, Chase Bliss Audio can repair units for a reasonable cost, depending on the damage. Exclusions This warranty covers defects in manufacturing discovered while using this product as recommended by Chase Bliss Audio. This warranty does not cover loss or theft, nor does the coverage extend to damage caused by misuse, abuse, unauthorized modification, improper storage, lightning, or natural disasters. Damage caused by any of the above circumstances may result in a non-warranty repair fee. Limits of Liability In the case of malfunction, the purchaser’s sole recourse shall be repair or replacement, as described in the preceding paragraphs. Chase Bliss Audio will not be held liable to any party for damages that result from the failure of this product. Damages excluded include, but are not limited to, the following: lost profits, lost savings, damage to other equipment, and incidental or consequential damages arising from the use, or inability to use this product. In no event will Chase Bliss Audio be liable for more than the amount of the purchase price, not to exceed the current retail price of the product. Chase Bliss Audio disclaims any other warranties, express or implied. By using the product, the user accepts all terms herein. How to Obtain Service Under this Warranty Contact Chase Bliss Audio through email, joel (at) chaseblissaudio.com, for Return Authorization and information. Proof of original ownership may be required in the form of a purchase receipt.
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Spectre “Blue Knob Mod”
It all started with an email. Well, no… plural. Emails. Customers seemed to be loving Spectre except for the inherent background noise that it had. The emails were particularly compelling because it was clear that this was an effect that people wanted, they just could not handle the noise. As for me, my intention with Spectre was primarily with high gain applications (i.e. copious amounts of fuzz in front of it to accentuate the “through-zero” effect) the noise didn’t bother me in that context. What was sad, however, is that you could hear the potential of the pedal as a clean chorus or flange but the background hiss was a turnoff for many.
I dug back in. Armed with more noise mitigation know-how due to the Tonal Recall design process, I was better equipped to wrestle it this time around. The biggest issue I had with my initial Spectre noise reduction experiments was that it always affected the “whale-like” regeneration in a way that was a deal-breaker for me. This leads me to the other big change in the “Blue Knob Mod” – the regeneration control. It was crazy. It was temperamental. Well it still sort of is, just better. It also had the propensity to have huge, deafening dynamic swings in the whale sounds or (perhaps more maddeningly) the whale would sometimes disappear. I wanted to fix that. I wanted the whale to be more consistent and reliable and less prone to mega loud, unpredictable shrieks.
So, with some hard work, a little luck, (an excellent suggestion from my employee Zack in regards to regeneration path signal flow), I think this is a much better pedal than when it came out a year ago. We are not trying to make money off of the mod, and are offering to do it for existing Spectre users for our manufacturing cost ($25) as well as shipping.
Lastly (and most importantly) I have to thank YOU (yes, you) for your excellent feedback and suggestions as I try to make the best products possible.
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Conceived in the dark depths of Kirk Hammett’s mind and forged in the secret laboratories of KHDK, an iconic circuit has been perfected to achieve its full potential and create the ultimate tone, with all the control in your hands.