ChaseBliss/Benson Automatone Preamp MKII is here.

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by hippieboy, Jan 13, 2020.

  1. ellsworthman

    ellsworthman The Geezer of Gear Silver Supporting Member

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    Without derailing too much here.. There's a lengthy thread on it on Muff Wiggler. Lots of folks still hanging in there for it. Not sure how many wanted a refund like me.
     
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    It looks super sweet, and I think it's a cool idea, but too rich for my blood. I expected it to be expensive, but $750 is real real crazy. $500 for Blooper was my ceiling apparently.
     
  3. hippieboy

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    Yup, either way eventually it would be readily available.

    Mmmm maybe.

    Btw really cool new website.
     
  4. magnus02

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    This is honestly probably above my cost threshold. I don't think they expect these to be on every board and I'm assuming the cost is going to be highest with this 'new tech' compared to future Automatone pedals.

    Love the concept. Love the execution. Maybe I'll justify it one day but probably not in the nearest of futures.

    Either way just pumped to see it coming to life!!!
     
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    It seems like the best use case for this pedal is studio/home use especially players using IR/Cab sims. I cannot see this thing living on a pedalboard in a live situation and not getting completely annihilated.
     
  6. hippieboy

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    Above my cost too, but also excited!

    I remember reading Joel saying that it is very resistant, but yes maybe it's more suited for studio/home use. We'll see!
     
  7. saintjohn89

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    I bought it. It’s going on my board, on a stage, in a bar. Future me will worry about it breaking. Present me is just pumped up.
     
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    That brothers price is an error on the new website.
    I passed the info.
    Ok, so automatone is 50$ more than brothers with condor, I stand corrected!
     
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    Consider the built-in faves though and it is still about the same (less). I've been waiting to pick this up, and even sold all my dirt pedals, and am still having a problem spending that much on a pedal. I think I'll get over it and do it though because it's going to be awesome.
     
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    Nearly everyone I've chatted with about this laughed at the $749 price and the common sentiment was, "Who the hell would buy this? Who is this for?" It's an overpriced gimmick. "OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO look how cool that looks when you change a preset! ahhhhhhhhhh"

    But, we were wrong. People foaming at the mouth to give them $749 for this thing. Nature is amazing.
     
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  11. ellsworthman

    ellsworthman The Geezer of Gear Silver Supporting Member

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    Well, that's one way to look at it I guess.
     
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    I mean, this is simply just a studio tool right? Who would actually put this on a pedalboard and take it out?

    Gotta say though--Hats off to them for the marketing they've done over the last couple years. To have people excited to pay $749 for this thing...Amazing job.
     
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    I think you're right, I just ordered 100 pcs. ;)
     
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  14. hippieboy

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    Excellent! :D

    Only time will tell! :) I am excited to see what it can do and how it can be used.
     
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    I feel like maybe they should’ve just gone for $1000 but had it with the preamp tubes
     
  16. guitarman92

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    I’d be all over one with a cheaper cost and no automation or presets.
     
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  17. Flouncingfleasbag

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    First look at the price and I think " no way".

    Then I look at the drives and EQ on my board, and even though I bought them all used, what I spent is close to the same.

    Then I start thinking of all the space I would save on my board for move interesting effects rather than overdrive and EQ. I don't count the fuzz part of this yet because when I buy a fuzz it's for a very specific sound, but who knows.

    Anyway, question is can this one pedal effectively replace or even surpass the set up I already have; Probably (?), and can I gig with it without it being destroyed?

    All the clips I had seen of this in the past are dope, so it's worth a serious think.
     
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    At least they make serious videos now.
     
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  19. stagolee

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    In my experience expecting a do-it-all pedal with presets to replace other specific devices is fool’s gold. It depends how set one is on “specific sounds” as you put it. This one looks more like a proof of concept for the platform which is an accomplishment of its own.

    I’m trying to understand the value proposition though. Isn’t the “digital brain” which stored variable knob positions being replaced with motorized faders which essentially adds expensive, moving parts to perform the same duty? Is the main difference over a standard CBA interface that the current setting is always reflected by the physical “knob” position?

    All that said, as long as it holds its value it will be worth taking a chance on at some point.
     
  20. donfrantz

    donfrantz Yo! You stealin’ all the cool. Silver Supporting Member

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    Still hangin', but it's going to be so cool!
     
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