Video: Chase Bliss and Meris Announce Collaborative CXM 1978 Reverb | NAMM 2020

Just days ago, Chase Bliss Audio announced that its motorized fader–sporting Preamp MKII Automatone was available for pre-order. Today we learn that the same Automatone design is being used for an entirely new purpose.


Chase Bliss & Meris
CXM 1978

A collaboration between DSP wizards Meris and Chase Bliss, the CXM 1978 is the pair's take on the Lexicon 224, an early digital studio reverb unit released in 1978 that featured a fader-equipped remote.

Chase Bliss wrote on Facebook today: "Using Chase Bliss Automatone’s robust industrial housing and Meris pro-audio level sound design, the CXM 1978 offers a modern take on its inspiration. Armed with 3 massive algorithms, CXM 1978 takes your guitars and synths to lush new soundscapes."

Features include:

  • Moving faders with presets & MIDI control
  • 32 Bit AD/DA
  • LoFi Mode for vintage digital sounds
  • 3 Classic Algorithms (Hall, Room, Plate)
  • Adjustable Decay Crossover for fully shapeable reverb tail
  • Expression pedal control over all sliders
  • Stereo input and output

The CXM 1978 will be released in late summer 2020, for an as-yet-to-be-determined price. Click the "Follow" button above to add it to your Reverb Feed and be notified as soon as it's available for purchase on Reverb. In the meantime, find vintage Lexicon 224s or explore all Chase Blass and Meris pedals.

This news follows an announcement from AMS Neve that it would be reproducing the RMX16, another famous early digital reverb unit. For all the latest gear news and new product announcements from NAMM 2020, check our ongoing coverage here.

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