ChaseBliss Audio designer Joel Korte studied engineering in college. A couple of crappy jobs and a love of music eventually led him to Zvex Effects, where he learned to design stompboxes from the enigmatic Zachary Vex. In 2013, Joel struck out on his own, taking his genius and perfectionist attention to detail and applying it to his own unique designs, a combination of digital controls and analog circuits. And so, Chasebliss Audio was born, named after Joel's deceased brother Chase Korte and his life philosophy, "Follow your bliss".
The Gravitas Analog Tremolo is either the third or fifth entry in the ChaseBliss line of pedals (depending on how you look at it), following the MKII releases of the Wombtone Phaser and Warped Vinyl Vibe/Chorus. (Proof of Joel's perfectionism, he recently released updated versions of two of his near-perfect pedals.) The first thing you'll notice about any ChaseBliss Audio pedal is the attention to detail, which is second to none in every way. These pedals are beautiful, inventive, and flawless. The Gravitas is a subtle and beautiful tremolo that's complex, but instantly familiar and intuitive. It's not a violent, choppy trem, though it can be pushed to extremes. At its heart, it's a beautiful tube amp-style pulsing trem; smooth, and always musical. The Gravitas features two tremolo settings: Standard and Harmonic. The Standard setting controls volume; the Harmonic sweeps between frequencies, creating subtle movement through modulation. They can be combined to unique and beautiful effect. Additionally, the Gravitas allows you to shape the waveform itself in almost every possible way. With a little tweaking, you can get a very musical reverse sound; hard aggressive chop; vibey, almost more felt than heard movement; or you can turn the Gravitas into a surprising but useable glitch machine. And that's before you even learn how to start assigning the Ramp or Expression/CV to control every aspect of the pedal. As with all ChaseBliss pedals, the controls themselves are processed digitally, giving you an unprecedented ability to manipulate the effect, without digitally processing your analog signal. But don't let this pedal's complexity make you afraid to just plug in and go - there really aren't any bad sounds here.