We are very happy for the opportunity to talk to Chase Bliss Audio founder Joel Korte, the brilliant pedal maker & the dreamer. Inspiring and wonderful person who wants to make the world a better place. His pedals are just…perfect and there is not “one thing” about them that I would like to change or add, as a pedal nerd.
What inspires you to make certain pedal ?
“I would say my primary inspiration is to do things that haven’t been done before. I try to build a beautiful analog effect, and give it unprecedented, outrageous control.”
Your pedals have so many features and enormous possibilities, but they are still very easy to use.
Do you think that people realize how hard it is to make souch a demanding pedals ?
“I think that most people do realize how difficult it is to make the types of pedals that I do. Pedal users are becoming more and more sophisticated, and I think that my customers in particular really want something different and original.”
We really like how you package your pedals, they looks like some precious gift. Where did you get the idea for something like that ?
“I try to make my pedals special and stand out any opportunity I get, so I thought it’d be cool to have the pedals in a neat little wood box. Staining, stamping, and branding the little wooden boxes has turned out to be a tremendous amount of work. Luckily for me, my parents are retired and they help me out with that work.”
You are a guitar player so how does your pedalboard look like at the moment ?
“I just started a new project and I decided to start fresh with a brand new board. We practice once a week, so I’ve been coming with a new, small board every time. I try to pick 4 or 5 pedals that I don’t normally use together to get myself out of old patterns and habits and try new things. In a few months, I’ll build a new monster board with my favorite combinations.”
What kind of music do you listen to mostly? Does what you listen to impact the circuits you design and build?
“It depends a lot on who I’m working with, but I think it does influence the type of pedals I design. Music I’ve been listening to lately are: Boards of Canada, David Torn, Wilco, Carroll (local band), and Tame Impala.”
We saw video from NAMM where you showed your newcomer trough-zero flangerSpectre with EQD Bit Commander combo and it was awesome! Whitch pedal effects would you recommend for your other pedals?
“It’s really important to me that my pedals play nice with other pedals. I love fuzz with Warped Vinyl. It’s hard to choose! I really like to use Wombtone with delay.”
Are you planning collaboration with some other pedal builders? if there was such a possibility, who would you like to work with ?
“I don’t think I will do a collaboration, but if it were to happen, it would probably be with Matthew Farrow of Alexander Pedals.”
Your TOP 10 pedal effects of all time:
ZVEX –Lo-Fi Loop Junky
FoxRox – Paradox
EHX – Deluxe Memory Man
EQD – Bit Commander
ZVEX – Fuzz Factory
Boss – VB2
ZVEX – Wah Probe
Montreal Assembly – Count To Five
Empress Effects – Super Delay
Some advice or message to all pedal users?
“I would just say to trust your ear, tone is such a subjective thing. Somebody will always think you should do something else, and it’s great to take feedback, but at the end of the day, it’s your tone.”
Can you give us any hints of what we’ll see from Chase Bliss Audio in the future?
“I’m usually pretty open to answering questions like this, but I’m working on something right now that I don’t want talk about, just in case it doesn’t work out, I don’t want people to be disappointed.”
Our goal is to give unprecedented digital control to original and creative analog designs. Our products are not for everyone. They are for people that want something truly different in their stompbox arsenal, and are comfortable paying a little premium for a handmade, U.S manufactured product that is unlike anything else out there. You know, crazy people that desire that certain analog aesthetic in their tone while still demanding the ability to tweak everything, recall those settings at will, and explore new areas of parameter controllability, modulation, and on-the-fly automation.
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