CBA MIDI map – set up for Blooper & Thermae but will work with any CBA pedal(s)

ZOIA is the best hardware controller that exists, in my opinion. Let’s explore some more MIDI mappings with Chase Bliss Audio pedals.

PREREQUISITES
– ZOIA fw 1.11
– CBA pedal(s)
– MIDI connection, either a:
Single connection with a TRS cable (Cport to CBA midi in)
Or
Multiple connections with midi cable, MIDIbox, and TRS cables (Midi out to MIDIbox to CBA midi in)

UTILITY THIS PATCH OFFERS
– CC control over knobs, switches, and toggles
– Ramping/bouncing with no dipswitches needed
– Preset selection
– Stomp switch actions
L = set Blooper delay mode at a specific delay time (adjustable via CV delay module on page 0)
M = set Thermae delay time by tapping (lagless vibrato) or holding (longer delay)
R = Turn on ramping (bounce will persist unless you toggle the ramp/bounce params)

PAGE BREAKDOWN
Page 0 is Blooper’s front panel (MIDI channel 5)

– Top-middle section
Each knob (white) controls its labeled counterpart
The depth (yellow) control above the knob is the LFO depth, activated by the paired pushbutton (yellow) at its side

– Sidebands and bottom section
Modifier controls are on the top left and top right, includes a pushbutton (white) to toggle and a CC selection (surf) for type (1 = position left, 2 = position center, 3 = position right)
Pushbutton (red) and pixel (red) for modulation shape (1 = triangle, 0 = square) and showing LFO speed
PC out (orange) for the number and pushbutton (white) to activate
CV delay (pink) is used with the left stomp switch to go into delay mode with a specific tempo
CC (aqua) for Looper type (1 = normal, 2 = additive, 3 = sampler)
Ramp speed (purple), bounce/ramp toggle (aqua), and ramp on/off (white, tied to right stomp switch)
The final 5 pushbuttons are for one-shot recording (purple), playback (green), stop (red), hold B (blue, latching), and erase (white)

Page 1 is Thermae’s front panel (MIDI channel 4)

– Top-middle section
Each knob (white) controls its labeled counterpart
The depth (yellow) control above the knob is the LFO depth, activated by the paired pushbutton (yellow) at its side

– Sidebands and bottom section
Left, Middle, and Right toggles (surf) are for adjusting the tiny switches (1 = position left, 2 = position center, 3 = position right)
PC out (orange) for the number and pushbutton (white) to activate (old to retain bypass/tap to toggle bypass, thanks to the flexi-switch on page 10)
Slowdown-step (blue) for CC commands to toggle mode
Ramp speed (purple), bounce/ramp toggle (aqua), and ramp on/off (white, tied to right stomp switch)
Pushbutton (red) and pixel (red) for modulation shape (1 = triangle, 0 = square) and showing LFO speed

Page 2 is all MIDI outs (that aren’t on the respective panels) and stomp switches. Rows 1-3 are for Blooper, 4-5 for Thermae if you need to adjust MIDI channels

* the following pages should not be edited
Page 3 is Blooper’s modulation source
Pages 4-9 is Blooper’s ramp/bounce control for each knob
Page 10 has I/O routing and a flexi-switch for Thermae’s preset selection, note that this patch only passes audio and makes no audio of its own
Page 11 is Thermae’s modulation source
Pages 12-17 is Blooper’s ramp/bounce control for each knob

TIPS
– Blooper delay time suggestions (again, use the pink CV delay to adjust this & then simply tap the L stomp once to set the buffer):
0ms = lagless vibrato
4ms = flangeish
90ms = slapback
Fibonacci numbers above 100ms (233, 377, 610, 987, 1597, etc) = non cyclical repeats

– Try hooking up an expression pedal via MIDI CC in (controller 10) for extra control

– Add a sequencer to send various values to each knob

I totally missed this when it was released but CHMJ also made a CBA lab patch (with more mod sources and sequencing options) here: https://patchstorage.com/cba-lab-a-laboratory-for-controlling-chase-bliss-audio-pedals/

Thanks to CHMJ for helping me with the bipolar modulation (ramping/bouncing) and modulation source. Thanks to Paul Uhl of CBA for helping me with Blooper CC’s. Enjoy!

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4 comments on “CBA MIDI map – set up for Blooper & Thermae but will work with any CBA pedal(s)
  • monkeybread8212 on said:

    “ZOIA is the best hardware controller that exists, in my opinion.”

    I love the Zoia, but just… no. What a garbage hot-take.

  • Commie_Doomster on said:

    This Patch is amazing. The blooper is a cool pedal….but the blooper controlled by the Zoia is legendary. One for the ages.

  • spacelung on said:

    Thanks for this patch! I got this all rearranged for the MOOD for the most part. The only part I’m having trouble with is get a pushbutton trigger for the micro looper side. Any chance you could elaborate on how I’d go about doing that?

  • meanmedianmoge on said:

    @Commie_Doomster thank you!! I appreciate it

    @spacelung during my short time with the MOOD, I did experiment with MIDI but was always a bit frustrated with how the bypass toggles work. Perhaps this video may help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QOLYjmCtWk&t=144. There’s a companion video as well for more ideas. Hope that helps!

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