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Arion Chorus Substitute?

James Knox

Silver Supporting Member
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Landau fan here!

I bought one of those MF blowout Arion Chorus's for $30 and it sounds like Landau's worble alright BUT it distorts in a "digital clipping" sort of way when you push it hard.

Certainly SOMEBODY makes a Chorus that sounds like the throb of the Orion but with quality components. The thing I like about the Arion is that it is more VIBE than CHORUS sounding.

I have a MojoVibe that I like for the slow Trower stuff, but want an Arion-style for the "happy warble" clean sound.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

James
 

DANOCASTER

Gold Supporting Member
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3,285
Suggestions ??

HHmmm.. I'd START w/ getting the name right..It's Arion NOT Orion
 

Berlin Chris

Member
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1,170
I have an older Japanese-made version of the Arion SCH-1 and haven´t experienced any distortion. You might want to check out one of those if you can find one.
Other than that I don´t know about a good aternative for the Arion Chorus. It is quite special in what it does.
 

Cranknfrank

Member
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163
Your unit has a problem or your rig has a problem. I own 3 of these (including an old Japanese version) and none of them do what you are describing. I have pushed them very hard at times. Landau has as well....I'd return that unit for another. Nothing else does what that piece does.
 

stratofied

Member
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579
I have an older MIJ version. Haven't noticed anything like your describing. Is yours the SCH-1? If so $30 is way cheep for that piece. May have been a reason for that.
 

DANOCASTER

Gold Supporting Member
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you probably HAVE the cheaper SCH-Z ( not the MIJ one )..If you are a Landau freak you may be turning the tone knob slightly counterclockwise - as Mike does - to darken it up a little. On the MIJ SCH-1, it cuts highs only. ON the nwere cheaper SCH-z, it only boosts bass ( that may be creating some distortion as well )

I would LOVE to get rid of my "Orion" because of tone suckage but I still havent found anything that replicates what it does ( obviosly neither has Mike ):D
 

Oddos

Member
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Yeah. I have both. The Sch-z distorts, the Sch-1 doesn`t. It`s not the same pedal.
 

landru64

Silver Supporting Member
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2,420
the sch1 (dunno about the schz) has a gain boost when you engage it. that may be pushing something else in your chain.

i took my sch1 off my board after getting a retrosonic chorus. they don't sound exactly the same, but creatively speaking, they are the same, especially the vibe/leslie sounds. the retro doesn't suck tone either. so it was a no brainer.
 
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I get a good vibe sound from my Deluxe Moon Phaser. I had the Arion pedal years back. Cheap pedal, but with really cool sounds.

I get a chorus or double tracked sound from my HR-2 set to "detune" the notes... also chorus on the Deluxe Memory Man.
 




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