how get that 80's chorus sound

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  1. nickboggs

    nickboggs Member

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    I have a boss super chorus pedal and I've messed with it some but can't get a good sound can you help me out with the settings
     
  2. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    Boss Chorus Ensemble CE-5 for that 80's shimmer chorus, especially with a piezo'd acoustic guitar.
     
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    What happen to the 'Vomit" Smiley?
     
  4. zachman

    zachman Senior Member

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    80's chorus sound conjures images of rack gear tone, not pedals.

    Roland Dimension D
    Roland Dep5
    Yamaha SPX90
    TC Electronic 1210
    TC Electronic 2290
    Eventide H3000, H3000S, H3000SE
     
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    wingwalker Fuzzy Guitars

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    Buy a chorus from the 80's...Im serious, works everytime!
     
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    Maybe so... in production, not in a typical amp rig.

    The other thing required is ridiculous amounts of compression. With a normal amp rig, most any chorus with loads of compression will work. (Maybe grab up an MXR Dynacomp)

    Otherwise, the rack gear Zack mentions was/is largely used in post production.
     
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    ding ding ding. we have a winner.
     
  8. jamison162

    jamison162 Supporting Member

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    This is an amazing sounding chorus box:

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  9. zachman

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    The 80's that I lived/gigged through, this stuff was MOST definitely "Common" in guitar racks, NOT just w/ post production--though it was utilized there too.

    Here are some vintage "80's" "PRE-production/LIVE" Rigs

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    I think a point worth clarifying is: a lot of the rack rigs used by artists who may very well have initially used studio production gear, was used precisely because they couldn't reproduce those tones with pedal rigs, AND they needed to concentrate on playing not tap dancing on pedals which didn't get them those tones utilized in the studio anyway.

    Not saying pedals are bad... FAR from it, but they just don't do it ALL. (Not even close)
     
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    Didn't mean to sound like I was disagreeing Zack. The OP seems to be looking for pedal solutions.


    Yep... racks...note that I said "typical amp rigs" and "normal amps".

    Then again, rack rigs were pretty typical then! I lived/gigged then too. Had a few Rack goodies... The best live clean chorus sound I used was an ADA MP-1. Chorus and compression all rolled into one little space!

    I ran a few comps in those rigs as well. Compresion is essential for an 80's chorus tone. IMO of coarse.
     
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    That looks awesome, I bet you get just the right amount of grit while being able to control it with the volume knob!
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    :AOK

    Agree racks were typical back then. As a matter of point, one wouldn't get many call backs for auditions without the gear and the look (long hair etc... ) and the chops back then.

    I only mentioned what I did because the trend nowadays is pedal based, and it seems like there are some NOT so realistic expectations sometimes from guys re: what does what, and how things they're chasing were done initially. It does appear that racks are making a resurgent comeback (though for some of us, the rack standard has never been abandoned as a viable tool/solution).

    Agree re: compressors. Back in the 80's racks I used the DBX 160X or 160A compressors.
     
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    hehehehe

    I would think so...
     
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    So how can we help this fella with his CH-1 short of selling him a Rev-1 or Lexicon?:D Buy a Rockman???;)
    I get a decent 80's chorus with the ce-2 ch-1 and the RT66 thingy. But I'm old and from the 70's/80's all my modulation and delay was run FOH being the singer guitar guy.
     
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    Pedal solutions:

    Boss CE1, CE2
    Roland Dimension C
    TC Electronic SCF
    Roland Chorus Ensemble

    Compressors:

    MXR Dyna Comp
    Barber Tone Press
     
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    How about a Analogman Bi-Chorus. It's a great pedal.
     
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    I agree... I miss da Island Man..Very few out of town gigs ;)
     
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    Even island gigs are-- well... you know how it is.

    At least the plate lunches are ono. ;)
     
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    Yowza...!! long live the Rockman!!

    Read down to where they ask Steve how he got his tone on "Flesh for Fantasy"!


    http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/steve-stevens/jul-08/86123
     
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    bandofthieves™ Member

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    Wish I could wake up there tomorrow. Look out Sandy beach or Makapuu.
    Have Fun Brother.Peace be with You.
     

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