I finally found the best chorus pedal in the world...

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by popsongsmith, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. popsongsmith

    popsongsmith Senior Member

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    and it's (drum roll).............................................................................

    DLS Ultra Chorus II

    Here's a list of the chorus pedals I've tried over the past couple of years

    Ibanez original CS-9
    Maxon CS-9 Pro
    Fulltone Choralflange
    Arion SCHZ
    EH Small Clone
    EH Clone Theory
    Boss CE-1
    Boss CE-2 MIJ
    Boss BF-2 (chorus setting)
    MXR Stereo Chorus
    BBE Mind Bender
    Line 6 MM4
    Eventide ModFactor

    The only good ones I haven't owned are the Retro Sonic, Red Witch and Analogman. The Retro is ostensibly the same as the CE-1, and the Analogman is supposed to be based on a Small Clone.

    This thing has everything that's good about all the best choruses wrapped up in one package. Here's my personal list of elements that make a great chorus. the DLS has got them all.

    • wide range of textures, from subtle to intense
    • good speed and depth range, for simulating rotating speakers
    • adjustable delay time
    • independent control over two discreet sets of rate and depth controls
    • control over input AND output levels
    • true bypass
    • stereo in and out
    • solidly built in USA
    • preserves the original tone--no drastic bass cut, mid boost, or high frequency "sheen"
    • LED's pulse in time with the effect rate
    • sounds 'organic', meaning neither digitally sterile, nor analog metalic
    • sounds equally good with clean and overdriven tones
    • user friendly--easy to get the tones you want
    Bottom line, from the first note I knew this was the one, and further tweaking confirmed my initial impression.

    This is simply an exceptionally good chorus pedal.
     
  2. Digby

    Digby Senior Member

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    Started to get excited then saw the price tag. Phuch that, I can't justify paying 300.00 for a chorus pedal.

    I know, I know it's 289.00. Close enough for rock-n-roll, jazz and government work.

    digby
     
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    Thought for sure the thread was about a Boss CH-1:BOUNCE
     
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    and I thought it would be the Bi or 3 knob mini AM Chorus. :rolleyes:
     
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    :agree
     
  6. whoismarykelly

    whoismarykelly Oh look! This is a thing I can change!

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    Too bad you didn't try the red witch.
     
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    Who makes this unit?

    Digby
     
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    what about the Red witch chorus ?
    i found it to be more open than the DLS
     
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    Too bad you didn't try the Red witch, the retro-sonic, the analogman and the Diamond: I think those 4 are the current best offers in chorus. I did choose the Diamond.
     
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    Another definite "Good one" you haven't owned according to what you wrote is Visual Sound Liquid Chorus. The one in the H2O or on it's own.
    I've owned a LOT of choruses as well....though none of the ones you mention, another Boss one CH-1 I think it was, HBE THC choruse, etc, etc, but nothing comes close to the Liquid VS chorus for me.

    I'm done looking to be honest. I had been using just the H2O, but as much as I like the double pedal dealy (smaller footprint, one power out used) and the echo, I wanted to explore other echo options, but looked everywhere for anothe chorus and none came close to whatever it is I LOVE about the VS. So bit the bullet and bought one of the new single pedal VS Choruses.
     
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    couple additional thoughts. I was considering the analogman at one point, but it just doesn't have the versatility of the DLS. The red witch seems good, but the clips on their site turned me off. As I said, the Retro is a CE-1 clone, which is good for what it does, but again no versatility. And the Diamond seemed both unreasonably expensive and also had reviews indicating that it couldn't get very intense. I also didn't care for the concept of the phaser+chorus in one pedal.

    One other cool thing about the DLS is the blend knob. As advertised, it really does blend the effected signal with your analog guitar signal. when this knob is set fully counter clockwise, it's just your analog signal completely dry. unlike most digital units, the original signal is not converted using A/D-D/A converters.
     
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    Clearly this is all subjective, but I have tried MANY chorus pedals over the years, including the Analogman stuff, and I have to agree. The Ultra Chorus II is the best I have ever heard.
     
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    In the '80's I had a cheap & cheerful "Columbus" Chorus, and it sounded great.

    Nowadays I just use the Marshall Supervibe, and it sounds good enough to me. And cheap.
    And discontinued, dammit!
     
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    I guess that's really the whole point after all. The DLS just sounds fantastic. The incredible versatility and pro features are just the icing on the cake.
     
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    I can't say you´re done before trying the Retro-Sonic and the Analogman ;).

    For me the Retro-Sonic is "THE" chorus pedal. Only pedal that I truly regret having sold. Just had to at the time... Without a doubt I'll buy another one in the future... Can't say enough how great it is IMO.
     
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    looks very nice, its stereo which blows away any mono pedal by a long shot...

    i still plan to get a tc nova mode next
     
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    Man, i'm in the middle of a chorus pedal hunt right now. It's time to take my TC off the board...

    I had it narrowed down to -

    Analogman (the Bi or the mini)
    Red Witch Empress

    possibly, the Retro-Sonic but this is in third place.

    But NOW, i'm really considering the DLS.

    Impressive features and all the prices are about the same.

    Hmm, decisions, decisions...
     
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    I should add that I got a great deal on it from a fellow TGP member, which sealed the deal.

    One other thing I failed to mention in the initial post is how good the DLS sounds in MONO. Maybe I'm losing my hearing, but I've owned both the CE-1 and several Jazz Chorus amps, and although I currently haven't either for comparison, I swear I can nail that sound in mono. I'm not presently set up for stereo, but god help me, when I do finally run this thing in stereo, I may very well soil myself...
     

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