NArrowing my sights on a chorus pedal

Dave Wakely

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I have a Boss CE-? that has superceded in my main rig by a Dimension D pedal for two reasons: a) I want shimmer more than I want warble most of the time), and b) it robs a lot of top end. I've been auditioning a few likely candidates from pedals that seem highly rated, and have the following impressions so far:

Diamond Halo Chorus: seems VERY subtle, even on max (I'm never going to be a man to set Chorus speed anything like fast), and although the Ph Mix was a very nice feature (it seemed to add 'swirl', for lack of better word), there's no separate Speed control for it that I can identify. Nice, but almost too subtle. (I'll be using the winner in mono, and I get the impression this is a pedal to use in stereo to get the best from it)

Dr Scientist Cosmichorus: nice, but I wanted a middle setting on the 2-way swch above the Gravity control. Left was too dark, Right was too right, and there was no obvious 'neutral'. The rht-hand most toggle (above 'Dimension') intrigued me - what does it do? It's left-hand setting worked well for me. Very nice, but the tonal colring bothered me.

Retro-sonic: given I hated the Vibrato setting, a one trick pony. It does it very nicely, but it didn't inspire me at all.

So ... what else should I road-test when I come across them (not easy, given I'm in the UK, and only sometimes in London!)
 

Jack

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Dano Cool Cat (18v is supposed to be better) has "shimmer". I thought it really nailed "Purple Rain" tone. It lacked, IMO, thickness and warmth, which is what I like, but it could be the ticket for you.
 

woude

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The choralflange or tc electronic chorus/flange have a nice shimmer and a transparant top end I believe.
 

johnh

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Hi,

I bought an Analogman Bi Chorus which is excellent. However, for a mix of subtle to warble, and with a choice of high end or not, I think the Boss CE-5 is totally unbeatable.
 

ROKY

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The Ibanez SC10(1980's) are total sleepers and total bargains ...IME.

I have a Boss Dimension C and the Ibanez stands right up to it.
 
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I have a
DLS Chorus~Vibe...great for "Nirvana" lush shimmering chorus
Boss CE-5...very nice mellow "Rush" chorus with low and high frequency boost/cut
Digitech Digichorus...tone sucker, low end killer...mud slinger...
 

Dave Wakely

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Now tried and ruled out the HBE THC - lovely chorus effect, but too bright and not tameable. And no mix control.

Getting tempted more by the Meistersinger - tell me more if you own/have tried one. I tend to use 'a dash of chorus' - like sprinkling lemon juice on hot beef to bring out the flavours, so to speak.
 

soopajeanmi

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Currently own a Halo Chorus. I had a meistersinger in the past.

The Halo is just another league in my opinion. There's a warmth, a musical quality that is completly addictive with the Halo. The meistersinger was just a good chorus to my ears. As with all Jacques effects there's a magic missing.

Just my opinion
 




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