Pedaltrain Nano board, chorus or delay?

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  1. hector

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    So, I'm putting together an extremely portable Pedaltrain Nano with four pedals. I've already decided on a 1) tuner 2) distortion 3) light od pedal. Help me decide on the forth pedal. I'm thinking of either a delay or a chorus. I'm playing in a rock cover band. Covering stuff from all eras of rock. I'm leaning towards the delay, only because I think the chorus probably gets lost in the mix anyhow, when playing live.

    What would you chose, after a tuner and drive pedals?
     
  2. gillibi

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    Get a Line6 M5....sounds great, small, has 24 presets and would cover anything else you'd ever need.
     
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    personally I'd have to have a wah

    but over chorus or delay i'd choose delay 100 percent.
    check out guyatone micro pedals. they sound good and don't take up much real estate on your board so you may be able to fit both
     
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    I'm a huge fan of chorus, but would give another 100% to delay. I will note that i like to run my chorus fairly subtle and my delay....fairly less than subtle.....but even if we're talking a slapback-to-mild thickening range I'd go delay over chorus if there's only room for one.
     
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    Get a delay that also has a modulation feature. I use the MXR Carbon Copy and it adds a subtle chorus to the repeats if you press the mod button. I think there's some others out there that do this as well, but the MXR is very compact for a small board.
     
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    or if you have room, the Visual Sound H2O would cover both, too.
     
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    This.

    (I also have an Ibanez DML-10 that, while digital, does a fantastic job, and would highly recommend having a look at for this application)
     
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    I've heard that you can use the EHX Memory Toy for both (?) and that the chorus is quite nice. Perhaps with low feedback.

    Cheap and small.
     
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    Don't just limit yourself to 4 pedals on a Nano! I won't spam this thread, but you can check my recent threads to see my Nano board. :)

    In any case, that won't help you with your dilemma. I have a Malekko Ekko 616 in the last spot on my Nano board, and it serves both the delay and chorus purposes very well. The modulation on that pedal is really intense, but something magical happens when you dial the delay and repeats down to zero. It turns into a really nice chorus. I find that setting the modulation with relatively slow speed and very subtle depth works well for both a nice mod delay sound AND a chorus sound. You just have to bend over and twist the time and repeat knobs down to zero for the chorus and back up for the delay.
     
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    I vote Delay over chorus. I agree that you could use a delay with modulation to get chorus sounds as well. The Memory Toy's modulation can sound nice, once you tweak the trim pot to taste. The Memory Boy is bit bigger, but has much more control over the modulation. Both have great analog delay sounds IMO. There are of course plenty of other choices as well like MXR, Malekko, etc...
     
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    I agree, you can use delay for chorus/flange, for ambiance, for solos... much more useful than chorus. That said, for a small board like that I'd use the M5 or an Adrenalinn 3 to get a lot more functionality in a small space.
     
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    Thanks for your posts guys. I do have a spare MXR Carbon Copy. Forgot about the chorus button on there. I'll try that first.
     
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    Have you already purchased the Nano or by "putting together" do you mean considering? If you haven't pulled the trigger yet, maybe the Mini would give you more options. The size difference from the Nano is no major burden. With my rock cover band, I built a mini with a tuner, ecstasy OD, pinnacle DIST, mini bi-comp, mxr analog chorus, and mxr CC. I have found this setup covers pretty much everything. Plenty portable and a nice compact footprint on a crowded stage.

    I'm not shooting down the Nano by any means, but if there's an option to return or exchange it (still in box, no Velcro yet, etc) the Mini could open things up for you.
     
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    I'd go delay over chorus as well, but if you don't mind fiddling with knobs mid-set, you can have both. I have a TC Electronic Flashback delay with a TriChorus Toneprint installed, which turns it into a chorus pedal when on the delay setting. So, many varieties of delay goodness and one excellent TC quality chorus, in the same pedal. What's not to like?
     
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    this guy beat me to the punch by a minute!
     
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    That.

    It also works well with the MOD mode, if you need the Toneprint for a specific delay.
     
  20. Whiskey N Beans

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    Get an MXR Carbon Copy. With the repeats down to minimum and the modulation on it IS a chorus pedal. Best of both worlds. Nails the police MIAB sound. Two birds; one stone. Just sayin'
     

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