What phaser are you using?

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  1. cheapgtrs

    cheapgtrs Supporting Member

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    So im looking to buy a phaser. I want something more versatile than a phase 90 or small stone as I already own both. I've been looking mainly at
    Solidgoldfx Apollo ii
    Chase Bliss Wombtone ii
    Blackout Effectors Whetstone
    Empress Phaser
    So let's hear your experience with these. Love em, hate em? Other things I should check out? Share your wisdom....

    Thanks
     
  2. goodhonk

    goodhonk Member

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    i'm using a small stone. started with the small stone, tried out a bunch of others, ended back up with the small stone.

    some others you might add to your list:

    vfe enterprise
    blackout sibling
     
  3. Lt_Core

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    The old stand-by, EVH Phase 90. Does what I need it do when called upon which isn't a lot.
     
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    I've had an Empress since release. Others have come and gone without coming close, sonically or functionally, although the only other one I've tried from your list is the Whetstone.
     
  5. triviani

    triviani Silver Supporting Member

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    Same experience here, such a great phaser the Small Stone.

    For a different taste I'd try the Grand Orbiter. Don't get the Whetstone.
     
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    I really liked the Whirlwind Phase 90 clone. I use the phaser in my Atomic Amplifire now but I miss the Whirlwind.
     
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    zzzezums Silver Supporting Member

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    Mutron Phasor II
     
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  9. Flatscan

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    Those are all great units.

    What do you want to do?

    Phasers that stayed for me include:

    Moog (hard to move though), the best phaser that I've used, great with dirt
    Empress due to envelope and general flexibility, love it at 18V in a loop, great with dirt, lots of flexibility
    EQD Bad Stone, cheap and awesome tone, awesome with dirt
    EVH Phase 90, cheap, does what it does for when I need that tone which isn't often, great with dirt obviously

    Great units that I sold:

    Pigtronix, the Piggy was better at what it does but the Empress does a lot more, great pedal; lfo phase is nice but limited option-wise
    Wombtone Mkii, liked it a lot but it didn't have envelope flexibility (although you can bring it externally)

    Good units that I sold:

    EQD Grand Orbiter V2, nice pedal but very limited for the $, owned it 2x, excels with dirt - really great
    EHX Polyphase - great but limited phase tone, big for what it does and a pain to power at 24V, the envelope is very funky in the way that many want it to be, the expression control blows

    Average units that I sold:

    Mr. Black Gilamondo - didn't love dirt (at least my dirt), sounded good to great clean, extreme phase tone were too extreme for my ears (folding over each other), the phase pulse was *highly* audible when the pedal was engaged even when not playing
    Cusack Tap-a-Phase, I have never bonded with Cusack stuff despite initial enthusiasm, lacked richness but had lots of options
    VFE Tractor Beam, he pushed the Phase 90 circuit as far as it could go but that wasn't really that far in my view
    DOD 201 - don't like a Phase 45-type tone, too thin bleh bleh bleh
    Source Audio Lunar Phaser - dark and uninteresting out of the box, I didn't want to have to fight the editor to get a tone that I liked
     
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  10. rummy

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    Mobius for me. Still have a Phase 90 on stand by.
     
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    I've really wanted to try the Moog for a long time. The thing about it that kills me, is the absence of a "mix" knob.
     
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    MXR EVH Phase 90. Got it used for cheap and sounds good.
     
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    Maxon PH-350 (live) and a vintage Maestro Stage Phaser (recording).
     
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    EHX Small Stone nano
     
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    I had a retro sonic. to me it $ucked. got rid of it on CL.

    I think the small stone is one of the better ones. I have their chorus and love it.
     
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    Been using a Red Witch Deluxe Moon phaser for about 7 years now. Really vibe-y tone. I like it.
     
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  17. cheapgtrs

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    I'm gonna look into some of these other options.
    Things I want it to do, well, I like each one for different reasons. I like the waveforms and wah kind of capabilities of the apollo. The whetstone does the almost ring mod kinda sounds. The chase bliss really looks incredible but with all those options I'm not sure I'd ever accomplish anything. Super cool though. The empress clips I've seen, well it's just a beautiful sounding phaser.
    So I guess the question I ask is not what do I want it to do but what can it do. I think all of them are capable of giving me nice chewy phase. I do a lot of experimental music so I love all the weirdness.
    It definitely needs to work well with dirt. The envelope isn't necessary because I have othere but sure doesn't hurt
     
  18. Multicellular

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    Boss PH-3. I need tap tempo. I had the PH1 when I was a youtt. I've heard better sounding, but my audience don't know nothing.
     
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    My buddy uses a keeley phaser green. I always thought it was a great unit in terms of tone and build quality. Very lush sounding. Features like ramp and tap tempo are pretty cool. Might be worth investigating but at $250 they're bit pricey...
     
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  20. Rob Evans

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    I have the Empress Phaser and it is tremendous. More traditional waveforms sound great, the step wave is killer, and my favorite feature may be the auto mode. It's like an envelope filter but not as quacky and much more full bodied. I have a boss PH-3 as well which the rise/fall and step are quite nice. The high band waves are pretty good too but nowhere near as simple as your basic sweep from a phase 90.
     

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