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Which Chorus?

Discussion in 'The Effect effect' started by T Bone Slort, Jan 18, 2017.

Which Chorus?

  1. Boss CE5

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  2. TC Corona Chorus Mini

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  3. MXR M234 - Analog Chorus

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  1. T Bone Slort

    T Bone Slort "I have a cunning plan" Strat-Talk Supporter

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    So it's time to complete my pedal board with a chorus.
    My budget is tight so the three that I can afford are:
    Boss CE-5
    TC Corona Mini
    MXR M234 - Analog Chorus

    Which one and why?
     
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  2. Rastus

    Rastus Senior Stratmaster

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    Hello,

    If your pedal board doesn't have a Flanger fitted, I'd lean towards this effect....With a little knob-tweaking, you can get a great Chorus sound, plus have the added bonus of a Flanger effect too.

    A Chorus effect is a Flanger, with a much narrower working range, & faster speed setting. A Boss BF-2 will see you out IMO, but the choice is yours. I believe there are stereo Flangers available now too, to further augment the effect.

    Out of the above choices, I'd go the CE-5, just because I've generally always used Boss, & respect the sounds & reliability that comes with the name, though I've not used the pedal myself.

    Cheers,

    Rastus
     
  3. abnormaltoy

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    I'm not a huge pedal user...but, I'm going to pry anyway. What do you play mostly...type of music.
     
  4. Jason D

    Jason D Senior Stratmaster

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    When I read the thread title, I actually thought "why not be like Andy Summers and get a Flanger"! Flangers definitely do the chorus thing just fine, and then have the added bonus of being able to do more than simple chorus.

    I would also agree that the CE-5 would be my first choice out of the listed options. Too many top players use it for it to be bad.
     
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  5. T Bone Slort

    T Bone Slort "I have a cunning plan" Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Blues...Slort style, Peter Green influenced with overtones of Magic Sam and Albert King.
    All in my imagination of course.:D
     
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  6. T Bone Slort

    T Bone Slort "I have a cunning plan" Strat-Talk Supporter

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    LOL, that would make my board all Boss.:thumb:
     
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  7. T Bone Slort

    T Bone Slort "I have a cunning plan" Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Good info, I'll look into them further. I see the Boss is now a BF-3, a bit pricey and there is a TC Vortex Mini Flanger in the right price range.
     
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  8. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy Mouth breathin' knuckle dragger Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Of the ones listed...I like the CE-5. But, if you scrounged up and saved...have a look at the CE-2w. It has the sounds of the CE-2 (vintage $$$$) and more modern tones. Have you considered a univibe?
     
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  9. Jason D

    Jason D Senior Stratmaster

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    People would see your board and say how Boss it is!

    The reason I brought up Andy Summers is because I think the best chorus effect sounds came out of his rig, and he used a Flanger to achieve those sounds. I don't remember what model he used, but his chorus sound on those Police albums is still the benchmark for me.
     
  10. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

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    First, nothing beats the original TC stereo chorus+, with the original (big yellow) MXR stereo chorus a
    close second.

    Of your choices only the Boss is a true stereo unit.
    Not a big deal if you know for sure you'll only ever use one amp and not use it for recording.
    A stereo chorus (played on stereo) opens up a whole new world, kinda like playing through a Leslie but not quite.
     
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    Hi, I voted for the MXR. When looking for one it came down to the CE5 or the mxr. Both analog, both have a level control, in the end I chose the mxr for the added versatility of the Hi & Low cut controls over the ce5's filter control. Really though, you couldn't go wrong with either. Oh, the mxr handles gain quite well. Cheers
     
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    Raiders757 Senior Stratmaster

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    I'll voted for the MXR. I have one and it is an excellent pedal.
     
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  13. CGHguitars

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    I have a chorus pedal for the first time in years, having recently bought the MXR. I love it; such a great, usable tool. Does all the normal "pretty' chorus stuff very well, and really shines under added gain. Fattens up and smooths out higher gain sounds beautifully, especially when added at lower levels.

    Great pedal.
     
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    I have the regular sized TC Corona pedal. It sounds good.
     
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    The older MiJ Boss modulation pedals are the best I've ever used.

    MXR makes good ones as well, but Ive always been a Boss user, so my opinion is probably a bit biased.
     
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    Anderonn Strat-Talker

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    Voting for the TC Corona Mini. The others are better no doubt, but the Toneprint feature with the Corona will let design your own sound with it.

    You can make it your own. :)
     
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    Another vote for the Corona - the tone print function allows you to load just about any kind of chorus you'd like - even create your own.
    I really like their Tri-chorus setting - you get the chrous shimmer without the seasick modulation - a must if you run a mono rig.

    I also dig the look of their new SCF Chorus/Tri-chorus - vibe of the old classic SCF (which I own,) but the footprint and features of the Corona.

    [​IMG]
     
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  18. omahaaudio

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    None of the above.
    If you want a traditional chorus for around $100 get a BYOC Analog Chorus. It's a better-than-the-original clone of the Boss CE-2 with true bypass and extended range. You don't have to build it your self, just check on Reverb for the folks that will build it for you.
    If you have $239 to spend get a Neunaber Chroma Chorus. Depending on the algorithm loaded it will give you a Boss-Dimension-C-like chorus or a more traditional chorus. You also have access to the other Neunaber Expanse algorithms which include things like the Wet reverb, Shimmer reverb, flanger, echo, etc.
     
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  19. RPKennedy

    RPKennedy Senior Stratmaster

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    I'll toss a curve ball in here...
    Keeley 30ms Double Tracker.
    Does an amazing chorus effect and can do it in stereo with the proper cable.
    I think they are $200 though.
     
  20. Raiders757

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    I keep forgetting about the whole Tone Print features on my Sub n Up and Hall of Fame. One can do some really cool stuff with that program. I have to fully unlock the potential of those two pedals, as I have been messing with the artist preprogramed Tone prints. I need to upgrade my phone, as one reason why I don't mess with the Tone Print program all that much is I have to remove my pedals from my board in order to hook them up to my PC (still using a flip phone). I didn't think about the TCE Corona having the Tone Print feature (forgot actually).
     
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