Why the hate on chorus pedals?

Discussion in 'The Effect effect' started by grritz, Jul 19, 2020.

Chorus pedal: How much do you use one?

  1. I often use a chorus pedal

    25.0%
  2. I sometimes use a chorus pedal

    21.3%
  3. I occasionally use a chorus pedal

    17.6%
  4. I rarely use a chorus pedal

    12.5%
  5. I never use a chorus pedal

    23.5%
  1. detlevski

    detlevski New Member!

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    Who gives a **** what other people think that is on YOUR board?
     
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  2. ajb1965

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    You hit the nail on the head though when you said "but there are times when a chorus — carefully used — lends a bit of sparkle and depth to a song."

    It's all personal taste, but by in large folks associate chorus with 80's music. I have always had one either on my board or in my amp since those golden years but I only use it occasionally and never break into the 80's taboo of combining chorus with distortion/overdrive. Some things just need to stay where they are in time :)

    Some of the newer pedals like the Walrus Julia have interesting takes on the classic effect and I really like those, they just aren't for me. These days if I want to thicken my clean sound I'll use a doubler effect with a bit of detune but no modulation.

    But as with all mod pedals, everything in moderation!
     
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    a group of monkeys in the african jungle is enjoying a bunch of bananas.
    close by, a small plane crashes.
    all but one of the monkeys go to check out the crash.
    the one monkey doesnt give a damn.
    be like that monkey.
     
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    I've got a build your own. It's analogue, so warbles and shimmers with inconsistency. I like that, but I don't really use pedals that much these days. ( a bit of drive and delay )
    A guitar should sound like a guitar imo
     
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    Chorus that's too 80's? How is that a problem?

     
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    Why the hate? A chorus pedal once stole my woman. :mad:
     
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    You blame chorus? I think you used too much delay.
     
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    My church music director says she hates chorus. But what she really hates it the overuse of chorus. Every so often she will request I add chorus to the guitar lines. Indeed, two weeks ago, we had an acoustic song where she wanted more “swimmy sounds” and wasn’t satisfied until I added both reverb and chorus to the signal chain. Not a lot of either, but she was way happier with the chorus engaged.

    There are occasions where nothing else will do. But like any other effect, too much is too much.
     
  12. Seamus OReally

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    I enjoyed the 80s. I like a little shimmer of chorus now and again, too.
     
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    The reason chorus begins to sound "cheesy" is because one of the settings is too high.
    If the speed is too high you need to back down the width and depth.
    When the speed is low you can get away with more intensity. YMMV

    For times when I use more than one pedal the second is usually a chorus or a delay that can do chorus (EP103).
     
  14. Ebidis

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    I prefer subtle flange, or phase to a chorus. Chorus (to me) just sounds out of tune, and I hate it, and I think it sucks.

    So there. :p

    But it's ok if you like it. :D

     
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    Don't feel offended, but I don't have any "hate" for the Chorus pedal, I just don't have a need for one, with the style/way that I play. Seems like a little bit of a silly question, but that's my answer. :D
     
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  16. CigBurn

    CigBurn You should see the other guy. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Certain effects are like salt.. You really need a dash sometimes to make the omelette taste right, but a dash is usually plenty.
     
  17. Ebidis

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    Unless you think salt sucks, and don't like salty food. Because chorus sucks and I would never put chorus on an omelette, because that wouldn't be possible anyway.
     
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    Now that was....funny!
     
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  19. CigBurn

    CigBurn You should see the other guy. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yeah it was.. and I have no response unless I'm willing to make an omelette now with one of my pedals in it.
     
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    You can overdrive your omelette though and 'feel the burn'.
    Tabasco is a great overdrive for an omelette.
    Smoked ham works great as a chorus. :p
     
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