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. Neilena

    Neilena Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member

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    Delay + a touch of chorus = the nicest overall tone for my acoustic electrics. I tried 2 Boss chorus pedals, no thanks. I have two old chorus pedals and what I like the most is that boost they provide...fattens up your sound (more resonance). Samantha Fish (good American blueswoman) was quoted in Guitar World recently as saying the same. She says you can hardly notice the effect but it is there.
     
  2. Wayfinder

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    I haven't really noticed any hate regarding chorus pedals, but the truth is: with the Internet anyone can post any opinion anonymously, and there are a whole lot of keyboard-heroes on the Net. Someone posts a pooted-out-the-backside opinion, someone else parrots it, and suddenly that's a "thing".

    People will claim perhaps that chorus is cliche, old-hat, ancient, etc... but the same holds true for overdrive, reverb, echo and wah. Probably the closest thing to the truth is that someone had a personal dislike of chorus effect and felt his personal opinion just had to be shouted to the planet.

    In these stressful days, opinion, complainers, and haters are coming out of the woodworks. Nothing wrong at all with chorus; it's just another guitar effect, there to use if one wishes to do so. As with all effects (and really, all of music and even all of life), use in moderation and judiciously. : )
     
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  3. johne1

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    I recently purchased a Keeley Dyno My Roto. Got it for its mono Rotary sound, but I'm really digging its Flanger and Tri-Chorus effects, too. The unconventional dynamic option of this pedal makes it very special and different, but never boring.

    I also picked up Keeley's DynaTrem, dynamic Tremolo/reverb pedal.

    The dynamic response of both of these pedals enhances your creative options from pedals with fixed settings. From the attack on the strings to the note's decay, the speed or depth of the effect can change, based on the settings.

    After decades of conventional Chorus, this is a refreshing change, in much the same way as an AutoWah pedal is from using a Wah pedal.
     
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  4. keys88

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    I have one on my pedal board. I don't use it much but I certainly don't hate it. I think it sounds best when it's subtle. To me that over-the-top dripping chorus effect can sound a little dated, especially through a clean amp. But to each his own...
     
  5. gitapik

    gitapik Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member

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    I think people associate the heavily overdriven chorus leads with the ‘80s, which gives it a genre specific label. Some people just don’t dig that sound. And some people used to but don’t anymore.

    I personally never liked that tone. Even when it was popular. But I’ve always loved a wide spaced chorus added to clean tones. Both with and without delay.
     
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  6. bobalu

    bobalu Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Hate on chorus is news to me. I have used it for years and really like the sound, but like any effect, you need to temper its use. :)
     
  7. rbspql

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    I didn't know it was a hated effect. A cheap TC Electronics Afterglow chorus was the last addition to my pedalboard. Since we cover different bands and authors, my pedalboard needs be rather versatile. Otherwise I wouldn't have bought a chorus, probably, but maybe not even a compressor and a phaser.... not sure.... ;-)
     
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    pmoore Strat-Talk Member

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    I use tremelo, delay and reverb. That is plenty of modulation
     
  9. tinkertoy

    tinkertoy Strat-O-Master

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    My first pedal was an ibanez soundtank chorus pedal that I got with my squier strat, Ibanez practice amp, and rush dongbook. Lol

    The only thing I have been able to do with it is literally nail the opening to pull me under by dream theater.

    I have it in my closet on a shelf. I am saving it for one of those days when I dont have anything else to throw out during spring cleaning.

    Yep, POS
     
  10. Cali Dude

    Cali Dude Strat-Talker

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    Love chorus for 80s-90s sounds. Nothing wrong with that sound. They have their place.
     
  11. circles

    circles Resident Pinball Enthusiast

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    I've had a chorus pedal (BOSS), but really never mind-melded with it, so it disappeared.

    I guess there's chorus in my Terragen, but I have not used it. Maybe cause the dam writing is so small I just don't see the setting.
     
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  12. Dudeman7

    Dudeman7 Strat-Talker

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    Lately I've rediscovered the value of chorus.

    I use a Homebrew Electronics THC with the Rate all the way down, Depth all the way up and Width somewhere in the middle. This gives me a wide soundstage with no movement and provides a thickening of my tone while enhancing the upper midrange harmonics.

    It is a pretty subtle effect while playing clean, subtle enough that you only really notice it when you turn it off.

    However, it adds a whole new dimension to overdriven chords and helps bends and lead lines jump right out of the speakers.

    Strat + Big Muff + Chorus (used like this) = as close to a Wall-era Gilmour lead tone I have ever gotten.

    I really don't like the new-wavy, bright, tight and shimmery chorus sounds that dominated the 80's, though.
     
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  13. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather Silver Member

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    I think...writing "kewl" is way uncool. Choruses, like anything, can be mis/over-used...for crap sake who remembers phase shifters and the 70's?

    I use one for Robin Trower-ish things and have fattened up a thin Strat with a chorus turned down.
     
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  14. JB74

    JB74 Senior Stratmaster

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    Trusty favourite. Strymon Mobius has some decent presets as well, but I prefer this.

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    Neither are as good as this:
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  15. The-Kid

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    Something about BOSS and chorus, these are actually exceptional especially the JAZZ chorus.
     
  16. JB74

    JB74 Senior Stratmaster

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    I would say that you need to be a quite discerning and thoroughly educated buyer if buying a Roland JC amp for the chorus function.

    There are so many variations on the circuit boards that serial numbering is not an indication alone of whether or not the "ce-1" is inside.

    Of course late (modern) JC's in current production have a completely different circuit, much similar to a CE-2w but not exactly the same.

    A pre-bright switch chrome corner unit with the silkscreened metal chassis on the rear is usually a good indicator - if nothing has been replaced internally. (pull the amp tray and check PCB revision numbers and chipsets)

    I would absolutely chase a pedal down - like an analogman bi-chorus before delving into a roland JC just for the CE-1. Even CE-1's aren't all that and a bag o' crisps either. Some of them sound woeful.

    Again, another one of those "Try before you buy" commitments.

    But a CE-20 with the CE-1 setting and Dimension D is really (honestly) going to get you 99.5% there, if you run the pedal stereo out.

    I rate the CE-20 more than I like my Bi-Chorus, because of the extra functions and it absolutely nails the effect without any non-essential bells and whistles.

    I like pedals that just get the job done with no fuss or pretence.
     
  17. Jason D

    Jason D Senior Stratmaster

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    I never hated them. Actually a really good chorus sound is a sound to behold. I don’t need one for what I do, but I appreciate hearing them in the right places. Like any pedal, they have their moments.
     
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  18. WelhavenT

    WelhavenT Strat-Talker

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    I used the CE-2 (1979, black label, long dash, silver screw) for a while. One of my favourite pedals.

    I’ve sold this board now as I only need four pedals.

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