Modulation – Understanding How Guitar Effects Work

modulationModulation effects are those that change over time. Parameters of the effect are tied to a Low Frequency Oscillator (LFO)

If you don’t know a Low Frequency Oscillator is, think of a clock and a light bulb . When the hand is on the 12 the light is all the way Off, as the hand moves past 1 the light begins to turn on; when the hand is on the 6 the light is all the way On and starts to turn off again as it moves past 7 back to Off at 12. This cycle repeats indefinitely, and you usually control how fast the clock spins. This is basically what is happening internally with each of these effects.

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Best Guitar Chorus Pedals

best guitar chorusThese classic staples of the industry, as well as some new arrivals, are some of the best guitar chorus pedals around.

What is the best guitar chorus pedal? Much like overdrive and spring reverb, chorus is a classic guitar effect that every guitarist is familiar with. Chorus is essential for thickening up clean sounds and giving sustaining notes a swirly watery type of movement. This effect also works very well with overdrive, giving it a doubled, more polished sound. While chorus can be very subtle (just thickening the sound a bit or adding some shimmer) it is also capable of some exaggerated effects reminiscent of science fiction movies.

You can probably hear the chorus effect on three out of every four 80s songs. In fact, a perfect example is the beginning of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are”. Since we’re discussing the best chorus pedals available, this list will focus on staples in the industry, as well as some new arrivals to the scene. We want solid tone without too many side effects (for example that background “air swirling sound”). We also want dependability, solid construction, and perhaps some new features.

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Keeley Seafoam Plus Chorus

keeley seafoamThe Seafoam Plus features an internal switch for Vintage mode, as well as an internal switch that turns the pedal into a bass chorus, flanger, or tremolo.

One of the most modern pedals on this list, the Keeley Seafoam Plus Chorus, has a lot of features packed into its compact size. This pedal uses the same automatic doubler as that used in the Keeley 30ms Double Tracker. The Seafoam Plus has three modes of operation. ADT chorus mode creates a second and third voice each with its own slight delay and pitch to emulate a real chorus. Continue reading “Keeley Seafoam Plus Chorus”

Seymour Duncan Catalina Dynamic Chorus

Seymour duncan catalinaThe Seymour Duncan Catalina Dynamic Chorus pedal is an analog with a number of controls, to include something new: Expression, which allows players to control when the chorus is applied.

The Seymour Duncan Catalina Dynamic Chorus is another 100% pure analogue chorus pedal that uses the “Bucket Brigade Devices” chip to delay the signal. The Catalina has a lot of controls that are designed to help you get your sound just right. The Delay control allows you to set delay times from 6ms to 60ms.

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Budget Guitar Chorus Pedals – What are the Best?

budget guitar chorusIf you’re in the market for a budget guitar chorus pedal, here’s a look at some of the classics, any one of which might provide you with the tone that you’re looking for.

Any one of these selected budget guitar chorus pedals could be a certain asset to your collection. We’ve listed some of the classic pedals that have proven themselves over time, as well as some modern products. Chorus is one of the oldest guitar effects that’s used to create a richer, thicker sound and add subtle movement to guitars, keyboards and bass. Continue reading “Budget Guitar Chorus Pedals – What are the Best?”

MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal

MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects PedalUsing a Bucket Brigade chip to delay the signal and create that classic chorus effect, the MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal gives you five control knobs to generate your own personal sound.

The M234 Analog Chorus is another very popular stomp-box created by MXR, a company that’s been making effects pedals since 1972. It’s a 100% pure analogue, and it uses a Bucket Brigade chip to delay the signal and create the warm, classic, chorus effect that it does. Continue reading “MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal”

TC Electronic Corona Mini Chorus Pedal

tc electronic corona mini chorusOne of the more contemporary pedals, the TC Electronic Corona Mini Chorus offers TonePrint, a new technology with downloadable signature tones, on a free phone app.

The TC Electronic Corona Mini Chorus is one of the more modern pedals on this list, with TonePrint, a truly interesting feature in the world of effects. This new technology allows you to download signature tones using a free app on your phone and a USB connector (or your guitar pickup).

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Chorus Pedals – What Are the Most Popular?

What Are the Most Popular Guitar Chorus Pedals?Looking for that lush 3-D sound of a Chorus Pedal? Here are the best high-end, mid-priced and budget models.

One of the most popular guitar effects of all time — chorus pedals — are often used to fatten-up the sound and give it more of a “3-D” feel. Some of the most popular guitar tones of all time have involved the smart use of chorus (reference just about any song by the Police; Andy Summers really knew how to use chorus wisely). Even in the budget arena, thick and creamy sounds can be generated when using a chorus pedal in true stereo.  Below is a list of the most popular guitar chorus pedals, arranged by price range.
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