Originally Posted by djpablo
Man, I was on an endless quest for the Nick Rhodes phaser and tried MXR Phase 90, MXR Phase 100, EH Small Stone, and the BOSS PH-3. None of them had the sound I wanted. The only ones left to try are the Moog and Vermona... a friend has the Vermona and said it's amazing. Let me know how you get on as I'm curious... Nick used the old Roland rackmount phasers back in the day, but these are very hard to come by and ridiculously expensive when they do.
if you are thinking of synth lines, this wasn't a phaser at all, and that may be a reason why you can't find one sounding like that. synth lines (like JP4 on careless memories, planet earth intro etc) went thru an old MXR Flanger vertical rack unit. can't find the picture right now. closest in sound to this unit is MXR 2U flanger/doubler:
anyway this is coming direct from Nick Rhodes. i was the opening act for their concert over here in 2001, so we talked for a while, about his jp8, new wave, 80s and among other things, i asked him the very same question: "what gd dmn phaser is that.."
however, he did use phaser on Crumar String Machine. i played a Crumar Multiman, and its enough to put an old Small Stone on it - its dead-on accurate. i also own the moog, and it works fantastic too. i use it on Solina and OBXa very often. slightly darker, deeper. but imho Small Stone is the actual sound of DD strings. theyre quite cheap too.
its true the MXR rack unit commands high prices. i love this flanging sound, so i was thinking of trying the vintage MXR117 pedal, it's from the same era, to see i'd there is any kinship in sound to the larger units.. its a fraction of the cost.