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Old 14th September 2018
  #1
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Chorus pedal that can handle synth output

I’ve noticed a lot of the analog pedals brown out in a bad way with a hot analog synth input. Last time I used a EH Memoryman it crapped out at very low input levels.

I know Moog used to make chorus pedals but they apparently discontinued them.

What are good options today?

What analog pedals have hi-impedance high headroom?

I have a couple of Strymons (Deco Snd Capistan) but I’m looking for an analog chorus.

Thanks folks!
Old 14th September 2018
  #2
Gear Head
 

I'm using an MXR Stereo Chorus sometimes. Works really well with a Matrix 1000, for example.
Old 14th September 2018
  #3
You can get a passive reamp and NEVER have this problem again for the rest of life, or just severely limit the pedals you can use with your synths, its your choice.

There are countless amazing analog modulation pedals, but many will likely struggle with a hot signal, especially synth bass. I couldn’t tell you which will/won’t, as I reamp. So just get something to reamp, and then the world of analog chorus is your oyster.
Old 15th September 2018
  #4
It's not analogue, but I've gotten incredible results with the TC Electronic Corona Chorus, works equally well with high impedance and line level signals.
Old 15th September 2018
  #5
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I agree with money spent on a passive re-amp to open yourself up to more pedal choices. Nothing like an impedence mismatch to ruin your day.

Now this is a kind of 'out there' suggestion, but by far the best (and heaviest) chorus 'pedal' I've ever used is this little beastie right here:



The Yamaha RA-50.

(And yes, a rotating horn counts in my book as analog. After all, electronic chorus pedals were invented to approximate this sound in the first place)
Old 15th September 2018
  #6
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MoogerFooger ClusterFlux
MiniFooger Chorus
ZVex LoFi Junky
Old 15th September 2018
  #7
The two analog chorus I have are completely different - the cluster flux and elkorus.

If I was in the market for something new I would be getting one of these:

Fulltone Musical Products, Inc. | pedals | That 80's Rack Chorus
Old 15th September 2018
  #8
Also, what’s ur budget, and does it have to be stereo? Analog, accepts line level, and stereo is going to be expensive.

Like this guy:
Seraph Deluxe – Fromel Electronics
Old 17th September 2018
  #9
Gear Maniac
 

Thanks for all of the replies.

The Boomstars I am going to use said pedal with are (incredibly) high impedance output. They will work with guitar pedals. It seems many pedal designers don’t bother to to reveal the specifications, which makes this process tedious.

Sadly, the Minifooger Chorus is no longer in production. I’d have to hunt for a used one. Again, tedious.

The reamp pieces can sort of work. They generally accept +4 balanced line inputs. It’s a lot of hit and miss until you land on the right one. It’s the 7-10 times the impedance output to input ratio that you’re looking for.

Synths are at a weird impedance and level and there generally isn’t a standard. I guess about 1500-2500 ohms.

So a 1/2 or 1 mega-ohm input is good but then there is the headroom issue which a reamp or A-designs Addy could help with. Orchid Electronics makes a reamper too. It’s just the “what level and impedance is the input on this reamp device looking for?” question.

I think I might try the Electro Harmonix Polychorus.

I like my Strymons a lot. I’m just looking for LUSH.

I might need two now though. I think I need just one more Boomstar: 8106.
Old 28th September 2018
  #10
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I picked up an Eventide H9 in the end.

Fat sound. Very nice.
Old 28th September 2018
  #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Marc_the_Darc View Post
It's not analogue, but I've gotten incredible results with the TC Electronic Corona Chorus, works equally well with high impedance and line level signals.
I second this. Best of all you can upload new Chorus algorithms via usb. Great pedal for synths.
Old 28th September 2018
  #12
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Originally Posted by EDGEK8D View Post
You can get a passive reamp and NEVER have this problem again for the rest of life, or just severely limit the pedals you can use with your synths, its your choice.

There are countless amazing analog modulation pedals, but many will likely struggle with a hot signal, especially synth bass. I couldn’t tell you which will/won’t, as I reamp. So just get something to reamp, and then the world of analog chorus is your oyster.
While cheap and easily accessible is great in a way, I have never found a guitar stompbox that worked as well as a dedicated line level, studio gear-quality effect. The stompboxes built to handle line-level gear also tend to be better planned and thought out.

Juno Chorus | Effectivy Wonder Pedals
Old 29th September 2018
  #13
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Can anyone say something about MXR Stereo Chorus M134?? Seems like a nice option for synths, thinking about getting one myself.
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