MXR Bass Chorus Deluxe!!!
I finally got around to trying this pedal out at my favorite shop yesterday. Not since my first Boss CEB-3 (late 90's/early 00's), have I had that wonderful glassy and shimmering chorus tone. I sold the Boss a while back, due to money issues, and I've missed it ever since. Their current ones aren't nearly as sensitive, and I've tried numerous ones since. EBS's is okay, Exar's "Moby Dick" is very limited, Digitech...meh, and TC Electronics' new Chorus is AWFUL. MXR's new creation, though, is PHENOMENAL! I'm not sure what they describe as "bucket-brigade circuitry" is, but it doesn't feel cheap like the new TC pedal.
Not only can you get a lot of useable tones from this effect's Rate and Width knobs, neither of which are extreme/unuseable (I like that), but the Bass and Treble knobs aren't insane, either. I like that the Bass seems to shape the bottom, as opposed to making it boomy and loud. The Treble adds subtle glassiness without being harsh. Perhaps what are the "hidden gems" of this pedal, if not for the pedal itself, are the X-over (crossover, duh), and Flanger buttons, which are lit-up LED's when used...nice touch! Also, the main red LED (when on), pulsates to the speed of the rate that you set, which would look neat on a dark stage. Anyway, the crossover seems to make the bottom a little smoother, while making the rest of the sound have a warmer sound. I actually like the swtich off, as it keeps my bottom end tight and more piano-like. What's nice, too, is that your lows never lose their "oomph" with this pedal, even turning the Bass down to it's minimum. It seems like you either add some boost, or your actual low-end transparency goes untouched. Now, the Flanger adds a whole new dimension to this puppy! It's not so much that "whooshing" sound, as it kind of sounds like a unique phaser, too, with these strangely cool alien-ish sounds that come from whatever notes you're hitting. Still, this is another sound that isn't too weird to make it unuseable.
All in all, if you're a fan of icy choruses like I am (MXR's sounds INCREDIBLE on "Don't Stop Believin'", by the way), and like to have a nice palette of them in one package, then I totally recommend checking this piece out.
Just to offer an alternative viewpoint, I too tried this pedal out the other day and found it to be way too subtle. Obviously that's cool for some, but I couldn't get enough tone out of it to justify the price, sadly. I wanted that 80s chorused slap sound but this just wasn't 'tight' enough at any setting. A bit too shimmery? Hard to explain without soundclips I guess! And I found the flanger to be totally and utterly useless.
On the plus side, the build quality was excellent and it looked awesome.
Hmmm, wow...one man's trash is another man's treasure! What bass(es) are you using, along with amps and cabs? I use an '02 Ibanez Prestige BTB (Japanese) 5'er with a GK 1001-RB II, going through a Markbass Traveler 102P. The rig doesn't sound like much, but it's MONSTROUS.
The TB'er I sold the MXR to is very happy with it, which is super cool! Different strokes...:D
My mistske, it wasn't the TC Electronic model that I really didn't like, it was the Tech 21! Different strokes, indeed!
The Boss one is definitely my favourite chorus that I've tried :)
The MXR is nice too, but with my rather low end heavy basses it didn't work for me.
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