Originally Posted by fasto
got my EP2 some weeks ago, not sure if i will keep it. expectations were high, but the first minutes of testing were frustrating ... grabbed the manual and followed instructions ... much better, but still not satisfied. the next thing i will try to combine the EP2 with dirt pedals ... after that i will decide: keeping or selling it.
It works like a charm with dirt.
Also, try putting compression before the phase to get a more audible effect from the phase instead of using the EP2 to compensate for dynamics. My compressor has a high frequency expander so I might be getting a bit more from my setup than you might if it's a typical compressor. It's not a boutique model but was made by an American with great parts in Utah. DOD Milkbox. YMMV
If you have a tuner pedal or other stompbox with a dry out, you'll be well-served to use the sidechain. You can, of course, experiment with effecting the sidechain trigger...adding a boost, expander, gates, oscillators, etc. I believe the sidechain is CV but you'd be best to ask Dave Koltai or someone around here if you can treat it as such since Pigtronix have released sidechain inputs with specific voltages for Moog CV.
If you have a tremolo or other modulation or delay that you would like to be able to phase then the sidechain is your ally.
The Staccato feature is amazing. I really dig my EP-1 but the EP-2 is a lot more over the top tonally speaking.
For now, I'm glad I have what I have but the featureset on either is amazing. I'm glad Empress threw their hat into the ring with another sidechain triggered phaser.