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Best Chorus Pedal for Bass?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by devinp17, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. devinp17

    devinp17 Guest

    Hey everyone. I'm looking into getting a chorus pedal and I'm not sure which one to get. I just want the wet, shimmery, under water-like sound, I don't want any of the wavy sound, so basically I'm looking for one with 1 or 2 nobs, because the other 3 or 4 nobs just seem useless to me, so I was looking at the MXR Micro Chorus, and the EHX Neo Clone (both have just 1 Rate nob). But I'd like to know which chorus pedal is the most present and you can hear the most. I'm a finger-style player so I'm not sure which one would stand out the most, because the Chorus effect stands out more when playing with a pick (obviously)... Any suggestions on other Chorus Pedals or the ones that I've been looking at?

    Thanks! :)
  2. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    I use an mxr zakk wylde guitar chorus, it sounds awesome, a lot of control and does not kill the bass. It's also way cheaper than a lot of what's out there. The tc electronics corona is great and even a boss bass chorus
  3. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    The mxr has the level that can make it really loud in your sound
  4. Twocan

    Twocan Living the Dream Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Medway, MA
    TC Electronics Corona does just about whatever you want it to. I'd suggest that one.
  5. triviani


    Oct 23, 2010
    I recently got a Small Clone, the most recent big box one, and I think it sounds great. Tried it with the band and it does stand out with the deep mode on.
  6. Titania


    Aug 17, 2012
    Shirley, MA
    I'm a finger-style player, and I have no issues with any of my chorus effects standing out. My favorite chorus pedals aren't going to be what you're looking for, as they have lots and lots of knobs (Earthquaker Devices Sea Machine and Tech 21 Bass Boost Chorus).

    For a low-knob chorus, I like the Mooer Ensemble King (or see if you can find the new Ensemble Queen, which is voiced for bass).
  7. N.F.A.


    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    MXR is my choice of chorus. Has been for many years.
  8. CTC564

    CTC564 Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Toms River,NJ
    Had a TC SCF for many years and LOVED it but when it finally died (after 20+ years) I went with the TC Corona chorus...and it's a nice chorus

    But last week, I bought an Analogman Chorus (with the deep switch) and I'm blown away by how thick and delicious it sounds...if you can afford it, that'd be my recommendation

    Good luck
  9. Sparkdog

    Sparkdog Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    Burbank, CA
    I just updated my pedalboard and tried out a bunch of chorus boxes. The best sounding by far was the MXR Bass Chorus Deluxe. 5 knobs, but easy to dial in. It also has bass and treble EQ on the pedal which makes all the difference to me. No loss of low end, and you can even boost the low end if you want. Has a flanger effect too if that's of interest.

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  10. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    For what you described wanting out of a chorus, I also want the same things. Look into the Tech 21 Boost Chorus, IE Polytope and the Source Audio Orbital. Me, I ended up with the Orbital. You get SO MUCH more than just a chorus. I set my two presets with a shimmering chorus and a flanger. I have had Boss, which was too subtle and flat to me, and the MXR BCD, while sounded great, was completely lost in the mix. You still heard my bass, but not the chorus effect. I tried to get it to work for me for over 2 months to no avail. I wanted a very pronounced, shimmery, watery and vibrant chorus. So if that is what you are looking for, I would look at the first three I recommended. You can waste your time trying all the others out there, but I would skip right to the ones I pointed out. Not to say that the ones I pointed out are the best of all, but to me, after trying most of the most popular ones and a couple not so popular ones on the market, and for what youre looking for, which is exactly what I was looking for, these were the ones that fit the bill in spades. Especially the Orbital. at $169 brand new, its pretty hard to beat.
  11. BFunk

    BFunk Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I prefer the IE Polytope. It detunes without modulation if you want that. (I like it.) This fulfills your requirement to not be wavy sounding. I am not aware of another chorus that does that. I am also a finger player. I have no problem getting it to stand out, especially in the mix.
  12. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    I still use an old DOD bass chorus. Works fine.

    I often use a Behringer knockoff of a Boss pitch shifter. The static shift sounds like a thickening chorus, but has no movement, so there is no "wave" chorusing.


    I get a LOT of use from this pedal. Two octaves above, through a harmonizer (vocal) and a Leslie simulator gets me chords and moving harmonies from my bass that are very B-3 like, without having to change my playing style.
  13. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    My favorite - if you can find one - is the Danelectro Cool Cat Chorus, in the 18v version. Always loved how shimmery that could make the bass, without overpowering it.

    The one on the board currently is the ProTone Nectar Chorus, which is another one in that "if you can find one" camp, but is very nice. Plus, it has the best artwork ever. Ever.

    Our (Rocktron) Dreamstar Chorus is nice and gets exactly what you'd want, but it DOES have six knobs at initial glance. It's two choruses in one box, with each one getting a rate, depth and blend so you can dial in some really nice sounds.
  14. Bigmuffdiver


    Mar 28, 2014
    I use a T-rex Sweeper. Does the trick for me, can go from subtle to over-the top.
  15. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    out of the 7 choruses that I own, my favorite by far is the tech21 bass boost chorus.
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  16. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    This. Corona is impossible to beat for the price. Toneprints are incredible!
  17. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I have three chorus pedals; MXR Bass Chorus Deluxe, EBS UniChorus and Tech21 Bass Boost Chorus - four if you count the Zoom MS-60B.

    The Tech21 is permanently on my pedal board, I particularily like detune+multivoice with the modulation (speed+depth) knobs turned all the way down, the others can't make that sound.
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  18. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    San Diego, CA
    choruses are very subjective; I've had a bunch, never loved them until I was turned on to the Analogman chorus - now I'm set.

    But many folks love the old Boss CE3. It just didn't work for me.
  19. devinp17

    devinp17 Guest

    Thanks everyone for all the great suggestions.
    I've come down to these pedals:

    MXR Micro Chorus
    EHX Neo Clone
    Mooer Ensemble King
    T-Rex Sweeper 2

    Which one ^ would you recommend??
    I haven't heard them yet but I'll look on YouTube.

    Pedals left out:

    MXR Zakk Wylde Chorus
    Tech 21 Boost (large, too many knobs, and too much money)
    TC Electronic Corona (tried it, too subtle for me... Unless there's a nice TonePrint you can suggest? It's also a little pricey for me)
  20. Pastrami


    Feb 21, 2014
    New York, NY
    Dr Scientist Cosmichorus forever and always.