chorus and flanger

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by MCBTunes, May 4, 2005.

  1. What do these two pedals too to the sound? Technically or simply speaking.
  2. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    Chorus provides a modulated de-tuning of the signal that gives the impression that there is more than one instrument playing at once in unison.

    Flange is somewhat similar in that it is still a modulated de-tuning, but it is much more prevalent and makes a "sweeping" sound. Flange was originally produced by placing 2 reel-to-reel tape machines that were in sync with the same source. you'd alternately press on one flange then the other, slowing one set down and then allowing it to catch up while slowing the other down.

    Really to get a better idea, look on any of the major e-tailers (, or some of the effects manufacturers to get sound samples as to how these effects sound.
  3. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Flangers mix a varying delayed signal (usually about 5mS to 15mS) with the original to produce a series of notches in the frequency response. The important difference between flanging and phasing is that a flanger produces a large number of notches, and the peaks between those notches are harmonically (musically) related. A phaser produces a small number of notches that are evenly spread across the frequency spectrum. (

    True vintage chorus works the same way as flanging. It mixes a varying delayed signal with the original to produce a large number of harmonically related notches in the frequency response. Chorus uses a longer delay than flanging, so there is a perception of "spaciousness", although the delay is too short to hear as a distinct slap-back echo. There is also little or no feedback, so the effect is more subtle. (
  4. MODNY

    MODNY Guest

    Nov 9, 2004
    just buy an EBS unichorus

    it has a built in chorus , flanger and pitch modulator

    by far one of the best pedal IMO
  5. For Flange to the nth degree, see/hear:

    Itchycoo Park: The Small Faces.