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delay, chorus, and flange

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by coffee-sipper, Feb 11, 2004.

  1. coffee-sipper


    Jul 10, 2003
    Raleigh NC
    Are chorus and flange 2 types of delay? Is there a resource that explains what all the effects pedals do?
  2. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    chorus and flange are similar, as is phasing. they're delay based, but not quite the same as delay.

    The signal is split in two and one signal is left dry while the other is sped up and slowed down by a variable-rate echo/delay, operating via LFO shaped like a sine wave or triangular wave.

    The two signals are put back together and you hear whooshy cool stuff.

    The main difference between these is the delay time. Flange is short enough that you can hear the signal very sharply most of the time. Chorus is long enough it sounds like a detuned part is being played alongside the original. And with a phaser the signal is so far delayed at the extreme intervals that the mixed result is out of phase (hence the name) and muffled.

    EDIT: so, in order to do these effects with delay, you'd have to set the delay time very short and the mix to 50% wet, then twiddle the delay time knob very slightly and smoothly back and forth while playing =0)

    there are many more details to be had but this should make sense. HTH!

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