Favorite Phaser?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by skydivingninja, Sep 19, 2017.

  1. Hey all. I have a Phase 90 and like it, but I wish I had some more options to control the sound, like depth or overall volume or something. What are your favorite "advanced" phasers (i.e. beyond single-knob DOD 201, Small Stone, Phase 90 variant pedals). I'd like to spend less than $150 if possible.
  2. Edmang

    Edmang Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2013
    Source Audio Lunar. Tons of options and can get flanger and chorus. At guitar center for $149.

    Has a smart phone app and desktop editor for mac and pc.
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  3. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
  4. How easy is it to switch between sounds and presets, for example if I wanted to go from a phaser to a chorus with this pedal?
  5. Edmang

    Edmang Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2013
    Pedal can be programmed so the each knob can control a specific function.

    There is a 3 position toggle and each position can be a different preset. One could be chorus, one phaser, one flanger if you wish. Or 3 different flavors of phaser.

    You can also get the optional Source Audio Neuro hub. You can then have 128 presets controllable by midi.

    Check the SA thread for more information or to ask additional questions. The president of the company and one of their product specialists monitor the thread and can help you with anything where you might need more details.

    Source Audio Sorcerers Society (S.A.S.S) Part 3
  6. jcerio

    jcerio Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    For live use I've never found anything better than the Digitech X-Series Bass Chorus. I also like the Boss CEB-2.
  7. That Coyote

    That Coyote

    Apr 7, 2017
    I'm GASing hard for a Wombtone, but that's way above your price line.
  8. I have an Idiotbox Super Bass-O-Matic '76 that has ended my "phaser" search. Just a really musical pedal that works extremely well in a band environment. Highly recommended.

    Yes I realize that this is technically an envelope filter but I can phaser like tones that sound better than any phaser I have owned, and I have tried a lot of them.
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2017
  9. Isn't that an envelope filter?
  10. Yes, see edited comment. :)
  11. superheavyfunk

    superheavyfunk 音楽は人生だ

    Mar 11, 2013
    I really love the phaser in my Pigtronix EP2 but it's not the most versatile. Chewey as all get out but not versatile.

    The SGFX Apollo 2 on the other hand, is super versatile. Tap tempo, 11 rhythmic subdivisions, 2 waveforms to choose from, depth, Regen, expression control... And a decent price both new used.

    I've never used the DigiTech but the CEB-2 could never do a phaser.
  12. Sunset Shalom

    Sunset Shalom

    May 9, 2016
    I like my boss PH-2, I got it used for like 40$ but it's solid. Not too fancy but it has 2 modes and your 3 basic rate/depth/feedback controls.

    Awhile back I got a used Make Sounds Loudly phaser, one of these guys:

    Mine has a different paint job and the knobs are in different spots but it looks like the same circuit, pretty interesting. The controls are Regen, Width, Range, Speed, Shape, and the switch is a "wet/dry" switch.

    The switch seems to shift the wet/dry ratio or something, the up position has more of the clean signal I believe. So with distortion and stuff you can hear the dirt cut through much clearer, while the down position is quieter and has more phasing. The shape knob is interesting, it seems to have 3 modes. All the way left/ right are 2 different waveshapes where instead of the phasing going full circle it cycles through a wah/ envelope filter like shape. Then the middle is a standard phaser shape. I read it's a 16 stage phaser but I am not sure that's accurate, it has tons of low end though. I have to cut a lot of bass when using it on guitar to be safe, as especially at some settings it has booming low end.

    It's not a very standard phaser but it's very versatile, the speed can go from ridiculously slow to over the top fast as well. I have had it for awhile and I am still experimenting with how the controls play with eachother.
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  13. navijaz

    navijaz Guest

    Sep 20, 2016
    The TC Electronic Helix Phaser is quite versatile and very affordable.
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  14. Rayjay

    Rayjay If that’s even my real name..

    Sep 27, 2014
    Lahaina, Maui, HI
    +1 on the Source Audio Lunar Phaser - I made the same jump from the Phase 90 and its a lot better sounding (Phase 90 is already pretty nice too!)
  15. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    The answer is the MuTron Phasor II
  16. otp57


    Oct 10, 2016
    My is the jetphaser but it is NOT $150 but is nasty on bass.
    check out this
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  17. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    This one;

    I have a Subdecay Quasar that I like quite a lot, I also have an old EHX Small Stone but don't use it much.
    I will most likely be adding a SA Lunar at some point what I have heard on demos sounds great and the programmability is a real plus.
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2017
  18. Hi,

    I've been through a few phasers. Like Wombtone mk II, T-Rex Tremonti, VFE Tractor Beam, and Keeley 6-stage phaser. The Keeley is magic on guitar, and the VFE is not bad. I did not bond well with the Wombtone, and the Tremonti wasn't really the sound I was looking for.

    The last round, when looking for a stereo phaser, I tried the Strymon Mobius and the TC Electronics Helix, but neither of them convinced me.

    My current winner? Source Audio Lunar Phaser, all day, every day! The default sounds it comes with are great, but using the Neuro app to load other pre-defined sounds (or tailor your own) to the pedal makes it unbeatable. Stereo in and out if you want/need.

    Best of luck on your quest!
  19. TheLowDown33

    TheLowDown33 Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2009
    I use it like this all the time. Fantastic unit, the chorus is great and the phasers are top notch. There was a blind phase test done a while back that you should look at...its worth the digging. Other than that, I was a fan of the EQD grand orbiter and the VFE enterprise.
  20. Did you think about this one? Still one of the greatest threads around.
    A quick 6-phaser shootout

    There are multiple other examples throughout the thread.

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