First modulation pedal: Flanger, or phaser?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by tyohars, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. Flanger

    29 vote(s)
  2. Phaser

    43 vote(s)
  3. Other

    14 vote(s)
  1. tyohars


    Nov 11, 2016
    So, after owning compressor and overdrive, now I want a modulation pedal. At first, I play it from my brother's guitar amps, then decided to go on phaser. Before I go to music store, I went to my father's house and he have MXR Bass Chorus Deluxe. It doesn't change my opinion on chorus (I don't care about them at all), but the flanger mode really impress me. I'm after something spacey like jet sound, so which one I should choose?
  2. Grahams Groove

    Grahams Groove If it feels heavy, it's heavy. Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    I think the flanger mode on that MXR pedal still feels & sounds very 'chorus-like'. I like a thicker, more dramatic flanger if you want that sound. Between the two, I think phaser is more versatile and can run a wider range of subtle > dramatic. The thing is that there are lots of phasers that all have unique features/sounds. So it really depends which pedals you're looking at...
  3. tyohars


    Nov 11, 2016
    It sounds a little bit dramatic than the chorus imho. What about MXR Phase 90? Is that good?
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  4. AlexBassMP


    Feb 5, 2014
    After overdrive, my favourite fx on bass is Flanger...and the Boss BF2 is my favourite..
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  5. vivaknoxvegas

    vivaknoxvegas El Duderino Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2002
    Knoxville, TN
    I voted other, because you need both. The Spaceman Explorer (phaser) sounds amazing with bass but it's some $$$. Another vote for the Boss BF-2 for flange.
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  6. Cunkybunkfarts


    Jan 29, 2019
    Get one pedal that does all the modulations, figure out which one is your favourite, then by a pedal dedicated to that. I use the Zoom MS60B as my modulation box and it is fantastic.
  7. Somnambulance


    Jun 6, 2014
    I’d try a Digitech Nautila or EQD Grand Orbiter because those are the two modulation pedals I’ve settled on with the Nautila not currently on my board.
  8. RattleSnack


    Sep 22, 2011
    Since you mentioned "spacey" and "jet", you should go with flanger.
    I found phaser more usable in general, but prefer flanger.
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  9. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Richlands, NC
    Source Audio Mercury Flanger.
    Rock on.
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  10. Frodolicious


    May 29, 2018
    Tucson, AZ
    The phase 90 is excellent. I tried several boutique and expensive pedals, but the cheap phase 90 was my favorite. Go figure.
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  11. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    In a band mix, throughout a song, chorus all the way. Phaser and flanger are great but harder to work into an overall song without sounding like an effect — better for parts, not so much throughout a song. YMMV.
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  12. minddrain


    Dec 17, 2018
    I was really interested in the MXR because of its ability to do both. I guess I’m back to hunting.
  13. Unless you're playing Tempus Fugit by Yes, then it's flanger all the way, baby!
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  14. oZZma


    Sep 13, 2018
    They are both "spacey", but the you make the "jet" effect with a flanger.
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  15. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    Synth or autowah.
  16. _One//Man//Mutiny_

    _One//Man//Mutiny_ Gold Supporting Member

    If you want the jet sound I don't think there's another one out there that does this
    I use an mxr phase 100 on my board and think it's much better than the 90.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2019
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  17. Blaargh


    Apr 4, 2016
    Essentially this. I find flangers fun, but in bands I tend to find it a bit over the top. If you like that jet sound stuff then a flanger is the thing. Personally I like having a phaser that can go nuts as well as do classic sounds.

    If you really like jet thing, the Ibanez Paul Gilbert Airplane Flanger is probably the best for that. It has a momentary switch too, it gets very silly.
  18. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I use the Ad apbf and that does phaser-y thing as well as flange. Really cool pedal , that!
    It's also not very expensive, given that it ended my search for flanger/phaser.
    That said...i think Zeropoint is a really fun pedal as well and I would recommend looking at it to any one, looking for a flanger.
  19. gregmon79

    gregmon79 Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    IMO, if you only have one mod pedal, a flanger should be it. It can do the crazy spacey stuff of a phaser sorta and it can do the mellow throb of a chorus. I have always preferred flanger myself. I like chorus next, then phaser. Of the 3.

    A flanger can give you really subtle, lush movement or it can be crazy off the wall jet and otherworldly sounds. And to me, it's a lot more musical than a phaser. To me, you can use a flanger in more situations than you can a phaser too. It's really weird saying that. But IME, it's been very true.
  20. gregmon79

    gregmon79 Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I don't recommend it unless you are looking for a very subtle mod pedal. I really liked how it sounded but in the end it was just too subtle for me. If I step on a mod pedal, I want people to know it. I still want it to be lush and vibrant but not too warm or mellow. That's what the MXR was IMO, very mellow and warm. That could be awesome for some people though because a lot of guys use it. I thought my trustee ol EHX small clone was 10x better though.
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