Flanger vs. Chorus

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by laea7777, May 27, 2022.

  1. laea7777


    May 3, 2022
    I think chorus is more common on famous bass recordings, but I tend to like flanger better.

    Based on your experience and/or best guess, if a band member requests that you put a chorus effect on your bass and all you have is a flanger, what percentage of the time will it be close enough?

  2. bass-shy


    Jan 11, 2005
    Unless you dial in over the top jet flange or bearing in a tube sounds, you could probably use a flanger in place of chorus most of the time.
  3. SteveCS


    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    In essence they are the same effect, or at least achieved in much the same way. I have wondered in the past why the control ranges on some pedals aren't extended (longer delay times, deeper feedback) to cover both outcomes.

    But to the question, I've used flangers that can create passable (but not great) chorus effects on the most subtle settings, but not many chorus that can do useful flange effects, mainly because the longest delay times are still too short.
  4. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Punch'n Ooomph Supporting Member

    It's probably the case with most flangers, but the Boss BF-3 can do a very good chorus effect. I don't use it much, but a bass-player friend of mine who plays metal uses it anytime he can live or on recordings, through an LS-2, just to give more dimension to his sound.
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  5. It would depend on which flanger, use a short delay with minimum regeneration and you should be okay but if your flanger is a DanElectro Psycho Flange Triple Thick, not happening.

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  6. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Pbf can get really quite close to chorus.
    That has done ok for me so far.
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  7. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
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  8. relayer66


    Oct 10, 2002
    Bacoli, Italy
    MXR Bass Chorus can do both.
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  9. The Ampeg Liquifier was supposed to do both, as well. The chorus was very lush sounding but I did not feel it got to the flanger sound I was hoping for.
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  10. GMC

    GMC Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    Wiltshire, UK
    Get a decent multi mod and have lots of options of all 4: chorus, flanger, phaser and rotary. Personally, I use a Source Audio Lunar.
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    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    Depending in the unit they can come close. The fulltone choralflange is a great chorus pedal and an OK flanger. I personally don't like neither on bass though.
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  12. laea7777


    May 3, 2022
    I bought a used Boss BF-3. Let me know what you think. Thanks.
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  13. MXR Bass Chorus Deluxe (M83)


    • Intensity: 5
    • Rate: 3
    • Width: 6

    Swing 66 Rotosounds .105 - .080 - .065 - .045

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  14. Chorus - Flange
    Potaeto - Potartoh
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