Is my Boss Bass Chorus incompatible?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by pcollin, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. pcollin


    Dec 22, 2005
    Portland, Maine
    I'm new at using effects and I just put together a pedal board with a few effects that I pick and choose from for certain songs. I've tried changing the order several times but my Boss Bass Chorus seems to get swallowed in the mix or can't be heard when used by itself within the chain. I've plugged into it alone with just my bass and cab and it works fine. Is it incompatible with my other pedals? All my cables and effects are new and I've checked/rechecked them to make sure they work individually and in a chain. Any ideas? Thanks

    My other pedals are:
    BBE Opto Stomp
    BBE Sonic Stomp
    E/H Bass Big Muff
    E/H #1 Delay
  2. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    If the chorus is pretty near the end of the chain, like right before the delay, you should be able to hear it. Maybe check all your cables, otherwise, ???
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Are you talking about "at home" or "in the band"? Because it should be plenty audible at home or in a recording situation, but in a live band mix, chorus often disappears completely.
  4. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    but you should still be able to tell if its working or not, no matter how subtle your chorus is, it changes the "texture" of your sound in a band mix.
  5. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    If it's before the Muff and they're both switched on you probably won't hear much of it, it will get ripped to bits by the Muff.

    Maybe if your bass is quite low in the band mix, and especially if your tone doesn't have much treble in it, the chorus might not be very audible at all, regardless of what order your pedals are in. Chorus tends to be most obvious on treble frequencies. It just sounds like a thick note lower down, might make you sound a bit out of tune.
  6. pcollin


    Dec 22, 2005
    Portland, Maine
    I really only use the chorus to add a little color to my bass while the guitarist plays some acoustic. If all the other pedals are "off" the chorus should come through, yes?
  7. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    If it's only you (at normal volume) and an acoustic guitarist, then you should be able to hear it. It's not a bypass issue, I guarantee that much.
  8. Hookus


    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Chorus in a band = just bass

    Seriously though, if you think about it, chorus simulates a slightly out of tune instrument playing along, or in other words, what naturally occurs in the band anyway...
  9. Adelleda


    Apr 19, 2009
    Mexico City.
    The CEB-3 is designed to affect only the high frequencies so that the lows do not muddy, maybe it is the pedal.
  10. jufros


    Nov 24, 2008
    Try the CE-5. It's plenty noticeable in a band mix. I've tried a couple of different chorus pedals and the CE-5 has remained my absolute favorite hands down. The filters give you a lot of flexibility and help keep your lows tight. It's anything but subtle though, which is exactly what you need in a noisy band. I dug the sound of CEB but like you, I found that it didn't cut it for rock.