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Step Phaser effect?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Lockout, Oct 12, 2003.

  1. Lockout


    Dec 24, 2002
    Over the past few days, I've been thinking about selling my Boss VF-1 rack multi-effects processor. After doing quite a bit of experimenting with it, I've noticed that it's only really got one sound effect that I like and actually have a use for, which, in my opinion, makes it not worth keeping.

    This effect is the guitar effect preset entitled "Step Phaser." I really like the way it sounds on bass, but I'd like to find an analog pedal that could make the same effect so I could part with my VF-1 more easily. :)

    I've heard that the Boss PH-3 can do this effect, which obviously makes sense considering they're both Boss effect units. :)

    But I've also heard that the PH-3 takes out quite a bit of low end, so I was wondering, could anyone suggest any other pedals that can create this sound while keeping the lows? Or should the PH-3 be fine?

    Note: For those of you who don't know what the "Step Phaser" effect sounds like, I've included a short clip below. Please excuse the bad recording. ;)
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    Sounds more like a ring modulator or a seek wah than a phaser for me.
  3. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    I have a PH-3 and think it sounds good. I wouldn't say it robs my tone of lows. Oddly, mine is a little noisy, though a friend of mine says his is dead quiet.

    I recommend the Boss PH-3, though you should try it before you buy it.
  4. You could try the Studio Electronics Modmax Phaser
    there are about 10 knobs on the pedal.
    I don't know if you can do the effect you're looking for with it, but it looks worthy!
    Check it out!
  5. Tecx

    Tecx Radio Rock Leads To Sterility

    Jun 9, 2002
    Halifax, NS, Canada
    mine is a bit noisy also... :meh:


  6. Lockout


    Dec 24, 2002
    Thanks guys.

    I just noticed that the Step Phaser effect on the VF-1 adds a hint of distortion, so for the effect I want, imagine the above recording but without that bit of distortion. It still retains that same type of sound, just clearer.

    Looks like I'll need to find a place where I can try out the PH-3, I wish Mars was still open so I could try it out there. :(

    btw, about the Modmax phaser... that's a crazy-lookin' pedal, but it's quite a bit out of my pricerange. :p
  7. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Mines dead quiet too.
  8. EKG


    Jan 4, 2004
    mannheim, Germany
    I am looking for a step phaser too. I found this pedal from subdecay, quasar which has two step phaser modes. there is also a deluxe version, where you can tap the tempo. I hoped to find those features also in the strymon mobius or boss MD-500 but there is no step phaser option built for whatever reason.

    hope that helps
  9. Swimming Bird

    Swimming Bird

    Apr 18, 2006
    Wheaton MD
    IIRC PH-3 keeps lows or not depending on settings/mode.
  10. 16 year old thread but... the SGFX Apollo II has a bunch of waveforms including step phaser
  11. EKG


    Jan 4, 2004
    mannheim, Germany
    Thanks Jimbo!
    16 years and it still matters! I got the empress phaser! awesome. analog signal path, digital brain.
    besides it has my beloved step phaser effect, it has a tap button AND MIDI!

    still checking out possibilities but I'm pretty happy for now!
    JimboP likes this.
  12. bass-shy


    Jan 11, 2005
    On the cheap, the old Digitech Hyper Phase had a good step phaser. The Rise and Fall modes were really cool too.
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