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Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Somnambulance, Mar 28, 2015.
What are some examples of tap tempo phasers?
Keeley six stage phaser (out of production) and Chase Bliss Audio Wombtone (mk II soon to be released) comes to mind. Both are expensive and I have no personal experience with either one.
Have you ever thought about the Zoom CDR? It has a phaser or 2 I think and tap tempo and a bunch of interesting looking delays, choruses and reverbs too. And it's relatively inexpensive.
I was just looking at the Hardwire Sp7. Tap tempo and relatively cheap.
Only $70 at Guitar Center! That seems worth a shot.
Source Audio Orbital and Empress Phaser are two more options.
At the more expensive end: Empress Phaser, Subdecay Quasar, SolidGoldFX Apollo, Cusack Tap-A-Phase ... and more; Strymon, Eventide, Moog ...
+2 to FretNoMore... Empress SGFX
Don't mess around Somn, get something decent.
I do own the Empress though and don't really recommend it ... "in the mix" I actually prefer the lowly EHX Small Stone (nano) ... but no tap tempo of course on that one.
What about that Solid Gold Apollo?
I confess I am a sucker for dirt, philters and fasers!
Why do you not recommend it? Just curious...it looks really nice.
Because of the sound; it's kind of dark, almost bumps the low end a little, and therefor the effect is a bit lost when you play with a band. Somewhat like the Earthquaker Devices Grand Orbiter which also sounds great on its own but not so much in the mix. I'd say both are better for guitar than they are for bass because of this. Unless you like a subtler effect.
My impression could have something to do with my basses which have a quite bottom end heavy sound (from the J Retro preamps), others may have a different opinion depending on how the effects sound with their particular basses and amps.
Source Audio Pro Bass Envelope Filter can do this pretty easily too!
Subdecay Quasar DLX is pretty unique and has tap.
To be honest I don't think I have ever found a phaser that isn't a little weird in the mix. They cut through great on guitar but on bass...less.
I have an Empress and I love it, more than my beloved Phase 90. With all of the knobs and switches I can make it do anything I want. I don't usually recommend it though because it's so damn expensive and a Phase 90 is so much less and still a great phaser.
When I have the space on my board the Empress gets the nod. When I have less space the Phase 90 gets on.
The phasers are one of the weakest effects in the current Zoom range IMHO.
i have the empress and holy crap is it amazing. cannot recommend enough.