The list for today brings you the Top 13 Flanger Effect Pedals for your bass guitar this year.
In this list, we’ve gathered in-depth information about flanger pedals from some of the very best brands out there, including JHS, JOYO, Donner, Boss, MXR, Electro-Harmonix, Wampler, Ibanez, EarthQuaker, Source Audio, Catalinebread, Dreadbox, and Flamma.
If you visit the pedal market, you’ll find that it’s overflowing with effect pedals right now, all different in their way. Some are unique in appearance, some carry distinctive features, some differ in size or price, or you name it. Picking one out of the lot isn’t the toughest task in the world, but don’t worry. That’s where we come in.
In the article, you’ll see that we’ve found some of the very best flanger pedals available, and by the end of the read, you’ll be more than able to make an informed decision about which pedal best suits your taste and requirements. We know that there’s no such thing as one universally best pedal. We know several things need to be considered. We know that, like pedals, each individual is unique.
So many options await. Let’s discover the perfect one for you. Let’s figure out what best suits your needs and preferences. Let’s start the journey now.
What does a bass flanger pedal do? Does it work on Bass?
Whether designed for electric guitar or bass, flanger pedals are great for adding variety to your sound. A flanger pedal works by duplicating the dry signal, adding delay to it, and then merging it back into the mix. You’ll instantly notice the swooshing effect of flangers when used on stringed instruments.
13 Best Flanger Pedals For Bass 2023 to Add Tonal Depth
1. JHS Pedals 3 Series Flanger
A part of JHS’s 3 Series, the pedal follows the same simple design style and classic white paint job.
JHS Pedals was founded in 2007 by Joshua Heath Scott, making it one of the younger brands to feature on the list. Though the company was founded in Jackson, Mississippi, 2 years later, the headquarters moved to Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Today, the brand finds itself well-established and recognized on a global scale. JHS has made custom pedals for musicians such as Andy Timmons, Butch Walker, Stu G (Delirious?), Drew Shirley (Switchfoot), Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), and Paul Gilbert.
The pedal measures 11.2 cm x 6 cm x 3.1 cm. It comes in a slightly bigger white and black standard cardboard box containing a user manual, a warranty information card, a JHS sticker, a special edition guitar pic, and a JHS pin. The chassis of the pedal is very solid, and the knobs, jacks, power socket, mini, and footswitch are all very sturdy with next to zero wiggle room. The device weighs exactly 0.21 kg.
- First Impression
The face of the pedal features the word ‘Flanger’ on the top, with 3 shiny black control knobs just below, followed by a mini switch, labels for input and output jacks on either side and a footswitch. The footswitch has its own dedicated LED indicator to its right, whereas, to the Left of the footswitch, you’ll find the ‘JHS 3-Series’ logo. The labels of the knobs, mini-switch, input, and output jacks are in black, which makes the text pop, along with the black separating lines on the face of the pedal.
- Control Knobs and Mini-Switch
The 3 prominent control knobs are Blend, Rate, and Intensity. The blend control knob lets you decide how dry or wet your original signal is by mixing the Flanger effect. The rate control knob enables you to set the duration of the delay by setting the oscillation speed. The intensity control knob allows you to adjust the depth of the effect. The mini-switch can be used to select one of the Tape modes.
- Footswitch, LED Indicator, and Connectivity
Pressing the footswitch will activate the effect or allow a true bypass. When the effect is active, the bright red status LED indicator next to the footswitch will light up. The pedal’s right side houses a quarter-inch jack parallel to the quarter-inch output jack placed on the pedal’s left side. You’ll find a power jack located at the rear of the pedal. The pedal can be powered by a 9V DC power supply (sold separately).
This dedicated Flanger pedal comes equipped with a vast array of sounds. The controls are easy to use and very intuitive. The device comes with a true bypass, a very handy feature, especially during performances. The device features a solid steel chassis.
The pedal doesn’t operate on batteries and may not be for those looking for a wider variety of sounds. The pedal is reasonably priced and holds good value for the amount, but some similarly priced multi-feature pedals are available that arguably bring better value.
2. JOYO R-09 Vision
This allrounder possesses 9 unique effects, dual channel modulation, and a truckload of other features.
Founded in the year 2006, JOYO Technology specializes in Research and Development, manufacturing, and marketing. The brand produces a large variety of products, including practice amps, guitar amps (for all guitar types), audio interfaces, and of course, effects pedals.
The brand is known for its inexpensive, high-value products, and it has always delivered this fantastic effect pedal jampacked with a truckload of features. This impressive pedal possesses chorus, phase, tremolo, and flange modulation capabilities.
- Unboxing and First Impression
Packed in a black and golden cardboard box, the pedal sits comfortably, owing to the padded foam protection from every angle. You’ll also find a patch cable in the box, a foldable user manual, and 4 rubber pads for the base of the pedal in case you decide against placing it on a pedal board. The device measures 13 cm x 11 cm x 5 cm and weighs 0.43 kg. It looks gorgeous, with a subtle gold-brown paint job and a decent matte shine. The contrasting blue LED indicators also add to the look of the device.
The front of the panel hosts 8 shiny control knobs with a mini-switch between them. 2 footswitches, each an LED indicator, are located just above. A Joyo Vision logo parts the footswitches. The device’s rear houses the right and left Input jacks, a DC power socket, and the right and left Output jack. An Ambience Control Switch at the base of the device.
- Knobs and a Mini Switch
The 8 shiny knobs represent the Speed, Rate, Control knobs, Type knobs, and Depth/Mix knobs for Mode A and Mode B. The Speed knob adjusts Mode A’s modulation speed, and the Rate knob does the same for Mode B. 4 of the 8 control knobs are for Mode A, while the other 4 cater to Mode B. The mini switch, located in between the knobs, is for selecting between the 2 modes.
- Footswitches and LED indicators
The Left footswitch controls the effects of Mode A, and the right controls the effects of Mode B. The Tap Tempo is activated or deactivated by keeping the footswitch pressed and held for a few seconds. Once active, the footswitch can be pressed twice to set the effect speed. The 2 blue LED indicators show the status of the 2 Modes (A and B). When either mode is activated, its LED indicator lights up. When tap tempo is triggered on either mode, the indicators start blinking according to the rate of the tempo.
The device hosts 9 different modes and independent Mode A and Mode B modules, totaling 18 modulation effects. With the number of features it packs, this unit by Joyo offers exceptional value for money. The device hosts 2 separate connections and tap tempo.
The pedal is on the larger side compared to most Flanger pedals. The device packs a wide variety of features, and while that can be seen as a huge plus, it’s a negative for those seeking simplicity in a smaller form factor. The device has no battery compartment.
3. Donner Jet Convolution Flanger
This super affordable mini Flanger justifies exceptional value, bringing a simple yet fantastic experience.
Founded in 2012, Donner is one of the younger bands on this list. Donner started by selling music instruments such as guitars, ukuleles, electric pianos, and drums online. Soon, the brand saw its popularity increase with its mini effect pedals for guitars.
The company also owns Easter, Moukey, and Reitmo. Donner offers a 30-day hassle-free return policy on all of their equipment, along with technical support service completely free of charge. You can download their manuals for all musical instruments for free too.
- Unboxing and Initial Thoughts
The pedal comes packed in a hard cardboard travel box with padding on all 4 sides as well as the base to ensure the pedal stays protected. The package also contains a Donner Jet Convolution user manual, User Instructions, and Warranty Information. Right out of the box, this mini flanger pedal feels very sturdy, owing much to its very solid metal chassis and premium paint job. The pedal measures 12 cm x 6.3 cm x 6.3 cm and weighs 0.28 kg.
- Look and Feel
The simple white paint with the smooth finish makes the black text pop even more, which assists readability. The front of the pedal features a 2-way switch, 2 mini control knobs on either side, a main control knob, followed by a bright LED indicator, and a footswitch. The right panel supports a quarter-inch Input jack, whereas the left side houses a quarter-inch Output jack. The rear of the device features a power socket, and the base of the device is entirely plain.
- Color control, Range control, and 2-way Switch
The 2-way switch will allow you to choose between 2 modes, the filter mode and the normal mode. On the Left of the two smaller knobs is the ‘Color’ control knob. This can be used to decide a signal’s dryness or wetness. If the knob is turned left, the signal will be completely dry with 0% effect, and if the knob is turned to the right extreme, the signal will be 100% affected by the effect. You can set the knob between these two extremes as per your requirement. The second of the small knobs, is for ‘Range’ control which is directly linked to the flange effect’s depth.
- Rate Control, Footswitch, and LED indicator
The ‘Rate’ control knob can be used to adjust the SpeedSpeed of the modulation. The size of this knob makes it very convenient to use. The footswitch can be pressed to activate or deactivate the flanger effect, allowing true Bypass. The bright ‘status’ LED indicator lights up to denote when the effect is active.
The aluminum-alloy material used for the chassis adds durability as well as a premium feel. The pedal introduces depth and warmth to the signal. A rarity at this price-point and compact form factor, this pedal possesses a filter matrix. The unit justifies great value at around just $50.
Though the device is simple and great for beginners, it may appeal to someone other than those who seek complexity or just a device that offers a broader variety of features. The device cannot be battery-powered.
4. Boss BF-3 Flanger
This purple pedal by Boss, comes packed with far more features than the typical Flanger pedal.
Founded in Japan half a century ago, Boss branched out to achieve global acclaim. Today, the company is among the finest manufacturers of musical equipment. The legendary company specializes in affordable multi-effects pedals for electric guitars as well as bass guitars.
A part of the Roland Corporation, Boss is a globally recognized manufacturer of musical equipment, including guitar pedals. Megastars like Steve Vai, Marty Friedman, Eric Johnson, Gus G from Ozzy Osbourne, and many more use boss equipment.
- First Impression
Boxy and very similar to Behringer’s Ultra Chorus UC200 and Boss’s CEB-3 Bass Chorus in terms of design, this pedal also features a robust chassis, some very sturdy knobs, firm sockets, and a durable footswitch. The pedal is purple and black. The silver text on the gloss black portion and matte black text on the purple assist with readability. The pedal hosts 4 knobs, 1 outer knob, an LED indicator, and a foot pedal on the front. The sides host 4 quarter-inch jacks, and the device’s power socket is at the rear. The pedal measures 6″ x 3.85″ x 2.85″.
- Rate & Depth Controls
The SpeedSpeed of the effect is regulated by the timebound ‘Rate’ (Modulation rate) control knob. Rotating the knob to the right increases the Speed of the flanger effect. Turning the knob leftwards decreases the effect’s SpeedSpeed. The ‘Depth’ (Modulation depth) knob can be rotated on either side to adjust the flanger effect’s depth to your liking.
- Manual Control Knob and Resonance Control Knob
The Manual Control Knob allows you to set the center frequency to apply the effect accordingly. As the knob is turned clockwise, the range increases. The resonance control knob lets you set the feedback amount. If you want a more prominent flanger effect, turn the knob clockwise.
- Mode Control Knob – Standard and Ultra modes
The Mode control knob lets you choose the pedal mode and the flanger effect. There are a total of 4 modes to choose from, namely, Standard, Ultra, Gate/Pan, and Momentary. You’ll get the normal flanger effect when you’re using the Standard mode. If you feel the standard flanger effect isn’t strong enough, you can switch to the Ultra mode for a more enhanced effect.
- Mode Control Knob – Gate/Pan and Momentary modes
If you’re only using Mono, the Gate/Pan mode will radically alter the volume of the Output. The Output will be ‘panned’ to Stereo if you’re using the Gate/Pan mode while playing in Stereo. When the foot-pedal is pressed, the flanger effect is applied, and it begins in the low end with the standard tone.
The pedal’s left side features 2 quarter-inch Outputs for effects units or amplifiers. If you plan to use only Mono, you’ll need to use the Output A jack. The right of the pedal features 2 quarter-inch Inputs, one for a bass guitar and the other for an electric guitar, another instrument, or an effects pedal unit. The bass input is deactivated if or when the guitar input is being used.
- Power and LED indicator
The power socket at the device’s rear allows you to plug in a PSA series AC power supply (sold separately). The device powers on as soon as the power supply is connected. The device can also be powered via a 9V battery placed in the battery compartment hidden within the foot pedal. You’ll need to loosen the ‘Thumbscrew’ to gain access and replace the battery when depleted. The LED indicator holds the primary functions of denoting the effect status and a tempo indicator. The indicator doubles as a battery indicator.
The pedal is arguably the most comprehensive flanger effects pedal available on the market, offering great value. The pedal provides great tone quality, intense and subtle options, and reduced settings.
The pedal is on the expensive side of the spectrum, priced around the $200 mark. While the pedal focuses on flanger, some competing pedals, at a lower price-point, host a much larger variety of features. People looking for a multi-effect pedal may wish to look elsewhere.
5. MXR Micro Flanger M152
This micro pedal is very simple and even easier to use, making it an excellent choice for beginners.
Founded in 1972 and acquired 15 years later by Jim Dunlop, MXR is considered part of the holy trinity of effect pedals. Their equipment is sought after all over the world. MXR offerings are some of the finest ever to grace the market, and this pedal is no exception.
Megastars such as Billie Joe Armstrong, Billy Gibbons, John Petrucci, Slash, and Tom Morello use MXR music equipment. World-famous bands such as Metallica, Smashing Pumpkins, and Trivium all use music equipment from MXR and help grow the brand’s global popularity.
- Unboxing and First Impression
The pedal comes in a matte black cardboard box, an MXR equipment catalog, a user manual, a quick guide, and a warranty card. The device is mini-sized at 2.5″ x 4.5″ x 5.5″ and is matte black. It weighs 0.84 lbs. The pedal incorporates the same design as the rest of the micro-series of pedals, looking similar to the micro chorus and micro amp, varying only in terms of color and knobs.
The front of the device most prominently features 2 shiny black control knobs, followed by the brand’s logo, an LED indicator, and a footswitch with the mention of ‘micro flanger’ just below. The left side of the device hosts an output jack, while the right side features an input jack, and a 9V DC power socket is located at the rear of the device.
- Rate Control, Regen Control, Footswitch, and LED Indicator
The Speed of the modulation is controlled by the Rate control knob. The Regeneration control knob can be used to set the feedback amount of the flanged signal into the modulation. When the knob is at its left-most extreme, you’ll get a unique flange inside-out effect with negative feedback. When the control knob is pointing upwards, you’ll get zero feedback. Turning the knob right will allow you to get a standard flange effect. The footswitch can be pressed to activate or deactivate the effect, allowing true Bypass. The bright red LED turns on to denote that the effect is active.
- Connectivity and Power
The right side of the pedal features a quarter-inch instrument input jack with an impedance of 1 MΩ, and the left hosts a quarter-inch jack for speakers or amp. The output jack also has an impedance of 1 MΩ. The power socket at the device’s rear can be connected to a Dunlop ECB003 or ECB003E 9V AC adapter or a DC power supply brick. The pedal can also be powered by a single 9V battery. The battery compartment can be accessed by removing the base plate of the device. The effect status LED indicator doubles as a battery status indicator.
With true Bypass and only 2 control knobs, the pedal is easy to use, making it an excellent option for beginners and established artists seeking a simple pedal that doesn’t take up space. The device is compact and easily fits even on most congested pedal boards.
The device may not appeal to those who prefer bulky multi-function effect pedals with more complexity. Some competing pedals in the same price range come equipped with more features. The power adaptor is sold separately, and it’s a real hassle to replace the 9V battery.
6. Electro-Harmonix Stereo Electric Mistress
This rugged-looking beast of an effects pedal possesses a unique blend of Flanger as well as chorus effects.
Mike Matthews founded the Electro-Harmonix company in New York City In the year 1968. The company has always aimed to provide state-of-the-art effects pedals, keeping affordability in mind. Over the years, EHX guitar pedals have gained popularity worldwide.
Artists such as John Frusciante, Miguel Angel Hidobro Preciado, Bootsy Collins, Thurston Moore, Jeff Matz, Daniel Barros, Noel Hogan, J. D. Cronise, Seth Avett, Shane Parsons, Philip Jamieson, Simone Ulino, Dann V and James Frost use Electro-Harmonix equipment.
- Unboxing and First Impression
The pedal comes in a sturdy cardboard box with an instruction manual and warranty details. The pedal looks and feels robust. The front hosts 3 identical black knobs, a ‘Stereo Electric mistress logo with an LED indicator just above and a footswitch below, followed by the Electro-Harmonix logo and the mention of the place of origin (NYC, USA). The sides of the pedal host 3 jacks, and the rear supports a power socket. The overall box design is standard and simple. The pedal is larger than most Flanger pedals, measures 4″ x 4.75″ x 2.25″, and weighs about 1.3 lbs.
- Footswitch and Connectivity
The pedal’s footswitch can be pressed to activate or deactivate the effect. The dedicated LED indicator denotes the signal’s status. The pedal’s right side hosts a quarter-inch Input jack, while the pedal’s left side hosts 2 quarter-inch output jacks for ‘Main out’ and ‘Stereo out.’ The rear of the device features a 9V power socket which can power the device with a Boss style AC Power Adaptor (sold separately).
- Rate Control
The rate control knob can be turned to adjust the LFO signal speed for Flanger modulation. The chorus effect rate is also adjusted by the rate control. The rate will experience an increase as the knob is turned. When the knob turns less than a third of the way, the filter matrix mode will be activated. The LFO signal is disconnected from the Chorus and Flanger in the filter matrix mode. This will allow you to take charge and set the rate control to manually adjust the Flanger and the Chorus effects.
- Flanger and Chorus Effects
The Rate control knob can be used to set the Speed of the sweep. When the knob is turned to its left extreme, it will activate the mode for Filter Matrix. Turning the knob to the right will increase the Speed of the point from which the input signal shifts to a kind of sound that resembles vibrato. Flanger and chorus effects may be used simultaneously. The Chorus effect works in a similar way, but when rate is applied, it instead makes lush Chorus.
The pedal is solidly built. The knobs, switches, and footswitch are firmly in place. The pedal possesses a unique blend of Flanger and Chorus effects. The pedal comes equipped with controllable parameters for rate, flanger, and chorus depth for settings of your liking.
A combination of just the Chorus and Flanger features isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. At the same price range, there are multi-effects pedals that bring more to the table. The pedal, thereby, won’t justify its value for those not a part of the Flanger + Chorus market segment.
7. JOYO Jf-07 Classic Flanger
The fighter jet near the center of the pedal depicts the overall nature of the sounds this pedal packs.
Joyo is a world-famous brand known for producing some state-of-the-art products and making them available at a fraction of the price of its competitors. The brand originally sold its products online and managed to capture the majority share of the online market.
The pedal features a robust metal chassis and a classic design. The base of the device is rubbery, which allows it to grip the place it rests on. The base of the pedal also houses the battery compartment. The pedal also offers true Bypass, which can be very handy at times.
- Unboxing and First Impression
The pedal comes packed in a black cardboard box which includes a foldable user manual and warranty card. The device looks great, with the jet fighter graphic and subtle matte shine. The device measures 11.8 cm x 7 cm x 8 cm and weighs 0.86 lbs.
The front of the panel hosts 4 black and white control knobs, a footswitch, and an LED indicator located beside the switch. The Joyo logo and the graphic sit between the knobs and the footswitch. The rear of the device is entirely plain. The right panel of the device hosts a quarter-inch Input jack and a 9V DC power socket. The device’s left panel hosts a quarter-inch Output jack. The base of the device has a rubbery feel, and it houses a 9V battery compartment.
- Control Knobs – Regen & Delay
The Regeneration control knob, located at the top left corner of the pedal, can be used to set the flanged signal’s amount of feedback into the modulation. You’ll get a flange inside-out kind of effect, with negative feedback, when the Regen knob is turned left. When the control knob is pointing upwards, you’ll get zero feedback, and for a standard flange effect, you’ll have to turn the knob right. The knob basically sets the strength of the effect. The control knob for Delay time lets you increase or decrease the delay duration by adjusting the oscillation speed. In simpler words, this knob enables you to set the frequency of the effect.
- Control Knobs – Width & Speed
The Width control knob lets you set the depth of the effect. It changes the flanger effect’s overall intensity. The Speed control knob controls the modulation rate of the effect. In other words, it sets the effect speed.
The device offers true Bypass, which is a very handy feature, especially during live performances. With the number of features it packs, this unit by Joyo provides exceptional value for money. The chassis is very solid. The pedal doesn’t produce any unwanted noise.
The pedal is on the larger side compared to most Flanger pedals. The device packs a wide variety of features, and while that can be seen as a huge plus, it’s a minus for those seeking simplicity and a smaller form factor.
8. Wampler Terraform
This unique-looking pedal from Wampler, features a unique ergonomic design and a truckload of features.
Brian Wampler, a hobbyist from the age of 7, founded the Wampler Pedals in 2007. Based in Martinsville, Indiana, the company started with effects pedals for electric guitars and bass guitars but now produces guitar amplifiers as well.
What’s even more impressive is that Founder Brian Wampler started designing effects pedals in his own garage. Initially, he preferred to sell online. Brian still designs Wampler pedals to this day. The Terraform is an impressive pedal that combines features from several pedals.
The pedal comes in a black matte cardboard box. The box contains a Warranty Card, a User Manual, a Quick Guide, a MIDI Cable, and 4 rubber rest pads in case you decide against placing the device on a pedalboard. The pedal measures 2.25″ x 4.5″ x 3.75″ and is on the heavier side at precisely 2 lbs.
- Initial Reaction
The exterior is very ergonomic, owing much to the smooth edges and overall feel. The pedal looks fantastic, thanks to its silver and dark blue combination. The front of the device features a terrain grid graphic that supports the ‘Wampler Terraform’ text. The knobs and sockets feel very sturdy. The footswitches are very tactile, and the LED indicators are very bright.
- Hardware – Face of the Device
The front of the device features 5 control knobs for Rate, Depth, Blend, Variable, and Volume. Most noticeably, the 6th control is for 11 Modulation Effects. Each effect has its dedicated LED indicator. Just under the logo, you’ll find 4 LEDs and then a switch for Present/ Save. To the right of this switch, you’ll find a footswitch for Tap Tempo, and the left features a footswitch for Bypass. The effect is also activated by this footswitch. Both footswitches have their own LED indicators.
- Hardware – Side and Rear Panels
The right side of the pedal houses 2 quarter-inch jacks for Mono/ Left Input/ Pre Input and Stereo/ Right Input/ Post Input. The left panel of the device houses 2 quarter-inch jacks for Mono/ Left Output/ Pre Output and Stereo/ Right Output/ Post Output. The rear panel hosts MIDI Jacks In/ Thru, Switch for Normal and Pre/ Post, a quarter-inch Expression Pedal Input, and a 9V – 18V DC Power Socket.
- 11 Modulation Effects
The Modulation Effect control knob allows you to select one out of the device’s 11 modulation effects. These effects include Flanger, Phaser, Auto-Wah, Envelope Filter, Rotary, Auto Swell, U Vibe, Harmonic Tremolo, Dimension, Tremolo, and Chorus. A significant number of combinations can be made thanks to the numerous options this multi-effect pedal brings.
- Flanger Controls
When the Modulation effect knob is turned to the 9 o’clock position, Flanger will be selected. The Rate control knob will allow you to adjust the flanger effect speed. As this knob is turned towards the right, the effect speed will be increased. The Depth knob will let you alter the effect’s depth as the name suggests. The Variable knob will let you choose between no feedback and high feedback (negative). The Blend knob will let you decide how dry or wet you want your signal.
A wide array of features makes this pedal a jack-of-all-trades pedal. The pedal is very versatile. The layout will prove very easy to understand for most users. The chassis is very ergonomic. The multi-effect pedal also features a programmable effects loop and 11 unique algorithms.
The pedal has a larger size and is on the expensive side, priced around the $300 price point. The device more than justifies the value, but there are multi-effect pedals out there that hold arguably more value for money. The pedal only allows the use of one effect at a time.
9. Ibanez FLMINI
The Mini Series by Ibanez includes the Chorus, Booster, Analog Delay, 850 Fuzz, Phaser, and the FL Mini.
In the year 1908, the company was founded by Hoshino Gaggi. At that time, this company was known as a sheet music distributor in Nagoya, Japan. From this humble beginning, Ibanez has now become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of Musical Instruments.
Ibanez equipment is the preferred choice for Megastars, especially from the guitar world, such as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Tom Quayle, Paul Waggoner, Yvette Young, Paul Stanley, Martin Miller, Tim Henson, Scott LePage, Lari Basilio, Jake Bowen and many more.
- Unboxing and First Impression
The pedal comes in a cardboard box that follows the same bright yellow and black color scheme. The pedal feels and looks solid. The design is simple, and the bright paint job really allows the black text to pop. Identical to the rest of the pedals (except in color and knob layout) from Ibanez’s mini-series, this device weighs 0.62 lbs. and measures 3.65″ x 2.17″ x 2.0″. This pocket-sized pedal is very easy to carry. It would take up very little space on a pedal board. The unit houses 3 knobs, 3 sockets, a bright LED indicator, and a footswitch, all of which are quite sturdy and offer zero wiggle room.
- Knobs and Footswitch
The smaller 2 of the 3 knobs are for Depth and Regen control, whereas the much larger knob just below is for SpeedSpeed. This knob can be turned to adjust the SpeedSpeed of the Flanger effect. The Depth Control Knob can be used to set the direction of the Flanger’s sweep. The Regeneration control knob sets the feedback amount of the flanged signal into the modulation. The footswitch is located at the base of the device’s front. It holds the purpose of activating the Flanger effect or deactivating it and allowing true Bypass.
The right side of the device supports an Input jack, and the Output jack is located on the left panel. The power socket is at the back of the device. The pedal requires 50mA at 9V, which can be provided by a 9V power adapter which is sold separately. Once the device starts getting sufficient power, the red DCIN LED Indicator will light up.
The tiny form factor allows it to be an easy fit even on the most congested of pedal boards. This dedicated Flanger effect pedal is straightforward to use and, thereby, an excellent option for beginners. The range of all three knobs is pretty decent and doesn’t leave much to be desired.
The footswitch makes a ‘pop’ sound when activating or deactivating an effect. The pedal isn’t the best option for people who prefer a complex jack-of-all-trades pedal that’ll cramp up and offers a variety of features from several different pedals. There’s no battery option.
10. Earth Quaker Devices Pyramids Stereo Flanging
This beast of a pedal possesses 8 different Flanger modes, 5 presets, and many other tweakable options.
Founded by Julie Robbins and a musician, Jamie Stillman, in 2004, EarthQuaker Devices initially functioned from Stillman’s house in Akron, Ohio, USA. In just 15 years, the company grew to 50 employees and had a workspace of around 15,000 sq ft, located on Bowery Street.
The U.S. Small Business Administration recognized the company as ‘The Small Business Exporter of The Year’ in 2019. Today, their equipment is the preferred choice of world-famous musicians such as Andrew Whiteman, Arianna Powell, Frank Lero, and so many more.
The pedal comes in a colorful cardboard box featuring the EarthQuaker Octopus. In the box, you’ll find a warranty card, an instruction manual, a soft pouch for the device, and a brand sticker (black and white). The pedal measures 4.65″ x 4.15″ x 2.25″ and weighs 1.55 lbs.
- First Impression
The pedal features a very solid chassis. The glossy black knobs contribute to the device’s turquoise and strong blue paint job. The face of the pedal shows graphics of 3 pyramids, the larger of which points down to the ‘Pyramids’ logo. Just below, you’ll see the mention of ‘EarthQuaker Devices.’
The device’s front panel hosts 6 control knobs for Manual, Rate, Width, Mix, Feedback, and Modify. The device also features 2 Rotary switches for Presets and Modes. Just below, you’ll find a 3-way Switch for Rate & Tap. The ‘Pyramids’ logo has 2 footswitches on either side, the Left of which is for Activate and the right is for Tap/Trigger. 2 dedicated status LEDs are placed just above the 2 footswitches. The Activate footswitch comprises of Flexi-Switch technology, and it can allow true Bypass that is relay-based. The Tap/Trigger footswitch activates and deactivates the effect.
- Rotary Switches – 5 Presets & 8 Modes
The Preset rotary switch allows you to choose one out of the Live mode and 5 Presets. If the switch is set to Live mode, you’ll get the sound in accordance with the current settings. The other 5 options offer 5 pre-installed presets, Classic, Barber Pole Up, Trigger Up, Step, and Random. You can choose any of them, or you can re-write them. The rotary switch for Mode will let you pick one of 8 modes, namely, Classic, Step, Through-Zero, Barber Pole Down, Barber Pole Up, Trigger Down, Trigger Up, and Random.
The pedal possesses a large number of unique Flanger effects. The 5 Presets and 8 Modes make this pedal one of the most comprehensive Flanger pedals ever. The device is hugely versatile. The stereo sounds are very immersive, and the pedal overall holds exceptional value.
Though packs with a truckload of features, the pedal is larger in size than most. It’s also complicated and takes time to get used to. It would pose a tricky proposition for beginners and wouldn’t be the best option for those who prefer a simple and pocketable effects pedal.
11. Source Audio Mercury Flanger
This Flanger pedal, is very versatile as it packs a number of Chorus, Phaser, Vibrato, and Tremolo effects .
Founded by Roger Smith and Jesse Remignanti in 2005 near Boston, Massachusetts, this young brand has released some fantastic innovative effect pedals, and this one is no different. The company also introduced great software such as the Source Audio Neuro Application.
Compatible with this pedal, the Neuro application introduces a host of effects and control parameters. It also grants access to the online community from where you’ll be able to download new presets by artists and other users. The app’s hub can store up to 128 presets.
- Look and Feel
The pedal incorporates the exact same design as the pedals from Source Audio’s One series, including Lunar Phaser, Spectrum Intelligent Filter, Gemini Chorus, and Vertigo Tremolo. The Flanger pedal does however differ on account of its shiny red and black brushed metal chassis and functionality, of course. The top, front, and rear of the device are covered by a single piece of metal, whereas the sides and rear are covered by another piece of equally strong metal, painted black. The lightweight steel chassis adds to the overall ruggedness of the device. The sockets, knobs, 3-way switch, and footswitches are all firm and secure.
The 4 shiny black knobs for ‘Depth,’ ‘Speed,’ ‘Resonance,’ and ‘Delay.’ In between the knobs, you’ll find a tiny 3-way switch for ‘Classic,’ ‘Thru-Zero,’ and ‘Shadow’ flanger modes. The top of the device also houses a silver footswitch with ‘Mercury Flanger’ mentioned just above. There’s a bright LED indicator just above the mention of the model and a tiny LED is centered just over the knobs for DC power. The brand’s logo has been placed at the bottom left corner. The pedal measures 11.6 cm x 7 cm x 5.6 cm and weighs 0.62 lbs., both of which are exactly the same as most pedals from the series.
- 4 Knobs – Depth, Speed, Resonance & Delay
The Depth Control Knob controls the LFO’s depth which determines the direction of the Flanger effect’s sweep. The Speed control knob sets the LFO’s SpeedSpeed, which in turn defines the Flanger effect. As the name suggests, the Resonance control knob lets you set the resonance of the effect from high or low. The Delay control knob determines the delayed signal’s delay duration in effect.
- 3-way mini switch
The mini switch allows you to select will enable you to choose between 3 different Flanger modes namely, Classic, Thru-Zero, and Shadow. The Classic Flanger effect creates a simple sound by combining 2 voices harmoniously. The Thru-Zero Flanger effect is a hugely complex task to succeed in, but this pedal does so via 2 delay lines, one of which is stationary but short, and the second, signal modulates.
- Footswitch, LED indicator, Connectivity, and Power
The pedal’s footswitch can activate the effect or deactivate it, allowing universal Bypass. The dedicated green LED indicator lights up upon Flanger effect activation. The right panel of the device houses 2 quarter-inch jacks for input and Output, while the left side hosts 2 quarter-inch output channels. The rear of the device houses a Control Input for Dual Expression Pedal, Hot Hand Motion Controller, or a Neuro Hub. The rear panel also hosts a USB hub for computer connectivity and a 9V DC Power socket.
The pedal is easy to use and one of the most comprehensive Flanger pedals ever. It supports dual input and outputs. The 3-way switch provides great Flanger options and versatility. The pedal has a solidly built chassis and looks fantastic. The pedal is compatible with Neuro.
Priced around the $200 mark, the pedal is on the expensive side. The pedal features a relatively focused approach, which may appeal to someone other than those seeking a larger variety of features and devices, such as multi-function pedals.
12. Catalinbread Zero Point
This Flanger pedal has a smaller form factor, is extremely easy to use and packs quite the punch overall.
Founded in the year 2003 by Nicholas Harris, Catalinbread is world renowned for their line-up of fantastic effect pedals, some of which are the ‘Echorec Delay’ and the ‘Dirty Little Secret.’ The brand is largely regarded as the Boutique Guitar Pedal Industry’s Leader.
Catalinbread is the preferred brand for many a musician the world over, including the likes of Eric Johnson, Paul Gilbert, Billy Corgan, Josh Smith, Joe Perry, Wes Borland, Christo Bowman, Brendon Eckstorm, Corey Stroffolino, Emily Elbert, Misha Mansoor and so many more.
This unique-looking artistic effects pedal has a white paint job with the model’s name being incorporated into the design. The model’s name is mentioned in a solid black bold text a total of 4 times, 2 of which are upside down or mirrored vertically, covering the front of the panel. Though the device is intended to be simple and is so when being used, the design interestingly implies complexity, not allowing for ease in eye movement and being bold and out there. The pedal definitely just about holds 2 axes of symmetry. The horizontal axes line between the regular and upside-down model names leads to quarter-inch jacks in both directions.
The chassis is pretty solid. The 2 footswitches, an LED indicator, 2 jacks, and the power socket are all firmly in place and seem durable. The pedal has a smooth feel to it. The pedal measures 5″ x 3″ x 3″ and weighs 0.45 lbs. The size and weight just about make this device easily pocketable. It’s effortless to carry and would stand out on a pedal board owing much to its unique design.
- Footswitches and LED Indicator
The device hosts 2 footswitches, the first of which serves as a power on/ off switch, while the other controls the Flange effect’s sweep. For an upward sweep of the Flange effect, you’ll need to press this footswitch. Releasing the footswitch makes the sweep effect a return to its regular state. The LED indicator is bright. It lights up green when the pedal is in ‘Additive’ mode and red when the ‘Subtractive’ mode is active.
The device houses 2 parallel quarter-inch input and output jacks on its right and left panels. The input impedance is 200K. The Left of the Flanger pedal also hosts a power socket. You’ll need a 65mA 9 – 18V DC center-negative power supply (sold separately) to power the device.
The device has a solid build. It’s lightweight and has a smaller form factor making it very portable. This Flanger pedal is very straightforward and features just 2 footswitches, one of which is for powering the device and the other for Flange. It should be great for beginners.
Priced around the $200 mark, and taking its functions into account, the device may not justify its value for those looking for a pedal with more features to offer. You’ll also find several multi-function pedals at a fraction of the price. The device provides very limited Flanger effects.
13. Dreadbox Komorebi Chorus/Flanger
This bright pink color with pale zombie green accents, really make this pedal stand out of the crowd.
Dimitra Manthou (Graphic Designer) and Yannis Diakoumakos (Electronic Engineer) are accredited with the founding of Dreadbox in 2012. That makes this brand one of the youngest on the list, and the quality equipment they make, speaks volumes about its journey.
The brand is well established today and is known for its Synthesizers, Chromatic Module, DIY Kits, and Effect Pedals. The word ‘Komorebi’ refers to the rays of sunlight passing through tree leaves. The pedal is rich in color and in terms of functionality as well.
- Initial Thoughts
In terms of design language, knob layout, and overall feel, the Pedal resembles other pedals by the brand, including Disorder, Raindrops, Darkness, Lethargy, Treminator, and Kinematic. The design of all these pedals is heavily influenced by Japanese culture. The colors of this bright pedal really go together and inspire energy through the overall vibrance of the paint job. The red LED indicators and black control knobs with the silver tops also add to the design. The pedal measures 14 cm x 10 cm x 5 cm and weighs 0.53 kg.
The face of the pedal features 3 smaller Black control knobs for Feedback, Static, and Rate and a larger control knob for Amount. To the right of the Amount control, you’ll see the brand and model name (in English). You’ll also see ‘Komorebi’ in Japanese, just under the 3 smaller controls and right about the footswitch and LED indicator. A 3-way mini switch is placed to the right of the 3 knobs. The upper side of this panel hosts 3 quarter-inch jacks for Static, Rate, and LFO out. The rear panel of the device houses 2 quarter-inch jacks for Input and Output and a power socket in between.
- 4 Control Knobs
The Amount control knob adjusts the balance between LFO (Low-Frequency Oscillator) and the delay time. The Static control regulates the initial time of delay between 2 milliseconds all the way up to 40 milliseconds. The delay’s feedback amount is set by the Feedback control knob. The Rate control knob can be used to set the LFO speed.
- 3-Way Switch, Footswitch, and Power
The 3-way switch lets you choose one out of 3 LFO waveforms (Saw, Reverse Saw, and Sine). The footswitch can activate or deactivate the effect allowing the signal to bypass. The device can be powered by a DC 9V Power supply (Center pin/ Negative).
The pedal offers a wide range of effects, owing much to the adjustable parameters that allow ample room for creativity. The layout of the knobs and switches inspires convenience. The chassis is robust, and the features make this pedal a fantastic dedicated Flanger option.
The pedal’s larger size makes it challenging to fit on a pedalboard. The pedal holds a lot of functions, but they’re dedicated only to Flanger and Chorus. The pedal’s complexity takes time to get used to. Those who prefer simplicity may look elsewhere.
This baby pink Analog Flanger pedal from Flamma is mini in size, but has a lot to offer.
Flamma began its operations with the aim of inspiring musicians the world over. A veteran group of engineers and musicians came together to establish the company. They had their eye set on disrupting the music industry by bringing quality equipment at affordable prices.
The Flamma team believed budget should never be a barrier to entry, and so the brand graced the market with its mini-series of easy-to-use effect pedals. The series includes Flamma Reverb, Delay, Mod, Drive, Gate, and of course, the Analog Flanger.
- First Look
The pedal is identical to the other pedals of the series in terms of size, design, layout, and build quality, with the exception of the Gate pedal, which features just one knob. The Flanger pedal measures 9.35 cm x 4.2 cm x 5.2 cm and weighs just 0.16 kg. The design is minimalistic, with a plain baby pink paint job that is easy on the eye. The text has been printed in white. The pedal has a robust and durable metal chassis. The knobs, switches, and sockets are pretty firm and add to the device’s durability. The device is baby pink from all sides except for the base, which has been kept free of color and rubber padded for grip.
The face of the pedal hosts 2 mini control knobs for Color and Range. The bigger more prominent control knob is for Rate. You’ll find a 2-way switch right under the Range control for Filter and Normal mode. To the Left, there’s a bright red led indicator, followed by the mention of the make and model, and then a shiny footswitch to sum up the panel. The side panels house 2 quarter-inch jacks for Input and Output, and the rear panel hosts a power socket.
- 3 Control Knobs
The Color control knob can be turned in either direction in order to set the Flanger’s feedback. In the Normal Mode, turning the Range control knob sets the range limit of the sweeping scope. In the Filter mode, however, the same knob can set the filter matrix. The larger control knob for Rate can set the Flanger effect speed. Note that the Rate control knob can only be used in the Normal mode and not in the Filter mode.
- Footswitch, LED Indicator, and Power
The Footswitch can be pressed to activate or deactivate the effect. The device supports true bypass. The Device can be powered by a 9V DC Power Adapter, and the red LED indicator lights up to denote whether the device is powered on or not.
The pedal has a strong metal exterior. It’s compact in size, so it’s very easy to carry and just as easily fit onto a pedalboard. Though small in size, the device is quite comprehensive when it comes to Flanger effects. The device also features true Bypass and more than justifies the value.
Though a comprehensive Flanger pedal, there might be better choices for someone looking for a more complex and detailed pedal, perhaps of the multi-effect variety. The pedal can’t be powered by batteries.
If you haven’t had the chance to check out Flanger pedals, you absolutely must. They’re sure to bring you a ton of enjoyment. You are in for an experience you won’t forget. All the pedals mentioned above are absolutely exceptional in their own ways. Some of them are purely for Flanger, while others pack many more exciting functions you may or may not fancy.
Two pedals, the Electro-Harmonix Stereo Electric Mistress and the Dreadbox Komorebi BBD pack some interesting features pertaining to Flanger as well as Chorus. EarthQuaker Devices Pyramids Stereo Flanging pedal comes with 5 Presets & 8 Modes, allowing a large variety of combinations.
Wampler’s Terraform is similar in that it packs 11 unique Modulation Effects, but if you’re looking for the most versatile multi-effects option that arguably justifies the best value (for multi-effect pedals), look no further than the JOYO R-09 Vision.
The Ibanez FL MINI is the smallest Flanger pedal in the list if the pedal size is your priority. If you’re looking for simplicity, then with just 2 control knobs, MXR Micro Flanger M152 is a great option, just as Catalinbread’s Zero Point Flanger is, with zero knobs and only 2 footswitches, one of which is for power.
At less than a quarter of the price, Donner Jet Convolution Flanger is a fantastic budget option, but Flamma’s FC15 Classic is even more affordable. If you prefer a pure and comprehensive Flanger experience, the Boss BF-3 Flanger and Source Audio’s Mercury Flanger are the obvious picks for you.
Sultan Zafar is a guitar player from Islamabad, Pakistan. He has been playing music with various mainstream musicians for over 20 years. He is a song writer and music producer. These days he spends his time exploring different music genres and collaborating with fellow musicians on various projects. Read more..