Top 6 Chorus Guitar Pedals 2022 (On Any Budget)

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From 80s Glam Metal bands to Chuck Schuldiner’s exotic guitar sound solo sound, there is one thing in common – Chorus.

Before choosing your chorus pedal, you must first decide what you’re looking for in a pedal. Some guitarists like an overwhelming chorus like the one 80s metal bands used, while others prefer to preserve their natural tone when adding a chorus to their signal.

In this article, we are going to compare the top 6 Chorus Guitar Pedals as of 2022 in terms of main featuressound character, and pros & cons in order to help you find the perfect chorus sound for you. This article features the best Chorus pedals regardless of their prices.

Top 6 Chorus Guitar Pedals 2022 (On Any Budget)

1. tc electronic Afterglow Chorus (Budget Choice 2)

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tc electronic Afterglow Chorus pedal was first introduced in the market back in 2017. After tc electronic joined Music Tribe, Behringer then gave tc electronic its pedals, which were made of plastic boxes and were of relatively poor quality, and asked tc electronic to reproduce those pedals using tc electronic’s technology. The Afterglow Chorus was one of those upgrade pedals.

The Afterglow Chorus pedal features a “Built-like-a-tank” metal chassis and Lush, three-dimensional modulation tones. The I/O sockets are top-mounted for a better arrangement on a pedalboard. The pedal can run on a 9V battery or a power plug. Most importantly, it features a vintage chorus tone

Key Features:

  • Components
    The Afterglow Chorus pedal features a “Built-like-a-tank” metal chassis — 2 U-shaped hard steel plates fitted together — which gives it its sturdiness and durability. It has three knobs: Rate, Depth, and Mix. Its switch doesn’t click, which means the pedal is engaged after you lift your foot off it
  • Shape
    The Afterglow Chorus pedal has a thick rectangular shape (13.2 x 7.2 x 5.7 mm dimensions), with the I/O mounted on the top. Its shape is important for its functionality on pedalboards: if you stick two tc electronic pedals next to each other, you will still be able to hit the switches with ease.
  • Electronics
    The Afterglow Chorus pedal is equipped with an all-analog bucket-brigade circuit. It can run with a 9V battery or a power supply: the pedal says 100 mA, but it actually withdraws only 10-14 mA. Last but not least, it has a true bypass signal.
  • Controls
    The Rate knob controls the speed/rate of the modulation – how fast it goes back and forth between the original signal and the chorus signal: all the way to the left is slowest, and all the way to the right is the fastest. The Depth knob controls the intensity of the chorus effect itself, meaning how much chorus is introduced into the signal: left, you get a shallow effect in your signal; right, you get an extreme chorus. Finally, the Mix knob controls how much of the setup you want mixed with your original signal.

Character & Sound:

The Afterglow Chorus pedal has a really nice subtle chorus sound. It is not too upfront, but it gives off a real analog sound that is perfect for giving color to your clean tones or even lead tones. Even when cranking up the Mix to the max, you will still get a nice tone out of it. On the other hand, if you really like the smacks-you-in-the-face kind of chorus, all you need to do is crank up the Depth knob too.

Cons:

The Mix knob doesn’t give you 100% mix even when turned to max. It will only give you about 70-80% of wet sound in the signal. Also, The chorus effect may be too subtle for some guitarists who like a more upfront chorus effect.

Moreover, the pedal may be too simple for guitarists who like to have a great deal of control over their sound. While this may not be a problem for most, others might prefer the extensive control other chorus pedals have.

Pros:

The Afterglow Chorus pedal produces a very clean chorus effect that suits most guitarists. It is perfect for adding a shade of chorus to your clean sound while maintaining your original sound character. It is easy to control since the knobs need to be cranked up to have a real effect on the sound. 

The analog circuit produces a natural signal that matches the taste of most players, and the true bypass makes it perfect to be fitted with other pedals in the circuit, knowing the signal won’t be affected.

2. Boss CE-2w

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The Boss CE-2w chorus pedal was first released back in 2016. It is made by Waza Craft and serves as a tribute to its vintage counterpart, Boss CE-2.

In order to understand what makes this pedal so special, we must first take a quick look at Boss’s history. In 1976, Boss issued the CE-1 Chorus ensemble: Boss’s very first pedal and the world’s very first chorus pedal. Popular as it was, players needed a smaller pedal that could fit better in their pedalboard chain. So, in 1979, Boss issued the CE-2 chorus pedal, which was compact and pedalboard-friendly. In 2016, Boss issued the Waza Craft CE-2w as a celebration of Boss’s 40th anniversary.

The Waza Craft editions of Boss pedals are all high-end products. They are basically reissues of older vintage models. While most Waza Craft pedals are made in Taiwan, The Boss CE-2w is made in Japan

Key Features:

  • Components
    Boss CE-2w features two knobs (Rate and Depth) and a three-way selector switch: on the left position, we have S for Standard or the original CE-2; in the middle and right positions, we have CE-1 and CE-1 vibrato.
  • Shape
    Boss CE-2w has a compact rectangular shape (73 x 59 x 129 mm). Its I/O sockets are on the two sides (Input on the left and Outputs on the right), and the power input is on the top. Like all Boss pedals, its switch is made up of the entire bottom square of the pedal.
  • Electronics
    The CE-2w chorus pedal has an all-analog bucket brigade circuitry. It runs on a 9V battery or a 9V power plug, and it has a true bypass signal. This pedal also features a stereo output, where Output A functions as a mono output and Output B (together with Output A) functions as a stereo output.
  • Controls
    The Rate knob controls how fast the signal goes between frequencies, and the Depth knob controls the intensity or the volume of the chorus frequencies. There is no Mix knob on this pedal, so the Mix is determined internally in accordance with the other two knobs. The knobs function differently according to the selected mode on the pedal (S, CE-1, or CE-1 vibrato).

Character & Sound:

Each of the three modes on the pedal has its own sound characteristics. The S mode (CE-2) perfectly replicates its vintage CE-2 counterpart with its warm and deep chorus. The only difference is that the CE-2w has a more pronounced treble.

The CE-1 mode has a strong vintage chorus sound, also a perfect replication of the CE-1 vintage chorus ensemble, with a faster rate and deeper chorus compared to the CE-2. The CE-2 is more subtle in that respect.

The third mode (CE-1 vibrato) replicates the vibrato mode of the CE-1 pedal. It is basically a full wet chorus with the Rate and Depth set at max. However, you can’t replicate its sound by just maxing up the CE-1 mode. The CE-1 vibrato is always more intense.

Cons:

Although the Boss CE-2w is small, it requires a bit of space on the pedalboard  a bit more than it should. This is partly due to its switch taking up the entire width of the pedal, making it difficult to hit with your foot when it’s set too close to another Boss pedal. The other factor is the I/O being on the sides of the pedal. This requires even more space to fit in when connected to other pedals on a pedalboard.

Another downside to its small size is that you have limited space to insert controls. In consequence, the selection between the three different modes has to be preset before every song or piece you are going to perform, and you can’t switch between modes while playing. This leaves room for mistakenly choosing a mode or simply forgetting to switch to another desired mode.

Pros:

The Boss CE-2w is great for players with different styles. The three modes give you a wide range of control and output you can get from one small pedal. You can get a sound ranging from a tiny hint of chorus on the CE-2 all the way to an extreme, intense chorus on the CE-1 vibrato

The pedal is also durable and reliable. Its analog circuit leaves no room for circuit distortion or digital static noises, and its true-bypass ensures a clear signal when the effect is switched off.

3. tc electronic Corona Chorus (Budget Choice)

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The tc electronic Corona Chorus has been around for the past 40 years. The original version actually kept coming out until 2016. However, due to a shortage in components, tc electronic was unable to keep releasing it. Instead, they created a limited batch of 2,000 Corona chorus pedals in the original black casing with a slight difference in its shape.

What makes this newer version so special, however, is not the history around it but the extraordinary features it has. Besides the wide range of controls and the modes you get with this pedal, there is one unique feature to this pedal, and it’s the Toneprint mode.

The Toneprint mode allows you to download patches from an unlimited library of tone prints designed by your favorite guitarists. With this, you get an entirely new pedal that has completely different settings from the ones you already have.

Key Features:

  • Components
    The Corona Chorus pedal comes in a green metal casing. It has four knobs: Rate, Depth, Mix, and Tone. It also contains a 3-way toggle switch: Chorus on the top selection, Toneprint in the middle selection, and Tri Cho at the bottom selection
  • Shape
    The Corona Chorus comes in a compact rectangular shape (50 x 72 x 122 mm). Its I/O sockets are on the two sides (Inputs on the right and Outputs on the left), and the power input is on the top. Its On/Off switch is a click switch positioned at the middle bottom of the pedal for easy access.
  • Electronics
    The Corona Chorus has an analog circuit, except for the Toneprint Mode, which is digital. Like most pedals, it runs on a 9V battery or a 9V power plug. It has a true bypass signal. It also features a stereo input and a stereo output, which gives a wider range of options for the signal chain to go into other various effects according to the player’s desire.
  • Controls
    The Rate and Depth knobs function the same as in the aforementioned pedals, as well as the Mix knob. The Tone knob controls the range of frequencies the player wishes to enhance in his chorus effect – whether they prefer a warm or a brighter chorus soundIt’s important to note that the Tone knob only affects the wet signal from the chorus pedal and not the entire guitar tone. The knobs work differently, depending on the selected mode (Chorus or Tri Cho)
  • Chorus and Tri Cho Modes
    The Chorus mode produces one chorus into the signal, while the Tri Cho produces three choruses. You might then think that the Tri Cho mode is much more intense than the Chorus mode. However counterintuitive it may be, the Tri Cho is actually the more subtle of the two. The reason is simple enough: with one chorus, your ear can grasp every detail that is going on as the signal dances to and from the frequencies. With three choruses, on the other hand, the signal moves rapidly between 3 choruses, making them sound entangled. So your ear will only hear subtle changes in the sound.
  • Toneprint Mode
    The Toneprint mode functions in two ways. The first is that you can, using your smartphone, get a signature tone print from the tc electronic tone print library and transfer it into the pedal through Beamin which case you place your phone close to your guitar pickup, hit a button, and the preset will transfer into your pedal. The second way is that you can connect your pedal to your computer via a USB cable and, using the Toneprint application, adjust the way the knobs’ parameters and functions up to the point of turning it into a completely new effect.

Character & Sound:

The Corona Chorus has a wide range of sounds from subtle to sea-sick, depending on the tweaks and the mode selected. The Chorus mode gives off an intense chorus effect, beautiful all the same, even with all the knobs at noon. The Rate knob ranges from a very slow motion to a banging vibrato.

The Depth knob goes from almost no chorus at all to an alien-like sound that is deep and punchy. Some players like to put the Mix knob on max to get to feel the slightest changes in the signal as they tweak the other knobs. However, it can give off a very nice effect when set at any level.

Finally, the Tone knob enhances various ranges of frequencies from dark and warm to high and pointy. The Tri Cho gives off color rather than intensity. The knobs have a lighter effect in this mode.

Cons:

However perfect this pedal may seem, there are always drawbacks. The first obvious drawback of this pedal is the positioning of the I/O on the sides of the pedal, especially when they are both stereos.

Having stereo inputs and outputs implies option varieties concerning what effects are placed before the chorus and what effect the chorus goes into. But with the I/O on the sides, things can get a bit jammed, the cables in particular.

This is a problem probably due to the power and the USB inputs being placed on the top, so there is not enough space to add all four I/O on the top as well. But it might have been more practical if the I/O were on top with the power input and the USB input placed on either side or on the bottom, especially when you won’t be using the USB input while on stage.

Another drawback is related to the Tri Cho mode. In this mode, the knobs have slight to no effect from zero to noon. You need to crank up the dials to get a clear change in the effect. On the other hand, when on the Chorus mode, the knobs tend to have an immediate effect with the smallest tweaks. While this gives you a wider range of control, it comes with a cost: it makes it actually more difficult to control your effect and tweak it the way you want.

Pros:

The good news is you can’t really go wrong with this pedal. Although it might need someone experienced to tweak it exactly to their desired effect, no matter how you dial your knobs, you will almost always get a good sound out of it, except when you crank it up on the Chorus mode. On the other hand, if you know what you’re doing, you can do marvels with this thing. I guess this is what makes so many great musicians endorse it.

Another unbeatable spec in this pedal is the Toneprint. Even if you don’t know how to dial your chorus at all, you can always use the available signature tone prints and get a kick-ass chorus out of your pedal. If you’re savvy, however, you can still use the Toneprint mode for your own advantage through the Toneprint app. In my own opinion, this is unbeatable.

4. Harley Benton Classic Chorus (Budget Choice 3)

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The Harley Benton Classic Chorus has been popular in the 80s, and that’s for a very good reason: It’s simple, and it gets the job done.

The Harley Benton pedals are actually a rebranding of the Chinese Joyo pedals. It’s the house brand of Thomann.de, which they put on the Chinese pedals they sell. So they are very much the same pedals. However, This doesn’t cut anything out of this pedal’s quality.

Key Features:

  • Components
    The Harley Benton Classic Chorus comes in a blue metal casing. It has two knobs – Rate and Width – and an On/Off switch. It contains 1 Input and 1 Output, a power input, and a battery compartment. 
  • Shape
    The Harley Benton Classic Chorus has an almost-square shape (38 x 87 x 118 mm). It’s quite small for that matter. Its I/O sockets are on the two sides (Input on the right and Output on the left), and the power input is right above the Input socket. Its On/Off switch is a click switch positioned at the middle bottom of the pedal, and it’s at a fair distance from the knobs.
  • Electronics
    It’s not mentioned what circuitry the Harley Benton Classic Chorus contains, but it sounds pretty much analog. Like most pedals, it runs on a 9V battery or a 9V power plug, and it has a true bypass for signal integrity.
  • Controls
    The Rate knob controls the speed of the modulation, and the Width knob controls the intensity of the effect – the same way the depth knob works. It doesn’t have a Mix knob, so the Mix is determined internally in accordance with the Rate and the Width knobs.

Character & Sound:

The Harley Benton Classic Chorus pedal has a chorus that ranges from a subtle shimmer to a moderately intense wave. Even with the knobs all maxed up, you will still get a good sound out of it. It is perfect for both clean and distorted sound.

With distorted tones, you can add the pedal before or after the distortion in the signal chain to get different feels. Added before the distortion, the pedal will give off a more intense, distorted chorus that would be great for styles like Grunge. On the other hand, if you add it after the distortion, your tone will sound bigger and brighter – perfect for leads and solos.

Cons:

Similar to other pedals, the I/O sockets are placed on the sides of the pedal. So however small it may be, it will still require a bit of space on the pedalboard to avoid cable entanglement. This issue is amplified with the right-sides power input. So if you use a power plug, you will have a lot to deal with. Another power-related issue is the battery compartment cover. It has a little bit of play to it. No one reported a problem with the battery falling out of the pedal, but this doesn’t mean it’s not a possibility over time.

There aren’t any sound-related drawbacks to this pedal as long as you’re looking for something that is good for the job. If you’re looking for something more technical and tweakable, however, this is not the pedal for you.

Pros:

The good side is that this pedal is unable to produce a bad sound. It works great in every possible situation and with any configuration. It is perfect for beginner users who do not yet know how to tweak every knob on their pedals and even for experienced users who just want something straightforward. Just tweak a couple of knobs, and you’re good to go.

The metal casing is also a big advantage to this pedal. Although it is pretty cheap, it is still strong and dependable. Its quality is just pretty high compared to its price. So it is never a poor choice.

5. Walrus Audio Julianna Chorus/Vibrato

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The Walrus Audio Julianna Chorus/Vibrato was released in 2020. It has tons of features and controls. So fasten your seatbelts – you’re in for a rough ride.

This pedal is actually an upgrade from the Julia Chorus. The Julia Chorus first came out in 1981. It was quite popular at the time, but the users kept asking for a stereo signal so they could better tweak their effect. Forty years later, Walrus Audio finally delivered their users’ demand – they kind of over-delivered for that matter.

Key Features:

  • Components
    The Julianna Chorus has a dark blue metal casing. It has four knobs: Rate, Depth, Lag, and D-C-V. It also has two 3-way toggle switches: div (or division) and Shape – more on that later. Like all pedals, it has an On/Off switch, but it also features a Tap button. That’s not it. This pedal has two secondary features: the Momentary Secondary LFO Speed and the Drift Function – more on both later as well. One last thing, this pedal does not run on a battery but only on a power plug.
  • Shape
    The Walrus Audio Julianna Chorus has a thick, compact rectangular shape. Its dimensions are 121 x 73 x 58, and it has pretty cool artwork. The I/O are on both sides (Inputs on the right and Outputs on the left). The tap/exp input is located right above the inputs, and the power input is located right above the outputs. The On/Off switch and the Tap button are located at both extremities at the bottom of the pedal respectively.
  • Electronics
    The Walrus Audio Julianna Chorus has an analog circuit. It runs on a 9V power plug: the pedal says 100mA, but it withdraws 30 mA only. It also has a true bypass to preserve the signal. It has stereo I/O for a wider range of signal chain options. It also has an extra input labeled tap/exp for an external expression pedal. There is also an internal switch located under the cover that determines how the expression pedal functions.
  • Control Knobs
    The Rate and Depth knobs function the same as in the aforementioned pedals. The Lag knob controls the center delay that the modulation moves around. Turning it up intensifies the chorus as it moves the modulation faster. The D-C-V replaces the Mix knob on this pedal in a mono situation. However, it functions differently with a stereo signal: set on D (Dry – all the way to the left), the pedal sends a dry signal into one chain and a wet signal into the other; on C (Chorus – at noon), the pedal sends a wet chorus signal into both chains; and on V (Vibrato – all the way to the right), the pedal sends a wet vibrato signal into both chains. 
  • The Tap button and the div switch
    The Tap button is used to set the tempo in which the modulation moves between frequencies. That’s where the div switch comes. With the div button, the user can choose the timing in which the modulation moves according to the tempo. It can be set to 1/4 note, 1/4 triplet, or 1/8 note.
  • The Shape switch
    The shape switch controls the wave shape: sine, for a sea wave kind of movement; triangle, for a more direct movement; and random, for a random, unexpected movement that keeps rising and falling at different speeds and without anticipation.
  • Smart On/Off Switch
    The Smart On/Off switch has several functions. When it’s disengaged, you can keep pressing it to get a momentary On/Off switch that will engage only as long as it’s being pressed. When it’s engaged, on the other hand, you can access the Momentary Secondary LFO Speed and the Drift Function.
  • Momentary Secondary LFO Speed
    This feature gives you the option to set a secondary speed – or Rate – which you can move to and from. To set the secondary speedkeep pressing the On/Off switch (while engaged), and then set the Rate knob to the desired secondary speed. To engage the secondary speed, keep pressing on the Tap button, then release it to fade back to the original speed.
  • Drift Function
    This feature gives you the option to drift back and forth between 2 speeds automatically. To engage the Drift Functionkeep pressing the On/Off switch (while engaged), but, this time, set the Depth knob to the desired secondary speed (the Depth knob controls the speed in this instance). Then, the pedal will keep swaying between the high and low speeds on its own. To disengage it, keep pressing the On/Off switch, and roll the Depth knob all the way back to zero.

Character & Sound:

The Walrus Audio Julianna Chorus has a vast range of sounds fit for every taste. With this pedal, you can get every possible tone from sparkling to sea-sick. Its Rate ranges from no movement at all to vibrato flutter. Its Depth ranges from dry to deep and nauseating. The Lag knob has a range from no center delay to an extreme, out-of-tune center delay.

It’s important to note that the Rate and Lag knobs behave differently with different subdivisions (quarter note, quarter note triplet, or eighth note) and subsequently behave as such in accordance with the tempo set using the Tap button.

Using different wave shapes, with the shape switch, gives off different feels. The sine wave shape affects the chorus effect more intensely as you get to feel every bit of “rise and fall” in the signal. The triangle wave shape is more of a sudden and straightforward movement, but it’s more subtle all the same. The random wave shape is quite unpredictable and chaotic, excellent for exotic and experimental tones.

Speaking of experimenting, we can’t forget to mention the Momentary Secondary LFO Speed and the Drift Function. Both of them have a similar effect on the sound, except the Drift Function is sort of an automatic modulation while the Momentary Secondary LFO Speed is engaged by the player himself or herself. Both modulations are great for chaotic, out-of-control sounds that will leave your audience dizzy wondering how you’re doing it, stupefied all the same.

Cons:

Like every great thing, there is always a bad side to it. The bad news here is that this pedal is bad news itself. With all the features and options in this pedal, you can quite easily go wrong with it. It can be very complicated and difficult to tweak to the exact, desired sound. Moreover, you can easily ruin your sound with the wrong settings or just by forgetting to turn off a feature.

And it’s not just a matter of experience we’re talking about here. It’s actually a matter of preference. You shouldn’t get this pedal just because you want a great-sounding chorus. You should get it only if you’re planning to use its baffling features to your advantage.

That’s not the only bad side, I’m afraid. With all the features available with this pedal, you need to adjust the pedal for every song or piece you’re going to play in order to fit in. You can’t expect to have the most anarchic chorus tweaked for all the songs you’re going to perform at a live show. In my opinion, this pedal could use a MIDI controller for every preset you need for every single piece you’re going to play, or else you will require 3-5 minutes between each song to adjust your pedal.

One last negative I can see in this pedal is the proximity between the On/Off switch and the Tap button. The pedal is quite small, and your foot can easily press both buttons simultaneously, resulting in undesirable outcomes. The external expression pedal can fix this problem, but I wouldn’t call that the perfect solution as you might need to use that to control the Rate and Depth knobs.

Pros:

There is a good side to all those negatives, though: this pedal is perfect for a studio situation. The stereo chorus is optimal for all the possible sounds you need to get out of your amp and into a mic. It will save you a lot of precious time to use such a pedal instead of manually applying those effects post-recording.

It will also allow you to implement some unheard-of sounds into your compositions. Not to mention that its original chorus sounds great on its own, and that is not something to be overlooked. The controls, complicated as they are, give you the opportunity to adjust your effect to a perfect tone, considering you know what you’re doing.

6. Boss DC-2w Dimension C Chorus

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The Boss DC-2w Dimension C has its own fair share of historical background. This pedal, reissued in 2018 by Waza Craft, is based on the Boss DC-2 Dimension C, which in turn is a stompbox replication of the Roland SDD-320 Dimension D rack effect. The Boss DC-2w Dimension C replicates not only the Boss DC-2 pedal but also the SDD-320. It’s important to note that it’s made in Japan.

Those are not the only interesting aspects of this pedal, though. What’s more interesting is that this is not typically a chorus effect pedal. You see, a chorus effect is basically a phase between the dry signal and the modulated signal that is set by the Rate and Depth of the modulation. Although this pedal produces an effect that sounds pretty much like a chorus, that’s not how it works. Typically, it creates two swinging waves that crossfade between one another to create a sort of a 3D kind of sound – hence the name Dimension.

Key Features:

  • Components
    The Boss DC-2w Dimension comes in a purple metal casing. It doesn’t have any knobs. Instead, it has four buttons for four different levels of modulation, numbered 1, 2, 3, and 4. It also features a 2-way selector switch that goes between S (the original DC-2 Dimension Chorus) and SDD-320. It has stereo I/O and a power plug input, as well as a battery compartment.
  • Shape
    The Boss DC-2w Dimension has a compact rectangular shape (129 x 73 x 39 mm). Its I/O sockets are on the sides (Inputs on the right and outputs on the left), and the power input is on the top. The battery compartment is under the front of the pedal, the same as all Boss pedals, and the On/Off switch takes up the entire front.
  • Electronics
    The Boss DC-2w Dimension has an all-analog circuit. It runs on a 9V battery or a 9V power plug which withdraws around 65 mA. This pedal features a newly designed internal bypass circuit that greatly improves on the one found in the original DC-2
  • Controls
    At first glance, It might seem that this pedal has little to no controls, with only four buttons to press. However, this is far from true. With four buttons and one switch, you have 20 different modulations (10 on S mode and ten on SSD-320 mode). Here is how: you have the first four obvious modulations (1-4) PLUS the combined modulations in which you can press two buttons at the same time and thus engage them both (1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 2-3, 2-4, and 3-4) – hence, the ten modulations.

Character & Sound:

The modulations on the S mode range from clear and subtle to moderately intense, even with combined modulations. The SSD-320 mode has its own unique sound characteristics. It’s bigger and brighter than the S mode and covers a bigger frequency range. Therefore, the combined modulations sound fuller and deeper in this mode. 

Cons:

Aside from the regular inconveniences that come with Boss pedals, this particular pedal has its own. Without knobs installed in the pedal, you can hardly modify your modulation to the exact way you want it. You get what you get, and that’s it – not too typical for users who like to fiddle around with their effect a lot.

Pros:

The good part of this pedal is that it sounds great. Its sound is clear and unique. Some players like the chorus sound without the wavy effect that comes with it, and this pedal is ideal for this purpose. And that’s what justifies its price: it’s special. It’s perfect for beginners who are looking for a studio-quality effect and even experienced users who appreciate its one-of-kind tone.

Bonus:

MXR M68 Uni-Vibe Chorus/Vibrato

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Now for a little extra treat, we have one last baby to talk about, the MXR M68 Uni-Vibe Chorus/Vibrato, a rather small baby at that. Here’s a fun fact: released in 2014, this pedal is actually based on the 1968 Japanese UniVibe, made by Shin-ei. I guess that’s where the M68 comes from.

Key Features:

  • Components
    The MXR M68 Uni-Vibe comes in a black metal casing (pun unintended). It has three knobs (Speed, Depth, and Level) and a small button for the Vibe (vibrato) mode. It features mono I/O, a power input, and an On/Off switch. There is a tiny red LED for when the Vibe mode is engaged, and the main LED flickers according to the speed of the modulation – how cool is that? 
  • Shape
    The MXR M68 Uni-Vibe is a rather small rectangle with the dimensions of 140 x 114 x 63 mm. Its I/O sockets are on the sides (Input on the right and Output on the left), and the power input is right behind the Input socket. The On/Off switch is positioned in the mid-bottom part of the pedal. There is no cover for the battery compartment, so you must unscrew the entire back of the pedal to plug the battery. 
  • Electronics
    The MXR M68 Uni-Vibe has an analog circuit. It runs on a 9V battery or a 9V power plug. It has a true bypass to preserve the signal through the chain. The Vibe mode eliminates the dry signal from the output and leaves only the wet signal to be heard.
  • Controls
    The Speed knob on this pedal has the same function as the Rate knob on other pedals. The Level knob on this pedal does not function as a Mix knob. Instead, it controls the overall output volume of the wet signal: if you turn it all the way down, you will get no sound at all, and vice versa all the way up. The Level knob is a great function to make up for any loss in volume inflicted by the modulation.

Character & Sound:

The MXR M68 Uni-Vibe has a massive sound range. Its Speed ranges from very slow to a fluttering vibration. Its Rate goes from dry to dark and boomy. I have to say that this chorus can be so extreme that I actually got dizzy listening to it. Moreover, the knobs have so great a range that the chorus is already intense with the Speed and Depth knobs set at noon. The Vibe mode is actually more subtle than the Chorus mode, as there is no dry signal for the wet signal to oscillate around. 

Cons:

There is not much to say about the cons of this pedal. One thing that stands out, though, is the placement of the power input right behind the Input socket. It can be quite irritating and difficult to go about. Moreover, the power plug jack can get bent on the floor and, eventually, torn – not to mention the cable entanglement issues that accompany this setup. 

Another thing about this pedal is that it could really use a Mix knob. The MXR M68 is quite powerful, so a Mix knob could really be useful to dial down its fierceness or to even get a full wet signal with a deeply psychedelic tone.

Pros:

On the other hand, the pedal sounds really good as is. Its sound is quite pure, and it’s not difficult to adjust. You can always dial down the knobs if you’re looking to add just a bit of shimmer to your clean tone, or you can dial them up all the way to get a strong, sick chorus tone.

I wouldn’t be doing this pedal justice if I didn’t mention its implications on distorted tones. There is a reason I called its chorus “psychedelic,” and that is it is perfect for tones such as those used by Jimmy Hendrix and David Gilmour, who in turn used the original Shin-ei UniVibe pedal. The MXR M68 replicates its sound perfectly.

Verdict

All the pedals in this list are magnificent in their own way, which makes it difficult to pick a winner. However, if I have to pick just the one, it will have to be the tc electronic Corona Chorus.

The reason this pedal stands out is its countless applications. Not only is it easy to tweak, but also it will always serve you well. Its sounds are just ideal for all tastes: I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t find his tone on this pedal. And in the off chance someone does, he or she can always upload his favorable effect tone print to the pedal. The Toneprint mode is really an unbeatable feature.

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