Turn Your Delay Pedal Into A Chorus Or Flanger

Published 24 Sept 2021

Don’t want to buy a chorus or flanger? Your delay might give you those sounds!

Life too short for long YouTube videos? Please see the ‘Interesting bits and go-to sections’ information below.

Welcome to the show! We’re keeping it short and simple this week.
Did you know that many (but not all) popular delay pedals can also give you chorus and flanger sounds? Well they can!
What we’re demonstrating here are the core principles of chorus and flanger sounds. For sure, a dedicated chorus or flanger pedal will give you a more fully formed version of the effect with other parameter tweaks, not to mention many different variations of the effect. But if you don’t want to spend the cash, your humble delay pedal may be able to dial in some cool chorussy/flangey tones.
You need a delay pedal that: a) Has modulation; and b) goes down below 50ms for chorus and below 5ms for flanging.

Have fun!

Pedals & stuff in this episode…
• TheGigRig Three2One

• TC Electronic PolyTune 3 Mini Noir
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• Browne Amplification Protein Dual
UK & Europe:

• Boss DD-200 Digital Delay
UK & Europe:

• MXR Carbon Copy
UK & Europe:

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
0:00 Intro playing
2:05 Housekeeping
2:45 What are we doing today?
3:20 What is chorus?
3:50 MXR Carbon Copy delay sounds
5:45 Carbon Copy slapback
6:40 Why short delay times are crucial
7:45 We must modulate
9:50 Carbon Copy doing chorus
11:20 Now add some regen/feedback
14:12 Modulation on and off
14:58 Moving into flanging
16:05 Carbon Copy short, DD-200 shorter
16:45 Making the DD-200 a flanger
20:57 1 - 10ms delay time sounds

Guitars in this episode:
• Fender Custom Shop ’52 Heavy Relic Telecaster - Dan’s video here
• Fender American Vintage ’59 Stratocaster (2012) - no video yet

Amps in this episode
• Marshall 1987x and 1960A with Celestion G12M Greenback speakers

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