Chorus Pedals, Before Or After Distortion? What's your preference?

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Do you like chorus before or after your drive pedals?

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  1. lespaul339

    lespaul339 Well-Known Member

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    So I just bought a used Boss Super Chorus pedal off Reverb and it shows up tomorrow. It's been quite a while since I've used a chorus pedal. Going to have to move a few pedals on my board and replan the layout of it. If I remember right, I always preferred the chorus pedal before my Overdrive/Distortion pedals. I always thought it was a smoother chorus sound than running after. I know some people prefer to run them after. I'm going to try both positions and see what I like best. So out of curiosity, what order do you like to run your chorus with your drive pedals?
     
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    matttornado Well-Known Member

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    always before distortion or in front of cranked amp. They seem so much more natural sounding to me that way.
     
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    As long as I've been playing, this still tends to confuse me! :lol: By "front", I'm assuming the signal leaving the guitar.

    The only Chorus pedal I'm running right now is my TC Electronics Stereo Chorus through either my two Twin Reverbs or in mono through my two Champs (The Champs have a EH Cathedral Reverb already running in stereo). No chorus per se on my Marshall, I use a slowed-down H&K Rotosphere if I want a chorus effect on that one. My drive pedals are always in front of my other effects, when the signal goes from my guitar the first thing it sees is my Crybaby, then all my distortion/overdrive pedals before seeing any other effects.
     
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    I run it in the loop, or after distortion/OD which goes into instrument in on the front .
     
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    Distortion before the amp, Chorus in the FX loop.
     
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    The way I have always done it first wah , then fuzz or overdrive , then your modulation effects ( flange , chorus ,) and lastly your delay . I forgot to mention that I run them thru the front of the amp .
     
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    I actually run my chorus in the loop. To me it just sounds much nicer . if I am running into the front of the amp I will run it after but have run it before too. It's really just personal preference.
     
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    I'll add FX loop to the poll.
     
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    Time based effects should go into the loop.
    That's it. That's all.
    BP
     
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    If you have a FX loop. Some amps don't.
     
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    Goes w/o saying.
    BP
     
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    I run chorus/flanger/delay after OD pedals (which I use with almost no overdrive but full level to boost) in front of the amp. Reverb and equalizer are the only pedals I run through the loop (if there is one).
     
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    Too many variants. No right or wrong application. It is your canvas.
     
  14. Marshall4Metal

    Marshall4Metal Well-Known Member

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    That's how i run mine out front before my OD . Reverb after OD on Hall for lead also out front. Guitar Chorus OD Reverb Gate to amp.
     
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    Exactly. What sounds best to you with your rig .
     
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    MonstersOfTheMidway Well-Known Member

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    @OP:
    For me, if I'm using a chorus effect with a clean amplifier tone, then placement usually doesn't matter (it sounds good pretty much anywhere).

    If I'm using light overdrive/distortion/dirt tones, then chorus effect is in the effects loop in amp. To my ears, chorus effect becomes less noticeable with significant amounts of od/distortion/dirt tones, and those tones seem to sound best in my rig with a chorus in the effects loop. It might be that chorus sounds best anywhere but the loop in other amps, but in the amps I use the chorus sounds best in the loop.

    It's all really up to you to decide what sounds best. Experiment with placement and enjoy.
     
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    And i want a less noticeable Chorus playing Metal that's why it's out front. Example Randy Rhoads it's there in his live tone. When you listen to it though your not thinking AHA he's using chorus it's like is there some chorus in there. There is a huge difference between the two. Also when i have it set up like this it's more of a subtle chew chew che chew flanger sound than a warbly chorus sound . It's mostly there for playing clean though.
     
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    I prefer my chorus/ modulation at the end of the signal chain with the exception of my Shin-ei Univibe (chorus mode). I don't like fuzz/distortion messing up the sound before it. I like the guitar straight into vibe sound in addition to fuzz /various overdrives after it. Different players like it before (Trower) and after (Jimi). I think it is personal preference at the end of the day.
     
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    Good shout, in a similar way in that you don't think modulation on, Joe Walsh used an MXR Phase 90 on Hotel California solo.
     
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    It depends on the chorus too. Having a level control helps when in an FX loop.

    I have an old Boss CE-3 that sounds best out front. It's Ok in the loop but too dramatic for me without a level adjustment.
     

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