Flanger recommendations

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  1. FleshOnGear

    FleshOnGear Well-Known Member

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    Hey, I’m looking to replace my Source Audio Orbital modulator with stuff that doesn’t suck. Specifically, I’m looking for a flanger that doesn’t get lost with a little bit of distortion. I’m not picky about analog or digital, but a killer thru-zero flange would be nice. Right now I’m considering the Earthquakes Pyramids, but looking for recommendations. Thanks!
     
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    IOSEPHVS Well-Known Member

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    The EHX Deluxe Electric Mistress analog flanger is my go to until I get acclimated to the Flanger Hoax. It has controls for Color, Range, and Depth as well as a Filter Matrix switch to lock the sweep, and has true bypass, and Dry and Flanger outputs.

    https://www.ehx.com/products/deluxe-electric-mistress-xo
     
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    mirrorman Well-Known Member

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    This is mine and IMO, it's a great flanger...

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    anitoli Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Ibanez FL9 has that "classic" jet engine sound thing goin on. Pure 80's flange.
     
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    Ray Baker Active Member Platinum Supporting Member

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    Not sure what style music your playing, For my Randy Rhoads , Van Halen / 80's stuff I use an old 110v MXR. If you look at my photo posted in Full Stack Friday you can make out on two of my other pedal boards a MXR that has the removable plug (9v type) and on another board a Boss. They are both great flangers. I get all my distortion from the amps except the JMP Mark II Superlead, I get it from the MXR Distortion+ on that set-up. They never get lost in any amount of distortion, the effect clearly stands out. They are all I have ever used so it's all I can offer but I have had them all since they were new and are 100% reliable.
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    Sapient Life Coach & Birthday       Planner Silver Supporting Member Platinum Supporting Member

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    Your pick. Can't go wrong either way.
     
  7. Australian

    Australian Green Beret Silver Supporting Member VIP Member

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    yep its the 70’s MXR flanger best one I’ve used.
     
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    El Gringo Well-Known Member

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    This is what i use and works very well .
     
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    I'll second that. That's what I have as well.
     
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    matttornado Well-Known Member

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    I had a couple vintage MXR flangers and they were great! I like them better than the BOSS BF-2 even though the BOSS is still good.
     
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    I recently purchased the new Ibanez Mini Flanger and it now has a permanent place on my board. It’s analog and is based on the FL9. I owned an FL9 years ago and the mini does a great job of capturing that distinct “80’s” flange tone.

    I am using mine as more of a “chorus” effect, with just a little resonance added in for some extra movement. I prefer using a flanger this way as it kind of mixes the best of chorus and flange. It’s not as over the top as the jet-plane sound, but it’s much more interesting than a straight chorus pedal. I use it clean with compression for 80’s pop sounds and I use it with overdrive for some Howard Leese (Heart) kind of tones.

    I love the new Ibanez Mini Flanger and highly recommend it. It’s made in Japan and just nails the classic sounds. It may not be quite as extreme as the MXR or some variants, but the tone is amazing and the unit sounds great.
     
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    The Electric Mistress is a great flanger, but it drops volume. I find that's lessened when in front of the amp but you may still need to boost it. Little bit noisy in front of my JVM, bit of a tone drop also. But I personally just want my cable in front of the amp pedal free, unless I'm going to be running a super long cable, in which case I'd need a buffer, not TB(and TB pedals still slightly alter tone IMO)

    The MXR original has a buffer that does indeed suck tone. The mini version is TB, but has less controls.

    I have my eyes on a Maxon Flanger which is TB and subtle, so you may find that suitable for gain.
     
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    Australian Green Beret Silver Supporting Member VIP Member

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    The yellow one is more musical in my opinion. I nearly cried when the footswitch on mine packed it in. I’m using the purple on my board atm but still long for the Ibanez yellow.
     
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    The mxr micro flanger sounds really good.'Kinda dark,but a warm dark.Decent price too.
     
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    First Flanger I ever heard, and all the ones I've heard since sound like "me-toos"
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    FleshOnGear Well-Known Member

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    I just pulled the trigger on a vintage A/DA. Can’t wait to plug it up!
     
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    junk notes Well-Known Member

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    IMO Best choice for a real flanger. It is the equivalent to a Boss Chorus-Ensemble or a t.c. electronic Stereo Chorus + Pitch Modulator & Flanger or a Uni-vibe, in terms of thickness and wetness.
    I have an original with the original expression pedal. Not necessary, but the newer one can be found if you wanted the complete setup.
     
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