The Source Audio Gemini Chorus is my top pick for its hypnotic capabilities and three flavors of the chorus sound. The digital pedal is not a breeze to navigate, but all your legwork is rewarded with tremendous tonal range and awe-inspiring vintage and modern chorus tones.
Our Best Value Pick – the Electro-Harmonix Bass Clone– slays everyone in the arena with its pricing. It’s not as versatile as other options, but it’s got the bread ‘n butter sounds. If you don’t want the chorus to take over your sound, get one of these and thumb your nose at the chorus snobs.
After some debate, I chose the Providence Anadime ABC-1 as the best premium bass chorus pedal. It delivers boutique-quality sounds with thoughtful features and excellent circuitry. Even a YouTube demo is sufficient to realize this pedal knocks it out of the park.
Here are the top seven bass chorus pedals to add depth and splash to your bass tone.
The stereo inputs and outputs and MIDI functionality promise wide modulation and numerous Signal Routing Options.
The bass pedal features four control knobs for Mix, Depth, Speed, and Tone. You can dial in a plethora of malleable timbres or select tones from a library of downloadable phaser, flanger, and chorus sounds.
At heart, the pedal features three algorithms – Classic, Dual, and Quad.
Classic mode covers single voice chorus effects. Dual mode doubles the voices, and Quad mode is reminiscent of dense ’80s chorus effects with expansive and immersing textures.
You can use tap tempo for modulation sync and an expression pedal to control effect animation.
The pedal supports the Neuro app for desktop and mobile. You can use the app to save presets, add new effect algorithms, and use the extensive range of editing options like Feedback, Embeddable Tremolo, Advanced Signal routing, and Parametric EQ.
The stock sounds are fantastic, and the bass effects pedal promises hours of fun. Flexible editing leads to infinite possibilities but comes with the downside of a steep learning curve.
Luckily, you can start by tweaking stock sounds and saving presets for quick recall.
It features four knobs (Depth, Rate, Bass, Treble) and a Crossover switch. Depth controls modulation. Rate alters the speed of the chorus.
The Bass knob affects the dry signal. The Treble knob affects the whole signal but can lead to a hiss when cranked up. The Crossover switch cuts lows from the wet signal, allowing the low end of the dry signal to cut through.
As you can imagine, you can dial in a bass tone using Treble, Bass, and Crossover that has a shimmer on top and a focused/tight low end. No more boomy PA sounds.
Add the Depth and Rate controls, and you have a gamut of chorus effects ranging from seasick tremolo to spooky modulation and classic chorus sounds.
There is an occasional hiss factor, but it is not enough to fault an otherwise impressive pedal at this price point.
Don’t be fooled by the ‘best value pick’ badge. The EHX Bass Clone is proof that you don’t need deep pockets for an excellent range of chorus tones.
The sounds are not overly sophisticated, but the pedal can thicken the bass while retaining low-end character.
Lastly, you can use the pedal in Mono (dry and wet signals combined) or Stereo mode by routing Output A for the wet signal and Output B for the original sound. That being said, there are more ‘interesting’ options in this price range if you only want mono-operation.
The Boss CEB-3 is no looker, but it’s a well-established workhorse. It’s built like a tank and seldom overwhelms you, which is great if you prefer clockwork operation.
Also, consider the Boss CE-5, a more versatile multi-chorus used by bassists like Simon Gallup (The Cure).
The circuit design ensures that the pedal maintains the low end and renders lush and rich modulation. And from the sound of it, it lives up to that promise in a live setting.
The chorus effects pedal is easy to operate, and the three dials (Rate, Depth, and Dry/Wet) are responsive. Tone-wise, the Liquefier can hawk out a wide range of chorus tones ranging from Peter Hook to Billy Sheehan.
Depth, dimension, wobble, and full-bodied sounds galore.
On the downside, there are a few complaints about a pop when the pedal is engaged. The noise is not loud enough to be a nuisance during performances, but it can be an issue in the studio.
Still, it’s just a minor snag in a chorus pedal that excels in all other aspects.
You can toggle stereo output with an internal switch and a 1/4″ TRS to dual TS cable.
The pedal features five tone-shaping controls – Bass, Treble, Intensity, Rate, and Width. Bass shapes the bottom end, and Treble adds subtle glassiness to the sound.
The sensitive Rate and Width knobs are handy to dial and fine-tune desired chorus sounds.
The stomp sports two switches for Crossover and Flanger that light up when activated. Crossover – a 100 Hz Highpass Filter – rolls off the chorus modulation effect to ease up on the lows without compromising the shimmer in the top end.
That’s more low-end clarity, simply put.
The Flanger supposedly adds creamy ‘60s and ‘70s overtones, but it pales in comparison to a standalone flanger pedal.
You cannot wrench out any psychedelic rocketship sounds if that’s what you need. It’s not too bad if you want the occasional phaser-like effect.