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With space for only 1 modulation pedal - which would you choose?

Discussion in 'Pedal/Effects Owners Clubs' started by Ian T, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Ian T

    Ian T Tele-Holic

    Jan 11, 2013
    Tampa Bay
    I've been re-working my nano board and I'm looking for something new for the one spot that I have available a modulation pedal.

    Don't really care what kind of modulation; be it phase/chorus/flanging/univibe/etc... just curious if you guys had to pick just one awesome modulation effect that was your absolute favorite - which would it be?
  2. ponce

    ponce Tele-Holic

    Dec 21, 2011
    1. Tremolo
    2. Chorus
  3. OttoCorrect

    OttoCorrect Tele-Meister

    Feb 24, 2018
    Boss BF-2, a classic flanger. I can get good flange, obviously, but also good faux-chorus/phase/Leslie sounds all with a little knob twiddling.

    Any good 4 knob flanger can cover a LOT of ground if you’re willing to dig in a little and learn how they work.
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  4. chris m.

    chris m. Poster Extraordinaire

    An MXR Phase 90 or its ilk is also quite versatile-- can stand in for chorus, tremolo, flange, IMO. But OttoCorrect is quite correct-- a flanger
    with the right knob adjustments is arguably even better in this regard.

    Or you could do like me and cheat with an Eventide H9 Max. Every modulation under the sun, all in one pedal, easily managed with
    a MacOS, PC, or iOS H9 control interface. But some gigs when I want to keep it simple I just leave the Eventide at home and stick a Phase 90
    in its spot.
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  5. igor5

    igor5 Tele-Meister

    Nov 28, 2016
    Valeton Coral Mod mini pedal
  6. PigBoy

    PigBoy Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    You can close the thread now.
  7. warrent

    warrent Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 15, 2009
    Zoom MS-70CDR, gives you a wide choice of modulation effects, including strymon types with the latest upgrade.
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  8. Chunkocaster

    Chunkocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 10, 2018
    In space with Ziggy
    I recently had the same dilemma and went with a phase 90.
    Then realised I could stick a strymon flint on top of the battery pack as well. 20180925_192448.jpg
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  9. beninma

    beninma Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2017
    There are too many that can do several..

    I've got an EHX Memory Boy.. I'd probably keep that of the stuff I've tried.. it can do delay obviously, but it can be setup to be a usable chorus or vibrato too.

    If delay isn't allowed than I'd pick Tremolo for sure. I just think if I could pick something like the Memory Boy that realistically does 2-3 things than I might take that over the Tremolo.
  10. brogh

    brogh Assistant Admin Staff Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    Admin Post
    a zoom multi stomp and fill it with what you need based on the gig ? ;)
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  11. Naigewron

    Naigewron TDPRI Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    Tremolo, absolutely no question about it. It's actually the only modulation on my board right now, although I'm also looking for a Phase 95 to put on there.
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  12. JD0x0

    JD0x0 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 22, 2009
    New York
    An analog phaser with switchable staging will also do what the Phase 90 does and much more. 12 stage phasing is another animal. That's why I'm really fond of my Moog MF103, but it's a really big pedal by many people's standards.
  13. jddub440

    jddub440 Tele-Holic

    Jan 16, 2015
  14. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Another vote for trem
  15. Thin white duke

    Thin white duke Tele-Holic

    Oct 1, 2017
    Without doubt Zoom ms 50g or Ms 70 cdr
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  16. MilwMark

    MilwMark Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Apr 29, 2013
    near Arnold's
    Well, I know firsthand @blowtorch makes good live use of trem.

    But for me Chorus. Interestingly, I rarely use it as “Chorus” per se. I’m more apt to use it for rotating speaker/vibrato sounds. Faux Leslie, faux Hammond, that sort of thing.

    To me, the “vibrato” sound I get out of a good Chorus are more useable in a mix (less out of tune/seasick than a vibrato pedal).
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  17. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 5, 2009
    Georgetown, TX
    But...tremolo is dynamic (varying volume), not modulation. So, do I get two pedals, now?
  18. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    you win

    I’d say Strymon Deco
  19. Stratohacker

    Stratohacker Tele-Holic

    Apr 18, 2013
    One spot for a modulation pedal - I'd pick the Strymon Mobius which is a modulation pedal with options for several modulation effects.

    If I had to pick a smaller foot print and only one effect - it'd be a Drybell Vibe Machine

    Last edited: Nov 15, 2018
  20. MilwMark

    MilwMark Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Apr 29, 2013
    near Arnold's
    “Choosing” various multi’s that do not entail an actual choice? On a gear oriented forum? Shocking.
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