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Favorite analog (or analogue) phasers?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Mark the Moose, Nov 2, 2020.

  1. Mark the Moose

    Mark the Moose Tele-Afflicted

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    Tell me about your favorite phase pedals and why you like them! No digital recommendations please as I'm looking to build, not buy. Right now my short list includes a phase 45 & 90 (block & script), and a small stone. What else should be on the list?
     
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    I really like my old DOD Phasor. It's the yellow one. Sounds like a good vibe pedal. The reissue (blue) is great, too (and I think it's very much like the MXR 45 in terms of how it's built), but the yellow Phasor is just awesome.
     
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    Is that the 201?
     
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    The old 3-speed Maestro was pretty cool. Trim pots inside to vary the depth. Put a fuzz in front and instant Ernie Isley.
     
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    MXR Phase 45.
    Rich and swirly.
    Only has one knob, but that’s all it needs.

    “Shadoobee....Shattered...”
     
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    Yes, that's it: Phasor/201
     
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    My vote goes also to the Phasor 201. I'm a big MXR guy and have a Script (Reissue) Phase 90, and a Phase 45, and bought the 201 on a whim when DOD was blowing them out. It was a huge surprise! Simultaneously smooth and mellow, but rich and musical. Here's a little riff I recorded on my phone with it:

    https://soundcloud.com/johnporcellino/201-phasor-street
     
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    i'm boring and i like the uni-vibe. especially the vibe mode. just a classic sound. would be cool to experiment with different LFOs for it.

    otherwise i'm not too picky. i like stuff in the modular synth realm where you're free to do audio rate modulation. usually OTA or VCA based ones are easiest to get there.
     
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    Thanks, John. Very nice. I'm finding I like the more subtle tones of the 201 and the 45, which are very similar save a few resistor values. I think a mix knob might be in important to me. I found the good folks at tagboard have built a modded phase 45 layout which includes bias and mix controls, along with Univibe ratio switch. Might see about further modding it to 201 values for something a bit unique.

    https://tagboardeffects.blogspot.com/search?q=phase+45
     
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    EHX Bad Stone or small Stone.
     
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    MXR
    Phase 100 (Tweakable and different than any other MXR. On my wish list)
    Phase 95 both of the lower pedals combined. (Awesome)
    Phase 90 Block & Script (Awesome)
    Phase 45 Block & Script (Awesome)

    EHX
    Bad Stone (6-stages with a feedback knob. Psychedelically Awesome Man)
    Small Stone (Leaves something to be desired in my opinion.)
    The Worm (Never tried it. Somewhat of a Phaser meets Auto-Wah)

    Maestro PS-1 in all it's iterations (One of the first and best. Plus one of the variations has a dial labled "BALLS" in all caps just like that.)

    Earthquake Devices
    Grand Orbiter (Phase shifter and more)

    Walrus Audio
    Vanguard dual phaser
    Lillian Phaser

    Virtuoso Heptode Phase shifter (Literally a boutique PS-1A. A very faithful recreation. On my personal bucket list.)

    I should also mention the phaser built into the Peavey Heritage VTX. That one does triangle phase as well as a phase 90-square phasing.

    Fender Lost Highway Phaser (Never tried it. Seems useful though. Very tweakable.)

    You could call me a phaser connoisseur.
     
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    EQD Grand Orbiter is my favorite. It has powerful controls and can be as subtle or swooshy as you want.

    On a budget the MXR Phase 95 is great IMO.
     
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    Nothing for me.

    unless they still make the phase 100, which I like too. I like the original polyphase too but they are getting pricey and something a bit different.
     
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    mutron phasor II
    uni-vibe
    you can go as whacky as you want beyond that ... the whetstone phaser has hit the DIY market or you can get downright silly with the lovetone doppelganger or get fit for your straightjacket and build a mutron bi-phase clone
     
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    My first two favourites phasers were the HBE Psilocybe, a lush sounding 6 stage phaser, and the Pigtronix EP2 Envelope Phaser which combines various phaser parameters with an envelope filter.
    Both were excellent but I found out they were a bit too much for my needs. So I bought a 2 stage MXR 45 Script which became my favourite simple phaser even if I missed some more radical effect on the low notes.
    So, two years ago I tried a used Tiny Orange Phaser by Mad Professor and fell in love with its sound and ease of use (only 3 knobs but effective). It's still my favourite one, if I had only one board this is the phaser I would keep.
    But I have another small board for my funk band and I needed a phaser that would not kill the punchy attack of my '69 Thinline ! I found the perfect match : an optical phaser by SviSound, the Techno-FA.
     
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    MXR Phase 90 for me...mine is an early (Mid-70’s) block logo, but it has a script board in it.

    However, it might be good to seek out/compare both the Script and Block logo models.

    There is a difference.

    If I were to be putting together a new board, I’d seriously look at the mini-sized Phase 95, with the 45/90 and Script/Block options.
     
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    The longest-serving resident on my pedalboard has been an MXR Phase 100. Choose from 4 preset combinations of depth and resonance, then tweak the speed with your toe. It has only recently been displaced by a Fender Lost Highway, which does a fantastic rotary speaker effect at higher rates. I haven’t had chance to use that live yet, and may not for some time to come.
     
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    Phase 95.... got all the classic variations
     
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    For those that have used the Phase 95 and Phase 100, how different and how similar are they?
     
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    I love my Kmise Vintage Phase, a 2-stage phaser for $24 (I got mine for £15). I'm told it's a Phase 45 soundalike. Whatever, it works!

    Kmise Vintage Phase.jpg
     
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