Adding a bit of chorus effect to your bass tone is an excellent way to round out a great bass tone. After looking at a bunch of different bass chorus pedals available, we came up with a top 5 list of our favorites. Take a look at these:
Best Bass Chorus Pedals Recommendations
|Name||Description||Check It Out|
|1. Boss CEB-3 Bass Chorus||Our favorite!||Check Price|
|2. MXR M83 Bass Chorus Deluxe||Another excellent all around chorus choice.||Check Price|
|3. Electro Harmonix BASS Clone||This one can add some vibrant color to your tone.||Check Price|
|4. Eden I90 World Tour||Tone of options for superior tones.||Check Price|
|5. Tech 21 Bass Boost Chorus||Add some amazing shimmering chorus to your tone.||Check Price|
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Bass players want to shimmer too. Chorus shouldn’t just be reserved for guitar players. There are a variety of different chorus units designed for the guitar. Some great bass players have used to chorus on their iconic recordings in the past. Boss has set out to make a great one with their Boss CEB-3 Bass Chorus Pedal. I was genuinely excited to see what they could create for bass players.
The Boss CEB-3 Bass Chorus Pedal is very similar to the guitar version, the CE-3. The only difference is that it designed to sound better in the lower end of the frequency spectrum. Other chorus units can sound very muddy when a bass is running through them. I found that they hit the mark with the newest model of their bass chorus. The stereo sound that it put out was incredibly present and shiny.
There are a few ways to shape the sound on the CEB-3. The low filter knob helped me get some of the muddiness out of the low end of my chorus sound. There is also a knob to determine the mix between chorus and the original dry signal. They are also two different knobs to adjust the depth and rate parameter.
This particular bass chorus pedal is small enough to fit into any effects chain. There are 1/4″ ins and outs making it easy to run with anyone. The CEB-3 can be powered by either a 9V battery of a 9V power adapter, neither of which are included.
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I love bass chorus tone. I must try every bass chorus pedal on the market. I have a deep affection for the bass sounds of the late 70s and early 80s and am always looking for an effects pedal that can help me get that sound. I found that the MXR M83 Bass Chorus Deluxe does just that. I pulled out my vintage Jazz Bass and found the following about the pedal.
It is bass dedicated – Some bass chorus pedals claim to be designed specifically for bass, but the circuitry just isn’t there. I could hear this effect unit focusing on the low frequencies in the signal. There is even a mode called X-Over Mode that reduces the amount of modulation at frequencies below 100Hz. That style is perfect for jazz bassists.
It is a great flanger – The Flanger on the MXR M83 Bass Chorus Deluxe is very expressive. Players can switch back and forth between chorus and flanger using a toggle switch on the top.
Easy to mix – Chorus pedals can be a little dodgy when it comes to how they affect the frequencies in your bass tone. The bass and treble knobs can help you mix it exactly to your liking.
On top of all this, the pedal is small and lightweight. It can fit comfortably in any guitar rig. Its durable design also makes it an ideal effect for a touring musician. There is also an internal switch where guitar players can run their sound to two separate amps simultaneously to get an even wider sound.
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Chorus isn’t just for guitars. Many bass players have used the effect to add vibrant color to their tone. Sting is a famous purveyor of this style technique. Electro-Harmonix is one of the most important creators of chorus effects units for guitar. Now, they have their best offering yet when it comes to chorus floor units for bass, the Electro Hamonix BASS Clone Bass Chorus Effect Pedal.
I knew beforehand that this pedal was the bass version of the small clone guitar chorus. The sound is striking similar. Upon further investigation, I found that the same components and techniques were used to make the bass chorus. I was immediately a fan of the natural shimmering chorus that this chorus unit provides.
There are a few features on the Electro Hamonix BASS Clone Bass Chorus Effect Pedal that make it especially useful for bass guitar players. The most useful of these is the low-cut option. This feature cuts out the low frequencies in the signal. The low-cut knob helps the chorus tone remain clear and bright without interrupting the integrity of the original bass signal.
It took me a minute to realize that the low-frequency knob only adjusts the dry signal going into the pedal. The treble frequency knob colors the entire wet and dry signal. The pedal has stereo 1/4″ ins and outs. All EH pedals come with a 9V power adapter. A 9V battery is also an option for power. So far, the BASS clone looks to be just as effective as its guitar counterpart.
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Eden has hit the mark with their Eden I90 World Tour Bass Chorus Pedal. Chorus is a tone that people don’t associate with the bass. In fact, it is used by some of the most famous bass players on some of the biggest recordings in the world. Jaco Pastorious, widely considered the best electric bass player in the history, famously used it to shape his fretless tone. It has been utilized on a lot of pop recordings.
The Eden I90 World Tour Bass Chorus Pedal packs a lot of power and is easy to modulate thanks to its simple and obvious controls. There are four knobs on the effect. Here is what each of them does.
Depth – This determines the range of the frequency of the chorus. The bigger it is, the wider and more modulated it is.
Speed – This determines how fast the modulation will occur. Extremely quick and wide chorus sounds make the original signal almost unrecognizable.
Low Cut- This is probably the most important knob. Bass signals can become severely muddied up. A muddy signal happens a lot with this particular effect thanks to the nature of the modulation. The low cut feature cuts out of the frequencies that may be clouding up the signal. The low cut can help you get a much clearer chorus tone.
Mix – Mix helps you decide how much dry and wet signal you want. Sometimes you want just a touch of chorus in your sound. Other times you want it to dominate the sound to create something truly mindbending.
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Tech 21 is not an effects company with which I have a lot of experience. There has been a lot of talk about their latest release, the Tech 21 Bass Boost Chorus, so I decided to give it a try. I love chorus effect in my bass tone. The sound has been used any different styles of pop music over the years. This pedal would be a welcome addition to the signal chain of any bass player looking to try out some chorus.
Chorus pedals designed for guitar typically sound terrible when they are run through a bass amp. They modulate the low frequencies too much and can cause the bass to sound like it is out of tune. The Tech 21 Bass Boos Chorus is a pedal that is designed to work perfectly for bass guitar players.
The effects has the ability unit gives your bass that shimmering chorus sound even when the depth and rate are set very low. It does this with the detune knob. The chorus tune is still present without modulation thanks to this feature.
The mix knob was very expressive for me. I found that can I could pinpoint the desired mix between wet and dry signal quickly. The mix feature allows me to have the chorus move at a rate that I liked while still maintaining the integrity of the original dry tone.
On top of all this, the pedal has a multi-voice setting that can be toggled on and off. It is hard to find a bass chorus pedal with the tonal variety that the Tech 21 Bass Boost Chorus has. I also really liked its heavy duty design.