Our Choices For Best Stereo Flanger Pedals

If you ever get to a point that you are rocking a dual amp set up (and why wouldn’t you want to?! LOL!), you will definitely want to take advantage of stereo effects. You can do some dang cool stuff! Take a look below and our best flanger pedals in stereo:

1. Electro-Harmonix Stereo Electric Mistress Chorus/Flanger Pedal

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The Electro-Harmonix Neo Mistress Flanger Pedal is a small, compact digital unit that offers a lot of potential even though it is among the more affordable pedals on the market. E-H is known for its unique flanging potential and the Neo Mistress certainly delivers in that regard. Perfect for outdoor gigs or amateur recording sessions, the Neo Mistress can help aspiring musicians find their own unique sound.

Price is always a concern for anyone interested in making better music. Putting together a quality setup is an investment, and like all investments, thorough research is a must in order to find the right unit for one’s price range. The Neo Mistress is on the lower end of the price spectrum but offers enough features that make it a better choice than other similar alternatives on the market. Affordable does not always mean that a unit offers reduced quality. The Neo Mistress could have been priced much higher and I would still have no qualms buying it for its features. The fact that it sits in a price range that most aspiring and struggling musicians can afford makes it even more appealing.

Compact, Sturdy and Durable

This pedal is perfect for musicians on the go. This unit looks like it was made with outdoor performances and road gigs in mind. Versatile and handy, its sheer portability is an asset for any musician who frequently has to get ready for spur of the moment gigs on the other side of town. Being battery-powered can be a double-edged sword however, as it is easy to forget to get new ones though this concern can be easily fixed by getting the optional 9V adapter. Replacing batteries can also be a chore as the entire back has to be taken off in order to put in new ones. The fact that I am writing about such relatively minor concerns is a testament to the quality that this pedal delivers. Though small, it can take a beating. Transporting musical instruments opens them up to bumps and rough treatment, things that the Neo Mistress weathers with ease.

Super Reliable and Versatile

It has all the flanger fundamentals and provides a good, clear tone that does not skimp on quality. For its price range, it is one of the most well-built and reliable flanger pedals on the market and could certainly become an integral part of any musician’s repertoire. Versatile and easy to use, it can work well with club-type amps, able to generate a larger sound than expected. The flanger had no problems producing smooth, rich tones. The only downside for me is a slight background hiss, but it can easily be ignored by a noisy and raucous crowd, or can even be used to give the performance a slightly grainy and old-fashioned vibe.

There isn’t anything glaringly wrong with the Electro-Harmonix Neo Mistress, and it does get all the fundamental things any musician would want down to pat. On my end, I would have no qualms recommending this excellent product. Affordable, compact, rugged and technically sound, it can even be considered a must-have for every musician. The ability to produce such rich tones in a unit that won’t break the budget is great. Being able to use it on the road, at home and even as a solid backup during recording sessions makes it a popular choice for musicians looking to make the leap from obscurity to success. It won’t revolutionize the genre and it really won’t suddenly make awful music great but in the hands of a person who knows what he or she is doing, it can be a very useful tool. Purchasing the Neo Mistress is an investment starting musicians should seriously consider making and experienced artists would not regret ever doing. Sure, there may be better pedals out there, but at it’s price range, the Neo Mistress is by far the best.

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2. TC Electronic Vortex Flanger Pedal

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Built keeping the needs of guitarists in mind, the TC Electronic Vortex Flanger Pedal is indeed a true star. Manufactured using the highest-grade components, this pedal comes with a convenient battery hatch and a small footprint. The analog-dry-through and the true bypass design of the pedal are very impressive too. The range is such that one can achieve anything from the classic flange sound or rock rhythm to the sound of a Boeing 747 taking off! Needless to say, with the Vortex pedal you will always be able to achieve the appropriate flange that you need for the music you’re playing!

There are many impressive features of this flanger, one of them being the through-zero tape flange. This option allows the individual to achieve both a positive and a negative effect to the flange sounds. You can also switch over to the classic flange option if you’re looking for a softer sound. Yet another highly impressive feature of this neat little pedal is TonePrint. Using a regular USB connection, TonePrint allows users to download custom tuning of their choice from an ever-expanding list. Thus you can have custom tunings or pedal tweaks created by popular guitarists at your pedal in a quick and convenient manner and the best part is, it is completely free of cost!

This pedal does not compromise on sound or tone quality at all. Made using high quality components, this pedal is sturdy and built for the road. The true bypass feature of the pedal ensures that there is no loss of tone whatsoever. Powered by an external DC adapter (which has to be purchased separately), this small footprint of the pedal ensures that it doesn’t occupy too much space in your pedal board. Alternatively, it is also possible to run this pedal on batteries. Fun fact: the battery panel of the pedal is extremely easy to locate, therefore it makes the task of changing batteries very convenient!

As far as the design is concerned, this is an out and out winner. There are four knobs at the top: Speed, Depth, Feedback and Delay time. The Speed knob, just as its name suggests, is meant for adjusting the speed of the effected signal. If you want to achieve jet-like effects then you should use the pedal at slow speeds. The Depth knob, on the other hand, is meant for controlling the intensity of the effect in question. If you want to achieve the classic jet flange sound then ensure that the Depth is at a low setting. In between the Speed and the Depth knobs is the Mini Toggle which allows you to pick your favorite flange flavor!

The feedback knob is meant for feeding the modulated signal back into the Vortex Flanger pedal. In other words, you will be able to get more of everything, which is what makes this pedal a favorite among guitar players. The last knob, i.e. the Delay time knob is used for determining the pitch of the sweep. If you want a high pitch sweep then you should maintain a low setting on this knob.

The TC Electronic Vortex Flanger Pedal is packed with so many impressive features that it has earned a reputation of being ‘The Ultimate Flanger Pedal’. The pedal is indeed a versatile one which delivers what it promises. It is a great choice for those who likes to play classic-rock swoosh sounds. However, one can also bank on its versatility and use it for producing sounds such as whistling birds, spiraling staircase, grinding industrial machinery, a jet plane taking off and so on. Of course you can always switch to the traditional flange sounds which are juicy and rich or go for spacey timbres. Use it however you want it, this flanger pedal definitely does not disappoint and delivers a great performance every single time!

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