Do you like your pedals simple and yellow? Silly question, who doesn't, right? Anyhow, if the pedal of your choice is the chorus effect, we say check out the Dunlop M148 MXR Micro Chorus. This compact pedal comes as a part of ever-growing micro-pedal movement, a trend that some is yet to make a real impact in the stompbox world.
Despite the compact vibe and very basic features, the pedal is loaded with everything a player needs, meaning top-level circuitry and quality build. Oh, did we mention that it's yellow? Anyhow, let's check this fella out!
Simplicity is the word of the day here, and the manufacturer went to great length to make the product as simple as possible.
But don't get fooled by that one-knob, one-color casing, as the interior of this fella is loaded with top-notch analog circuitry with renowned bucket brigade technology. Bucket brigade circuits are pretty much the most in-demand items of this niche thanks to their ability to produce high-quality natural and authentic tone.
We're looking at a true bypass pedal with next to zero noise, a single In and one Out jack, a LED status indicator, and a large on/off switch. The product comes with a weight of 1 pound and a total size of 8 x 3 x 3 inches. The metal casing is most definitely road-worthy, and as long as you treat it right it will serve you well in many years to come.
So apart from the on/off foot-switch, one control only – the Rate knob. This knob determines the intensity and speed of the chorus effect, allowing it to gain more prominence in the final mix. The control will allow you to make significant adjustments to your tone, although leaving it at 12 o'clock will work just fine as well. As noted, the primary focus of this device is circuitry, which always secures a top-level sound.
Natural, organic and top-quality indeed. Some choruses tend to suffer from being too reliant on digital technology and all the modern effects and tricks, but this fella does it the old-school way. The sound is delivered through analog circuitry, and the focus was placed on quality first.
Oddly enough, the price is quite affordable and this MXR can be yours for as low as $90.
But back to the sonic department, the pedal is capable of producing anything from light swirly sounds to full on angelic choruses with a twist of a knob. As is the case with analog devices, the sound will always be warm and never dry or overly saturated.
Overall, this is a great chorus pedal! It has all the qualities it should have – quality sound, sturdy build, compact size, sleek looks, and even an affordable price. It can satisfy the needs of players of all levels, but we especially recommend it to players who can't dedicate too much time to tweaking around. It simple – if you're after a good chorus stompbox, this is one of the choices you cannot regret making. Highly recommended!