So after a long a well used and abused 5 years or so, my lovely Electro Harmonix Small Clone needs a bit of replacing.
I wanted to replace it with something that has a great tone and plenty of versatility and something that had a more conventional power supply than the Small Clone.
The best thing by far is the Tri-Chorus! This gives you 3 chorus’ at the same time, so you get a a weeving chorus signal that cancels out any pitching issues. Also having 3 at the same time is awesome. I have it set to this for pretty much everything (unless I am going for the full Nirvana). The other mode is as a more standard chorus pedal, and is based on the beastly SCF chorus/flanger pedal. If you haven’t played with one I highly recommend it!
The pedal is also one of TC’s new TonePrint range so there is a mini USB input on the back and you can download artists pre-dialled in levels to get there sound. the other really cool thing is that you can download their app on the iTunes app store or android store and beam the latests settings you want through the pickup of the guitar straight to the pedal. I haven’t personally tried this yet as it sounds like witchcraft to me! There are plenty to choose from on the website and via the app but I prefer to set it myself as I often play around with the speed and depth on the fly mid gig.
The unit is pretty simple to use, it has 4 dials (Speed / Depth / FX Level / Tone) as well as switch for changing between chorus, toneprint and tri-chorus.
The speed dial will cover almost every sound you are going to need from a very slow modulation with the speed rolled right down through to almost a Lesley simulation with it rolled all the way up (from about 3 o’clock onwards).
The depth is also very adjustable, it sits nicely in the back or bring it up for a more John Schofield amount of wobble.
The FX level determines the amount of modulated signal is combined with the dry signal, so at 12 o’clock you are getting 50% dry with 50% modulated. As you turn it down you get more of the dry and less modulated and as you turn it up you get more of the modulated signal and less of the dry. This works really well if you’re having the depth up quite high, you get a wide sweeping chorus but you can back down just how fast it sweeps and how much of the signal it takes up, meaning that you don’t irritate your singer with a huge pitch range!
The tone Dial on the Corona only effects the modulated signal, meaning you dry tone and sound are not affected. It allows you to put in the amount of high end frequency that you want on the modulation. The further you turn it up the more “shimmer” you will get.
You will also notice that there are 2 inputs and 2 outputs. There is a mono and stereo input as well as mono and stereo outputs. this is great for splitting the signal if you are running a big rig or I have used this in the studio to get more depth and texture. But if you haven’t guessed by now I am a bit old fashioned and when it is on my board I run it mono in and out.
These have a really good price, around £110 new from a shop or online and it is a great size and fits on most boards well. The one main thing I don’t like the button. TC are using quite soft buttons with is fine for some I just like to hear a satisfying clunk when i turn it on. Not a big thing at all though and if you have it on a bigger board and are using a switching system anyway you will never notice.
Pros: Good Price / Awesome range of sounds / Good size / Stereo and Mono / Tone Print / Tri-Chorus / App Beaming Wizardry!
Cons: Can take a while to get used to / Weak pale red LED / Not the most satisfying button to push