Getting Started Using Chorusing - dummies

By Jeff Strong

If reverb is like garlic, chorus is like cayenne pepper. You may get away with adding a little too much garlic in your food, but if you add too much cayenne, you run the risk of making your food inedible.

Such is the case with the chorus effect. Used sparingly, chorus can add a lot to your music, but if it’s overdone, it can wreak havoc on a good song. Here are some tips for using this effect:

  • To fill out a vocal track, try setting the rate at 2 Hz, the depth at about 20 to 30, and the predelay at 10 to 20 ms. Keep the feedback level low.

  • Use a chorus on backup vocals to make them fuller and allow you to use fewer tracks.

  • Pan the chorus to one side of the mix and the dry (unaffected) signal to the other. This can be especially interesting on guitars and synthesizer patches.

Along with chorus, your system may have other modulating effects, such as flange and phase shifting. These two effects work much like chorus, except they alter the original signal in time (flange) and in sound-wave position (phase shifting) rather than pitch.

The parameters you have for such effects are similar to those that you find for chorus effects. You can use the flange and phase shifters in many of the same applications as the chorus if you’re going for a different effect.