MXR is an extraordinary pedal maker. They have been around since the 70’s and are as legendary as Electro Harmonix, Boss or any of the other companies that have been in the pedal/stompbox game for decades. So when MXR had asked me to do a video of a couple of their new pedals, I jumped at the chance to showcase this innovative company’s products .
This is not the first time I’ve had MXR chorus pedals on this site. I covered their Micro Chorus and Analog Chorus – each great sounding chorus pedals with their own, unique purpose. The analog Bass Chorus Deluxe is a new MXR pedal that just took the chorus pedal game up a few notches. There is so much to say about this pedal and all it is capable of doing, but I’ll, focus on what really makes it radically different than any other chorus pedal being made today.
MXR has created a chorus that, when in X-Over Mode, the modulation in the lower frequencies is decreased at 100Hz. Why would this be important? It’s ideal when you’re playing upper register chords, harmonics, melodies or basslines while keeping the low end in tune. Play a bass line or melody past the twelfth fret while pedaling your low E string and you will see what I mean. Your E is in tune but your melody has that musical chorus to make your line sound full and rich. Check it out here in this video:
MXR has also included a flanger on the Bass Chorus Deluxe which is not only sounds fantastic, but has capabilities that I have not heard in other flangers. It can be filtered by the treble and bass knobs on the pedal, to make it sound like a metallic leslie. It made me play things I had not intended on playing, but that is what happens when a pedal inspires the player. I think about the possibilities of this pedal all the time now. I can’t wait to use it on the next Big Sir record!
I know the Bass Chorus Deluxe will start a trend in chorus pedals, and it’s clear to me that the level of innovation at the MXR labs is extremely high. Having a treble and bass knob, combined with the fact that it has a flanger on it as well, makes this pedal something every bass player will want to have on his pedalboard.
Video shot by the Jim Dunlop Company for MXR Innovations.