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Phaser

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OrthodoxBlues
Apr 09, 2009 6:18 AM GMT

I recently bought an old MXR Phase 90 guitar effect (phase shifter). It is so warm and beautifully subtle that when I found an old Phase 100, I bought it and it is on the way. Compared to the 90, the 100 is similar but you can change the type and level of phase shift, and it is probably stronger. In my brief initial testing of the 90 with harmonica, it seemed like it might be too subtle. I plan to do more testing of the 90, and then test the 100 when it arrives. Photos of both pedals are in my album on this site. Have any of you tried a guitar phase shifter pedal with harmonica?


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Apr 09, 2009 7:44 AM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

I regularly use Electroharmonix Small Stone for hammond-like tones when playing in background. I use it in the second verse of the track behind vocals http://files.realmusic.ru/download/461020/winnebago_-_rano_prosnutsya.mp3


Apr 09, 2009 5:19 PM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

Boris --

Did you play all of the instruments yourself on that demo track? It seemed like the phaser fit right in, with a nice subtle addition to the mix. If I remember correctly, the Small Stone and the Phase 90 were the two big competitors in phasers back in the 70s and 80s.


Apr 10, 2009 7:09 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

I had the chance to do some more testing of my vintage Phase 90 with harmonica today. One of the reasons guitarists love this pedal is because it is warm and subtle. As my initial testing had indicated, it is a bit too subtle for harmonica. It isn't bad, but it doesn't add much. I'm looking forward to trying the Phase 100, because I think that a bit stronger phaser might be quite nice. My guitar wants total ownership of the Phase 90, anyway. It is a gorgeous sounding pedal for guitar.


Apr 10, 2009 8:17 AM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

No, it's my band consist of 5 people.


Apr 16, 2009 6:10 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

The 100 is taking a while to get to me, but I will give it a try when it arrives.


Apr 19, 2009 4:54 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

I had a few minutes with the Phase 100 with guitar (it was lush and warm like the 90, but had a more pronounced phaser effect), but one wire to the battery clip broke, so I won't be able to test with harmonica until it is fixed.


May 10, 2009 5:57 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

The Phase 100's battery clip has been fixed. The guitar tech who fixed it loves it. For guitar, it has the warmth of the Phase 100, but you can increase the level of phasing. As I expected, it is not too subtle for harmonica. It actually sounds pretty cool, a subtle warble to a held note that does add some depth. Unfortunately, I did get some mild feedback at what I believe to be the peak of the phase. I may use it occasionally for harmonica, but it is so lovely for guitar that my Strat "owns" this one.


Jun 02, 2009 11:04 PM GMT
bluesmandan Replied:

Hey there Ortho...

I have just started using the BBE Soul vibe for a similar type of effect and LOVE it... Very harmonica friendly pedal and very scalable without feedback... I had some issues in the past with certain pedals not agreeing with the mic... I tried a Berhinger Ultragain Mic 200 and it was a good solution. It is a tube preamp that has settings that allow to warm and or limit or compress the signal before the pedal chain. Also allows gain and output adjustments.

IMO, it is a very useable poor man's Harp Commander @ 1/10th of the cost and works great for direct-connect to the PA when you haven't brought the truck full o' gear.

Would love to hear a clip of your pedal to taste test against the Soul Vibe...


Jun 04, 2009 7:13 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

Dan --

Your post leads me to want to retest the phasers with the harp under more circumstances, varying the mics, amps, settings. I'll also try to put together at least a rough clip of some sounds. In the meantime, I bought an old Electro Harmonix Electric Mistress flanger for guitar and have yet to try it with harp.


Jun 04, 2009 11:01 PM GMT
John P Replied:

If you want a very harmonica friendly Hammond sound, try a DLS Rotosim. HIGHLY recommended.



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