Maxon Ambient Stereo Chorus (ASC10) Review

f44dccd9-fb5d-47d1-a5a7-50fb0e85be87Since the 1970s, chorus pedals have been at guitar player’s feet, giving sounds ranging from the shimmering soundscapes of The Police, to the detuned glory of Nirvana.

With only RATE and DEPTH knobs, this pedal was designed for the player that wants to get good settings quickly. The plus side is that with just two knobs, there’s a great selection of effects. From a spacious modulation to a metallic detuned mass, it can cover pretty much every classic chorus sound you can think of. An LED indicates when it’s on, and another LED indicates the pulse of the rate; on a dimly lit stage this is a real plus. The footswitch is a buffered bypass, meaning players can use long cables without signal or tone loss.

At lower settings, it evokes spaciousness found on early U2 records. Take it further, it warbles a bit into that “Come As You Are” area. When it’s maxed out, super underwater and Leslie-type sounds emerge with ease. It really excels at the analog chorus sounds, but unlike a vintage chorus, it’s much quieter, and with a standard 2.5mm jack it works with pretty much every standard power supply. Oh, and its stereo, meaning the signal can be split into two amps, giving an even more galactic sound.

For players who want an analog chorus without the vintage hassles, this is worth considering for your pedal board.

PROS: Clean signal, great modulation and detuning effects.
CONS: None.
PRICE: $229

FEATURES

  • Classic analog chorus circuit
  • Wide stereo split sounds like 2 guitars playing at once
  • Rate and Depth controls with extended operation range
  • Stereo outputs
  • Works in FX loop or front-end of amp
  • Buffered Bypass switching with low impedance output
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