D IA M O ND HCH-1 HALO [HO O D S PEDAL PRICE £ 2 9 9
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£300 for a chorus pedal? It may sound steep but quality
costs, as M ike Brooks finds out
Bass Gear
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t one time or another, most of us will be called upon to
use a chorus effect. As well as its ability to conjure up the
obvious effect-laden sounds of many an 80s bass part, a
chorus pedal can be very handy at giving your bass signal
some added oomph and colour. This particular pedal from
Diamond is of the same high standard as their highly
regarded bass compressor but, being a chorus pedal, it's a little more
complicated and involved due to the mono/stereo permutations.
Sizewise, it's not huge (125mm x 120mm x 38mm), moderately
proportioned and built to last in its metal casing. The flashing LED
indicates the pedal is operating correctly, and the unit comes with a
compact 24-volt DC switching adapter.
The completely analogue pedal combines pitch and parallel phase
modulation with delay, to produce possibly the smoothest chorus
effect I've heard for some time. With inputs and outputs to facilitate
mono to mono, mono to stereo and stereo to stereo routing and an
input to incorporate an expression pedal (to control the speed of the
Low Frequency Oscillator or LFO), there isn't much those chaps at
Diamond haven't thought of.
The CH Depth control dictates the amount of pitch detuning of
the chorus signal, the Speed control affects the LFO speed, important
for the chorus and phase modulation. The CH Mix control selects
the amount of chorus effect added to the clean signal, while the PM
Mix determines the amount of phase modulation added to the clean
signal. The 180 degree switch inverts the phase of the second input
channel, should you wish to use it. Under the cover there are also
trim pots for a kill/dry switch, a waveform shape jumper and delay
time - this sounds complicated, but it isn't. As with most effects,
experimentation is the name of the game.
I'm pleased to say that this is one of the best chorus pedals
I've heard. The tonal quality is outstanding and the control set is
fairly intuitive after some initial fiddling about. Place this pedal up
against cheaper units and you can instantly hear the difference. A
little taste and sensitivity with the controls is certainly desirable to
start with, and a little tweak here and there goes a long way. Pick or
fingerstyle playing both benefit from a little chorus now and again
and, in terms of fattening up your sound, this pedal certainly does
that without losing the bottom end and its performance is glitch
free. Use this with a fretless bass and all your Jaco licks take on a
whole new life. Using chorus constantly can become very annoying
(ever felt a little seasick when someone overdoes it?) but when it's
tastefully used to create a mood or atmosphere, or to embellish a
solo, it really works.
Diamond has another great pedal on their hands - but at £300,
only time will tell if players are willing to part with that sort of
cash for an effect they use sporadically. However, if a chorus effect
is a necessity on your pedalboard, they don't come much better
than this.
HALO CHORUS
"I'M PLEASED TO
SAY THAT TH IS IS
ONE OF THE BEST
CHO RDS PEDALS
I'VE H EA R D "
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
PRICE
I £299
MADE IN
I Canada
FEATURES
I Ch Depth, Speed, PM Mix, CH
Mix, 180 degree sw itch
DIMENSIONS
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125mm x 120mm x 38mm
POWER
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Internally regulated to 15v, can
be run from 24V UK plug adaptor included
(polarity reversing cable included for 9V use)
or from 18v pedalboard supply
WEIGHT
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480g excluding battery
WHAT WE THINK
PLUS
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Chorus pedals don't come much
better than this
MINUS
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£300 is a lot of money for one
effect, but hear the quality
OVERALL
|
Two out of two isn't bad for the
guys at Diamond, this is an impressive pedal
that sets the bar for bass chorus pedals
BGM RATING
B D ILD Q U A LITY
SOUND Q U A LITY
VALUE
0 6 2
BASS GUITAR MAGAZI NE
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