A vintage inspired modulation pedal with unique looks, warm tones, and a hefty price.
Announced at Winter NAMM 2021, the Supro Analog Chorus was released alongside drive, tremolo, and delay pedals as part of Supro’s new effects lineup. All sporting convenient top jacks, heavy duty enclosures, and $200+ price tags. The Analog Chorus features a small toggle to switch between chorus and vibrato functions, alongside your standard depth and speed knobs. Where this gets a bit more interesting is the two lower knobs. A time control on the Analog Chorus allows for you to adjust the delay time between the two chorus channels within this stomp box. You can further tweak the rich modulation sounds by using the dimension knob to mix the two signals together, using them in tandem or mixing one above the other. These provide some tonal flexibility you won’t find on just any pedal, but also don’t make too much of a difference if you’re looking for very standard, warm chorus tones with a vintage voice.
Review & Opinion:
I sometimes find chorus and vibrato pedals a bit difficult to demo and review. It’s because personally, I don’t tweak them much when I use them. I love to have them thicken up my sound or cut through a mix, but they are not the pedals that I craft my tone around. To be fair, there are a ton of really interesting sonic capabilities with this Supro Analog Chorus, so I could easily see someone building a whole new wave or alternative sound around this blue box. I found the controls to be both intuitive and really fun. The time control allows for some pretty textural sounds, perfect for more atmospheric playing, whether it is in the vein of jazz, rock, or alternative/indie. This Supro Chorus can absolutely nail the classic chorus tones from bands like The Police, The Clash, The Cult, all the people that made me want a chorus pedal. So I think it should get high marks sonically for doing everything you want, plus some new stuff. Similar to the time knob, the dimension knob opens up a bit more with the vibrato channel selected instead of the chorus. Compared to recent views like the EHX Eddy, I do think I prefer the Supro’s vintage voicings.
Conclusion & Final Rating: 7.7 out of 10
While I’ve ranted and raved about the sonic footprint of this pedal, I have to knock a few points off for something very important: value. This pedal is $250, and is really good, but only marginally better than the $99 EHX Eddy chorus/vibrato. And honestly, it did not come close to kicking my beloved Boss CH-2 off the board either. If you’re looking for premium modulation, this pedal is a great option, but I can’t really justify spending $250 on it. So the ceiling of the rating is limited by that. I do think it was a blast to improvise lead lines with this pedal at my side though. The vibrato settings are incredibly fun, and came to life with the dimension and time controls to make some trippy, shoegaze-loving music pour out of my Fano guitar. Any modulation lover should have no problem pulling fun sounds out it, something that is greatly appreciated by me.