Using Chorus and Delay to Thicken Your Tone

Using Chorus and Delay to Thicken Your Tone

If you’re looking to recreate a twin guitar style sound in a one guitar band, either live or in the studio, you can use come cleverly placed effects to create this illusion.

The Silverline series comes with some in built effects, in this lesson you’re going to learn how to use two of those to thicken and widen your guitar tones.

The effects you’re going to use are chorus and delay.

In the accompanying video, you will see how these two effects work with both clean and distorted tones.

When you play with another guitar player, or double track your own parts, the parts are never perfectly in tune or perfectly in time. There is a natural chorusing and delay that occurs between takes. These effects will replicate that.

Chorus

Chorus has been around since the 1970s. When the first chorus units were designed, they were designed to make one guitar sound like a layered, multi tracked guitar.

You may think of chorus as a swirling modulation effect, mostly notable associated with 80s clean guitar tones, but when used subtly, it can be a fantastic way to widen and thicken your guitar tone.

Chorus works by taking your core guitar tone and essentially splitting it into 2 parts. One part will pass through unaffected and will come out the other side as it went in.

The other part will be slightly detuned and slightly delayed. On the output, the effects are mixed back together.

When chorus is used in an extreme way, the detune effect is more pronounced and combined with the rate of the effect, creates that movement associated with the chorus sound. However, when set subtly, you can’t hear much of the movement and the detune effect is not so prominent. This creates the illusion of a doubled guitar part.

Delay

Delay is an effect that works by taking the signal that goes in and multiplying it based on the feedback (number of repeats) and rate you set.

To get a doubled guitar effect you’re going to use what is known as a slapback delay. This is a very short, single repeat of delay that occurs just slightly after the initial note is played. This isn’t always perceivable as a delay repeat, but it creates a doubling effect and a slight ambient space around the notes.

In the video the Analog delay mode is used, but this will also work with the other delay types too.

To set the speed to your own taste, use the tap tempo switch. The faster you tap the switch, the “Tighter” the delay repeat will be to the note you’re playing, giving a tighter double track. If you want it a little looser, tap a little slower.

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