• Pros: A sturdy box and a variety of effects and settings that is hard to match. The stereo output option is a nice touch.
• Cons: It can be overwhelming and obviously the price reflects the number of options available.
• Overall: Casual players or novices may not require the M-134 Stereo Chorus but the options and variety make it a great effects pedal.
The M-134 Stereo Chorus pedal provides you with a variety of chorus sounds from clean and clear to wide and fat but it offers so much more than that. Not all chorus pedals are created equal and you will quickly learn that the bass, treble and power intensity, width and rate options can create new layers to your sonic output that you never even knew existed. It’s a bold claim but then again, it is a bold looking effects pedal.
Another great aspect about the M-134 Stereo Chorus is that it is robust for anything you may be able to throw at it. Too many effects pedals give the impression that they would snap with a stomp or two but the Stereo Chorus looks as though it will give as good as it gets. If you need to have confidence in your effects pedal, this one will not let you down.
A nice touch that many pedals overlook comes with the bass button, which will keep the bass frequencies intact when you are playing. The addition of a bass button reinforces the fact that this pedal has a lot of option with 5 buttons in total. That can be a lot to remember so is well suited to studio experimentation and gadgetry. If you are using it on the road, you will want to note down your settings for individual songs or settings. It is hard to argue with the amount of choice available but make sure you will use them all. If you only need a simple chorus effect, the options here may be overwhelming.
The stereo output option allows you to plug into two amplifiers if so desired but the mono output is good enough by itself. It’s all a matter of taste but if you want to push your guitar sounds to the limit, this is the effects pedal to take you there. The number of buttons creates the greater width and depth of sound available and if you are unable to find a sound you like, you probably aren’t experimenting far enough. If you love gadgets and trying new sounds or styles, this effects pedal will keep you occupied for hours on end.
The pedal can run on batteries but the juice gets eaten up rather quickly so make sure you get the AC adapter for the effects pedal. You can’t really count that as a negative factor because modulation effects will drain a battery very quickly but make sure you have the power adapter with you when you are ready to rock!
The best thing about the M-134 Stereo Chorus pedal is that it really is dependent on what you are looking for from your pedal. If you want simplicity and a straight sound, there is no need to choose this pedal. However, if you want to recapture the full chorus settings from your influences or develop a new sound of your own, this beast of an effects pedal will let you do just that.
Musicians using this pedal:
- Zakk Wylde (Black Label)
- Ozzy Osbourne
- Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)
- Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (The Mars Volta)