• Pros: The range of sound utterly belies its size and it’s rugged enough to withstand abuse.
• Cons: It has a tendency to add volume and its size may be off-putting at first.
• Overall: A massively powerful effects pedal considering the size. Everyone will find a tone to enjoy in this pedal.
We are living in an age where smaller doesn’t have to mean weaker or of lower quality and the music world is perfect proof of this. The most obvious example comes in the Apple nano or shuffle products but the MXR M-148 Micro Chorus pedal deserves a lot of recognition as well. With only one knob to play with, many guitarists may instantly dismiss it as being unsuitable for their needs but this Micro box of tricks packs an almighty punch. If you are looking for any type of chorus effect or boost, this pedal could be the one for you.
MXR have been delivering a great range of classic reissues and the M-148 Micro Chorus can be added to that list. A great point about the vintage reissues is that if the sound you are looking for is from the classic era, this effects pedal can put you exactly where you need to be.
The rate control knob offers a great deal of variety and having any further options may actually detract from the simplicity of the pedal. The lowest settings are ideal for arpeggios and anyone needing that cool watery shimmer added to their guitar sound. The highest settings provide the sort of intensity and phasing you would expect from the most out-there psychedelic outfit. Having so much power and versatility in one small box is fairly impressive and should allow you to create the sounds you want.
It may be small but the MXR M-148 Micro Chorus is also rugged and can stand a lot of pressure and irresponsible behaviour. If you have concerns about needing to tread carefully on the pedal because of its size, put that aside and treat it like you would the biggest and meanest pedal at your disposal. The reliability, coupled with its compact size, makes the M-148 Micro Chorus an ideal pedal to take on the road with you as it isn’t going to take up too much space.
Another feature of benefit is that the M-148 Micro Chorus provides true bypass capabilities when the pedal is in off the position. If your set-up involves a number of pedals in the chain, having the M-148 Micro Chorus as part of the pack will have no negative impact at all.
If you are looking for a downside from the M-148 Micro Chorus is could come in the fact that the pedal manages to add a bit of noise by boosting the signal above unity. If you are placing the pedal into a loop, you may want to check its impact on other pedals and the final tone. It’s a minor concern but one that bears considering. However, with a little bit of trial and error there wont be any serious impact and the benefits from using the M-148 Micro Chorus should vastly outweigh the negatives.
Don’t be fooled or put off by the small nature of the M-148 Micro Chorus, sometimes big things are contained in little packages.