would a boss ce-2 (chorus pedal) work on synths?

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would a boss ce-2 (chorus pedal) work on synths?

Post by squatski » Fri Nov 25, 2016 6:11 pm

has anyone tried this? I'm told it's one of the best chorus pedals! but they're made for guitar, just wondered if it would be okay on a synth.

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Re: would a boss ce-2 (chorus pedal) work on synths?

Post by meatballfulton » Fri Nov 25, 2016 7:01 pm

Yes, it will work fine. Back in the 1980s before onboard effects were common, I worked with keyboard players who did this.

If you hear any unwanted distortion, just lower the output volume of the synth.
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Re: would a boss ce-2 (chorus pedal) work on synths?

Post by madtheory » Fri Nov 25, 2016 7:10 pm

It's lovely on any synth. An absolute classic. Plenty of accurate software emulations out there too, so I don't really regret selling mine.

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Re: would a boss ce-2 (chorus pedal) work on synths?

Post by squatski » Mon Nov 28, 2016 5:01 pm

right gone and got one, was a bit expensive to what I thought I'd have to pay, I guess they're getting rare'r. Didn't get the Japan made one though I noticed they're sold for more!
I probably should have got the CE-3 instead for stereo chorus, nevermind.
Isn't it these ce-2's that are the same circuit as the legendary juno 60 chorus?

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Re: would a boss ce-2 (chorus pedal) work on synths?

Post by pflosi » Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:12 pm

I've found that many guitar pedals benefit from going reamp-pedal-passive DI-mic pre for line level sources. Particularly my CE1 sounds much better like this, more defined and silky somehow. Up to three or four transformers in such a path do something subtle too, of course, besides the level and impedance matching :mrgreen:

But yes, nothing is stopping you from just lowering the volume manually on the synth to give it all a try!

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Re: would a boss ce-2 (chorus pedal) work on synths?

Post by madtheory » Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:23 pm

squatski wrote: Isn't it these ce-2's that are the same circuit as the legendary juno 60 chorus?
Could be the same BBD chip, but the CE-2 is not noisy like the Juno chorus is, so maybe there's an LPF or a compander in the pedal? Or maybe the noise in the Juno is from the other VCAs? I don't know. Plus Juno chorus has a proper stereo output. But there is definitely a Roland chorus "sound" all their boxes, even the digital ones, have this nice sheen to them. Not saying they're indentical! Just a family :)

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Re: would a boss ce-2 (chorus pedal) work on synths?

Post by squatski » Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:47 pm

ah ok thanks for clearing that up.
Can't wait for it to come, my dx11 has no chorus so adding chorus to it I think will be great on it. I just saw there's these new waza re-issues of the ce2. I'm not sure what they're all about but looks like some mod on it or something.

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Re: would a boss ce-2 (chorus pedal) work on synths?

Post by DocDeF4U17 » Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:37 am

a general rule is that if it doesnt sound good on guitar it wont sound that good on keys either, so stick to those pedals with good reviews etc.
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