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Not your everyday chorus.

The Red Witch Empress Chorus is not just an ordinary analog Chorus and Vibe effects pedal. The most enticing feature on the Empress Chorus pedal is the unique voicing control. This dial accesses virtually any chorus sound you could desire. It changes the delay time—it's on a pot so you've got an infinite number of chorus pedals in one box—from super spanky sparkling clean to noisy, seasick-inducing, pitch bending wobble.

Delay time determines a big part of any chorus pedal's tone, flavor, and sound. Short delay creates a very pristine, airy chorus, whereas longer delay time gives more wobble and throb. Unfortunately virtually all chorus devices only have 1 fixed delay setting—or at most a choice of 2.

Red Witch designed a circuit that adjusts the delay time via a potentiometer—from one extreme to the other and everything in-between. In its most extreme settings the device produces some hiss—this would be expected within the last third of the voicing controls sweep.

Vibe and Chorus Switch

Choose between Chorus or Vibrato mode. When in Vibrato mode use the voicing dial to choose from gentle, subtle pitch shifting to wild semitone leaps. The voicing control functions in vibe mode the same way it does in chorus mode—it shifts the delay time. Nasty or nice, you choose.

Velocity: Super stand-still slow to freaked out fast.

Mix: As clean or as chorusy as you like.

Depth: from a delicate flutter to a sickening swing.

Stereo Out: The Empress loves to function in stereo—harness her to 2 amplifiers and stand in between them—one will carry the dry signal and the other will carry the wet. The chorusing occurs in the air between the amps.

A Bright switch accesses some more sparkle on the more shimmery settings. Set voicing anywhere between 7 o'clock and 11 o'clock. Engaging this switch in more extreme settings adds background hiss.

Internal slide switch: The Empress Chorus pedal has 2 different input stages. A slide switch chooses between them. The effect pedal is preset to the Medusa input stage setting. The other position provides a little more boost and slightly different tonal response. Feel free to try both.

Switching: The Empress stereo chorus and vibrato pedal uses True Bypass switching. When she's not turned on she's just like a piece of guitar cable (A lady's allowed to have some quirks!)

Power: The Empress Chorus runs from either a 9V battery, or from an external 9V supply, via a 2.1mm socket.

Red Witch houses the Empress Chorus pedal in a die cast aluminum box coated in a unique vintage pearl finish, screen printed with the appropriate images. All Red Witch guitar pedals use only the highest quality, close tolerance parts, to ensure decades of hassle free use.

All electronics in the Red Witch Empress Stereo Chorus Vibrato Pedal are covered by a lifetime warranty.


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Red WitchEmpress Analog Chorus-Vibrato Guitar Effects Pedal
 
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  • Excellent sound quality (3)
  • Versatile (3)

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    Best Uses

    • Home studio (3)
    • Performances (3)
    • Professional recording (3)

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    3.0

    Flat broke and nowhere to go.

    By Gwydion

    from Sonoma, CA

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Red Witch Empress Analog Chorus-Vibrato Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This is a very clean subtle chorus, probably best used as a recording add-on. Unfortunately, it went belly up on me after a couple of years and I've been unable to find anyone to fix it. Since I never gigged with it and didn't really use it all that often, it has been disappointing to say the least, especially at this price.

    At the moment, punching in the chorus reduces the signal by about 80% and distorts as well. Not usable for anything.

    I know things break from time to time, but this is a high quality pedal that really shouldn't break so easily. I contacted Musician's Friend, but they weren't even able to tell where to go to get it fixed, much less do it themselves.

    Overall I had to give it 3 stars because I really liked it when it was working

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    5.0

    Versatile and Smooth Analog Wizardry

    By Archlute75

    from Nashville

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    Pros

    • Clean Aesthetics
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Great Design
    • Versatile
    • Very responsive

    Cons

    • Didn't Like Effects Loop
    • High End Hiss

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Red Witch Empress Analog Chorus-Vibrato Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This is the best chorus pedal I could find for my board by leaps and bounds above all others I tried, and I spent hours playing through just about every standard chorus pedal out there. The analog sound is smooth, warm, and clean without being hi-fi. The chorus is the stronger of the two effects, but if you spend enough time tweaking the vibrato you can get it to add a nice character to your tones. It does subtle effects very, very well, but goes crazy if you want it for that.

    The features are fantastic, including the internal switch that gives you a bit of boosted output, and a warmer tone. The mix knob works well, but you will notice that if you drop the mix past 12o'clock that you will experience a slight volume drop. Depth isn't as deep as many chorus pedals, but the voice knob more than compensates for this. When switched to chorus the knob sweeps the delay through bass, mid, and treble settings, getting almost a flange in the bass/mid ranges, but when you hit about 1-2o'clock it begins to step into a warbly tri-chorus sound. Every little turn of the voice knob makes a noticeable difference, and is very interactive with the depth and rate knobs as well. On vibe this knob shifts pitch by about a half step.

    The pedal also contains a "bright" switch that brings out a little more high end bite, noticably so on the chorus setting. The pulsing LED that marks your rate is large and ruby red, and really compliments the overall look of the red/white empress.

    Downsides: the pedal will bring up some hiss as you sweep the mix/voice to the higher end of their spectra, I use an ISP Decimator noise suppressor, and it takes care of this just fine. The stereo is not true stereo, but rather runs a wet signal through one output, and a dry through the other - the chorus effect is then created in the space between the amps, which is an interesting idea, but again, don't be fooled if you think you're getting true stereo outs. Finally, this pedal did not do well in my effects loop. I play a fantastic Blackstar HT40, and have a Flashback x4 in its effects loop, which works fine. For whatever reason, the chorus, whether I placed it before or after the delay, would break up easily into a slightly distorted signal, it sound great in front of the amp though.

    Also, the price can be a bit steep, but if you are looking for what I would consider to be the best analog (and overall) chorus sound out there, it will be worth it. I tried it knowing I wouldn't be able to afford it, but wanted to compare the other pedals to it as a standard, and they just so happened to have it on sale for just over half the usual price! I now realize it is such a great chorus that I would go back and pay full price gladly if I had to. If you have the $$$, and are in the market for a chorus/vib that will stay on your board, pick up the RW Empress. It really will add a depth of character to your tone.

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    5.0

    Great Peda sloppy construction!

    By Tguy2

    from Ohio

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Red Witch Empress Analog Chorus-Vibrato Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I have owned three of these over time and every one had an input jack that would ground out. If you buy one and get no sound,try pulling the plug out a little. Problem is when they tighten the jack in it turns and grounds out on the box. Easy to fix but for [$] someone. In assembly should pay attention!

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      5.0

      Best Analog Chorus

      By ANLogBoxMan

      from Seatle

      Comments about Red Witch Empress Analog Chorus-Vibrato Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Beautiful warm analog Vibe & Chorus sound in a box! Vibe is not like exactly Uni-Vibe but it's unique. Have to know about Voice control which is truely unique, it's Delay time control for Chorus and also Pitch control for Vibe. It will give huge effect on sound and wide range tonal character. This control has to be set before you play since it's scratch when adjust. This unit also have internal input mod switch which can select Normal or Boosted. LED pulse help to set speed which is very cool also new vintage white case is better than prior chrome case. This unit isn't actual Stereo since has no stereo effect but Dry and effect out like many other Chorus units. Bit expensive but deserve to put in your chain.

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