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Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal   

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The MS-2 was created to run the gamut of chorus sounds from vintage to modern, subtle to severe. Dial in effects for everything from near-invisible d...Read More

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The MS-2 was created to run the gamut of chorus sounds from vintage to modern, subtle to severe. Dial in effects for everything from near-invisible doubling to cosmic ray gun blurs to sea-sick vibtrato. Its secret is 100% analog circuitry combined with simple but versatile Rate and Depth knobs that possess a vastly extended range of control. The Effect Level control contains the power of a real audio mixer, allowing you to blend the wet output against the dry input signal. The MS-2 also excels at preserving the original tone of your guitar and amplifier setup, making your chorus sound completely unique, even among other MS-2 users.

The MeisterSinger draws its inspiration from several time-tested analog chorus designs. First the T.C. Electronic Stereo Chorus/Flanger, for its super-silent operation and great, pure, professional chorusing, and ultrawide frequency range signal. Then Boss/Roland of course, with such wonderful vintage effects as the CE1, CE2, Dimension D, and Dimension C. Coron too, with its incredible, cheap-looking plastic wonder and last but not least the great Electro-Harmonix Small Clone. 100% analog, the MS-2 uses the coveted BBD ICs used in vintage units that are sadly now out of production.

Goes from psychotic swirling brainfreeze to smooth shimmer.

FEATURES
  • 100% analog
  • Well built
  • Vintage to modern sounds
  • Mono Rate, Depth, and Effect Level controls
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JacquesMS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Performances (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Home studio (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

chorus fanatic

I just recieved this pedal after trying out what I thought would be preferable first choices. I am a huge fan of The Police and Andy Summers' guitar tone, especially pertaining to the...Read complete review

I just recieved this pedal after trying out what I thought would be preferable first choices. I am a huge fan of The Police and Andy Summers' guitar tone, especially pertaining to the chorus. So I decided to bench my very first pedal, a plastic Rocktek chorus (which actually sounds pretty good!) for a professional grade analog product. I wasn't about to shell out for a CE-1, so I did my research thoroughly. The tone I was looking for was "Message In A Bottle" specifically. I had read that Andy uses the Electric Mistress on that song, but I have a feeling it is more of a blended effect (chorus and flanger). At any rate, I tried out the newer Stereo Electric Mistress, and while it had some sweet vintage sounds, it just didn't have that smoothness to it. It was more of a Jet Plane flanger/De Do Do Do, De Da...It was cool, but not for me. Then I tried what Visual Sound just came out with, essentially the chorus half of the H20 Pedal. I had played the H20 previously with a compressor as well and it was very cool, and very Summers-esque. However, this half of the pedal called the Liquid Chorus, just didn't have the thickness or decay I was looking for. It seemed like the effect rolled out too quickly and didn't stick out much. Some people might prefer that subtle sound, but for the price, I'd rather be able to DIAL in subtle, not stuck with it. On to the Meistersinger: This Jaques guy or company knows what's up. I've checked out their site and they seem pretty dedicated to pedals only and getting them right. I thought I'd take a chance on the "little" brand that I knew nothing about, only what I heard on their sound clips, which were many. So after I fired this guy up, At first, with only the effect on, I wasn't too impressed but not turned off either. It sounded like a semi-lush chorus. I think the reason is because this pedal is so warm, it almost melts right into the notes of your riffs. Once I got adjusted to that and put the effect level and depth all the way up, I got some sick, lush tones. The best is always to pair a chorus with an MXR compressor, it always seems to extend the notes, especially in arpeggios. Obviously, this is what a compressor does, sustain notes, but with the chorus, it just seems like a perfect compliment to it and it brings it even more life and fullness. Talk about lush. Also, the build quality is great on this thing, it can be powered by a 9 volt, a plus if you are running a pedalboard like me and it barely takes up any room, MXR style. I added a slight touch of delay for spaciousness and some light distortion, and I basically had my own personal rendition of "Message In A Bottle". I can't wait to try this out live with my band, but it def. sounds like it came from the 80's, which I totally dig. It doesn't quite nail The Police tone to a T, I figure unless I talk to Andy himself or the studio tech, I'll never figure that out. However, this is the closest thing I've ever heard yet. It also allows you to dial down the chorus and get some more elegant stuff going. It's the type of pedal where the knobs have a lot of variance and you can still make purely original music on it. But when you feel like sending out an S.O.S., it'll do the job admirably.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great chorus, not for me

I read a lot of reviews and purchased the Meistersinger. It was one of the better sounding choruses I had tried. Built tough, with responsive control and classic chorusing. I returned because when...Read complete review

I read a lot of reviews and purchased the Meistersinger. It was one of the better sounding choruses I had tried. Built tough, with responsive control and classic chorusing. I returned because when you engage the "silent bypass" switch during playing you can hear a brief signal interription. I asked about it and its just the way the pedal is wired. It bugged me too much, so I returned. If you can live with that, then its an amazing chorus for the money

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3.0

Great chorus, not for me

By D

from Atlanta, GA

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

    I read a lot of reviews and purchased the Meistersinger. It was one of the better sounding choruses I had tried. Built tough, with responsive control and classic chorusing. I returned because when you engage the "silent bypass" switch during playing you can hear a brief signal interription. I asked about it and its just the way the pedal is wired. It bugged me too much, so I returned. If you can live with that, then its an amazing chorus for the money

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    2.0

    Good tone, but noisy

    By Norbert

    from USA

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    Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

    Wanted to love this pedal based on YouTube auditions and on-line reviews. I did find that it preserved the tone of my rig, but was unacceptably noisy, even on the clean channel.

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    5.0

    Not Your Garden-Variety Chorus Pedal!

    By Mr. Bone-Crusher

    from San Antonio, TX.

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

      I've tried several different chorus pedals from some of the biggest name manufacturer's out there (TC Electronic, MXR, etc.). In the end you'll always have to let your ears be your judge. What may sound like nirvana to my ears may be harsh to yours. With that being said, I've A/B'd this pedal against some of the "best". The Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger quite simply blew the others out of the water. Its range of chorus modulation and intensity is nothing short of spectacular. It can be dialed in with perhaps or just a hint of chorus, or you could cut it loose. It's found a permanent spot on my board.

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      5.0

      Police in a pedal

      By Rock Lobster

      from NYC burbs

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

        My new favorite chorus pedal!

        Sounds great, has a blend feature and smooth quite footswitch with no click or pop. This chourus gets very close to the Police tone IMHO. Yes thats a flanger a lot of the time. But this pedal still nails the 80's flavor and is the best of it's kind I have tried so far. Knobs, blue with black line, are a little hard to read in less then perfect lighting. More interested in this brand now

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        5.0

        Vintage old school sound.

        By Donald

        from undisclosed

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

          This pedal nails the old chorus sounds of the 80's. Nice analog goodness.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome pedal to add to your rig

          By Johnnyrayh

          from Orem,ut

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

            I use it to fatten up my clean setting, it does that and more, sound quality is incredible.one of the best pedal sieve owned, just get it.

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            4.0

            Superb analog sound

            By Good deal seaker

            from N.Y.

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

              Been playin 20 years. Had the good and the bad throughout that time.

              This is surely a well built pedal.

              Great features, analog chorus and true bypass.

              Unfortunately I returned mine because the effect was too subtle. This pedal needs one more knob. It needs a level knob....meaning output level.

              When engaged I noticed a substantial volume loss that none of my other choruses have. Same cables and all.

              Really too bad because this is the best sounding chorus I've tried on my recent chorus hunt. Tried 5 pedals so far and this would've been it had it bee a bit louder.

              Really sweet sounding effect though. Hope they make a new one with an identical circut but with an output level knob. That'd be perrrrrfect!

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              CE-2 with greater range

              By Bob

              from New York

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              Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

              I'm a gearhead from way back and have cut back quite a bit. I have owned a CE-2 (Japanese)and this is a vintage CE-2 that has more dynamic range. It's an excellent pedal.
              Jacque's website has some videos on this pedal, but some of the clips just sound weird. That will put off a lot of people (and since they aren't selling like hotcakes, I believe it is true). However, this is one great classic pedal. I never even think of trading it.
              It has it all, and makes any acoustic sound heavenly.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Plunge into the warm and icy waters...

              By DesertOfIce

              from Shelby Township, MI

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

                Amazing analog quality. Warm and icy tones are at your command! I switched from an EHX Small Clone, and I'll never look back. The depth, effect level, and rate controls allow for an extremely wide array of pleasing, musical chorus tones. Kudos to you and your company, Jacques. You've nailed it. Analog chorus the way it was meant to be.

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                5.0

                Great Chorus Pedal!

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

                I've owned a number of chorus pedals and this is flat out is one the best. It's very transparent and doesn't overwhelm your original tone. It has a lot of versatility and is very quiet. I would highly recommend this pedal.

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