Price paid: $ 129.99
Purchased from: Parkway Music
Ease of Use: The TC Electronics Corona Chorus is one of the many new compact stompboxes released by TC Electronics. This chorus pedal is very easy to use and includes some really unique features.
- 1/4 inch mono & stereo inputs and outputs
- USB connection for TonePrint settings
- True Bypass
- Speed knob- Controls the speed of the chorus
- FX level knob- How intense you want the chorus to sound
- Depth knob- Controls the range of modulation
- Tone knob- Controls how warm you want the chorus to sound
- 3 way switch for "Chorus", "Toneprint", and "Tri-Chorus" features (Explained in the next section). // 9
Sound: The Corona Chorus pedal offers a plethora of different chorus sounds. Upon initial testing of the pedal, I was attracted to how versatile this pedal can be. I mentioned earlier that the pedal has a three way switch for different chorus settings. This enables the user to create different kinds of chorus sounds. Here's a breakdown of what they are and how they sound.
The first setting "Chorus" is based off the standard TC Electronics Stereo Chorus Flanger. Depending on how you you voice the knobs, you can create really subtle to extreme choruses, flanger-esque sounds and even a simulated Leslie speaker. That's right, a Leslie speaker. It's pretty close and sounds killer! When engaged in this setting, take advantage of how the speed and depth knobs really manipulate the chorus effect.
The second setting "TonePrints" is a unique feature that TC Electronics has installed in their pedals. On the top of the pedal is a small USB connection which allows the user to download artist presets for their specific pedal. Basically, you can download a patch from a select artist off the TC Electronics website and have their tone in your pedal. For example, if you're a fan of John Petrucci's chorus setting, you can plug you pedal into your computer and download the patch into your pedal for you to play around with!
The third setting "Tri-Chorus" is a variation of the standard chorus with three other stereo choruses. This setting is where you can dial in 80's lush chorus styles from the light and airy, to full on swirling, spinning, choruses. This is the more true to form chorus setting and is probably the most used setting.
I play through a Mesa Boogie Lonestar and this pedal responded incredibly well to the amp. It didn't color my signal, and when I used distortion, the chorus settings mix in well. The notes still retain balance and clarity. I used a Fender Strat and a Godin Freeway Classic to hear how the pedal responds to different pickups. No matter which pickup style you are using, this pedal responds very well and is articulate. Plus, being true bypass helps.
The only concern I had was that the FX Level has to be past 12:00 for the effect to really appear. Don't let that deter you though, this pedal definitely has a lot of chorus to it! // 9
Reliability & Durability: This pedal is ready to be played right out of the box. It comes in a metal green finish and has a red LED that tells you whether or not the pedal is on. It is not made with cheap parts, and TC Electronics is known for building fine gear. This pedal is sturdy and built to last.
Gigging wise, it passes the test. Even on it's name alone, players know that the pedal is solid. It's very reliable pedal and runs on either a 9 volt battery or a 9VDC adapter. The battery compartment is easy to access and change out, should you run out of power. // 10
Overall Impression: The Corona Chorus is one of the most fun chorus pedals I have ever owned. The features included in this pedal open the doors to different tonal possibilities. I work as a sideman and play styles based in rock, jazz, funk, and blues. Having a solid chorus pedal such as this one, is really crucial in my rig.
For the price paid, this pedal is worth it. You can create different sounds and textures that most chorus pedals can not. This is my first TC Electronics product I purchased and certainly will not be the last! If you're looking for a great sounding chorus pedal at an affordable price, the Corona Chorus is right for you! It sounds great, is easy to use, and is a lot of fun to play! // 9