Price paid: $ 35
Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Ease of Use — 8
After how impressed I was with the Rogue Analog Delay, I decided to get another one of their low priced pedals, this time the Rogue Analog Chorus. I was looking for a simple chorus pedal that could give a lush, warm chorus sound while also having knobs big enough so that I wouldn't have to bend down just to make a light adjustment. The Rogue Analog Chorus seemed to fit the bill.
In terms of features, this pedal attempts to recreate those of the revered Boss CE-2, a pedal that only had rate and depth knobs. For those who don't know, the rate knob controls the frequency of the waves the pedal creates and the depth knob essentially controls how much of your signal is influenced by the pedal.
These controls work as one would believe and are not hindered in quality or usability by the pedal's low price point. Other than these standard knobs, the only other features of the pedal are its true bypass switch (meaning that the pedal is almost entirely removed from your chain when off or unpowered) and the ability to be run off a standard 9v battery or power supply.
In terms of usability, the pedal satisfies me. The rate and depth knobs give an average amount of modulation and choice, modeling those of the Boss CE-2. The knobs, like those on the Rogue Analog Delay, are big enough to move with feet for quick onstage adjustments. The only caveat in the usability of the pedal is the screwed in back, which makes battery changes more of a hassle than they should be.
Sound — 7
Once again, Rogue gives a "satisfactory" sound in their chorus pedal. The sound is not something to write home about but it does what it's supposed to do. To me, it sounded almost the same as Boss' Super Chorus pedal, which I also consider to be somewhat mediocre, and much more subtle than that of the EHX Small Clone, which I found to have a much more lush sound. I could dial in a couple of nice tones, nothing extraordinary, but certainly not anything below average. And at this price, I would say the pedal is valuable even with just an average sound.
To get a more direct feel for the sound, watch the demo video below.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Sturdiness/reliability is the part of this pedal where you truly get value for your hard-earned money. In this pedal's price range, its quality simply cannot be beat. This pedal, I believe, is the only chorus pedal under $75 that is metal. Especially around the $30 price range, Rogue's only competition is Danelectro and Behringer, both of whom make plastic cast pedals. Based on this value alone, the Rogue is a winner. Aside from the metal construction, the rubber footies are solid, the control knobs can be foot-controlled without being broken (though they are plastic), and the footswitch is a standard metal switch, as you would find on almost all MXR pedals.
Now, the pedal is certainly no brick. The aluminum construction, which makes the pedal considerably lighter, is also slightly flimsier, I would believe, than the steel used to construct Boss pedals. Also, four screws hold the back of the pedal together, which creates a somewhat high likelihood you may lose said screws when replacing the battery. Still, overall, this pedal is a winner in durability, especially at this price point.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall, the Rogue Analog Chorus is a quality chorus pedal for a low price. While it certainly doesn't have a distinct character like the EHX Small Clone, it still gives the basic chorus sound (better than an amp's onboard chorus does) in a metal box for under $40. I would definitely recommend this to people who, like me, are just starting to build their pedalboard and experiment with different sounds. This pedal would also be ideal for those looking for a no-nonsense pedal that is effective, small, and easy to use.