033 | DigiTech Multi Chorus: A Closer Look at this Affordable Chorus Pedal | Transcript

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Scott Schwertly:
Hello, and welcome to Episode 33 of the Sonic Renegades Podcast. We're exploring Renegade pedals that have changed the music landscape. Up for today, we've got an oldie, but a goodie. This is the Digitech Multi Chorus X series pedal. It's a fun one. And we can't wait to unpack it for you guys on the other side.

Hey everybody Scott Schwertly and Eric Wilson of Siren Pedals with you guys today. Hope you're having a good one. Today, we're going to be talking about an interesting pedal. It's a pedal you don't hear about too often. It's the Digitech Multi Chorus X series pedal. It was a pedal that was actually discontinued not too long ago, and every now and then you'll see it pop up in certain places.
I actually found this pedal for $10. It was an absolute steal. Living here in Nashville, I actually found it at a local music shop and took it home. And actually, there wasn't really anything wrong with it. I don't know how it ended up in the cheap bin. But got it anyways. And yeah, I thought it'd be at least worth mentioning and sharing on this podcast.

And shockingly, there's a number of artists that actually use it, some famous musicians. So we're excited to be talking about this pedal today. And Eric, I know you've had a week or two to kind of play around with it. What have been sort of your initial thoughts?

Eric Wilson:
So I really like Chorus as an effect, and even more so when it's stereo because I try to run stereo as much as I can. And so just being able to have that effect in stereo, I think, is really cool. And this pedal does a really good job of that.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah, it really is surprising for the cost. I think this thing retails, or at least back in the day retailed, anywhere from like 50 to 60. I think even today when I was researching a little bit more about it, I saw it as high as about $80 or so on Reverb brand new, or at least like in mint condition.

So yeah, not too bad for that price range. It actually does quite a bit. And obviously it's not going to do as much as some of your boutique pedal options that are out there. But if you compare it to some of the really cheap options, whether it be Donner or something else, it definitely shines above those.
So yeah, it's a great one. And really excited just to share this one with you guys, particularly as we get into the demo section and so forth. If you're not familiar with this pedal, based on what we've found, I think it actually came out in around November of 2006. So it definitely has some years on it. For those that are really into the guitar pedal scene, it is a pedal by Digitech, which was actually acquired by Harman, a Samsung company, back in 2018. So the brands Digitech, DOD, Eric, I think you mentioned JBL as well, right?

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, yeah. Harmon owns JBL.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah, are all under the Harman brand. So just the fact that it's a Digitech pedal does lend some great rich history that kind of goes with it. Unfortunately, Digitech isn't the same brand today as it was maybe years ago. I know for me, I'm a big fan of pedals like the Digitech Whammy. And again, there's just, again, it's kind of that rich history with that company. So it's in good company with some of its brothers and sisters and cousins there.

So the pedal itself though, pretty straightforward. I mean, it's your typical chorus pedal, pretty standard knobs on it. And we'll definitely get into those details here in just a bit. Eric, did you find anything when you were kind of looking into this pedal? I mean, this isn't one of these iconic pedals, so it's really hard to find a lot of information on it. But anything you found in your exploration?

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. So the one interesting thing about this pedal is the voice function and the voice knob. So it has up to 16 voices. And so the knob starts at one and goes all the way up to all 16. So that's really cool. It's said to be the first of its kind to be able to do different voices like that, or multiple voices. And then the other thing I found was, I guess, the Digitech used to put cab modeling and a lot of their stuff. So this pedal has that in there, which could be really handy if you need that sort of thing.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah, I mean, that whole switchable cabinet monitoring is really cool. And like you mentioned, the 16 voicing options, kind of a pioneer for its time. And definitely two stand out items, if there's something really to note positively about this pedal.

So yeah, not too bad. And on a subjective note, I love the color blue, and I love that this pedal actually is... It's got a kind of that cool blue metallic feel to it, which is neat in its own sort of way.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, I feel like a lot of chorus pedals are blue. Because you got the Walrus Julia. You got any Boss chorus pedal's blue. This one.

Scott Schwertly:
The Fab Chorus one we covered...

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, the Fab Chorus.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah.

Eric Wilson:
Are there any others?

Scott Schwertly:
I'm trying to think.

Eric Wilson:
MXR Chorus is yellow. So that one's around in there.

Scott Schwertly:
But that actually is an interesting trend. I wonder why. I wonder what that is. Well, I know that... What's the recent stat that I learned long time ago? I think the most popular color in America... I think 36% of all Americans love the color blue. So obviously there's something about blue that resonates with people. But why they opt for that with chorus pedals, I have no idea. But people like the color blue. So I fit right in that mix.

Well, one thing that I found really intriguing about this pedal, because again, for me it was a $10 find. I figured, "10 bucks. Might as well have this pedal. See what it's all about." I was actually shocked by some of the famous musicians that actually use this thing. Names like Mike Einziger, and if I'm pronouncing that wrong, my apologies, but I haven't listened to Incubus in forever. But Mike Einziger from Incubus, Benjamin Burnley from Breaking Benjamin, Dan Donegan from Disturbed, some really interesting names that actually have this on their board.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah also Jeremy Michael Ward from The Mars Volta. I actually used to listen to them because I was a drummer, and I really liked their drummer. But they're really good.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah, I mean, and Scott Ian from Anthrax. I mean, definitely, it's just interesting. Because you've got bands like Mars Volta to even just the heavier stuff like Anthrax and Disturbed. So it's definitely found a place within kind of that hard sort of maybe metal genre, which is really intriguing. So I never would have known that when picking up this pedal.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, I think it's interesting that it really kind of took hold of that genre. But yeah, so this thing is a pretty simple pedal. As far as controls go, it has four knobs and then obviously your foot switch. But it has a level, speed, depth, and voice control on it.

And so the level's going to control your overall level when the pedals on. So you can boost your signal, cut your signal when it's on, just do different things with that.

Your speed's going to be the speed of the modulation for the chorusing effect. And then that depth control is going to control your depth. And I think if I had to peg this pedal for one thing that I haven't been the biggest fan of, it's that I don't feel like the depth goes far enough. So that could just be something to look out for. But I mean, once again, this was one of those pedals that you're probably going to find in the bin somewhere, and it's going to be pretty cheap, and it's totally worth it anyway.

But then the distinctive thing that sets this pedal apart is in that voice knob that can do from one to 16 voices of chorus. And does it simultaneously. So as you start all the way left, it's at one voice, and then all the way to the right, it's 16 voices.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah, I mean, as you mentioned, it's really straightforward, pretty simple. It's not going to necessarily... It's not the type of pedal that's going to blow your mind, but it's also not going to be completely underwhelming either. So it's kind of, I would say, kind of right there, middle of the road.

And you know, if you're not looking for a ton of chorus options, I mean, this thing can definitely fit the bill as far as at least, again, kind of that middle of the road spot.

Eric Wilson:
Definitely.

Scott Schwertly:
Perfect. Well, we're going to go ahead and plug this thing in. I saw that you brought in your Strat today. So I guess you're going to connect that up. And anything you wanted to blend with this? Or are you just going to play straight pedal?

Eric Wilson:
No, I'm just going to play the pedal straight in.

Scott Schwertly:
Perfect, awesome. Well, we are going to get everything connected here, and give you guys a quick sampling of what this pedal can do. And we will see you guys on the other side.

Eric Wilson:
All right. That was the Digitech Multi Chorus. It's a great, budget-friendly chorus pedal, if you can find one at a local used music store, or just kind of anywhere online, even on Reverb. I mean, it's a great cheap pedal to pick up, but it's still built really well.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. I mean, it's solid. I mean, obviously when you get a pedal like this, it comes with the Digitech name. I mean, it's solid, again, like we said. It's not going to blow your mind, but it's also not going to be completely underwhelming either. Again, it's a solid buy, inexpensive, you get nice chorus sounds from it. Yeah, definitely worth checking out if you love the world of chorus.

Perfect, well, that is what we wanted to cover today with the Digitech Multi Chorus, specifically the X series version. I think there's also a base one of this as well.

Join us next time as we get into Episode number 34, hard to believe we're actually at Episode 34. These episodes are flying by. We're going to be talking about the Cusack Screamer pedal. I know, Eric, you've had that one for awhile. It's it's a fun one. So we're looking forward to unpacking that one as well.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, definitely a great tube screamer. I love all of Cusack's pedals, especially the Tap-A-Whirl and his Tap-A-Delay, and just different stuff that he's done. So I'm really excited to talk about that one.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah, and I think this will actually be the first Cusack pedal that we're actually covering.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah.

Scott Schwertly:
So it should be a great episode. Awesome. Well, thanks so much guys for joining us. Hope you have a great day, great week, and we will see you in the next episode.

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