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This article discusses what is the chorus effect in music and how to use it?  The chorus effect makes a single audio track sound like a group. It achieves this by taking a single instrument or vocal track, multiplying it, and then slightly detunes each newly created track. The result is a fuller lush sounding audio track.

 

Note - The chorus effect does not harmonize in any way. When it multiplies an audio track, the pitch is not changed, only slightly detuned. Also, like all effects processors, some chorus effects sound better than others.

Common Uses Of The Chorus Effect In Mixing

The chorus effect can be used on any audio track that you want to thicken up a bit or give that processed choir-type sound.
I use at least a slight amount of chorus on a lot of different tracks in my mixes. But the primary use of the chorus effect is on guitar tracks.
 

Basic Chorus Techniques, Tips And Tricks

  • When mastering songs for clients, thin tracks in a mix are one of the biggest problems I encounter. The chorus effect is one processing tool at your disposal that can help solve this problem.
  • Experiment with chorus on your vocal, synth and guitar tracks.  Even a slight amount can really make a difference, giving a track presence and thickness.
  • A chorus pedal can make your guitars sound huge. Music stores usually let you test them out until you find one you like.
  • Adjust the tone on the chorus output so you’re not adding too much of a frequency you don’t want, like extra bass that washes out the track.

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