The Gleen Gould movie: Glenn Gould and a man, certainly a musicologue, are in a black and white studio. Glenn Gould is at the piano, and starts playing with incredible maestria. The other man, striked by such artistic technique, just says: -“Meistersinger ?”
Glenn Gould turns his head toward the man, and seems to notice his presence for the first time. While going on playing in an inexorable beauty, he just answers:
First the TC electronic chorus/flanger , from which the Meister took its inspiration for super-silent operation AND great, pure and professionnal chorusing, while offering a wider frequency range signal than its scandinavian ancester. Then Boss/Roland of course, which sort of invented it, granted us with such wonderful effect as, CE1, CE2, Dimension D, Dimension C and my favorite ever, included in this obscure SH09 string keyboard I already covered on my site. CORON too, with its incredibly cheap looking plastic wonder and last but not least the great EH Small Clone.
Troy Van Leeuwen and his Meistersinger
But the MEISTERSINGER is not a model: it is a true ANALOG delay chips chorus , like they were. It is no imitation, but the real thing. You can count on the fingers of Django Reinhardt the other real analog chorus on the market today.
The reasons why analog chorus , or any analog time based effect, sounds better than digital are numerous, But the main one to me is that the detuned tone produced to be mixed with the original, is not exactly the same than the original .
Just like would be another guitarist playing along with you :
French guitarist Jean-Louis Aubert pedalboard during Les Insus tour
Chorus was invented to make believe you are not alone. It mimes two musician playing the same thing at the same time, thus enriching tone like in a choir. Most digital chorus tends, in this process, to kill punch and dynamics, an even more obvious defect with electric guitar. The model processors are plagued with this same problem, because of the same difficulty for digital encoding to transmit the dynamics of your playing in real time.
It is quite strange nobody ever evokes this simple strategy. When you manipulate hand-tweakable chorus effects ( like the old MXR rack or ADA pitchtraq) you notice a very obvious matter: c horus effect sounds twice better with a negative detune than a positive one. The reason could be a deeper body of the resulting mix or a more complicated comb hamronics effect. Anyway this option was chosen for the MEISTERSINGER, which fears no one for the best chorus tone ever. No kidding.
GNO‘s Chris Godin : “The Meister is so good I can eat it.”