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    Question Question re: Catalina Chorus Expression Threshold knob

    The Seymour Duncan Catalina Chorus is my absolute favorite chorus pedal. I have tried dozens of chorus pedals and I always return to the Catalina. Itís versatile, eminently tweakable and clean. This time, it stays on my pedalboard!

    But Iím having trouble understanding how the Hard/Soft Dynamic Expression Threshold function works, and the language in the manual doesnít help.

    Hereís what I need to know: To get the max from either setting (Hard or Soft), do I turn the Threshold knob full clockwise? Do I place the knob full clockwise for Soft and full counterclockwise for Hard? Do I best leave it set in the middle? In brief, just how does that knob effect the Hard or Soft settings?

    Please do not refer me to the manual. The language in the manual is vague and it doesnít help.

    Thanks to you all for your help.

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    Default Re: Question re: Catalina Chorus Expression Threshold knob

    The way hard mode works is the opposite of soft: in hard mode, the harder you pick, the more chorus. The threshold knob controls how hard you have to pick to start hearing the chorus.
    In soft mode, the lighter you pick, the more chorus. The threshold knob controls how light you have to pick before you hear the chorus.
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    Default Re: Question re: Catalina Chorus Expression Threshold knob

    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    The way hard mode works is the opposite of soft: in hard mode, the harder you pick, the more chorus. The threshold knob controls how hard you have to pick to start hearing the chorus.
    In soft mode, the lighter you pick, the more chorus. The threshold knob controls how light you have to pick before you hear the chorus.
    So, then turning the threshold knob full clockwise just means it takes harder (or softer) picking for the effect to occur...right? Positioning the knob at, say, 9 o'clock means the effect kicks in more quickly. Is that it?
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Question re: Catalina Chorus Expression Threshold knob

    You got it!
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    Default Re: Question re: Catalina Chorus Expression Threshold knob

    Easy enough. Thanks for the help. Now I can have even more fun with the Catalina!

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    Default Re: Question re: Catalina Chorus Expression Threshold knob

    It is a remarkable pedal, isn't it?
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    Default Re: Question re: Catalina Chorus Expression Threshold knob

    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    It is a remarkable pedal, isn't it?
    "Remarkable" indeed. What a perfect word for the Catalina! Here's another couple words that apply: "Little-known." Really...you rarely (if ever) find the Catalina listed in those "Top Ten Chorus Pedals" pieces in magazines or in polls on websites.

    Lemme think: in the past few years I've tried chorus pedals from:
    Boss
    Wampler
    Walrus Audio
    TC Electronic
    MXR
    Electro-Harmonix
    Earthquaker Devices
    Chase Bliss
    ...and probably two or three others I can't think of right now.

    Some of them I tried two or tree times: the Walrus Audio Julia, Boss and Earthquaker Devices Sea Machine among them.

    When I tried the Catalina, I thought "Wow! This is the one!" But then I had to try some others again and again (especially the Julia).

    After about five years of experimenting, researching on the internet, watching YouTube demos, twiddling and tweaking, I came to realize that the Catalina is what I'm looking for. It is, as I stated, "little-known," but it suits me just right.

    It won't leave my pedalboard ever again.

    "Remarkable...." Yes.

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    Default Re: Question re: Catalina Chorus Expression Threshold knob

    For some reason, SD Pedals are off all of those lists, which is a shame, as all of the ones I've tried or own were better than the ones people always talk about.
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    Default Re: Question re: Catalina Chorus Expression Threshold knob

    Not a pedal user myself, but considering all Duncan pedals get stellar reviews, I think they just don't make it to any "Best ____ pedal" lists because of the brand itself, getting pigeonholed as a pickup maker who also produce something else.

    I've always been curious about several Duncan pedals, but considering the tapdancing required for what I do, it isn't viable.
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    Default Re: Question re: Catalina Chorus Expression Threshold knob

    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    The way hard mode works is the opposite of soft: in hard mode, the harder you pick, the more chorus. The threshold knob controls how hard you have to pick to start hearing the chorus.
    In soft mode, the lighter you pick, the more chorus. The threshold knob controls how light you have to pick before you hear the chorus.
    Great to have the choice !
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    Default Re: Question re: Catalina Chorus Expression Threshold knob

    Indeed it is...they thought of everything.
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