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Flanger pedals compared



This page contains audio samples and brief description of random flanger pedals. This page is still under construction and it is not intended to be a thorough and deep analysis of each of these pedals, but might help you get a overall view of what different pedals sound like in the same environment with the same input sample. The samples are recorded straight through a Line6 Pod XT, so no amplifiers, microphones or studios were used. Therefore, the samples will not give a very good picture of the sounds that can be achieved from each of these pedals, but since all are in the same environment a comparison can be made.
The sound samples contain also a clip with random flanger settings, where the effect controls are more or less randomly tuned throughout the sample. This serves to show the overall soundscape the pedal is capable of, since this varies heavily from unit to unit. Thus the "random" sample is not intended to sound "good", but to wander through the whole soundscape of the pedal and to dig out also the most extreme sound settings these pedals offer.


BOSS BF-1
BOSS BF-1
The first flanger effects pedal from Boss was the BF-1, sold 1977-1980. These were made in Japan and used the same enclosure as found on some of the older Roland pedals (AP-2, AF-60) from the mid-seventies.
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Boss BF-1 Pedal   Boss BF-1   Boss BF-1  
BOSS BF-2
BOSS BF-2
The BF-2 was released in 1980 as a successor of the BF-1. It was produced in Japan until 1990, when the production was moved to Taiwan, where it was produced until 2001. It is a versatile and warm sounding flanger offering controls for Manual, Depth, Rate and Resonance.
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Boss BF-2 Pedal   Boss BF-2   Boss BF-2 Circuit Board  
CARLSBRO FLANGER
CARLSBRO FLANGER
Rare Flanger from the Carlsbro Alu-Series made between 1977-1981 in England. This unit offer also a "Invert" switch, which inverts the phase of the feedback, giving an additional phasing effect. Versatile and nice sounding pedal.
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CARLSBRO FLANGER Pedal   CARLSBRO FLANGER
Ibanez FL9
Ibanez FL9
Sweet, wet & smooth sounding flanger manufactured 1982-84 (reissued in the mid 90s), one of the best flangers around. Made in Japan. The earliest versions have a black label with silver text, soon replaced by a silver label with black text. The reissue models have a silver label with the letters CE in the upper right corner of the label.
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Ibanez FL9 Pedal   Ibanez FL9   Ibanez FL9   Ibanez FL9 Circuit Board  
Ibanez FLL
Ibanez FLL
Versatile flanger from the Ibanez Master-Series, manufactured 1985 in Japan. Features controls for the Speed, Width, Regeneration and Delay Time, similar to it's predecessor FL9.
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Ibanez FLL Pedal   Ibanez FLL   Ibanez FLL Circuit Board
MXR - STEREO FLANGER (Commande Series)
MXR Flanger
The MXR Commande series was sold 1981-1983, they featured plastic housings and electronic switching (as opposed to the stomp-switches used in the earlier pedals). The stereo flanger from this series does not offer very extreme sounds, but is very useful for beautifully flavouring the sound. The circuit is based on rare Reticon SAD chips. There are quite big differences between different units of this series, as can be seen from the circuit board image of the two different units.
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MXR Flanger Pedal   MXR Flanger   MXR Flanger Circuit Board
PEARL FG-01
PEARL FG-01
The Pearl Sound Spice series was produced in Japan during the mid eighties and it included about a dozen different effects. The FG-01 flanger is a versatile unit with a wide range of delay time (1,8-20msec.), featuring controls for Speed, Depth and Feedback for the flanging effect as well as a Manual-control for adjusting the delay time and modifying the flanging tone. The soundscape of this flanger ranges from mild shimmering tones to siren-like howling tones in the extreme positions.
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PEARL FG-01 Pedal   PEARL FG-01   PEARL FG-01 Circuit Board
REDSON FLANGER 12
REDSON FLANGER 12
Japanese flanger from the mid-eighties. This pedal belongs to a group of generic looking Japanese effects sold under many different brands, including Loco Box, Aria, Guyatone, PowerVoice, Studio Series, Sound City and others.
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REDSON FLANGER 12 Pedal   REDSON FLANGER 12   REDSON FLANGER 12 Circuit Board
ROCKTEK FLR-01
ROCKTEK FLR-01
Affordable flanger made in Taiwan, propably in the early 90s. Suitable especially for whacky and intense effects - with extreme settings on this unit even a mysterious 'detune' effect can be achieved.
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ROCKTEK FLR-01 Pedal
WASHBURN FX:4
WASHBURN FX:4
Washburn offered a series of pedals from around 1983-1989. The FX:4 is a very sweet and lush sounding flanger.
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WASHBURN FX:4 Pedal
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