Providence Anadime Chorus

  • By David A. Evans @tonereport
  • July 28, 2014

Perhaps chorus is not the go-to effect it once was during its heyday in the ‘80s. The Anadime Chorus by Providence ought to change that trend. With three depth modes, true bypass, and a separate depth control knob and speed knob, this pedal ought to be seriously considered by any musician who wants—but especially by those who might otherwise dismiss—the joys of warbly, sparkling sound.

In addition to Speed and Mix settings, Providence allows the user to choose one of three depth settings, each of which the user can adjust with the Depth knob. The ability to fine-tune the depth of the effect lets the user choose a wide variety of sounds.

At its lowest settings, but with the Mix knob turned up and the depth switch also up high, the Anadime produced a wonderful, room-enhancing effect, akin to light reverb. At this setting, it seemed as if the sound didn’t emanate from the amplifier in front of this writer, but rather enveloped him, came at him from all around the room. The sound seemed slightly “doubled,” enough to enrich the single notes, but not so much that a six-string sounded like a twelve-string. Musicians can, in this setting, cocoon the audience in sound and thereby make a performance more intimate. This writer doesn’t know what else to say other than that the pedal, at this setting, sounded really, really cool.

Mid-level settings produced a warbling sound akin to that found on, for example, “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter” by Nirvana. Dialing the depth and speed back produced a warm, nostalgia-inspiring sound. These tones instilled a longing for those washed out, halcyon days seen in an eight millimeter home movie. Indeed, the character of the warble reminded this writer of an effect that would be right at home on a Boards of Canada song.

The deeper the chorus is set, the more off-kilter the sounds that the pedal produces. For example, with the three-way toggle switch for depth set to the up position, and the depth knob turned to the five o’clock position for maximum depth, and with the speed knob turned up all the way, the Anadime Chorus produced positively goofy sounds. The warbly effect bent pitch by perhaps as much as half a tone. Introducing more of the input tone with the Mix knob really gets things into crazy circus mode.

Out of the box, the pedal’s durability makes itself evident almost right away. Even the small depth-control toggle switch feels built to last. Providence could have easily taken the easy road by including an inferior, soon-to-break toggle, but it didn’t. Little details like this really make the pedal special.

This pedal’s versatility, warmth of tone, and subtlety won over this reviewer from the beginning. Indeed, the pedal produced a wonderfully natural sense of space to which other pedals merely aspire. The Anadime Chorus might even set a new standard—it’s just that good. However, this reviewer does not want to mislead readers with perhaps overly-extravagant claims.  Yet he will say with assurance that this pedal is well worth the money.

What we like: The Anadime Chorus allows the user thorough control of the effect’s great depth and expansive breadth. This pedal is also built to last. The Anadime reminded this reviewer just why people spend good money on effects: because by sounding great they really add to rather than distract from the music itself.

Concerns: The only concern, really, is that the nine-volt power supply jack is located to the left of the pedal, adjacent to the output jack. Users might find that the power jack, if an elbow joint, will tend to hit against the straight quarter-inch cable end. However, this is a small concern given the pedal’s merits.

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