MXR Phase 95 Mini Phaser
The Phase 95 combines the Phase 45 and Phase 90 circuits in a mini housing with about half the footprint of a standard MXR pedal. The 45/90 switch toggles between the Phase 45 mode’s subtle two-stage phasing and the Phase 90 mode’s more pronounced... read more
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Small and effective
I walked into a Guitar Center and demoed this vs. the original Phase 90. Yes the Phase 90 looked nice and had the classic look. The truth is though, it's a one trick pony compared to the mini Phase 95. MXR took the Phase 90 and the old Phase 45, infused them into a single pedal, and then shrunk it down to a mini sized box of fun. I went with the Phase 95 for those reasons pretty much. Saves you space and gives you more options. Hope this helps!
edited almost 2 years ago
Pack's a punch
This is my first dedicated analog phaser pedal, and only recently while trying a phasing effect on a demo version of Bias FX I realised the lot's of fun I've been missing in past jam sessions, so I decided to get one ASAP. For about one week I was searching the internet and listening different demos on different pedals, but there was not one pedal that I necessarily liked much more than other, so it was being complicated to decide... I don't know why but I never really paid much attention to small sized pedals (besides the Ditto Looper and the SP Compressor). One of the main things I look for in a pedal (besides good analog tone) is versatility, so I was not keen on the fact that the most famous phasers only had 1 speed knob. And then I learned about 2 stage phasers, 4 stage phasers, even 6 stage phasers, so wich one is more appropriate to me? That being said, as soon as I learned about the Phase 95 I was pretty much sure that would be it, the small size was not the selling point for me, but the possibility of alternating between 2 stage Phase 45 and 4 stage Phase 90, and then the option of adding or removing feedback via the script button, in an affordable good quality build analog device. But what really made my mind absolutely clear this was it was something that is not even mentioned on it's page. Something simple that I love and all my pedals have that "requirement". The damn blinking led in sync with the speed of the modulation!!! The left led blinks whenever the phase changes direction. Some may find it insignificant, but I find it soooo nice to be able to visualize what you're doing to your sound, being able to eye-sync your effect before kicking it in. My M134 Stereo Chorus also does this. Gotta love the simplicity and straightforward efficiency on these analog circuits... Nice touch MXR!! Although they don't advertise the pedal as being analog I'm pretty sure it is, as the current draw on this one is just 8mA (a digital unit would definitely require more power). I am extremely happy with this purchase, costed me 119€ in Portugal, it sounds absolutely cosmic, and it really is versatile while keeping it's traditional simplicity, from subtle 2 stage script, to full on 4 stage warble, although it lacks the dedicated knobs you CAN adjust its depth and intensity to each style/song. Great job from MXR, instant modern classic and one of my favourite pedals at the moment! Update: having spent more time with the pedal I have two minor things to mention that I dislike a bit (although I still give it 5 stars): The not so slight volume boost that happens when you engage it (typical from MXR phasers); 2 stage mode with script feels a bit too much filtered IMO, like suddenly my guitar is playing on a radio. Here is a spectral frequency test I made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp3G5Q9yuIE&t=3s
Big tone, small package.
Love this pedal, I haven't had it on my board for a long time but the range of tones that I get from it have quickly made it a favorite of mine. You get everything from the subtle vintage Phase 45 tone to a nice saturated Phase 90 tone. The "script" button also allows you to take the feedback circuit out, making the effect much more subtle and sort of a "sprinkles on top" kind of feature to your tone. I use it for everything from getting that classic rock lead tone, to adding a little bit of phase to an ambient swell to give some texture. I also love how small it is. One thing I will say, it probably has the brightest LED I have ever seen on a pedal when you turn it on. The good news is I never have to wonder whether it's on or not. Great addition to any board!
The Phase 95 combines the Phase 45 and Phase 90 circuits in a mini housing with about half the footprint of a standard MXR pedal. The 45/90 switch toggles between the Phase 45 mode’s subtle two-stage phasing and the Phase 90 mode’s more pronounced four-stage phasing, while the “Script” switch toggles between two phasing styles. The Phase 95 is set to modern style phasing by default, which relies on feedback to create light harmonic distortion and gives the effect a more accentuated swoosh. Engaging the Script switch removes feedback for a lusher, more subdued sound with higher headroom and greater clarity. The familiar Speed control sets the rate of the effect.
• Combines MXR’s most iconic phase circuits in a single mini housing
• About half the footprint of a standard MXR pedal
• 45/90 switch toggles between Phase 45 and Phase 90 circuits
• Script removes feedback for a subtler vintage sound