Practically every Diamond pedal is a classic. This Boutique Canadian manufacturer might never have been one of the major players in the pedal world but nonetheless, they’ve been responsible for some fantastic innovations.
Amongst those innovations is the HCH1 Halo Chorus; an analogue chorus/delay hybrid with a lot to offer.
If there’s one thing modern guitarists love in their pedals it’s versatility. For a while now, pedal-board real estate has been a major factor in pedal designs and it’s prompted manufacturers to go in one of two directions.
On the one hand, you have Mini Pedals – small pedals with simple layouts, usually specialising in doing one effect very well. Alternatively, you have hybrid pedals, which provide multiple effects from one unit. Hybrid pedals are generally best for guitarists with a well-defined sound. That is to say that if you tend to often use two effects in conjunction to create a specific sound, hybrid pedals will probably work very well for you.
The real beauty of the HCH1 is that it breaks that mould. This pedal enables the player to express themself without limitations. Thanks to the combination of delay, pitch, phase and chorus it offers, it acts as a true all-in-one unit for a handful of effects without limiting what they can achieve.
Sadly, it appears that Diamond Pedals have closed down – at least for the present – which means that if you want to find any of their products you’ll probably have to track them down on the second-hand pedal market. Of Course, you don’t have to track one down just to know how it sounds. You can listen to the HCH1 and other Diamond pedals right here on TonePedia and hear for yourself just how versatile this analogue chorus is.
|Jacks mounted on||Sides|
|Weight (in kg)||0.45|
|Special Features||Autoconfigurable I/O for mono, mono in/stereo out, and stereo in/stereo out operation.|
|Width (in cm)||12|
|Height (in cm)||5.4|
|Depth (in cm)||12|