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Modulation has been used on keyboards almost from the time they were invented. Adding a bit can take a boring mono instrument and make it more interesting as well as make it thicker and wider sounding. In this video, we'll look at different ways that modulation effects can be use on electric piano. First thing we'll do is we'll solo up this electric piano and have a listen to it just by itself. (Music playing) I can hear it has a little bit of tremolo on it, just to differentiate tremolo is a variation in volume while vibrato is a variation in pitch.
Most instruments have the variation in volumes so it's tremolo, even though they may be called vibrato, what it usually is, is tremolo and that's what is in this case. So the first thing we're going to do is try a chorus plug-in, so we're going to go down in Modulation, go to our AIR Chorus and let's have listen. (Music playing) You can hear it widens it out very nicely. Some nice wide thickening effect. Let's listen to what it does in the track.
(Music playing) It's really nice. It keeps it out of the way of the other instrument while widening it out and it adds a little bit of a sheen that we didn't have before. Let's try something else. Let's try another Modulation effect. We'll try Flanger. Let's listen what it sounds like, first of all by itself. (Music playing) Let's listen in the track.
(Music playing) It's not as good because it calls attention to itself and it's not exactly what we want for this track and sometimes for other tracks as well. Let's have a quick listen again and let's Bypass it and then we'll put it in so you can hear the difference. (Music playing) Let's try another one.
This time we'll go to Phaser. Let's listen by itself. (Music playing) I can hear the effect is very pronounced. Let's have a listen in the track. (Music playing) Once again, it calls a lot of attention to itself and it's not necessarily something that really sits in the track well, so let's go back to our chorus. Almost always chorus sounds better than the other modulation effects.
That being said there is the occasion where Flanger can work really well and we'll see that coming up in a movie about strings. Let's have a listen. (Music playing) It sounds nice. So to sum it up, chorus, Flanging and tremolo are frequently used modulation effects on all sorts of keyboards. Don't be afraid to experiment with Rate, Depth and Feedback controls, but be aware that it can cause tuning problems with other instruments.
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