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In this course, author Bobby Owsinski reveals industry tips, tricks, and techniques for producing professionally mixed audio on any digital audio workstation. He offers recommendations for setting up an optimal listening environment, highlights the most efficient ways to set up and balance a mix, and shows how to build a powerful sound with compression. The course also explains how to master the intricacies of EQ; incorporate reverb, delay, and modulation effects; and generate the final mix.
The parameters for a Phaser, Flanger, or Chorus are somewhat the same, which is why all three effects are sometimes combined into the same unit or plug-in. In this video, I'm going to show you the various modulation controls and explain what they are for. The first parameter that we will talk about is called Speed Control and sometimes it's called Rate like it is here. This control adjusts the speed of the effect. It's usually set in low milliseconds from about 0.5 up to about 25 milliseconds. Have a listen to what it sounds like here as we adjust it. (Music playing) So you can hear when it gets very, very low.
In other words, when the effect is closer to zero, we hear less and less of it. While you hear way too much, it just wobbles a whole lot as it gets above 1. The next control is Depth or sometimes it's called Intensity, that adjust how much of the effect that you hear. Let's have a listen. (Music playing) And once again, as you get towards the upper end of the parameter settings then it becomes something that might not be too usable on the track.
One of the most important controls is the Mix control and that mixes the wet with the dry signal. In most cases a Mix of 50% provides about the most intense effect that you can get. Let's have a listen -- (Music playing) Now when it's set to zero, what that means is your only hearing the dry signal, you're not hearing any of the effect. It's quite the opposite when it set to 100, all you're hearing is the affected signal and none of the dry signal. (Music playing) Doesn't sound that much different.
That's because it's really dependent upon the mix to really get the effect. A balance of 50% dry and 50% wet gives you the most dramatic effect as you can hear now. (Music playing) Another parameter that you usually see is the Feedback control, sometimes it's called Regeneration which basically means the same thing. What this does is it takes a little of the output signal of the plug-in or the hardware unit and it routes it back to the input of the device and that provides a really unusual variation to the sound.
Let's take a listen -- (Music playing) Once again, at its most extreme settings and it just might be a little too dramatic for most uses, but nonetheless it's an effective parameter and it something that you should consider playing with. Sometimes there is also a Width parameter that controls how wide the stereo field is. As you can see we don't have a Width control in this particular plug-in, although many Modulation plug-ins do have it.
And last is the Delay control. On many multifunction modulation devices or plug-ins the Delay Control is what changes the function from a Phaser, to a Flanger, to a Chorus or anywhere in-between. Let's have a listen -- (Music playing) On this particular plug-in you don't hear a really dramatic effect going from Phaser to Flanger to Chorus, because it's not a multifunction device it's just a dedicated chorus. But if you do have a multifunction modulation plug in, you'll find that it's the Delay parameter that actually sets the function of the device.
So those are the typical Modulation parameters on a Chorus, Flanger or Phaser. The Speed or Rate control adjust the speed of the effect, the Depth or Intensity control adjust how much you hear the effect and the Mix parameter controls the balance between the wet and the dry signal.
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