Phaser, flanger, and chorus modulation plugin processing are compared and contrasted in this tutorial on vocal effects. Author Scott Hirsch works through parameters such as LFO rate, depth, and feedback.
- [Instructor] When we think of delay,…we think of audible echo effects.…But when you speed up the delay to the point…where you no longer hear individual repeats,…and alter the pitch of those repeats,…you enter a whole new class of effects processing.…We call these modulation effects.…Here we'll look at three flavors of modulation,…phaser, flanger and chorus, all of which can add…some different tonality and texture to our vocal sound.…Phaser, the top plug-in here and flanger, the left one…on the bottom here, are very similar in how they work.…
With both effects, what we hear is a network of delays…that change their repeat time values using an LFO…in very small amounts that vary over time,…and then those are blended back with a dry signal.…The difference technically between a phaser and a flanger…has to do with what kind of filter each delay network…passes through.…Phasers go through an all pass filter,…resulting in a different sonic texture…than the flanger effect, which does not go…through the all pass filter, and results in a more…
Audio engineer Scott Hirsch starts with comping the vocals—combining the best performances into one final vocal master take. He explains how to edit out breaths and other noises and fabricate a doubling effect for additional texture and vibe, and then brings in some plugins into the mix—Antares Auto-Tune, Melodyne, and iZotope—to tune vocals and create more interesting soundscapes. In the "Mixing" chapter, Scott enhances the sound of the vocals with EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and automation, adding life and motion to the song. The final track demonstrates everything you can do to maximize the effectiveness of vocals with Logic Pro.
- Comping takes in Logic Pro
- Editing breaths and noise
- Doubling and tuning vocals
- Experimenting with iZotope's Stutter Edit
- Processing vocals with EQ and compression
- De-essing vocals
- Using reverb, delay, and modulation effects
- Automating levels and FX in Logic Pro