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1. Get­ting started with Sinevibes Flow

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1 As with all Sinevibes plug­ins, Flow comes in Mac Au­dio Units for­mat, mean­ing Mac users can load it up in AU-com­pat­i­ble DAWs such as Logic Pro, Able­ton Live, GarageBand, MainS­tage, Stu­dio One, Reaper, Renoise, Dig­i­tal Per­former and Track­tion. Double-click the DMG file, open the PKG file and fol­low the in­struc­tions to in­stall. Easy!

2 To walk you through Flow’s fab­u­lous features, we’ll load a new in­stance of the ef­fect over a sus­tained polysynth sig­nal. The in­ter­face is colour-coded: red for the in­put sig­nal; blue for flanger and phaser pa­ram­e­ters; yel­low for en­ve­lope con­trols; and white for se­quencer and snap­shot pa­ram­e­ters.

3 Hit Play in your DAW. Flow is al­ways in sync with your host’s tempo – you’ll see the in­put sig­nal ren­dered in real-time at the top of Flow’s red In­put sec­tion. This is use­ful when pro­cess­ing beats or rhyth­mic ma­te­rial, as it helps you line up your mod­u­la­tion fins over par­tic­u­lar points of the au­dio sig­nal.

4 In flanger mode, Flow lay­ers a copy of the in­put sig­nal with it­self, then de­lays that copy by a few mil­lisec­onds to cre­ate sweep­ing comb-fil­ter ef­fects. Click and drag in the blue Fre­quency se­quencer area to paint in stepped fre­quency val­ues and cre­ate that clas­sic me­tal­lic ‘whoosh­ing’ ef­fect. It can be a phaser, too, as we’ll see later…

5 Un­like your av­er­age mod­u­la­tion ef­fect, Flow is driven by a tem­posynced step se­quencer for more cre­ative pos­si­bil­i­ties. White Se­quencer pa­ram­e­ters are found at the top: drag the Du­ra­tion grid to set the num­ber of bars (be­tween 1 and 8); switch be­tween reg­u­lar quadru­plet and triplet by click­ing the Di­vi­sion grids; and dial in off-kil­ter shuf­fle with the Swing slider.

6 Flow’s en­ve­lope is driven by the se­quencer’s tim­ing. To mo­du­late fre­quency val­ues over time on a per-step ba­sis, click and paint in fins and lines on the yel­low En­ve­lope grid. Click one of the five dots to change that step’s en­ve­lope shape. Polarity flips that shape be­tween pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive. Make sure you check out Flow’s PDF man­ual for loads of use­ful key­board short­cuts.

7 The three yel­low Shape slid­ers at the bot­tom al­ter all en­ve­lope shapes glob­ally. Time al­ters all en­velopes’ de­cay times; Curve shapes the en­velopes, through con­vex to lin­ear to con­cave; and Lag re­laxes the sharp curve – a bit like rais­ing a synth en­ve­lope’s at­tack

8 Now to the bot­tom global Ef­fect pa­ram­e­ters, coloured blue. Four types are avail­able: Flanger+ is a pos­i­tive flanger, Flanger- is a neg­a­tive flanger, Phaser 4x is a four-stage phaser, and Phaser 8x is an eight-stage phaser. Min and Max slid­ers set min­i­mum and max­i­mum fre­quency ranges for the cho­sen ef­fect. There are also Feed­back, Level and Dry/Wet con­trols.

9 Fi­nally, scoot over to the bot­tom Snap­shot sec­tion and pre­pare eight unique set­ups, then switch be­tween them by punch­ing the 1-8 but­tons (or do it with au­to­ma­tion). Var­i­ous but­tons such as Copy, Paste, Re­set, Evolve, Ran­domise and Clone live here. Again, re­fer to the man­ual for more power user tips.

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