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5. Mim­ick­ing hard­ware tape flang­ing

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1 Mod­ern mu­si­cians are most likely only fa­mil­iar with the ex­treme ef­fects of elec­tronic flang­ing, and there are plenty of plug­ins that em­u­late such flangers. How­ever, as we’ve dis­cussed, flang­ing was orig­i­nally cre­ated by me­chan­i­cal means. u-he’s Satin can mimic this old-school sound, so let’s try it. We’ll start with a dry drum loop. 2 Next, let’s open an in­stance of u-he’s Satin tape em­u­la­tion on an in­sert. This plugin per­fectly mim­ics all man­ner of tape op­er­a­tions and sounds. By de­fault, it’s set to im­i­tate a stu­dio tape ma­chine, but we can use the Mode drop­down menu in the cen­tre to switch into Flange mode. 3 You won’t be hear­ing any­thing just yet. Satin cre­ates its flange ef­fect by em­u­lat­ing a pair of decks. The mix be­tween the two decks is con­trolled by the ver­ti­cal slider in the cen­tre. Let’s en­gage the host’s trans­port and slowly move the slider from left to right and back again a cou­ple of times. 4 That’s a clas­sic tape flange sound of the sort one might have heard on any num­ber of psy­che­delic records from the 60s. At the mo­ment, Satin’s Tape style is set to Mod­ern. Let’s switch it over to Vin­tage. We’ll also crank up the In­put for a more sat­u­rated sound, and re­duce the Range value a bit.

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