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5. Mimicking hardware tape flanging
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.