Reverb sounding too ‘flat’ or ‘static’? Apply a subtle blend of chorus on your reverb aux to dial in a touch of density. Try placing the chorus pre-reverb to thicken the input signal feeding into the ‘verb, or stick it at the end of the chain to wash out the reverb tone.
The robotic nature of flanging particularly suits metallic sounds such as hi-hats or cymbals. Blend in a gentle amount of medium-rate flanging on your percussion bus for some sparkly sweeping, or apply overt flanging on synthetic rides for a futuristic effect.
Unlike delay and reverb, modulation effects sound especially unnatural to our ears. For this reason, always exercise restraint and be subtle with your application. To temper their effect in the mix and prevent overuse, automate mix amount or level to emphasise only certain song sections.
Try and roughly time your mod effect’s delay time with your source signal’s length and dynamics. This will help balance the correct length of the effect ‘tail’.