Four fur­ther mo­du­la­tion con­sid­er­a­tions

Some handy hints about mo­du­la­tion that you may not have con­sid­ered…

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The wild na­ture of mo­du­la­tion ef­fects – par­tic­u­larly phas­ing and flang­ing – can cause ex­treme jumps in level. Coun­ter­act this by au­tomat­ing a gain plugin on your sig­nal’s chan­nel, or dialling in some com­pres­sion to smooth out lev­els.

Just be­cause your phaser em­ploys LFO mo­du­la­tion by de­fault, doesn’t mean you have to use it! Set the LFO’s Rate to min­i­mum, then au­to­mate your phaser’s fre­quency to pre­cisely draw in phase shift­ing. Ideal for sync­ing mo­du­la­tion to suit a build-up sec­tion.

If you’re af­ter rhyth­mic wob­bling, be sure to lock your mo­du­la­tion ef­fects’ LFO speed to host tempo. Flip the LFO’s wave­form to a down­wards saw for jagged grooves, then ex­per­i­ment with feed­back set­tings in or­der to get things mov­ing.

Phasers, cho­ruses and flangers in­her­ently ‘soften’ a sig­nal. If you want your source sound to re­main up­front in the mix, then, avoid overt mo­du­la­tion – but if you want to smooth out a dis­torted gui­tar or synth, these treat­ments are tried and tested.

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