Four further modulation considerations
Some handy hints about modulation that you may not have considered…
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.