How to use the Ableton Live FLANGER audio effect
This tutorial shows the user How to use the Ableton Live FLANGER audio effect.
Ableton’s FLANGER is one of the stock audio effects included in Live that is capable of using two parallel time-modulated delays to create “flanging” effects that appear as a result of the comb-filtering.
This tutorial will present a step-by-step guide on how to configure and use the FLANGER audio effect in Live.
1. Create a Live Set with at least one audio track. Make sure the audio track has at least one audio clip assigned to it.
2. From the Browser, search for Audio Effects -> Flanger.
3. Drag and Drop the Flanger audio effect on top of the audio track labeled as “1 Audio”.
As soon as this effect has been dropped on top of the track, it is easy to see how the Flanger audio effect now appears on the device view of the track.
4. Configure the Flanger audio effect for proper usage
Now that we have added the effect to our audio track, we can explain each of the parameters included. The following picture shows the graphic interface of this audio effect.
Flanger has several different parameters we can control, these are:
- Hi Pass: This knob sets the cutoff frequency of the high pass filter applied to the delayed signal.
- Dry/Wet: This knob controls the balance between the processed and the original signals. If set to 100%, the output of the device is only the processed signal.
- Delay Time: This slider controls the delay time of the two delay lines.
- +/- Sign: This button lets the user invert the polarity of the feedback signal.
- Feedback: This control sends part of the output signal back through the input of the device.
- Envelope Amount: This knob controls the intensity of the envelope follower.
- Attack and Release times: These knobs control how quickly the envelope follower reacts to rising input levels.
- Modulation Amount: This knob controls the intensity of the modulation applied to the input signals.
- LFO Shape: This selector lets the user pick between different LFO waveforms such as sine, triangle, saw-tooth, square and noise.
- Rate: This knob sets the frequency of the LFO when the rate type is set to Hz, or the tempo-synced beat divisions when set to note head.
- Rate Type: This button lets the user toggle the LFO rate type from Hz (LFO synced to a certain frequency) to note head (synced to the song tempo).
- Phase: This knob controls the LFO Phase by adjusting the amount of offset between the waveforms for the left and right channels. At 180 degrees, they are both perfectly out of phase.
- Offset: This knob shifts the starting point of each LFO along its waveform (when LFO Stereo mode is set to “phase”) or detunes the two LFO speeds relative to each other (when LFO Stereo mode is set to “Spin”).
- LFO Stereo Mode: These switches let the user toggle the method of LFO offset between “Phase” and “Spin”.
For the purpose of this tutorial, we will be configuring Flanger to create a soft flanging “doubler” effect to our audio track . The parameters will be set as the following:
- Hi Pass: 121 Hz.
- Delay Time: 6.47 ms.
- +/+ Sign: +.
- Feedback: 0.70.
- Dry/Wet: 100%.
- Envelope Amount: 25.4%.
- Envelope Attack and Release: 0.10ms for Attack and 400ms for Release.
- Modulation Amount: 0%.
- LFO Shape: Sine.
- Rate: 0.01%.
- Rate Type: Hz.
- Phase/Spin: Phase at 180 degrees.
- Offset: N/A.
- LFO Stereo Mode: Phase.
Our final configuration will look like this:
We have now finished configuring our audio effect and it is ready to be used.
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