Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wave's Metaflanger

@THEHEATMAKERZ @WavesAudioLtd @SweetwaterSound @audioMIDIdotcom
This is the MetaFlanger setting for Rsonist's @THEHEATMAKERZ  "Tell Me What You Want ". I used it on a aux send to help match Rsonist's vocals to the track. The Wave's MetaFlanger ($100) has been around for many years and remains a staple in my arsenal of mix tools. It is capable of doing flanging, phasing, chorusing and everything in between. The interface of the Meta Flanger consist of a Mix control which allows one to adjust the dry/wet balance of the effect (crucial for flanging). This can be adjusted by double clicking the value box and writing the value directly or clicking and dragging the mouse up or down to change the value (All the buttons behave in the same manner). The phase button next to the mix inverts the phase of the wet signal only. This changes the texture of the effect by increasing the cancellations of some frequencies. Feedback controls how much of the wet signal is recycled into the input. Higher values increases the effect. The phase button inverts the feedback signal which can give the effect a more aggressive sound. Type/Freq controls the filter type (low/high shelf) and the corner frequency for the filter. In the next section we have the Delay control which has a range of 0 to 20 ms. Shorter delay times (0.1 to 3ms) works best for phasing and flanging and longer times (3 to 20ms) for chorus effects. The Tape button gives you "true tape flanging". Rate sets the speed of the modulation (LFO frequency) and you can link it to the Depth to keep the
 relationship between these parameters the same no matter how much you change the rate. Depth controls how wide (or deep) the wet signal swings time wise which causes small pitch changes. Sync can be set to A (Automatic) which follows the session tempo or M (Manual). There are two types of waveforms available for the LFO: Sine and Triangle. The sine wave gives a much smoother modulation while the triangle waveform has a more drastic swing between two delay times. The Modulation display shows the movement of the waveform and it can be stopped by clicking the Stop button (which can be automated for very precise sweeps). The Stereo control is not for controlling the "stereo image" in the traditional sense but more as a way to change the phase relationship between the Left and Right modulation. This can make the effect more or less
dramatic depending on the settings of the other parameters. This is definitely a plugin to experiment with to find different settings that work well for you. There is a long list of presets to get you started and I recommend saving your parameter changes frequently as your own presets. More info can be found on Waves @WavesAudioLtd website at
and it can be purchased as part of the Waves Gold Bundle at Sweetwater Sound @SweetwaterSound or at AudioMidi @audioMIDIdotcom Here's a link to "Tell Me What You Want"

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