The Flanger Effect
There are countless effects units out on the market that help mold,
shape, and totally distort your sound. But today I'm going to tell
you a little bit about, one of the more popular, and commonly used
effects, the flanger effect. So what is a flanger exactly? Well,
a flanger effect is kind of like a delay that happens really quick(1-10
ms), so quick in fact that you can not hear the delay by the human
ear, instead we hear a whooshing sound on the instrument. The flanger
is most commonly applied to a guitar, and/or drums.
The flanger effect comes in a few different forms. You can find
it as a software effect,a hardware (rack mount) unit, or as an effect
pedal for your guitar. If your looking to get your hands on one
of these effects pedals. The Boss
BF3 Flanger Effects Pedal is a great deal for about a hundred
bucks, but if your more of a music programmer than a software version
of a flanger effect is maybe more up your alley. Some synthesizers
and mixers also have a flanger effect built in as an added feature.
LFO Waveform - The waveform that manipulates the actions
of the delay on the sound.
Sweep Depth - The span between the minimum and maximum value
of the amplitude on the delay.
Rate/Speed - Control of how fast the lfo waveform repeats
Application of the Flanger Effect
They are most commonly used on instruments like guitars/drums in
a song, in most cases a flanger effect should be automated, or used
rationally or else your song might sound like a whooshing disaster,
All depending on how heavy the effect is applied to the sound and
how often the effect is used over the length of the song. If you
are looking for past references of the use of the flanger check
out the beatles and jimmy hendrix. They were both known for using
flanger effect in there songs, and to even today its use is widely
popular in reference to (the acidy string sound) very psychedelic
and heard in many genres of electronic music.
If you found this article helped you understand what a flanger
effect is, and how to use it, then you may want to read this topic
related article on the reverb