This week’s Mobius preset requires an expression pedal to get the full effect. Although it is not a pitch shift effect, it is inspired in part by the whammy pedal sound. It uses the Flanger modulation machine, and the expression pedal is assigned to control the delay time of the flanger. Working the pedal quickly creates dramatic swoops, and moving the pedal slowly reveals audible steps when moving through different delay times, which is kind of a cool effect in itself. This preset sounds best with a high-gain distorted signal feeding into the flanger, which is what you’ll hear in the example below.
I have set a somewhat narrow range for the expression pedal, with the heel position only dropping the MANUAL delay time parameter down to one notch above halfway, and the toe position going up to one notch shy of maximum. This smaller range makes it easier to hit the individual delay values and hear the incremental steps when moving the pedal slowly, resulting in sort of a granular sound that I like.
The image below shows the knob settings and secondary parameters. Dial it up on your Mobius and give it a try!
I have the REGEN parameter turned up pretty high, so to mitigate the resulting volume issues, I have the Level knob turned all the way down (-3dB). The MANUAL parameter controls the delay time of the flanger, and I’ve assigned the PARAM 2 knob to control that parameter. Then I assigned the expression pedal to control PARAM 2.
I have the mode set for BLACK –, but you may like the sound of BLACK + as well. The preset includes a very slow modulation speed and shallow depth setting for the LFO to add some motion even when the expression pedal position is not being moved.
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What do you think?
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