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Re: Any opinions on Arion Flanger? Or other flangers?

10/13/2000 3:46 PM
Mark Hammer
Re: Any opinions on Arion Flanger? Or other flangers?
Most flangers use the same core technology. If a 3-knobber is designed well, yo can probably get the kinds of sounds out of it that please you, but if it isn't designed well then a 4 or 5-knobber may be required to tweak to comfort level.  
Things to watch out for:  
1) Degree of tone-sucking or volume change in bypass mode. Phasers, flangers and chorusses often use FET switching to simply cut the wet signal in and out, leaving the straight signal untouched whether in effect or bypass mode. Some do a better job of managing the straight signal than others.  
2) LFO speed and waveform: Moreso than for chorusses, the characteristics of the LFO really matter. Having a wide range of sweep rates is important for usability, and the waveshape of the LFO can make a big difference in sonic quality and character at slow sweeps.  
3) Initial delay: The tonal character of a flanger changes dramatically when the delay sweep starts from different points. Having an initial delay control is mandatory for a decent unit that will make you enjoy having it.

Pauley Setting the initial delay on a "modern" flanger -- 10/13/2000 7:48 PM