Final Cut Pro X Logic Effects - Phaser Effect

background image

Phaser Effect

The Phaser effect combines the original signal with a copy that is slightly out of phase
with the original. This means that the amplitudes of the two signals reach their highest
and lowest points at slightly different times. The timing differences between the two
signals are modulated by two independent LFOs. In addition, the Phaser includes a filter
circuit and a built-in envelope follower that tracks volume changes in the input signal,
generating a dynamic control signal. This control signal alters the sweep range. Sonically,
phasing is used to create whooshing, sweeping sounds that wander through the frequency
spectrum. It is a commonly used guitar effect, but it is suitable for a range of signals.

Phaser Feedback Section

Filter button: Activates the filter section, which processes the feedback signal.

LP and HP knobs and fields: Set the cutoff frequency of the filter section’s lowpass (LP)

and highpass (HP) filters.

Feedback slider and field: Determines the amount of the effect signal that is routed back

into the input of the effect.

Phaser Sweep Section

Ceiling and Floor sliders and fields: Use the individual slider handles to determine the

frequency range affected by the LFO modulations.

Order slider and field: Allows you to choose between different phaser algorithms. The

more orders a phaser has, the heavier the effect.

The 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 settings put five different phaser algorithms at your fingertips.
All are modeled on analog circuits, with each designed for a specific application.

You are free to select odd-numbered settings (5, 7, 9, 11), which, strictly speaking, don’t
generate actual phasing. The more subtle comb filtering effects produced by
odd-numbered settings can, however, come in handy on occasion.

Env Follow slider and field: Determines the impact of incoming signal levels on the

frequency range (as set with the Ceiling and Floor controls).


Chapter 5

Modulation Effects

background image

Phaser LFO Section

LFO 1 and LFO 2 Rate knobs and fields: Set the speed for each LFO.

LFO Mix slider and fields: Determines the ratio between the two LFOs.

Env Follow slider and field: Determines the impact of incoming signal levels on the speed

of LFO 1.

Phase knob and field: Available only in stereo and surround instances. Controls the

phase relationship between the individual channel modulations.

At 0°, the extreme values of the modulation are achieved simultaneously for all channels.
180° or −180° is equal to the greatest possible distance between the modulation phases
of the channels.

Distribution pop-up menu: Available only in surround instances. Defines how the phase

offsets between the individual channels are distributed in the surround field. You can
choose from “circular,” “left

right,” “front

rear,” “random,” and “new random”


Note: When you load a setting that uses the “random” option, the saved phase offset
value is recalled. If you want to randomize the phase setting again, choose “new random”
in the Distribution pop-up menu.

Phaser Output Section

Output Mix slider and field: Determines the balance of dry and wet signals. Negative

values result in a phase-inverted mix of the effect and direct (dry) signal.

Warmth button: Enables a distortion circuit, suitable for warm overdrive effects.