Looking to add the famous flanger pedal to your effects toolbox? Awesome! Let's dive into some useful information that will help you choose your ideal flanger.
Flanger pedals have a very distinctive sound and are extremely versatile. Their versatility is based on the fact that they can sound like other types of effects, such as vibrato or chorus. But what they're commonly used for is that swooping jet plane type of sound. They also can slightly delay the sound, altering the delay over time while you're playing. This causes harmonics to phase cancel, creating the well-known sweeping sound. Regardless of the music genre you're into, flangers will help you reshape your sound in complex, subtle ways.
Sweetwater carries a broad range of flangers. Most come with four controls: rate, depth, resonance, and manual. Sometimes, these controls have different names, yet their functions are exactly the same. Some pedals come with additional controls such as mode. Let's talk about what each control does.
Rate speeds up or slows down the sweep. Depth highlights the sweep, making it more noticeable. Resonance controls how high the sweep goes. Manual controls where the sweep's center is. Mode controls are used for different kinds of flanging, changing the characteristics of the sound. Most often, this will be accessible via an onboard toggle button.
If you want your sound to be unaffected by the pedal whenever it's not on, look for true bypass flanger pedals. Tap tempo is another nice feature to have — helping you to quickly dial in your tempo for the music you’re playing. Do you want to create the sound of a guitar playing in stereo? Take a close took at stereo flangers. These pedals can even drive two speakers at once!
Voicings are a matter of personal preference. If you love the classic old-school flanger effect, go for a vintage-voiced pedal. For a more contemporary sound, modern-voiced flanger pedals provide the effect you’re looking for.
Sweetwater stocks a vast array of flangers, which means that you have limitless opportunities to alter and improve your guitar's sound. Our expert Sales Engineers are also musicians and are always ready to answer any questions you may have. Let us help steer you to the flanger pedal that is right for you — give us a call! Learn More
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