Modulating sounds with filters is not a new idea in music production. It has actually been a standard since the introduction of first synthesizers and guitar effects. What’s more, as time passed more and more manufacturers of effects started to make complex filter units with lots of possibilities for filter modulation of the sound source. Therefore, nowadays we can’t imagine popular genres of electronic music without the use of filters. From standard low-pass, band-pass and hi-pass filter types now we have an abundance of different alternatives which are beneficial in creating some really impressive filter modulations.
MWobler by Melda Productions
In the next tutorial, I will present to you an awesome piece of software plugin called MWobbler, developed by Melda Productions. This unit contains a variety of different filter modulation options. Additionally, it is coupled with great sounding distortion, complex sequencer and various routing options.
As it names suggests this plugin “Wobbles” anything you send to it. Its interface is pretty user-friendly.
To begin, I have made a short sequence in SoundBridge which contains some guitar chords, a basic rhythm and a baseline. Let us first hear how that sounds.
~Sequence – Unprocessed
After placing the MWobbler on to Guitar Chords track we can see a simplified version of the interface. It contains some basic presets on the left side, big knobs that are controlling DRY/WET mix, Character, Filter Type Switch and LFO Speed. On the right side, we can see a metering section containing In and Out meters as well as Stereo Width meter on the far right.
You can switch thru the presets but the real fun starts when you press the edit button. Consequently, only then can you really see what this plugin has to offer.
Modulating the sound with this plugin starts with 2 different filter units. It is also possible to engage a 3rd unit called “ Follower & LFO “ but in this case, I will just use one filter unit which I have marked within red. Under the Filter one, we can see an abundance of parameters to control. Ranging from Frequency, Resonance all the way to Drive and Saturation.
Below this section, we can see a step sequencer which also contains a large number of parameters to control. Starting from Main Shape, Smoothness and a Mix of the Step Sequencer.
When you press the edit button within the step sequencer a new interface appears. It has lots of different shapes which you can use to make some really interesting sequences. Furthermore, everything can be modulated later on and polished to perfection by using the routing options found in the far left part of the interface.
After setting up everything, let us hear how did the MWobbler change the Guitar Chords sequence. First, we will hear it solo and then with the other elements in the mix for full effect.
~Guitar Chords solo – Processed with MWobbler
~Guitar Chords + Rhythm & Bassline – Processed with MWobbler