A wah-wah pedal (or simply wah pedal) is a type of electric guitar effects pedal that alters the tone and frequencies of the guitar signal to create a distinctive sound. Moreover, it is mimicking the human voice saying the onomatopoeic name “wah-wah”. The evolution of technology in audio production brought a wide variety of digital effects mimicking the old analog ones, and one of them is also the famous wah-wah effect. One of the solutions I favourize the most is the wah-wah effect incorporated in Guitar Rig 5 by Native Instruments. So in the next tutorial, we will guide you through its interface, parameters and all that followed by a couple of audio examples.
For the purpose of this tutorial, we have made a sequence in the SoundBridge: DAW that contains all the elements of the full track including the solo electric guitar riff. So let’s start by adding a fresh instance of Guitar Rig 5 to the channel which is containing the above mentioned electric guitar riff.
Guitar Rig 5 interface houses sections with various effects on its left side. Specifically, the wah-wah effect which we are going to use is located in the “Filters” section. You can engage it just by dragging and dropping it onto the main part of the Guitar Rig 5 interface.
The picture above shows a closer look at the wah effect. The Real Wah effect is based on a custom wah-wah pedal that became an instant success when it appeared in the late ’90s.
Following this further, the upper part of the interface is a representation of the wah-wah pedal and it can move by the mouse to left or right. Furthermore, below we see can see the following parameters.
STEREO: Activates true stereo processing for this module.
LP-BP-HP: Controls the mix between embedded low, band and high pass filter
DRY: Controls the dry/wet amount of the effect.
MIN: Sets the filter frequency with the slider set all to the left.
MID: Sets the filter frequency with the slider at its middle position.
MAX: Sets the filter frequency with the slider set all to the right.
MIN: Sets the amount of filter resonance with the slider set all to the left.
MID: Sets the amount of filter resonance with the slider at its middle position.
MAX: Sets the amount of filter resonance with the slider set all to the right.
MIN: Sets the filter level with the slider set all to the left.
MID: Sets the filter level with the slider at its middle position.
MAX: Sets the filter level with the slider set all to the left
After a brief introduction of the wah-wah effect, parameters let’s hear it in action. For this purpose, we have created an automation sequence that follows the guitar riff, as shown in the picture below.
So now we will listen to the guitar riff. First unprocessed, then processed with wah-wah effect and in the end in context with other elements in the mix.
~Electric Guitar Riff – Unprocessed
~Electric Guitar Riff -Processed with Wah-Wah