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The XT-SP "Stunning Phaser" is a creative modulation effect similar to the classic Phaser guitar effect.
Unlike a traditional phaser, where the modulation is free-running, the XT-SP provides multiple methods to sync the modulation LFO to the session's playhead position. This makes it particularly useful as a production & mixdown effect, because it always sounds the same.
Modes: Select one of 4 main modes:
Oscillator Shape: select the modulation type:
Barberpole modes: These modes use a sawtooth modulator shape, either climbing or descending. But there is no discontinuity when the sawtooth resets; the peaks and notches continuously cycle like a rotating barberpole (sometimes called a Shepard effect). The resulting effect is good for applying a subtle downward or upward-spiraling effect during mixdown. Or with more aggressive settings, it can apply an envelope-filtered sound. When a barberpole mode is selected, the Oscillator knobs will be disabled.
Oscillator Display: this display shows the oscillator shape, as well as a vertical line representing the current position of the oscillator value. Click & drag on the oscillator display to adjust the "phase offset* of the oscillator. This allows you to synchronize the modulation to emphasize a particular rhythmic pulse in the plugin's input signal.
Stereo Width: If the Stereo version is used on a track, then the display provides 2 different lines, and a "stereo width" knob which varies the distance between the 2 lines. For a dramatic stereo effect, use a very small distance between the 2 lines.
Divisions: Each LED indicator represents a different subdivision of the base tempo. Use these settings to increase or decrease the oscillator speed, while matching the tempo to the music. Select different ratios (1/12 or 2/3 on a 4/4 meter) to create polyrhythms in the modulation.
Wet/Dry knob: Turning this knob to the left will result in a 100% Dry sound (no effect is heard). Turning the knob to the right will result in 100% Wet sound (no dry signal is heard). A momentary button for 'Dry' and 'Wet' allows you to audition the effect without permanently changing the knob setting.
Regeneration: Perhaps the most important knob, the regeneration (sometimes called feedback or resonance) controls the sharpness of the filters by sending the signal through the filter multiple times. Increase the regeneration knob for wild synth-like effects. The red light will indicate when the phaser feedback path is saturated.