Unmistakable Bucket-Brigade Flanging and Doubling, Captured Perfectly for the UAD-2 Platform.
For more than 30 years, musicians and engineers have relied upon the MXR Flanger/Doubler as one of best-sounding bucket-brigade flanging effects ever made. Through its signature flanging, doubling, and delay effects, the MXR Flanger/Doubler imprints a unique stamp on guitars, bass, keys, drums, or just about any source needing movement and depth. Developed in close collaboration with Dunlop Manufacturing, the MXR Flanger/Doubler plug-in for the UAD-2 platform replicates the legendary sound of this classic studio and stage effect with unparalleled accuracy.
Flanging originated as a tape effect where two tape machines are playing two identical and synchronized signals, and one is gradually delayed to create unique comb filtering effects. In the late 70’s, MXR introduced the famed Flanger/Doubler unit which, unlike tape flanging, recreated this effect electronically via “bucket brigade” design — in which the analog signal is passed through a series of capacitors. With each capacitor, the audio signal is degraded, creating significant coloration and a unique tone. A portion of the output signal is then fed back to the input as a re-circulating delay line, producing a resonance that further increases the intensity of the effect. The “phase” (more accurately, the polarity) of the fed-back signal is sometimes inverted, producing another variation on the classic flanging sound.
With the MXR Flanger/Doubler plug-in’s available controls, you can dial in the perfect Width, Speed, and Regeneration settings for the flange or delay effect, while using the onboard Mix control to blend-in the desired amount of the dry signal. Clicking the Invert button flips the wet signal’s phase by 180º for a different flavor of filtering. For static effects, you can set the Sweep controls (Width/Speed) to minimum, while using the Manual control to set the desired phase offset (Flange) or delay amount (Double).
Going beyond the hardware, the MXR Flanger/Doubler includes true stereo operation. With the MXR Flanger/Doubler inserted on stereo tracks, the Dual/Single button switches between “Single” (0º in-phase) sweep mode, or “Dual” sweep mode, providing 180º antiphase operation. Another UAD-exclusive feature, the sum to Mono button, allows for creatively collapsing the stereo output, or for checking phase relationships. Lastly, the plug-in’s Tempo Sync control allows the plug-in’s LFO to synchronize to any beat value. For perfectly timed sweeps, users can lock to a song’s existing tempo settings from within their DAW.
The MXR Flanger/Doubler is well suited for sound-shaping, recording, and mixing, and even for adding some post-production flavor. Flanging is particularly popular as an individual effect on a wide range of musical sources — including guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and more. Another common use for the MXR Flanger/Doubler is as a group effect, where effecting more than one signal is desired. Try applying the MXR Flanger/Doubler to drum busses or even the entire mix, most often for a brief period in the song, such as a break or bridge. In addition to Flanging, the Flanger/Doubler excels as a short-range delay/doubler.