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Modulation Effects Overview and Demo Video Edit

The Fender Mustang amps and Fender Fuse software are loaded with 14 on-board MOD(ulation) effect "pedals" (12 unique to the MOD bank, and 2 shared with the STOMP bank). See Built-In Effects, for high level description of each type of effect.

Fender Mustang (V2) III, IV, & V Modulation Models

Fender Mustang (V2) III, IV, & V Modulation Models

Sine ChorusEdit

  • A chorus pedal copies the signal, changes the pitch of the copy and adds a short delay. The sound wave of the copied signal can be controlled by changing its amplitude, frequency and shape. The shape may be a sine or triangle. A sine chorus changes pitch smoothly.
  • Settings:
    • ​Level – Controls the ratio of the effected and original signals; the “wet/dry mix” (100% = max effect)
    • Rate – Changes the rate/frequency and creates more pitch modulation
    • Depth – Changes amplitude/intensity. It changes the amount of delay over the cycle and defines the maximum and minimum delay
    • Avg. Delay – Sets the average delay, around which the Depth works
    • LR Phase – Left/Right phase
      • Stereo effect utilization requires LINE OUT or multi-speaker Mustang amp combo (IV/V)

Triangle ChorusEdit

  • A triangle chorus changes pitch more abruptly than the sine chorus, otherwise they work identically (see Sine Chorus)
  • Settings - see Sine Chorus

Sine FlangerEdit

  • A Flanger creates a “swooshing” sound by pairing the original signal with a varying frequency copy of the original signal. Emulates the sound of an old studio trick whereby an engineer slows down and speeds up an overdubbed copy of the guitar track
  • Settings:
    • ​Level – Controls the ratio of the effected and original signals; the “wet/dry mix” (100% = max effect)
    • Rate – Changes the rate/frequency of phase shifting, so that different frequencies are de/emphasized on each pass
    • Depth – Changes the amplitude/intensity of the copied signal
    • Feedback – Adjusts the amount that the effected signal is fed back into the effect
    • LR Phase – Left/Right phase
      • Stereo effect utilization requires LINE OUT or multi-speaker Mustang amp combo (IV/V)

Triangle FlangerEdit

  • A Triangle Flanger changes pitch more abruptly than the Sine Flanger, otherwise they work identically (see Sine Flanger)
  • Settings - see Sine Flanger

VibratoneEdit

  • Creates a Doppler effect of a sound approaching and receding, repeatedly
  • Settings:
    • See Sine Flanger
    • Rotor - Changes the rate/frequency of Doppler effect, so that different frequencies are de/emphasized on each pass

Vintage TremoloEdit

  • Tremolo increases and decreases the volume at regular intervals
  • Settings:
    • ​Level – Controls the ratio of the effected and original signals; the “wet/dry mix” (100% = max effect)
    • Rate – Sets the speed/frequency of the modulation
    • Duty Cycle – Sets the amount of time that the signal spends at the top and bottom of the sound wave. Lower duty cycle produces thinner sounds; higher duty cycle produces thicker sounds
    • Attack – How quickly tremolo reacts to the signal
    • Release – Duration of tremolo, after falling back below the threshold

​Sine TremoloEdit

  • Tremolo increases and decreases the volume at regular intervals
  • Settings:
    • ​Level – Controls the ratio of the effected and original signals; the “wet/dry mix” (100% = max effect)
    • Rate – Sets the speed/frequency of the modulation
    • Duty Cycle – Sets the amount of time that the signal spends at the top and bottom of the sound wave. Lower duty cycle produces thinner sounds; higher duty cycle produces thicker sounds
    • LFO Clip – Low Frequency Oscillation is the method of modulating the effected signal. LFO Clip will flatten the oscillation peaks and valleys, creating a subtle variation on the “warble”. (0% = No Clipping; 100% = Max Clipping)
    • Shape – Gradually converts Sine Tremolo to Triangle Tremolo (0% = Sine; 100% = Triangle)

Ring ModulatorEdit

  • Creates a highly processed/synthesized electronic sound by multiplying the frequencies of the original and processed signal. Called a ring modulator because the original circuit formed a ring
  • Settings:
    • ​Level – Controls the ratio of the effected and original signals; the “wet/dry mix” (100% = max effect)
    • Frequency – Adjusts the carrier frequency of the effect (0% = lower frequency; 100% = higher frequency). Sets the speed of the “warble”
    • Depth – Changes the amplitude/intensity of the copied signal (0% = min intensity; 100% = max intensity)
    • Shape – LFO Shape (Sine / Triangle)
    • Phase – Shifts the modified signal out of phase (0% = in phase with original signal; 100% = 180° out of phase)

Step FilterEdit

  • Creates a heavily processed, Doppler-like, swirling sound with periodic changes to amplitude, by multiplying the frequencies of the original and processed signals
  • Settings:
    • ​Level – Controls the ratio of the effected and original signals; the “wet/dry mix” (100% = max effect)
    • Rate – Changes the rate/frequency of phase shifting, so that different frequencies are de/emphasized on each pass
    • Resonance – Feedback causing frequencies to amplify themselves. Thickens the sound. (0% = Min Resonance; 100% = Max Resonance)
    • Min. Freq. – Sets the lowest frequency outputted by the effect. (0% = More low frequencies; 100% = Less low frequencies)
    • Max. Freq. – Sets the highest frequency outputted by the effect. (0% = Less high frequencies; 100% = More high frequencies)

PhaserEdit

  • Also called “Phase Shifters” makes a copy of the incoming signal and shifts it out of phase from the original. The phase-shifted copy is then blended back with original, so that the in-phase/out-of-phase relationship can be heard. Gives a “swirling” sound as it gets more extreme.
  • Settings:
    • ​Level – Controls the ratio of the effected and original signals; the “wet/dry mix” (100% = max effect)
    • Rate – Changes the rate/frequency of phase shifting, so that different frequencies are de/emphasized on each pass
    • Depth – Changes the amplitude/intensity of the copied signal
    • Feedback – Adjusts the amount that the effected signal is fed back into the effect
    • Shape – Sine (smooth) or Triangle (abrupt) changes to the copied signal

WahEdit

  • Modeled on VOX V847A Wah-Wah (Fixed)
  • Wah is a type of guitar effects pedal that alters the tone of the signal to create a distinctive effect, mimicking the human voice, creating a "wacka-wacka" funk styled rhythm or used to boost certain frequencies by keeping it in a single position, emphasizing the "sweet spot" in the tonal spectrum of an instrument.
  • Settings:
    • Mix – Controls the ratio of the effected and original signals; the “wet/dry mix” (100% = max effect)
    • Freq – High frequency band pass filter (100% = more treble)
    • Heel/Toe Freq – Sets the highest/lowest frequencies filtered for the virtual heel and toe positions, virtually pivoting the pedal (100% = max treble)
    • High Q – Band pass filter controlling width of frequencies filtered, affecting tone (On = narrower range, more treble

Touch WahEdit

  • Modeled on VOX V847A Wah-Wah (Dynamic)
  • Adds a “touch” effect that reads signal level (i.e., string strike) and adjusts effect proportionally.
  • Settings:
    • Mix – Controls the ratio of the effected and original signals; the “wet/dry mix” (100% = max effect)
    • Sensitivity – Controls degree that effect will react to touch (100% = max effect)
    • Min Freq – Adjusts the frequency the wah relaxes to when your playing volume is at a minimum (100% = max treble)
    • Adjusts the frequency the wah sweeps to when your playing volume is at a maximum (100% = max treble)
    • High Q – Band pass filter controlling width of frequencies filtered, affecting tone (On = narrower range, more treble)
  • Also known as Envelope Filter.

Diatonic Pitch ShifterEdit

Pitch ShifterEdit

  • Creates a chromatic harmony with the original signal, based on user-designated amount of pitch shift
  • Settings:
    • ​Mix – Controls the ratio of the effected and original signals; the “wet/dry mix” (100% = max effect)
    • Pitch – Adjusts the pitch shift in 0.2 step increments (-24.0 = down two octaves; +24.0 = up two octaves)
    • Pre Delay – Adjusts the amount of delay between the original signal and the effected copy
    • Feedback – Adjusts the amount that the effected signal is fed back into the effect (0% = Min delay; 100% = Max delay)
    • Tone – High frequency band pass filter (100% = max treble)