Video Tutorial – Using Waves Enigma

a screenshot of the waves enigma plugin in logic pro x

In a new series of Waves video tutorials, Eli Krantzberg takes a look at the Waves Enigma modulation plugin and uses it on drums, background vocals and lead guitar.

Part One – Introduction To Waves Enigma

Logic Pro X has plenty of great sounding and intuitive modulation effects plug-ins. Chorus, delay, flanger, phaser, et cetera, they’re all there.

So what makes the Waves Enigma multi-dimensional modulation plugin so special?

Waves Enigma creates notches in the signal, somewhat as flangers and phasers do, but with some added twists. There is a reverb-type processor, a feedback loop, an LFO, filters in various places, and some hard-to-describe interactive controls. It’s like having a very complex phaser/flanger with a reverb/feedback network with sophisticated filtering plus some modulation. All of these are optional, and of course, this is what gives you so much flexibility. Use the plugin in modest amounts – either by inserting it directly on a track in Logic Pro X or by using an Aux Send – and you’ll get interesting and complex, yet subtle modulation-style effects.

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Hear how the notch and filter sections of this multi purpose modulation design plug-in are used to generate everything from wild to subtle modulation style effects:

Part Two – Using Waves Enigma On Drums

In part two, Eli Krantzberg takes a look at the Waves Enigma multi-dimensional modulation plugin and uses it on a drum track in Logic Pro X. Watch how Eli Krantzberg explores ways to generate creative metallic ringing (or choppy) flange-like effects on a drum loop return using the Waves modulation plugin.

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Part Three – Using Waves Enigma on Background Vocals

In part three, Eli Krantzberg takes a look at the Waves Enigma plugin and uses it on some background vocals in Logic Pro X. You can hear how Enigma is used to establish an ethereal quality by adding a slow moving modulation effect on the aux return of a pair of hard-panned background vocal tracks before reaching an effected reverb.

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Part Four – Using Waves Enigma on Lead Guitar

In the final video, Eli Krantzberg uses the plugin subtly on a lead guitar track in Logic Pro X. You can hear how the plugin is used to create a complex but subtle modulation-style effect directly on a lead guitar track in Logic Pro X, before it is sent to a reverb.

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Download a Demo

For more info, user reviews or to download a 7-day demo, visit Enigma at the Waves Plugins website.

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Apple Certified Pro Eli Krantzberg is an internationally known author and music software trainer for Groove3. His instructional videos have helped demystify music software such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Sonar, BFD, Melodyne, and Kontakt for thousands of users all over the world. Based in Montreal, Canada, Eli is involved in all aspects of audio production. In his studio he works with various artists, as well as on commercial jingles, corporate videos, and original music composition.
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