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Tips & tricks

Fabfilter Twin 2 has been designed to make sound designing fast, easy and fun. Here are some tips and tricks that will further help you to create a good preset and to get just that sound that you are looking for.

  • Drag-and-drop modulation
    Obviously, the best tip we can give you, is to make use of the drag-and-drop modulation connection method. There is no need to go searching through the drop down menus for sources and targets: just drag a source icon of any modulation source directly to any knob that can be modulated to fill a modulation slot.
  • Section presets
    The settings for an XLFO, EG, EF, MIDI source, and the oscillators, filters, and delay sections can be saved in section presets, to be re-used for future sound designing. FabFilter Twin 2 comes with some general factory section presets, but we encourage you to save your own frequently used settings. Use the the Presets button in a section to access the presets menu.
  • Knob linking
    The level/pan knobs of the oscillators and the freq/pan and peak knobs of the filters can be linked. For example, just hold down the Alt key while turning the Filter 1 frequency knob; the Filter 2 frequency knob will change with it, relative to its current position.
  • Using an XLFO as an arpeggiator
    The XLFO has a Snap setting (looks like a small piano keyboard). If selected, a
    small piano keyboard appears and the sliders snap to "note" positions. Also, if you
    modulate a filter frequency, the master tune, or oscillator detune with this XLFO
    and turn the slot level to maximum, the note positions in the XLFO will
    correspond with actual notes. So, you can use this to turn the XLFO into an
  • Modulating an XLFO frequency
    You can modulate the frequency of an XLFO with any modulation source other than itself. You could, for example, modulate the frequency with an envelope generator, which can be really cool.
  • Take advantage of the XLFO phase offset parameter
    The XLFO has a phase offset parameter, which is controlled by the large triangular
    > slider underneath the step sliders. You can also modulate this! In addition, you
    can set the frequency to zero, so the XLFO just stays at its current position, and
    use the phase offset to ‘sweep’ back and forth through the steps. If you modulate
    the phase offset you can sweep through the steps multiple times (try this with an
    XY controller and the slot level at maximum).
  • Modulating a modulation slot level
    FabFilter Twin 2 lets you modulate the levels of other modulation slots. For example: use the first slot to modulate master tune with an XLFO and use the second slot to modulate the first slots level with a slow envelope. This gets you a swelling vibrato. You can nest modulation in this way as deeply as you want.
  • Portamento
    We have put a lot of effort in creating a very good portamento, because this really gives a magical feel to your play. Even adding just a little bit works great. We have also implemented a unique polyphonic portamento which enables you to play sliding chords. Try it!
  • Inverted keyboard track frequency modulation
    When you use the keyboard track in a MIDI source to modulate the Master Tune or Osc 2 Detune parameter, with the modulation level set to the maximum, and the slot switch to inverted, the oscillator will produce the same frequency for every note you play.
  • Play the self-oscillation
    Our award-winning filters self-oscillate like no other digital filters. When you modulate the cut-off frequency of a filter with the keyboard track modulation source at full range, and set the filter frequency correctly with maximum peak, your filter actually becomes an oscillator and you can play notes with it!
  • Reduce CPU usage
    To minimize CPU usage, you can disable filters, oscillators and the entire delay section if you are not using it. Keeping Sync at 1 will minimize CPU usage for that oscillator. See also Polyphony and unison.

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