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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.