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Create an original MIDI Controlled Stereo Wah Pedal
on Sunday 05 November 2006
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by Guillaume Jeulin
Blue Cat Audio
http://www.bluecataudio.com

In this tutorial you will learn how to create an original Wah pedal-like stereo effect: the wah effect will move from the sides of the stereo field to the center when you push your foot controller. As a prerequisite, you should read our Wah Pedal tutorial so that you are familiar with the basics of MIDI control. This effect is of course suitable for a guitar track, but can be as well used for keyboards, organs, or even voices. This tutorial uses Cakewalk Sonar 5, but it is applicable to any other VST or DirectX host software.

Step By Step

01 - Connect the MIDI output of your foot controller to the MIDI input of your computer, launch and setup your host software:
Image: http://www.musiciantutorials.com/images/create_an_original_midi_controlled_stereo_wah_pedal/01.png

02 - Insert Blue Cat\\\'s Stereo Chorus plug-in:
Image: http://www.musiciantutorials.com/images/create_an_original_midi_controlled_stereo_wah_pedal/02.png

03 - Set the rate to a very low value, and the \\\'wet\\\' parameter to its maximum value:
Image: http://www.musiciantutorials.com/images/create_an_original_midi_controlled_stereo_wah_pedal/03.png

04 - Insert Blue Cat\\\'s Widening Triple EQ after the Chorus effect:
Image: http://www.musiciantutorials.com/images/create_an_original_midi_controlled_stereo_wah_pedal/04.png

05 - Create a band-pass filter for each channel (Mid and Side), with the following parameters (the skin shown here is \\\'single screen\\\'):
Image: http://www.musiciantutorials.com/images/create_an_original_midi_controlled_stereo_wah_pedal/05.png

06 - Open the presets settings window:
Image: http://www.musiciantutorials.com/images/create_an_original_midi_controlled_stereo_wah_pedal/06.png

07 - In the MIDI Input panel, assign the Mid And Side Frequency parameters to your MIDI foot controller (manually or with MIDI learn), with reverse curve settings:
Image: http://www.musiciantutorials.com/images/create_an_original_midi_controlled_stereo_wah_pedal/07.png

08 - Enable \\\'audio input echo\\\' on the track in order to hear the sound (do not forget to mute all audio inputs in your soundcard settings, or you will hear the dry sound too):
Image: http://www.musiciantutorials.com/images/create_an_original_midi_controlled_stereo_wah_pedal/08.png

09 - Move your foot and play, the synchronized Mid and Side filters produce a stereo Wah effect thanks to the Stereo Chorus:
Image: http://www.musiciantutorials.com/images/create_an_original_midi_controlled_stereo_wah_pedal/09.png

10 - Customize your stereo Wah Pedal with the following parameters:
- Vary the Mid and Side bandwith values between 1.5 and 4 Octava. The larger the bandwith, the less noticeable effect.
- Create a lighter effect if you reduce the difference between the Mid and Low/High bands values.
- Increase the Stereo Chorus rate to obtain a rotary speaker-like effect.
- Customize the frequency range of your Wah pedal, as well as the response curve (see the Wah Pedal tutorial).
- You should also try to control the Mid and Side bandwidth parameters with the same MIDI controller (see the Wah Pedal tutorial).
- Try and listen!

Conclusion
You can now enjoy your personalized real time Wah stereo pedal and experiment the same principles with other effects.

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