The orange Finisher is the central control in Finisher VOODOO. It is a super powerful macro-control, multi-wired into all effect algorithms under the hood, and carefully set up for each individual Mode.
The orange Finisher Knob is not just another one-knob thing that you set up and leave to tweak the effect – although you perfectly could do just that.
Actually, you are encouraged to play with the orange Finisher Knob and automate it to create arcs, transitions and modulations over the length of your track. We strongly encourage you to assign it to a MIDI Controller like aWheel or a Pedal if you can play and record along with your song and create dynamic tracks that will sound alive and interesting.
The function of the orange Finisher Knob in each Mode is shown as a label underneath the orange Finisher Knob that changes as you select Modes.
Vari Knobs 1 - 4
Variation Knobs 1 and 2 with Labels
The smaller Variation Knobs left and right of the orange Finisher Knob are designed for adjustments and variations. The knobs generally follow an intrinsic scheme:
- Vari 1 adjusts the character of the effect, e.g. EQ, distortion, or dynamics.
- Vari 2 changes modulation settings - rates and depths or type of Chorus, Flanger, Phaser or more sophisticated modulations.
- Vari 3 dials in ambience - the often complex delay and reverb configurations that are part of every Finisher VOODOO Mode.
- Vari 4 is “hard-wired” to UJAMs signature Highlighter Filter - this is a dual resonant 24 dB LP/HP filter: Turn left for lowpass (cutting the top range) and right for highpass (cutting the top range).
In spite of the technical description, the Highlighter Filter is a very musical thing - just try and you’ll get the hang of it in a second.
Like the orange Finisher Knob, the Vari controls are entirely MODE-dependent - they are always programmed to perform the musically most useful function in any given MODE.
Also, like the orange Finisher Knob, Vari knobs are pre-assigned to multiple parameters, each with its own scaling and range, to create complex changes, and their function assignment is shown as a label right underneath each knob.
Variation Knob Types
Different Vari Knob Types: Vari 1 and Vari 3: unipolar, Vari 2: 3-way switch
Checking and Setting Levels
Input and Output Level and Meter
The Input Level Meter and Slider to the bottom left to let you attenuate or boost your signals’ input level into Finisher, and the Output Level elements to the right do the same for Finisher VOODOOs output signal. A few tips:
- Signals are at an optimal level if they are around the little calibration marks on the slider. Adjust them if they’re not.
- Optimal input levels are important particularly for those Modes that use distortion, compression or any kind of dynamic treatment.
- Optimal output levels are particularly important if you use subsequent processing in the same track, and to avoid clipping.
Note that while you drag a slider, the resulting change will be displayed in dB.
Finisher VOODOOs is optimized to alter the signal’s level as little as possible from input to output, but depending on the frequency content of the input signal and the processing applied (e.g. sub-bass on kick drums, high resonant filters on mid-rich signals) this is not always avoidable.
Using Input Level to optimize effects
Many effects, particularly the Wah-Wahs or the dynamic filters, use the input signal level to control movements in the effect. If the input signal level is too high, you will hardly hear any effect.
Solution: Feed your input signal into VOODOO and adjust the Input Level until you hear exactly the movement you’d like to hear.
Here are some modes to try - adjust the input level as you listen to the effect:
- 03 Chili Butter - adjust with Finisher and Comb Sense
- 07 Wah A Mole - adjust with Finisher and Filter Cutoff
- 39 Deja Verb - leave pauses while trying out.
If you had to lower the Input Level a lot, compensate with Output Level. of course, YOU knew this!