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Lesson 8 - LFO's

In This Lesson: Understanding and working with LFO's

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How To Use This Lesson

Watch the video below and take the quiz at the bottom of the page. If you need a bit of extra help with the videos, then by all means read the accompanying written content (the written content on this page simply restates what was said in the video).

Make sure you set the video below to at least "720p HD", if not "1080p HD", and then set it to Fullscreen as well. Otherwise the video won't display properly, and it will be quite difficult to follow the tutorial.

You can set it to 1080p HD by clicking the little Gearbox icon at the bottom of the video, and clicking "1080p HD". You can set the video to fullscreen by choosing the very bottom-right button in the video.

Working With LFO's

LFO's are very intimidating to most beginners, but with some simple explanation, they become very simple.

An LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) is usually represented by a shape. The shape determines the depth of an effect, combined with a timeline.

Rather than explaining this in words, watch the video to get an idea of how LFO's work. You will gain much more knowledge as to how this works by your own experimentation than anything I can write here.

So instead of confusing you with a bunch of complex terminology, just experiment and follow along with the video!

  • LFO's are about shapes. It's very similar to what you would see in a graph in math class.
  • You can often choose which effect the LFO will control, whether it be pitch, frequencies, pan, etc.

In the example at the end of the video, pay attention to the "Staircase" pattern that is shown at the top of the Maelstrom. That is the most obvious way of showing you how an LFO works, as it is a very blatant LFO.

You may need to watch that portion of the video several times in order to fully grasp the concept. If you are having trouble understanding, watch the video 2 or 3 times, as much as needed!

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  1. What does LFO stand for?
  2. An LFO works with shapes, similar to a graph that you would find in math class (True/False)
  3. LFO's can only work with pitch (True/False)


  1. Low Frequency Oscillator
  2. True.
  3. False. LFO's can work with a variety of different parameters.

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