# Phaser effect width workflow

• Hi,

I'm creating a phaser effect but the workflow feels cumbersome, I'd like to share to know if it can be improved.

I'd like to program my phaser to match the beats. So when the phaser runs within a sequence it is assigned to a speedmaster to match the bpm.

For this example I want to create a small strobe effect in the beginning of every 4 beats. (total width = 400)

I program the following steps:

Step 1: width=40, has the strobe effects attributes set

Step 2: width=60, strobe off gap to close beat 1

Step 3. width=100, strobe off gap for beat 2

Step 4. width=100, strobe off gap for beat 3

Step 5. width=100, strobe off gap for beat 4.

As you can see I need to do some calculations myself to match the 400 width and because the maximum step width can only be 100 I need to duplicate it many times.

Is there a way I could improve on this?

Thanks.

• Yeah this is a bit clunky, I've had a few similar situations with phasers. I'm sure improvements are coming as MA3 is still a new software.

• As you can see I need to do some calculations myself to match the 400 width and because the maximum step width can only be 100 I need to duplicate it many times.

to my understanding of your example, a strobe-on-time of 40/400 = 10%, you could alternatively try this approach:

Step 1: width=10, strobe on

Step 2: width=90, strobe off

Then to match only every 4th beat, set the speed-layer to a rate of 1/4 = 0.25Hz | 4sec | 15BPM

• Thanks I could make the same phaser effect with your suggestion, which is a lot simpler to program. I was not aware that the speed-layer can also be used to set a base for the speedmaster.