To vocode, or not to vocode?

Vocoder V is not your standard vocoder. It’s not your standard synthesizer either. This is your new voice-transforming playground. Unlike the traditional vocoder, it combines carrier and modulator - synth and voice analyzer - into one powerful unit.

If you’d prefer not to sing, there’s even a dedicated sampler built in so you can process whatever sounds you want to. Part voice analyzer, part vintage analog synth, part cutting-edge sampler - this might just be the missing piece of your sonic puzzle.

Turn your vocal stems into analog FM basslines; Turn your drum loops into a synth chord sequences; Turn ambient samples into harmonic drones; Anything is possible.

A bit of history

The vocoder was originally invented as a way of analyzing and synthesizing the human voice, used to conserve bandwidth and encrypt radio transmissions - it was even used in the military. It wasn’t until the ‘70s that some bright spark saw its musical potential.

In the hands of synth & electric pioneers like Dr. Bob Moog and Harold Bode, the vocoder became an irresistible tool used in every style from disco to death metal. Early iterations of their vocoder were simply referred to as the ‘Bode’ after Bode’s own 7702 Vocoder design. This eventually evolved into the famous 16-Channel Vocoder that we’ve grown to love - and it remains a fascinating machine to this day.

From Giorgio Moroder to Daft Punk to Wendy Carlos, its vocal-morphing, synth-warping, gritty texture-weaving abilities can be heard on countless albums and soundtracks. It’s even raised a few hairs with appearances on some of John Carpenter’s iconic soundtracks. ...and with Vocoder V, it’s your turn.

Make that robot rock

Vocals that sound like a synth, a synth that sounds like vocals - Dr. Bob Moog’s original 1979 16-band magic voice box is responsible for some of the most far-out sounds in music history, from robotic speech to rich harmonized textures.

Vocoder V is out to give this classic a whole new voice.

Built-in synthesis

The original 16-Band Vocoder required an external synthesizer to process your vocal signal. With Vocoder V, it comes included as standard.

Its built-in dedicated synthesizer carrier section behaves like a fully-fledged synth by itself, giving you everything you need to make the fun, futuristic robot noises that you know and love. Enjoy the warm polyphonic chord sequences, wild frequency-modulated basslines, or noisy blizzard ambiences that you’d expect from a classic analog synth - but uniquely molded into the shape of your vocals or samples. This synth can talk!

Hold

Toggle whether all notes are sustained when played

Oscillator 1

Triangle, saw, square, and noise waveforms, with versatile shape control and Sync button

Oscillator 2

Triangle, saw, square, and noise waveforms, with shape control, fine tune control, and Fixed button which removes pitch control from the keyboard

Envelope controls

A basic attack/release envelope to shape the onset and timing of your synth notes

Expression controls

Bend and Mod wheels let you tweak your vocoder performance dynamics, with options for pitch bend range and glide (portamento)

Chord mode

Transform every note into a full chord, with 12 voicings to choose from including a custom one

Ensemble

Dial in your preferred amount of rich analog-style chorus for amazing stereo depth

Built-in synthesis

Vocoder V’s carrier section - A vocal part transformed with the modulator section, making creative use of FM, oscillator shape, and the ensemble control.

With a familiar dual-oscillator analog layout, complete with envelope and shaping controls, you suddenly have double the amount of control over your vocoder’s sound in a single interface - not to mention heaps of warm analog character to play with.

Your new voice

Vocoder V’s patchbay-centered interface will transport your voice wherever you want it to go.

The modulator section is stunning authentic reimagining of the original, letting you sculpt the response of your voice input in detail before it moves along the chain.

Maybe you’re looking to zap your vocals with sci-fi brightness. Or perhaps you want to support your topline with distinctly electronic harmonies.

The 16-band blueprint is designed to accurately detect every complex nuance of your voice, from breathy expressions to subtle sibilances - nothing goes undetected. Connect your mic or audio input, get patching, and effortlessly stitch your vocal sound together one frequency at a time.

Your new voice

Processed drum loops & voices - Hear Vocoder V’s carrier controls shifting and modulating slowly in two contrasting contexts - you can process any sound!

Voice & synth levels

Strike your own balance between carrier and modulator volume.

Times

Adjust the attack and release time for all bands.

Frequency levels

Individually control the level of each frequency band to adjust the finer sonic details.

Bands

Shift continuously up or down the entire range of frequencies to emphasize lower or upper frequencies. Then narrows or expands all bands frequency ranges, from narrow and precise to broad and rich.

Patch bay

16 bands of analysis & synthesis frequencies, from 50 to 5080Hz, awaiting your patchwork magic, complete with sample & hold and patch bay bypass.

High Freq & noise controls

Set the behavior of the high frequency signal; off, switched (with hiss signal), or direct (always active), and balance the level of vocoded signal (buzz) and noise content (hiss).

Stefano Ritteri

Artists Corner

I’m having a lot of fun with the Vocoder V, singing all day long! Thank you guys, you keep making amazing instruments and plugins every year, the line between hardware and software is so blurred now that there’s not point in debating anymore. Just make some good music!
Stefano Ritteri
( DJ/ Producer )
Robert Dudzic

Artists Corner

This is probably the most powerful Vocoder I own.
Robert Dudzic
( Composer / Sound Designer (Ready Player One, Guardian of the Galaxy) )

Go beyond expected

Like we do with all of our instrument emulations, we took this timeless transformer of vocals and tweaked it to meet the needs of the modern producer - open the Advanced Panel to unlock expanded sonic potential.

On the surface, Vocoder V is a 3-part sound design rollercoaster. Under the hood, however, next-level controls let you dig deeper, twist your sound, or add the final touch before you drop it into the mix - from simple EQ to advanced sample manipulation.

This panel is the gateway to the inner-workings of Vocoder V’s voice input detection.

The immediate visual interface gives you real-time feedback on the detected input, with gain & threshold settings to keep everything under control.

Voice controls

Vocal loops with pitch tracking - An incoming vocal signal’s pitch is tracked and accurately followed with the modulator (synth) section, with no additional note input required.

The real secret weapon here is Vocoder V’s Pitch Tracking feature. It uses your incoming signal and matches its pitch with that of the synthesizer section - miraculously letting you control the note input with your voice, complete with note quantization. Sketch instrumental parts or explore alternative vocal textures simply by singing into it!

Not keen on using a mic? You don’t have to be a singer to enjoy a vocoder. Vocoder V comes with an integrated sampler that you can control intuitively with your keyboard or MIDI input without singing a single note.

Choose from a library of included samples, from snappy vocal stems to ambient field recordings. Of course, you can’t have a sampler without being able to load up your own samples too - edit, stretch, and process whatever noise you like with Vocoder V.

Sampler

Vocoded sample playback - Samples triggered in Keyboard & Cycle modes, creating glitchy sequences and uniquely rhythmic phrases.

The sample player features two modes: Keyboard and Cycle.

In Keyboard mode

You can trigger up to 12 different samples, seamlessly switching between them. Craft intricate glitchy vocal loops, broken beats, or fractured ambiences that ooze analog vibes.

In Cycle mode

Your samples are triggered in sequence, in an order of your choosing. Any time a note is played, a sample is played, regardless of pitch - great for creating random phrases and textures without thinking about your note choice.

You’ve got your voice. You’ve got your sampler. You’ve got your synth engine. Now it’s time to stir things up a little.

Vocoder V’s modulation features venture further into cutting-edge territory, with up to 30 possible destinations, elevating its sound far beyond vintage. Not only that, but they’re super easy to program, with envelope follower, LFO, and assignable controls that can each be tweaked or bypassed in an instant.

Modulation

LFO, Envelope Follower, and Mod wheel in action - Here’s a demonstration of how drastically you can transform the response of the vocoder and synth sections with Vocoder V’s in-depth modulation features.

With up to 30 destinations to play with, and 3 ways to play with them, this is a crucial step in your sound shaping production line. Modulate vocoder mix, flanger rate, FM amount, and everything in between - it’s in your hands.

Envelope follower

Modulate up to 2 destinations simultaneously with an attack/release envelope for modulation that responds to every hit, stab, or chord.

LFO

6 waveforms to choose from, with per-voice polyphony and retrig, letting you weave movement and randomization in and out as you please.

Assign

6 slots, 5 sources, 30 destinations. Turn Vocoder V into an expressive performance powerhouse that follows every aspect of your musical input.

Vocoder V’s sounds are already fun, inspiring, and mix-ready from the beginning. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take it one more step further.

3 FX slots let you crush, color, or polish your sound one more time before dropping it into your arrangement. Send your metallic vocals spinning with a classic analog-style phaser, or grind your vowel pads into digital oblivion with a flexible bitcrusher. Series or parallel, you’ve got 11 FX algorithms at your disposal - add the finishing touch to your new voice.

Effects

Vocoder V’s Effects - A vocoded sequence colored with flanger, reverb, tape echo, distortion, and stereo pan, going from sci-fi sweetness to gritty industrial in no time.

  • Reverb
  • Delay
  • Chorus
  • Flanger
  • Phaser
  • Overdrive
  • Compressor
  • Bitcrusher
  • Multimode Filter
  • Parametric EQ
  • Stereo Pan

Hear it in action

Experience Vocoder V’s sound out in the wild, with compositions from music makers of all styles. Where will Vocoder V take you?

Sound Corner

Burnt Ship (Tom Hall)

A glitchy electro track. Presets used are: Gliform, Glitch Head, Noise Pad Two, Tammy, Burnt Ship.

Jump Master (Ed Ten_Eyck)

A retro pop song, with the main lead and bass sounds produced using the Vocoder V.

Generator (Jean-baptiste Arthus)

Every part of this electro track has been produced with the Vocoder V, except for the kick at 0:41.

Leave Home (Maxime Dangles)

A dancefloor track inspired by Anthony Rother’s work. Presets used: Robotix (bass), Strive (SFX), Clarkz (lead), Eazly (lead), Arturium (vocal), Arturype (vocal), Glidoz (pad).

Deepchord (Simon Gallifet)

A deep techno-inspired track. Presets used: Dub Ascension Part I, Polluted Worlds, Supernatural Angel Part2, Vocoder Low-Fi Organ, Binary Neutron Star System, Come closer.

Synth Or Sizer (Solidtrax)

French lyrics from Netherlands producers, what could go wrong? Everything has been produced with the Vocoder V including the breakbeat sample.

TAE® Powered

The exclusive analog modeling technology that makes our virtual instrument emulations indistinguishable from the originals. By accurately mimicking the characteristics of analog oscillators, filters, and soft clipping, we can provide astonishing component-accurate detail and authentic analog charm in equal measure.

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Included in V Collection

This instrument is also part of the V Collection -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

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Presets

Hit the ground running with a selection of presets created by world-class sound designers. From classic analog vibes to outside-the-box sound design, you’ll find your Vocoder V niche in no time.

Drums

NY London_Mash

Electrifier

Groove Brother

Pads

Supernatural Angel

Inv Chorus

Drone Bird

Vocoder

1 2 3 4

Operateurs Harmonieux

Beat On My Mind

World Flow

All I Ever Wanted

Come Closer

In-App Tutorials

Integrated in-app tutorials guide you through every aspect of the instrument, from individual parameters to tips from our sound designers, so you can focus on the creative stuff. It shouldn't be this easy, but it is!

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DAW ready

Our virtual instruments and plugins are designed to fit right into your setup without hassle. Whatever your style, you can explore sound while enjoying full compatibility with major DAWS, on both Windows and MacOS.

Preset browser

Instantly find the sound that’s in your head with intelligent & streamlined preset browsing. Search with keywords, explore by instrument type, musical style, and more - you can even save your favorites to quickly recall later.

Resizable GUI

Whether you want the full visual immersion of our classic instrument emulations, or to save precious screen real estate, the interfaces for all of your Arturia virtual instruments can be resized to a scale that suits you.

Perfect integration

Instruments come seamlessly mapped for the Arturia KeyLab range - but they’ll place nice with other MIDI controllers too. Instant sound tweaking macros, easy DAW integration, and standalone operation.

Platform specifications

  • Windows: Win 8.1+ (64bit) PC: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU.
    2GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Apple: 10.13+: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU.
    2GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

Works in Standalone, VST, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

VST 2.4
VST 3
AAX
AU
NKS

Protection

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Main Features

  • 16 channel Vocoder virtual-analog modeling
  • Integrated synth section:
    • Dual-oscillator with FM
    • Waveshaping capabilities
    • Hard sync and fixed frequencies options
    • Chord and glide features
    • Stereo enhancing “ensemble” function
  • External voice input with pitch tracking feature
  • Integrated sample player engine:
    • Cycle and keyboard play modes to play back up to 12 samples
    • 700+ included factory samples
    • Time-stretching to sync loops in bars to DAW bpm
  • Vocoder bands rerouting from patch bay
  • Advanced modulation capabilities (envelope follower, LFO and controls assignment)
  • 11 integrated effect types (Reverb Phaser, Flanger, Chorus, Overdrive, Delay, …)
  • Advanced Brightness, Timbre, Time and Movement macro controls
  • Over 250 factory presets