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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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.

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Artists corner

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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?

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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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The exclusive analog modeling technology that makes our 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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Preset library

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.

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