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Vocoder V

Vocoder by Arturia

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Ultimate Voice Electrifier

Vocoder V takes the iconic 16-Band Vocoder and retrofits it with advanced synth, sampler, and modulation capabilities. Venture beyond the classic robot voice with a sound that truly speaks for itself.

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 analogue synth, part cutting-edge sampler - this might just be the missing piece of your sonic puzzle.

Turn your vocal stems into analogue 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 analogue synth - but uniquely moulded into the shape of your vocals or samples. This synth can talk!

Controls

  • 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 analogue-style chorus for amazing stereo depth.

With a familiar dual-oscillator analogue 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 analogue character to play with.

Your New Voice

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

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

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 behaviour 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).

Go Beyond Expected

As Arturia do with all of their instrument emulations, they 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.

What Else?

TAE® Powered

TAE® "True Analog Emulation" is Arturia's exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analogue synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analogue oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analogue filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes Arturia's virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

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 modelled 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.

In-App Tutorials

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

DAW Ready

Arturia's 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.

ASC

Arturia Software Center lets you download, organize, and update all of your Arturia software titles in one place, as well as manage all of your licenses across multiple devices. Keep it simple.

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 favourites to quickly recall later.

Resizable GUI

Whether you want the full visual immersion of Arturia's 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

V Collection 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 - adding V Collection to your setup is effortless.

Features

  • 16 channel Vocoder virtual-analogue modelling
  • 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

System Requirements

Windows

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

Mac

  • 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, VST3, AAX, Audio Unit (64-bit DAWs only)

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.

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