Vocoders Medford OR

A vocoder is a highly specialized filter bank and can create exotic effects that are almost impossible to achieve otherwise. If you are searching the perfect filter sweep, dig this month’s tutorial, because vocoders are a fantastic way to create perfectly timed sweeps, stabs, and falls using the most familiar controller you have: you.

Larry'S Music
(541) 773-9751
980 Biddle Rd
Medford, OR
 
Guitar Center Medford
(541) 772-8366
2570 Crater Lake Hwy
Medford, OR
Store Information
Mon-Thur: 11-8
Fri: 10-8
Sat: 10-8
Sun: 12-6

Guitar Center #242
(541) 772-8366
2570 Crater Lake Hwy
Medford, OR
 
Steve Spalding Gtr Rep
(541) 779-2048
Ashland, OR
 
Larrys Music
(541) 773-9751
980 Biddle Rd
Medford, OR
 
Musicians Friend
931 Chevy Way
Medford, OR
 
Guitar Center #242
2570 Crater Lake Hwy
Medford, OR
 
Larry's Music
(541) 773-9751
1105 N Riverside Ave
Medford, OR
 
Medford Music
(541) 245-1801
2802 Crater Lake Hwy
Medford, OR
 
Piano Studios & Showcase
(541) 772-1384
2580 Crater Lake Hwy
Medford, OR
 

Vocoders

Say "vocoder" and most producers will immediately think of classic Kraftwerk or 80s funk and rap, but this tool has far more uses than simply generating robot voices. In essence, a vocoder is a highly specialized filter bank and can create exotic effects that are almost impossible to achieve otherwise.

Another common vocoding technique is to use a drum or percussion loop to impart rhythmic effects to a bright synth sound, but that's also just scratching the surface. If you've ever spent a session tweaking LFOs and envelopes in search of the perfect filter sweep, you're going to dig this month's tutorial, because vocoders are a fantastic way to create perfectly timed sweeps, stabs, and falls using the most familiar controller you have: you.

0.00001_Vocoder---Raw-Voice Step 1.Make some percussive and whooshy sounds with your voice. Pops, clucks, and shushes are great starting points for sweeps or percussive effects. This type of unpitched material will give the vocoder more frequencies for the modulator input, so be ridiculous and record the results.

0.00002_Vocoder---Subtractor Step 2.Next, create a simple sawtooth patch with the filter wide open so the sound is bright and buzzy. The initialized patch for Reason's Subtractor is a great starting point, but any bright sawtooth will work. This will be the carrier signal the vocoder's filters will operate on.

0.00003_Vocoder---Vocoded-Saw Step 3. Now, using your vocoder's input functions, set the sawtooth patch as the carrier and the recorded voice as the modulator. By using only a few filter bands — eight is ideal — the results will be more synthetic and less "vocal", which is the effect we're after.

0.00004_Vocoder---Vocoded-Saw-FX Step 4.From there, you can add effects like chorus and delay to thicken the sound and add ambience.

0.00005_Vocoder---Noise Step 5.Another really cool trick is to use white noise as the vocoder's carrier. Ableton Live's vocoder includes noise as an option, so select that as the carrier and apply the techniques described above. This approach is well suited to noise sweeps, retro 80s synth snares, or even thunder and rain effects.

Click here to read the rest of the article from Keyboard Magazine

 
Subscribe Live Bookmarks Advertise Contact Us Privacy Policy Terms & Conditions
 



 
Keybord Magazine is a trademark of New Bay Media, LLC. All material published on www.keyboardmag.com is copyrighted @2009 by New Bay Media, LLC. All rights reserved