Virsyn announces the release of KLON 1.1

November 23, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Virsyn has announced the release of KLON 1.1 vocal designer plug-in.

New Features in version 1.1:

  • VST3 / VST2.4: 64-bit version for Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
  • VST3: AI Knob Interface integrated.
  • Bugfixes

The heart of the vocal designer plugin KLON is a harmonic pitch shifter for natural pitch and formant manipulation of vocal sounds in realtime. It takes your voice and adds up to 16 different copies of your voice in realtime.

Pricing and Availability:
KLON will be available for 99 Euros until December 31st, 2011.
The upgrade to KLON 1.1 is free of charge for users of KLON.

More information:

VocaLive for iPad: the first professional vocal processor for iOS!

November 10, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

I guess how professional it is remains to be seen, if you have tried it feel free to leave your comments.

VocaLive for iPad now available in the iTunes App Store! VocaLive for iPad takes an already powerful vocal processing app that has become a favorite on the iPhone® and iPod touch® and makes it even more powerful. The iPad version adds a fourth effect slot to the signal processing chain, and two of those effect slots can hold the specific “vocal effects” compared to just one vocal effect per chain on the iPhone version. The preset browser is also available in the main window of the interface making loading and saving VocaLive presets even easier. The Favorites section has been expanded from 4 to 40 in the iPad version utilizing a new bank button. Favorites put presets right in the bottom panel on large, accessible buttons for immediate loading of the artist’s most-used settings.

VocaLive includes 5 Vocal Effects — Pitch Fix (for tuning correction or stylized quantization FX), Choir (a 3-part harmonizer), Morph (an X-Y pitch and formant shifter that changes the tonal quality of the voice from subtle deepening to radical gender bending) Double (Double effect gets unlocked by registering) and De-Esser — along with 7 Studio Effects — Reverb, Delay, Parametric EQ, Compressor, Chorus, Phazer and Envelope Filter — that together create the perfect vocal processing solution.

VocaLive for iPad features:

  • Real time vocal processor + recording app
  • 4-processor vocal effects chain
  • 12 professional studio quality vocal effects
  • Single track recorder expandable to a full 8-track recording studio with master effects section, available for purchase in the in-app Shop
  • Import and play songs to be used as backing tracks directly from your music library or computer
  • Voice Cancel feature lets you create sing-along backing tracks by removing the vocal track from existing recordings
  • 50 presets included with 4 Favorites for fast recall
  • Includes metronome and vocal warm-up tools
  • Low-latency for real time vocal processing

More information: http://www.ikmultimedia.com/vocaliveipad and http://www.ikmultimedia.com/irigmic

New vocal synth – Like the Beatles demo

November 2, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here’s a preview of a new vocal synth for Windows:

My vocal synthesizer VstPlugin in action.
The sounds are completely synthesized / modifyed (no samples used) .

Updated multi-functional vocal channel strip effect plugin

June 20, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Voxengo has released version 2.6 of Voxformer, a multi-functional vocal channel strip effect plugin for Windows and Mac.

The most important change this version implements is the addition of 3 new saturation modes that extend the sound coloration palette you can use to process your tracks.

Changes in Voxformer v2.6

  • Added 3 new modes to the saturation module.
  • Plugin’s popup-windows now recover last position after reopening.
  • Mouse backward and forward buttons can be used for filter type and parameter value selection.
  • The “Alt” key can now be used to adjust knob parameters synchronously in several channel groups.
  • The “Min Infrastructure” user interface display mode added.
  • The “Flat Level Meters” level meter display mode added.
  • The “Show All Filter Shapes” global switch added.
  • Version change history information window added.
  • The “Do Not Show Latency Changes” global switch added.

Voxformer for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $69.95 USD.

Background info:

Voxformer is a multi-functional vocal channel strip plug-in for professional audio applications.  Combining several professional quality processing modules, Voxformer was designed to be a comprehensive solution for all your vocal processing needs – be it spoken or sung vocals.

The coolest feature of Voxformer is its one-knob vocal compressor.  Using only a single knob, you can get a tight, open and definitive professional vocal sound with an excellent articulation in no time.  You do not have to worry about common ratio and make-up gain controls since they are automatically selected by the advanced compression algorithm while attack and release parameters are stored in a mode preset.  Moreover, Voxformer features two compressors of this type, allowing you to apply either a two-band or a two-stage (serial) vocal compression.

Voxformer also features the de-esser with selectable center frequency and threshold.  Multi-band noise gate is available, which, in a manner similar to the compressor, was designed to bring ease of tuning while providing excellent sonic results.  For those who like a saturated vocal sound, Voxformer implements a special module which applies a smooth saturation.  Another useful feature Voxformer has to offer is the presence boosting module, which you can use to add some shine and space to the vocals.

As a finishing touch, Voxformer offers you a flexible easy-handling 5-band parametric equalizer (pre/post selectable) with a real-time output stage fast Fourier transform (FFT) spectrum analyzer display.  In most cases Voxformer can be used for processing of a wide range of instruments beside vocals.

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Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack – Vocal Rack and Dub Delay

June 15, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

Follow along as AfroDJMac shares the vocal effect rack he uses for live performances. Various effects and techniques from Beat Repeats to Reverbs, Distortions, Delays, etc. are discussed in a practical and immediately usable way. Also, there is a Dub Delay Rack for use on Send Channels to further add dimensions to your music. Enjoy!

Download the Live set here: http://bit.ly/freesynth12
Save the presets to your library.

I have been asked a bunch of times how I process my vocals for live performance.  This week I am giving away the exact rack I use in my rig.  It contains many different devices: reverbs, delays, filters, choruses, beat repeats… If we were talking about guitars, it would be as if I let you have my pedal board.  I’ve spent the better part of a year tweaking this set up to get it to the point it is now, and I’m sure it will continue to evolve.  The entire rack is made up of Ableton Plug ins, except for one, Izotope Nectar, which I occasionally use for an auto-tune effect (is that a sin?).  (Note: if you don’t own Nectar, the rest of the rack will function normally).   I’ve mapped most of the parameters of this effect rack to knobs on my APC 40 and LaunchPad.  I left the midi mapping intact, in case you happen to own those two wonderful controllers (the video details the mappings).  Otherwise, just map them to the controller of your choice.

Also, I’ve included another useful effect rack, “Dub Delay the AfroDJMac Way.”  This is a rack I place on a Send Channel and use it to further manipulate various tracks in my set up.  It has delay, reverb, chorus, high pass filter and allows you to send the output of the track back to the track itself, creating the Dub Delay effect.  ( Dub Delay is simply when the output of a delay is fed back into the delay, essentially creating a feedback loop).  In order to enable the sends on a send channel, you need to right click the send knob and select “enable send.”  Be careful with this particular technique, because the track can get very loud very quickly.

96 vocal tips

May 7, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

MusicRadar has provided a nice list of all in all 96 vocal tips, enjoy


01

We generally recommend that if you’re aiming for really pro-sounding vocals it’s easier to have a real preamp on the go, keeping good signal levels on the way in. If you haven’t got access to one of these, however, you can always try throwing in something that provides the same sort of flavour. Plug-ins such as PSP’s Mix Saturator 2 offer some handy preamp settings that quite convincingly mimic outboard saturation and compression.

02

It’s vital to get the best mic position for your vocalist. While it’s usually best to start from right in front of the mic, some people’s voices may sound better a little closer or further away, or even to the side. If your singer’s voice has a nasal quality, for example, you might want to place the mic slightly above their nose rather than in front of or below it. Experiment until you find the sweet spot.

03

Many vocalists sing better when they tilt their head back a little, as it opens up their vocal chords. The easiest way to take advantage of this is to place the mic slightly higher than the singer’s mouth, angled down towards them – this will encourage them to tilt their head back as they sing.

04

It might sound a little obvious, but before doing a vocal take, it’s a good idea to make sure your singer has a clear idea of where the lines should be placed. There’s nothing wrong with having them scribbled down on a piece of paper, but generally speaking, a singer who doesn’t know the lyrics probably isn’t that sure how to sing them either.

05

Make sure you keep track of your singer’s position (even if your singer is you). You will often find yourself taking breaks, or coming back to re-record a line, and it’s very important to make sure the vocals are coming from the same position each time – if not, they might not sound the same. It goes without saying that you should keep track of where the mic was, too.

06

Adding an artificial stereo spread effect to a vocal can be a great way of giving it real presence, but it also has the effect of taking away some of the vocal’s punch and causing it to lose some of its prominence in a mix, so is often not ideal on the lead vocal. Instead, try using it for backing vocals or layered words, or for specific effect on certain words.

07

Chorus effects are great, but one of the best ways to achieve chorusing is to actually record multiple takes of the vocal. You can then take a few of these and layer them – try panning a couple slightly and leaving one centred, or thinning out the underlying two a little with EQ and more heavily compressing the central one for added impact.

08

You can thicken up a thin-sounding vocal by using a synth layered underneath it that subtly plays the same notes. You can even use a sidechained gate on the synth, triggered by the vocal, to ensure they only play together. Alternatively, try using something like Waves Tune, which will export the notes of your vocal as a MIDI file. Then compress the synth and vocal as one.

09

There are plug-ins out there, like Antares Punch, which are designed to accentuate the more punchy parts of a vocal, but you can also achieve something similar using gating or even an expander on your compressor. With a gate, for example, you just need to set it up so that only the punchy parts of your vocal open the gate, and then apply a small amount of gain reduction.

10

One of the great ways to keep a vocal punchy but still interesting is to use some of your additional takes to layer key words. These could be words that are significant in a lyrical sense, or that work well with the groove, or that enhance the arrangement. Just be sure not to overdo it – use them sparingly enough that they keep their impact when they appear.

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Elder Thing from Xoxos

April 27, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Inspiration for a waveguide model based on Lovecraft’s ululating Elder Thing came shortly after the development of Fauna VST. This more complex vocal tract includes a reflective multiport junction. It is a rather eclectic instrument.

The vocal tract includes a monophonic input for processing external sounds. The lightly limited demo is non-expiring. Would that the same could be said for human sanity.

The price is $20 for an introductory period, or $30 if you also wish to purchase Amboea VST.

You can download the demo version to try at http://www.xoxos.net/

Try Melodyne editor for 30 days without any limitations on its use

March 15, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Celemony is making entry into the world of Melodyne simpler than ever before: you can try out the current version of Melodyne editor now for 30 days without any limitations on its use. Furthermore, a multi-language “First Steps” video tutorial including a demo arrangement is provided to guide users swiftly to their first taste of Melodyne success.

The trial version of Melodyne editor allows you to try out all the functions in a relaxed manner without the exasperating limitations typical of demo versions. For 30 days, you can use the trial version of Melodyne editor in exactly the same way as the full one: either as a stand-alone application or as a plug-in in the DAW of your choice, using your own material in an authentic practical context. You can save projects, open them again, and even exchange them with other Melodyne users.

You will find the trial version of Melodyne editor in the Download section of the Celemony web site. To register and use the program, all you need is Internet access. Later, you can purchase the full version from within the trial one, with no further download or fresh installation being necessary.

Like the full version, the trial version comes with a “First Steps” tutorial that offers a swift and easy way of getting to know and experiencing your first taste of success with Melodyne. The tutorial consists of a film about ten minutes long introducing all the most important functions of Melodyne, from note detection to navigation and the editing of notes, drawing examples to demonstrate their use from the supplied audio material. With this material and the ready-prepared arrangements for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Live and Studio One, users can try out the various procedures themselves, getting to know and learning to master Melodyne effortlessly along the way.

Melodyne editor is the most powerful of the one-track editions of Melodyne. At the recent NAMM Show, it won the coveted TEC award for the pioneering DNA Direct Note Access technology that allows you to edit individual notes even in polyphonic audio material.

Pricing and Availability:
Free trial.

More information:

Multi-functional vocal channel strip plug-in

February 9, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Voxformer is a multi-functional vocal channel strip plug-in for professional audio applications. Combining several professional quality processing modules, Voxformer was designed to be a comprehensive solution for all your vocal processing needs – be it spoken or sung vocals.

The coolest feature of Voxformer is its one-knob vocal compressor. Using only a single knob, you can get a tight, open and definitive professional vocal sound with an excellent articulation in no time. You do not have to worry about common ratio and make-up gain controls since they are automatically selected by the advanced compression algorithm while attack and release parameters are stored in a mode preset. Moreover, Voxformer features two compressors of this type, allowing you to apply either a two-band or a two-stage (serial) vocal compression.

Voxformer also features the de-esser with selectable center frequency and threshold. Multi-band noise gate is available, which, in a manner similar to the compressor, was designed to bring ease of tuning while providing excellent sonic results. For those who like a saturated vocal sound, Voxformer implements a special module which applies a smooth saturation. Another useful feature Voxformer has to offer is the presence boosting module, which you can use to add some shine and space to the vocals.

As a finishing touch, Voxformer offers you a flexible easy-handling 5-band parametric equalizer (pre/post selectable) with a real-time output stage fast Fourier transform (FFT) spectrum analyzer display. In most cases Voxformer can be used for processing of a wide range of instruments beside vocals.
Applications

* Vocal track compressor
* Instrumental track compressor
* Track equalizer
* Presence booster
* Track saturator
* De-esser
* Noise (de-breath) gate
* Channel strip
* Stereo, mid-side, 5.1 processor

Changes in Voxformer v2.5

* The “Show All Channel Meters” routing switch added.
* Additional visual look variation settings added.
* Knobs in the compressor mode editor can now be linked with the Ctrl key.
* Smooth filter automation implemented.
* “Filled Spectrum” spectrum display mode switch added.
* Oversampling filter type “Min-phase/Lin-phase” switch added.
* Global “Auto Oversampling Level” 1X (off) option added.
* Control surface crosshair option added (can be switched off in the global options).
* De-esser pre-post compressor position switch added.

Get it here >>

Celemony’s birthday

November 26, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Celemony has a birthday to celebrate: the company was founded 10 years ago, and Melodyne has been with us 10 years. 10 years in which the outstanding software has gone from an insider tip to one of the most highly valued audio tools around. Celemony is expressing its thanks with 10 of the legendary wooden boxes in which the first Melodyne was delivered. Each box contains a license for Melodyne editor, for Melodyne studio and for all Celemony software products released in the next 10 years. What that means is that everyone who gets a box will receive all the software products and updates released by Celemony until the year 2020 free of charge. Here’s the Celemony press release with all the details…

To participate in the prize draw, all you have to do is leave Celemony a birthday greeting. Starting now: in the Celemony Forum, on the Facebook Fanpage wall, or on the MySpace page “Music With Melodyne” – whichever is preferred. Three people whose names are drawn from among those greetings will each receive one of the ten boxes. Celemony is most looking forward, naturally, to greetings with a touch of originality – a short film, a Melodyne anecdote, a poem or something of that kind. The fourth box will go to the person who comes up with the best greeting (selected by our jury). The closing date for entries is the 16th January 2011, the last day of the NAMM Show, where Melodyne was presented for the first time 10 years ago.

A further three boxes are being offered as prizes in competitions organized by the specialist magazines Sound On Sound and EQ. You will find further information in their recent issues and on their web sites. The three remaining boxes will be auctioned on eBay. We will transfer the proceeds of the three auctions to the charity Médecins Sans Frontières (aka Doctors Without Borders). You will find all the relevant information and links on the Celemony web site, where in January the names of the four winners will be announced and the best birthday greeting will be published.

About Celemony
It wasn’t with its patented, multi-award-winning DNA Direct Note Access technology that Celemony first turned the world of music production upside down, but with the very first version of Melodyne, released in the year 2000. When it first appeared, Melodyne was so revolutionary that only open minded users recognized the potential of the software. The notion that it was possible to reach inside an audio recording and modify notes directly was altogether too novel. Melodyne, however, was so intuitive to use and sounded so good that soon more and more musicians and producers were becoming enthusiastic about it and discovering in the process one of its particular fortes: vocal correction. Admittedly Melodyne was just as good at editing other monophonic instruments and percussive material, but it was with sensitive lead vocals that the excellence of its algorithms was most apparent. Today, with its DNA technology, Melodyne even allows you to modify individual notes in recordings of polyphonic instruments like the piano or the guitar.

What will the next 10 years bring? We at Celemony are convinced that the possibilities are far from exhausted. “Behind Melodyne lies above all the desire to understand the music in the audio data,” says Peter Neubäcker, the inventor of Melodyne and founder of Celemony, “and the more we know about this music, the better the editing possibilities we are able to offer the user. I believe that further improvements are possible here that will make Melodyne more intuitive and offer at the same time still greater creative potential.”

More information:

Via Sonic

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