Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus – “Vocode Me”

January 13, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

One of the coolest instruments out there. The vocoder shapes its envelope and filters by any sound source fed into it, your voice or even a drum loop can be used which is then applied to another sound source, typically a synth pad. This creates a very unique and famous robot-like sound.

Aside from the 10-band vocoder, the VP-330 added a string synth section, choir and a human-voice sound, both of which are quite excellent themselves. Its 3 sound sections offer a few different presets that can be slightly edited with de-tuning and vibrato. The VP-330 is one of the best Vocoder synths ever and although there are many other types of Vocoders, none sound as good as this!

Vintage keyboard demo track by RetroSound
“Vocode Me”

vocoder, human voice sounds & analog strings: Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus Mk 2 from the year 1979
digital drums: Yamaha DD-50
recording: multi-track without midi
fx: a little bit delay and reverb

more info: http://www.retrosound.de

Texas Instruments: Speak & Music on LSD

December 20, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Running a Texas Instruments “Speak & Music” keyboard through a Chamber of Sounds LSD (Light Sensitive Delay). Get your LSD on, only at chamberofsounds.com

NORD Vocoder action – Alpha Rain

December 3, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The movie shows an improvisation in Carlos Alpha tuning system recorded while playing a Nord Modular G2 and my “alternative MIDI controller”.

The only melodic/harmonic sound source for this piece is the G2 retuned to Carlos Alpha with LMSO by X.J.Scott. The rhythmic track was created with Omnisphere Stylus RMX.

Read my blog for details: http://www.seraph.it/blog_files/c46d0a7ca80368e67afd7f2aadb46297-162.html

Voice Controlled Synth – BitSpeek Rack Extension

November 21, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Using Audio as a Control Voltage source in Reason 6.5 using the Pitch and Amplitude follower in Sonic Charge Bitspeek. Please note that you can create something similar using Neptune Pitch Corrector, however BitSpeek has extra CV out features that make this process pretty simple. Also, BitSpeek is available for Reason Essentials whereas Neptune is only available in the full version of Reason.

http://shop.propellerheads.se/product/bitspeek/

Time machine: Vintage Synthesizers I Roland VP330

November 6, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A voyage into the heart of the Roland VP330 Vocoder Plus from the year 1979.
Exploration by Marko Ettlich (RetroSound)

vocoder, human voice choir, analog strings
separate mix levels for all sections
stereo chorus effect
49 keys

used by Vangelis, Kitaro, Laurie Anderson, Mike Oldfield, Styx, Ultravox, Genesis and more

One of the coolest instruments out there. The vocoder shapes its envelope and filters by any sound source fed into it, your voice or even a drum loop can be used which is then applied to another sound source, typically a synth pad. This creates a very unique and famous robot-like sound.

Aside from the 10-band vocoder, the VP-330 added a string synth section, choir and a human-voice sound, both of which are quite excellent themselves. Its 3 sound sections offer a few different presets that can be slightly edited with de-tuning and vibrato. The VP-330 is one of the best Vocoder synths ever and although there are many other types of Vocoders, none sound as good as this!

 

Vocoder exploration: Alesis, Clavia, Digitech and Roland

October 16, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

1.Alesis MetaVox
2.Clavia Micro Modular
3.Digitech Talker
4.Roland SVC 350
carrier Flame Talking Synth Modul
input Moog Freqbox quartet
CP251
Buchla System #1
Doepfer 2x A132-3
4ms Peg RCD VCAMatrix
Make Noise Format Jumper Wogglebug
Roland System 104 Sequencer
Kenton Pro 2000 II
Kick Logic Ultrabeat
FX Boss VF 1 Line6 Echopro Lexicon PCM 80 TC M3000

Live microtonal vocoding performance – Awesome

October 11, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Live microtonal vocoding performance featuring Opal Chameleon, Nord G2, LMSO and Logic Pro
See http://www.seraph.it/blog_files/category-video.html

“Spacelab” – with CoolEdit vocoder

October 9, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

More Kraftwerk tunes coming your way, here’s a new cover of Spacelab by ‘organfairy’, details below:

After discovering that there is a vocoder effect in the multitrack part of CoolEdit pro I have thought about how I could use it. And then a couple of months ago someone suggested to me that I should play something by Kraftwerk.

And now I have added these two factors together and played the classic track “Spacelab” that was originally recorded back in 1978 on the album Man Machine.

Apart from the vocoder software and the old Telefunken microphone I use Yamaha HE-8 and Technics SX-C600 organs, Roland SH-2000, Korg Poly 800, and Roland JX-8P synthesizers, and finally the little Wersi M.A.X.1 module for the rhythm.

Most of the sounds are only treated with some reverb or echo. But I had to speed up the sequence in the beginning in post production because that was the only way I could do that particular sound.

And sorry about the goofy face. I am not used to singing on camera but I wanted to show that it is really me that sings – allthough in a modulated fashion :-)

Checking out the Novation // MiniNova synthesizer – Vocoder and VocalTune™

September 29, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Novation MiniNova Vocoder & VocalTune™ demonstration:

Check out these other MiniNova videos:
MiniNova performance: http://youtu.be/uvDfHhuFF5w
Artist first look: http://youtu.be/m7fJ7nUWPkU
Selecting Sounds tutorial: http://youtu.be/fdshUAWIb7Q

Two of MiniNova’s most interesting and fun features are VocalTune™ and the classic vocoder. This video takes you through what they are and how to start using them to make those iconic vocal sounds.

MiniNova is a compact, super-cool performance synth with the same sound engine as its big brother: the UltraNova. It comes with 256 incredible onboard sounds which you can tweak with 5 knobs, or totally warp with 8 ‘animate’ buttons. MiniNova also has an onboard VocalTune™ effect as well as a classic vocoder so you can recreate iconic vocal sounds from Hip Hop, Urban and electronic music.

Novation MiniNova key features:
• Hugely powerful micro synthesizer with UltraNova’s sound engine
• Brand new VocalTune™ and classic vocoder effects
• Live synth: tweak and warp your sounds in realtime
• 256 awesome onboard sounds – instantly searchable
• Layer up to 5 effects per voice
• Comes with editing software and a software patch librarian
• Run guitars and other instruments through the vocoder, VocalTune™ and effects
• 37 key controller keyboard with MIDI I/O

For more videos subscribe to our YouTube channel here:
http://www.youtube.com/novationtv

Keep Shopping (Modular System & Qneo Voice Synth)

September 15, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Klirrfaktor continues to explore vocoders and modulars in this nice video or as he states himself in German: “Ein frischer Modulartrack – den letzten habe ich irgendwie unterschlagen – hole ich nach ;)”

Starring:
Voice: Blue Baby Bottle thru Qneo Voice Synth
Drums: MFB Schlagzwerg sequenced with Elektron Octatrack thru Metal Muff
Lead: WMD Synchrodyne
Pads: Doepfer Dark Energy, Bubblesound uLFO
Noise/Percussion: Trogotronic Model 676, Pittsburgh Generator, 4ms Noise Swash, WMD Gamma Wave Source, Sound Of Shadows
Bass 1: Bubblesound VCOb + MakeNoise Wiard Borg Filter
Bass 2: Doepfer A-196 PLL + Metasonix R-52

More at: http://www.klirrfaktor.com

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