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Vochlea Music Dubler Studio debuts real-time vocal MIDI controller
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Vochlea Music Dubler Studio debuts real-time vocal MIDI controller

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Vochlea Music Dubler Studio real-time vocal MIDI controller

Following a 5x overfunded Kickstarter campaign in mid-2019, London based music technology start-up Vochlea Music have just delivered their eagerly awaited, real-time vocal MIDI controller, Dubler Studio Kit to initial users across the globe. This January, they will be demoing it for the first time on US soil since it’s initial release at NAMM 2020.

Their technology is designed to capture the nuance and expressive power of the voice for music production— a major advancement on traditional desk-bound MIDI controllers. Dubler Studio Kit allows you to intuitively hum a synth pattern, beatbox to trigger a virtual drumkit, or manipulate effects and filters with a “hmmm”, “laaaa” or “oohhh” sound— all in real- time, and straight into your DAW.

Amateur to pro, the most natural and instinctive way for a musician to communicate an idea for a soundscape, melody or beat is by using the voice— our built-in tool for musical expression. Yet, capturing those ideas using traditional instrumentation and MIDI inputs can be challenging and requires know-how, even for the most accomplished artist.

“Dubler Studio Kit unlocks musical expression, fuels creativity and is
a lot of fun. It speeds up the traditional music creation workflow by allowing the user to control and manipulate MIDI outputs through vocal inputs. This means you can lay down melodies, drum loops, effects tracks... whatever you want, directly from voice to DAW.” — George Wright, Vochlea Music CEO and co-founder.

Using all the timbral qualities of the voice, Dubler Studio Kit allows musicians to trigger samples, control synths, manipulate filters and effects, track pitch, pitch-bend and control envelopes, velocity and MIDI mapping values simultaneously, based on the individual way the user makes their unique sounds.

Training your voice to Dubler takes under 60 seconds, allowing musicians to start creating virtually immediately, fostering record-speed workflows, whilst simultaneously providing unparalleled expression and control.

Coming as a two-part kit, users receive the Dubler software, a virtual MIDI instrument for Mac and PC that’s compatible with any DAW. And the Dubler microphone— a custom low-latency USB mic, tuned for the Dubler software.

Product features and specifications:

Dubler Studio Kit is a two-part hardware/software offering. It comes as:
• The Dubler software — a virtual MIDI instrument (desktop application for Mac + PC).
• The Dubler microphone (a low latency custom USB mic, tuned for the Dubler software).

Pre-orders are currently being taken for the second shipment [First shipment sold-out] of Dubler Studio Kit at vochlea.co.uk for £250 / $325 [15% off the SRP of £295 / $385]. Delivery expected February 2020.

Features:
• Allows you to use your voice as a live MIDI controller.
• Compatible with any DAW such as, Ableton, Logic, Reason, FL Studio,
ProTools, GarageBand etc.
• Low latency for real-time, live control.
• Built-in chord generation.
• Tailored to you - learns your voice in under 60 seconds.
• Live pitch tracking to control melodic instruments and synths.
• Velocity responsive and envelope following.
• Control Pitch Bend.
• Percussive recognition to select and trigger up to 8 samples.
• Multi-MIDI channel output— for simultaneous pitch and percussive
control.
• Works with non-vocal sounds too— e.g. clicking, clapping, tapping.
• Key fixing for pitch assistance.
• Voice timbre mapped to 3 CC outputs— enabling effects control,
blending, filters and more.
• Compatible with external MIDI hardware and devices.

Requirements:
• Mac OS 10.12+
• Windows 7+
• 4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended).
• OpenGL-capable graphics.
• 100MB free disk space.

For more information: www.vochlea.co.uk
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No OS X 10.11 support?
Short sighted and a loss of business here.
My system is powerful enough my OS works without issue but sadly software developer's buy into Apple's forced upgrade policies.
Thanks but no thanks as good as it may look
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What's special about the microphone? What makes it "tuned" to the software? Seems like they would be missing out on a lot of possible buyers if they sold the software on it's own to people who already have their own microphones. This just looks like a generic USB mic with some branding on it? Certainly they didn't develop a whole new microphone themselves.
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What's special about the microphone? What makes it "tuned" to the software? Seems like they would be missing out on a lot of possible buyers if they sold the software on it's own to people who already have their own microphones. This just looks like a generic USB mic with some branding on it? Certainly they didn't develop a whole new microphone themselves.
They say you don't have to use the mic they provide. You can use another USB mic. But they've included this as part of the product to ensure there is a sufficient mic with low handling noise and good signal so the product works quickly for anyone.

The software is going to be very sensitive to pitch and transients. The mic will have to do a good job to pick it all up and send into the software.

I'd imagine lots of customers who don't own a mic might want to buy this too. Having the mic in the package allows for that.
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They say you don't have to use the mic they provide. You can use another USB mic. But they've included this as part of the product to ensure there is a sufficient mic with low handling noise and good signal so the product works quickly for anyone.

The software is going to be very sensitive to pitch and transients. The mic will have to do a good job to pick it all up and send into the software.

I'd imagine lots of customers who don't own a mic might want to buy this too. Having the mic in the package allows for that.
This is pretty much bang on. Thanks for answering!

The results can vary quite a lot using different mics, some work pretty well whilst others can be absolutely terrible. We wouldn't want to sell a product if there's a chance it doesn't perform as we've intended for everyone

That being said a software only version is something we're thinking about and working on, however it will take some time to make sure it works at it's best with almost any mic
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Wondering what sort of self-teaching aid qualities might be possible here, for instance, the ability to route a hummed note to one of the various keyboards with lights in the keys - would help a novice quickly realize the relationship of their voice to the notes on a keyboard, probably enhancing both keyboard and voice training. It would be a great use case.
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Jamie Lidell tried tried it out on his podcast and compared it to Ableton’s (non-real-time) melody to MIDI function. Dubler performance was quite impressive, even on some intentionally wild vocal articulations. This seems like a great tool, particularly for a singer/producer without the keyboard chops to perform the lines in their head.
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Way too expensive, this will be £150 max when they get distribution.
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I was excited until I saw that this wasn't a DSP device that ran the software directly from the microphone itself.

Had it been a DSP microphone with midi out that you could run directly into any hardware or DAW, it would have been an instant buy for me. As is, it's going to have to knock my socks off before I'll consider buying it at that price.
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