Waldorf Lector Vocoder by Prahlad
To be fair I would like to state that I work as a free lance product specialist for Waldorf from time to time, but can honestly say that I am always honest and forthcoming when it comes to reviews or gear recommendations.
I've been using the Lector vocoder by Waldorf since it was released and can only state it is the first software vocoder I have used that sounds "right".
I've tried numerous other software vocoders, but was never very satisfied with the results. Waldorf is Obviously known for its synthesis capabilities and the carrier signal sounds fat and can be tuned with different oscilators, envelopes, filters, EQs, and there s a comprehensive EQ and compressor section available as well as FX etc.
Everything from the obvious robotic voices, to funky beat loops sounding as chords and sound effects: it s possible to find a lot of great and unussual sounds here quickly.
One very useful feature is that one can mix in the original voice or signal to improve intelligibility as its notoriously tough to get "s" sounds through a vocoder.
I found the vocoder very easy to setup and use (please note in the PDF manual it isnt mentioned that the unit defaults to "latch" which means it wont react to MIDI notes until you switch this off). I got some great sounds from it and besides a limiter didn't need to do much to the output signal to fit it in the mix.
-easy to setup and use if you know synthesis basics
-impressive sonic scope
-relatively inexpensive considering included tools
-presets don't demonstrate full capabilities
-some signal flow basics required to set up
-manual doesn't state that the plugin defaults to MIDI latch mode, this took me a bit of time to find