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Tips & Techniques:Vocoder use - not just for robot voices!

The tip on using vocoders for electronica basslines reminded me of a good trick I used to use.

Take a vocoder (any vocoder.. doesn't need to be a great one - any freebie plugin will work).. stick the vocoder on an FX send and try sending different things to the carrier and modulator inputs, not just the typical synth/voice pairing..

Try sending the bass as a carrier, and the drum submix as a modulator.. or guitar as a modulator to the drums.... you get some interesting rhythmic results that can be mixed in as some added flavor to your tracks.

Give it a try and you'll remember why you thought vocoders were so cool 20 years ago when you first played with one.

Contributors: mw, biggator6
Created by biggator6, 13th January 2008 at 05:50 PM
Last edited by mw, 27th March 2012 at 03:05 PM
Last comment by Savernake on 14th January 2008 at 06:20 PM
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Old 14th January 2008
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Izotope Spectron extends this kind of vocoding with frequency specific modulation. I love that thing.

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