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“Revolutionary” Sonivox Vocalizer Review

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Vocoders are a tool that featured prominently in various music genres across the 1970s, as well as in the electro movement of the 80s. Their distinctive sound can be heard on many tracks from these eras. That said, vocoders still have a strong place in music production. They are still heard being used heavily on lead vocal lines, but can also be used to layer underneath vocals to give a sparkle to your lead vocal lines. Sonivox have brought a new spin to this classic with their synthesizer plugin Vocalizer.

Calling the product a ‘Vocal Production Synthesizer’, the Vocalizer brings an interesting perspective to the use of audio input-based synthesis. The Vocalizer takes an audio input source and runs it through various parameters, all of which allow you to twist and shape the original audio. It works by pulling frequencies from the audio source and then applying effects to create an infinite number of possibilities, dependent on the input. This doesn’t have to be just vocals either. You can get creative by running any audio source through it, and then you can use either the provided presets to shape it, or come up with your own sounds. This can create anything from a slightly affected version of the input sound to something completely different and unrecognizable to the audio you use.

One of the most interesting uses of this that I’ve seen involves using a drum track to create a gated-style rhythmical synth. You can set the audio input to a drum track or bus, and then use the Vocalizer to warp the audio into a pad sound that follows the rhythm of the drum tracks, allowing you to creatively build the percussive elements in your tracks with ease.

Since the Vocalizer allows you to input any audio source and play with it, I can see this being a great tool for all sound designers. After inputting any audio that you wish, you can then play with it endlessly to create new, unique sounds without too much effort, which could be perfect for those obscure audio clips you need to create. Despite all the alternative uses for the Vocalizer, however, it’s still predominantly aimed at use on vocals, allowing anything from a subtle change of pitch or auto tuning, to full choir-like pad sounds and everything in between.

Vocalizer’s new spin to the classic vocoder brings it up to date with a multitude of possible uses, allowing you to get creative in an inspiring way. It comes in AU, VST and RTAS formats for use with both Windows and Mac.

Like and share if you’re into production or if you love being creative with a vocoder!

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