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Old 25th September 2012
Gear Maniac
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2 very random but relevant questions..

first question: i'm looking to buy a vocoder....don't have any experience with vocoders, but the effect I'm trying to get is like justin vernon on "woods" or his work on kanyes intro to dark fantasy. what would you recommend? i've seen some that come with a little mic attached to a synth keyboard..? should i get one of those? is that what vernon uses or is it some software for vocoding?

second question:
could you break down the science of the vocoder? i couldn't find too much online about it.
Old 25th September 2012
Gear Head
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🎧 5 years
My understanding of it is that your vocals go in, get split up by a multi-channel filter, each signal triggers the synth at a different range, and then the original is mixed back in at a low level under the synth's output.

Honestly, you're better off buying a decent AutoTune plugin for whatever DAW you're using, since that's probably what they use in the studios for the tracks you mentioned.

That being said, my microKORG has a pretty solid vocoder on it, along with some excellent sounds. The only downside is the analog knobs which make for really imprecise timing when you're trying to make an electronic track... best to add all the time-based stuff in after.
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