Give your dance beats some high voltage shock therapy with these killer Vocoder Samples in reason refill format. What's a vocoder you ask? It's that awesome sound you've most likely heard before but maybe didn't realize how it was done. Remember all those ultra famous Daft Punk songs that feature vocals that sound like some kind of robot? We'll that was done using a vocoder and it sounds fantastic.
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How is it done? It's a little complicated but so worth the effort. The original vocal is recorded in the normal way and then fed through a vocoder which essentially transforms the organic vocal take into a synth sound using a carrier signal as the sound source. That sound source can be anything from a dirty lead synth to a flute sound. Getting it right is another thing entirely.
To make it work you need a carrier signal that has enough sustain and attack to make a strong, solid vocal sound. Then you have to balance it with original sound source of the real vocal and mix a perfect blend so that you can understand the words but still hear the sound and tone of the carrier signal.
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You can control the melody of that carrier signal by using a MIDI keyboard. In essence the melody you play can be totally different to the melody of the original vocal but if you want the smoothest results it's best to record the vocal using the same melody so that you don't have clashing notes when you blend the original vocal with the carrier signal. Getting that just right takes a lot of practice and experience which just so happens to a technique that Platinumloops have mastered to perfection.
One other thing to point out is that it's always best to process the original vocal before feeding it though the vocoder. By applying EQ and compression at this stage you'll be feeding a clearer source sound into the vocoder. Once the vocals has been fed through the vocoder it'll most likely need some cleaning up with more EQ, compression and probably a heavy de-esser depending on the results.