Vocoders are amazing. I cannot say that any more clearly.
I’ve been playing with synths for almost two years now and just recently decided to play around with the Vocoder found in Reason. (Yes, I know! It’s not FLOSS! But it is easily the best tool for audio production I have ever used.) My initial attempts at getting it to work failed. After a bit of reading, that changed.
I’ve uploaded a couple of sample loops to show you what a bit of what a Vocoder can do. Vocoders are used most frequently to produce those ‘electronic’ voices that are heard in most techno and pop. A lot of people seem to think that that is all they are good for. Those people are wrong. Below I have two loops: One pad synth and one arpeggiated lead synth. While each sounds good on it’s own, and they both sound good played at the same time, the vocoder mixes them together for a completely new sound.
I’m not going to go into details about how Vocoders work. A quick google will explain it better than I can.
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