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Vocoder Advice

Post by Malifatcat » Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:24 pm

Dear All,

Am just about to join an E.L.O tribute band and need a decent vocoder. Am not using any computer on stage so will need to be a stand alone unit. I only want it for the voice effects as everything else will be handled by other synths.
I have looked at the Akai Miniak but was wondering if anyone knows of a better one?

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Re: Vocoder Advice

Post by Stab Frenzy » Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:47 pm

Budget?

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Re: Vocoder Advice

Post by masstronaut » Sun Sep 26, 2010 2:41 pm

If the Miniak vocoder is the same as the Micron's I'd check it out in person first. Not that it's 'bad' - it has it's uses - but I don't think it's all that appropriate for intelligible vocals. Microkorg is much easier to get good results from, for instance.

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Re: Vocoder Advice

Post by tim_m » Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:04 pm

Electro Harmonix V256 Vocoder with a small midi controller (like an Oxygen8)?

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Re: Vocoder Advice

Post by pricklyrobot » Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:51 pm

Since you mention the Miniak, I assume you're using "standalone unit" to mean a vocoder built into a synth, and not a standalone vocoder (that you'd be plugging other synths into)?
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Re: Vocoder Advice

Post by Headphones » Tue Oct 05, 2010 3:29 am

I wouldn't suggest a Electrix WarpFactory as your only vocoder. It's got a nasal sound to it, and doesn't really sound like an old 70's ELO vocoder AT ALL! Try a TC Electronic VoiceTone Synth pedal....If that doesn't work, and you need a dedicated vocoder/synth, you can't go wrong with the Korg Radias.

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Re: Vocoder Advice

Post by sequentialsoftshock » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:10 pm

VC 10!
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Re: Vocoder Advice

Post by Syn303 » Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:48 pm

You could always pick up a secondhand Roland VP-550. With that you can incorporate your vocoded voice with strings or ensemble choir.
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Re: Vocoder Advice

Post by GuyaGuy » Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:00 am

+1 on the TC Electronic Synth
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+1 on the Microkorg (It's the only thing I really like about it.)

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Re: Vocoder Advice

Post by Automatic Gainsay » Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:58 pm

E.L.O. used one of the EMS vocoders, although I can't recall which one. Unfortunately, the EMS vocoders are awesome, have a very distinctive sound, and are expensive.

I used a Roland SVC-350 for many years pursuing my E.L.O. vocoder obsession, and although it took a lot of work to make it sound like E.L.O., it was a suitable alternative.
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