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Review: iZotope VocalSynth, DAW Plug-In

This plug-in can transform your vocals into new, unique sounds.

Item: iZotope VocalSynth, DAW Plug-In
Price: $199 (USA) Download
Mic Rating: 5/5


At A Glance: VocalSynth is a DAW plug-in that lets you manipulate your vocal recordings into new electronic sounds and textures. It has a range of different effects than can be combined and tweaked, and a large selection of presets to help get you started. It is compatible in most common plug-in formats and there is a 10-day demo available if you want to try before you buy.

High Notes: VocalSynth features sounds including talk-box, vocoder, synthesized harmonies, robotic sounds, octaves and doubles, as well as anything in between. There is also pitch correction, distortion, filter effects and stereo delays. Combining all these sections can result in dramatic transformations of your vocal recordings that takes very little time to achieve. The controls for the effects can be automated from within your DAW and sections such as the harmony generator can be triggered by a MIDI keyboard.

Off Pitch: When used at higher sample rates, VocalSynth can be quite demanding on your CPU (iZotope recommend a 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 or comparable processor). Also, some users may want more tweakabilty of some of the controls (however other will prefer that it is simpler to use as a result).

VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: If you are working in styles, such as electronic dance or pop, where great sounding synthetic vocals can really make your track stand out, then you’re going to love VocalSynth. Many of the sounds have been modeled on classic hardware vocal synthesizers, however the plug-in is much easier to use and is considerably cheaper than buying all the individual effects. Whether you are after either classic or contemporary vocal synth sounds, VocalSynth is capable of impressive results and is definitely worth trying out.

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Manufacturer’s Website: iZotope

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Chris Kennedy is the principle technology reviewer for voicecouncil.com. Chris is a musician in the United Kingdom – you can see more about this work at www.chriskennedymusic.co.uk You can also see more articles by Chris here.