Can this low-cost vocal channel strip produce professional results?
Item: Voxengo Voxformer, Vocal Channel Strip Plugin
Price: US $69.95 (online download) – a demo version is also available
At A Glance: Voxengo’s Voxformer is a multi-functional vocal channel strip computer plugin to use when you want to add some effects to your recorded voice. It combines several processing modules into a single user interface in order to act as a comprehensive solution for your vocal processing needs – be it spoken word or singing. These modules include compression, eq, de-essing, noise gate, presense boost, saturation and spectrum analyser. It also features up to 8x oversampling to increase the quality of the processing and a good range of presets to help get you started. Voxformer works as a plugin with most common recording software and on both Mac and Windows computers.
High Notes: One of the key features of Voxformer is its easy to use, single-knob compressor. This is optimised for vocals and designed so that you only need to adjust one control to get a defined and professional vocal sound in no time at all. There is also the option of using two compressors together, allowing you to apply either a two-band or a serial vocal compression. There is also a 5-band EQ section with real-time frequency analyser to help cut out any problem frequencies or to boost any frequencies that are lacking in your vocal recordings. The de-esser and noise gate modules work well and are easy and intuitive to use and the saturation and presence boost modules can be useful to add extra depth and sparkle to your vocals if needed.
Off Pitch: Some other manufacturers’ vocal plugins also include additional effects such as reverb, delay and doubling, whereas you will need separate plug-ins to get these effects with Voxformer. Also, the plug-in sounds noticeably better when you use the oversampling function – this however increases the processing power used, which could be an issue for users with old computers.
A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: Overall, Voxformer is an impressive plug-in considering its price that is simple to use and capable of great sounding results. It would have been nice if it also included vocal effects such as reverb so that you do all your processing within a single plug-in (Izotope Nectar does this); however as the best sounding reverbs are generally found on separate dedicated plugins, you can get arguably better results using multiple plug-ins than most all-in-one solutions. If money was no object then there are better sounding and more versatile vocal processors; however for $69, Voxformer is hard to beat.
Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.voxengo.com