1. Auto-Tune Vocodist (Advanced Auto-Tune Vocoder)
Auto-Tune Vocodist recreates the famous tone of vintage vocoders with all of Auto-power Tune’s and flexibility.
With Auto-Tune Vocodist, you may use your voice or a MIDI keyboard to regulate your vocoded audio’s pitch. A built-in 8-voice dual oscillator synthesizer is designed for ease of use, allowing you to get started effortlessly.
Alternatively, you can experiment with any external audio source using the sidechain input.
This powerful vocoder plugin brings models of your favorite old vocoders right to your DAW interface.
Plus, to help you get started, there’s a vast library of artist presets featuring P-Thugg (Chromeo), producer Buddy Ross (Frank Ocean), and electronic artist Rachel K. Collier, just to name a few.
- Vocal FXs
You can further customize your vocal lines very quickly with built-in vocal effects. For extreme vocal mutations, experiment with exotic embellishments like classic tube saturation, choruses, and ring mod. Controls like “Warmth” and “Voice Env” allow you to set the output effects simply by twisting a knob, and the results can be as organic as possible.
- Built-in Auto-Tune
You can tune your vocals all without leaving Vocodist’s screen because it’s the world’s only vocoder plugin with built-in Auto-Tune. Turn it down for a mild effect, or turn it up to blend the renowned Auto-Tune effect with vocoder sounds for a truly unique sound.
- Compatible with Auto-Key
Auto-Key and Auto-Key Mobile were designed to instantly recognize the key of any song from an audio file or a mic input. Auto-Tune Vocodist is fully compatible with this awesome add-on and can make you save time in the studio by automatically detecting your music’s key and submitting it to Vocodist with a single click.
- Vocal FXs
This plugin runs in macOS 10.14 to 11.x (64-bit only) and Windows 10 (64-bit only). It comes in VST3, AU, and AAX plugin formats.
Antares is widely recognized for creating the classic Auto-Tune software, widely used in studio and live performances in many genres and styles. It was very clever to mix this awesome sonic tool with a vocoder, especially because of the multitude of new sounds you can get from it.
The number of control options available on a single plugin can make it as trustworthy as ever, with the power to change your track’s sound in a significant way.
2. Antares Auto-Tune Pro
Auto-Tune is a widely used software by engineers and producers across the globe and has been around for over twenty years.
Auto-Tune is somewhat of an ‘industry standard’ vocal editing tool, so you’ve probably heard of it and may have used it yourself. With an array of powerful features, you can use this plugin for real-time correction or meticulous pitch and time adjustment in a mixdown. Whether you’re a beginner or an audio professional, Auto-Tune’s simple aesthetic and powerful interface make it an excellent tool for anybody that works with vocals.
- Auto Mode
Auto Mode is designed for real-time tuning and comprises a ‘basic’ view and an ‘advanced’ view. Low latency processing is helpful in live performances or in-studio for real-time pitch and time correction. Depending on the style of music at hand, you can adjust the Flex-Tune, Humanize, and Throat Modeling controls to achieve natural-sounding correction or SFX-like affected vocals. You also have access to transposition controls, MIDI adjustments, and Scale Editing for efficient modification and real-time results. Additionally, you can toggle Classic Mode (to re-create Auto-Tune 5’s famous sound). Auto-Mode grants engineers and performers the confidence that they’ll sound great on stage or in a recording session.
- Graph Mode
Graph mode delivers maximum control over every element of the vocal track. It allows you to open the audio in the plugin and exercise an array of powerful features to tune your vocals. In its entirety, graph mode handles every factor of the vocal and gives you the ability to manipulate it beyond recognition or subtly nudge it towards perfection. Meticulous vocal editing is done in graph mode, where you can go through every instance of the recording and adjust various elements.
Auto Key helps increase efficiency when mixing by recognizing the key and scale. Next, it sends that information to all instances of Auto-Tune Pro in your session, saving you from manually dialing in the settings for each track. Additionally, you can set the parameters using a single instance of Auto-Tune and send it to all the cases in the session. So, if you have multiple backing vocal tracks, you could simultaneously apply the settings from one across the rest for continuity and time-saving.
Auto-Tune has an array of plugins that you can employ to enhance the vocal performance and final product. You can access them all by purchasing a perpetual license or subscribing. Furthermore, you can also crossgrade (upgrade from or add to your collection) from multiple instances of ownership, so you don’t need to purchase the entire bundle if you want to upgrade. There are a lot of perks to using it, that’s for sure.
This plugin is available for Windows 10 (64 bit) and macOS 10.14 to 11. x. It comes in VST3, AU, and AAX formats.
Auto-Tune Pro is a celebrated tool for pitch adjustment and corrections by members throughout the music community. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a seasoned professional or just learning your way around a mixdown; this software will do the trick for you. As a result, Antares continues to uphold its reputation of being a celebrated mixing tool. Simplicity aside, this is genuinely comprehensive software that can take your vocal manipulation to the next level, whether you’re doing it in real-time or in the studio.
3. Antares Mic Mod EFX
MicMod EFX is an update to the Antares Microphone Modeler plug-in released in 2000. MicMod is ready to help you find the tone you’re looking for with a new look and an updated library.
Microphone modeling hasn’t always garnered the best response from engineers. However, with the right mindset stepping in, they can be a useful tool. If you’re looking to make your cheap, horrible-sounding microphone perform like the best microphones on the market, you will be disappointed.
The plug-in offers a wide range of selectable microphones that have all been modeled by Antares. In addition, should you be unable to find your microphone within their library, you’ll have the option to choose a generic mic type.
- Range of Modeled Microphones
Mic Mod features one hundred and seventeen microphone models for both the source and the modeled microphone. The models range from vintage classics like the Neumann U47 to standard studio workhorses like the Shure SM57 or AKG D112.
- Microphone Parameters
Should your chosen mic model offer an adjustable polar pattern or low-cut filter, you can opt to use them with your modeled microphone. And you have the same options for source microphones so that Mic Mod can consider these adjustments when modeling the tone.
- Proximity Control
Alongside the low-cut filter and polar pattern controls, you have a dial for adjusting the microphone’s proximity to the source. By dialing in the proximity, you can adjust how much the low end is accented in the tone.
- Tube Saturation
On top of being able to control the overall tone through mic selection and various additional parameters, you can mix in the sound of a modeled analog tube preamp. For example, you can use the saturation to achieve a warmer tone at low levels, add more harmonics for a slightly brighter tone at mid settings, or add a distorted tone at high settings.
The plug-in supports Windows 10 and higher and Mac OS 10.14 and higher, both 64-bit only. Also, it supports VST3, AU, and AAX formats.
Antares’ MicMod may market itself as a plug-in that makes the mics you own sound like the microphones you wished you owned, but in reality, it streamlines the filtering process to achieve various tones easier within a mix.
If your recording sounds bad, MicMod won’t be able to improve the quality magically. However, if your recording is good, it can help you find that sound that makes it sit well or pop within a mix.
4. Antares Sybil
Sybil offers a moderate level of control with a familiar interface.
There’s no way you haven’t heard of the notorious plugin for vocals Auto-Tune. From its manufacturer comes Sybil, a classic form of de-esser that provides an adjustable high-pass filter for an optimal level of control over the effect. If you have experience with traditional de-essers, you’ll feel right at home with this one.
- Familiar Parameters
Nobody wants to learn new names and concepts for something as mundane as de-essing vocals. Hence, Antares takes the tried-and-true route of including an entire compressor for the de-essing process. You will find the familiar threshold, compression (ratio), attack, and release.
- Variable Frequency
Sybil has a side-chained high-pass filter with a knob to select the frequency starting from as low as 100 Hz. This parameter lets you be as precise as you need to control your de-essing effect or even use the plugin for other creative uses. After all, it is a compressor.
This plugin is available for Windows 10 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higher, both 64-bit only. It comes in VST 3, AU, and AAX formats.
For someone who understands a classic de-esser or compressor, this plugin will feel highly familiar. The sound quality is fantastic, and it can apply the effect in a natural-sounding way. However, it’s worth noting that its price may not be agreeable to some.
5. Anatres Duo (Automatic Vocal Doubler)
Duo by Antares is another great plugin that will help you quickly get the doubling effect for vocals or other instruments.
Antares is a well-known company that develops software for audio production. In particular, you can find many plugins for vocal processing in their product range, such as Auto-Tune and various vocal effects. Now we will talk about one of their products, Duo, an automatic vocal doubler.
This software is quite straightforward: on the one hand, you will have the doubling settings, and on the other – the levels of the original signal and effect, as well as panning. In this way, you can quickly achieve the desired result. Now let’s try to understand the features in more detail.
- Choose The Vocal Range
When working with this plugin, you must first select Vocal Range so that the software understands what exactly to work with. You will see this tab in the upper left part of the window. In particular, you will find Baritone/Bass, Alto/Tenor, and Soprano options. In addition, there is an Instrument option.
- Set The Pitch Variation
You will also find a separate Pitch Variation control, which adjusts the amount of random pitch variation between the doubled voices. At the maximum value, the difference will be quite noticeable.
- Timing Variation
Another feature of the Duo plugin is the ability to customize Timing Variation. A separate controller will be responsible for this. It is setting a random time difference between doubling vocals or instruments.
- Timbre & Vibrato
Also, quite great features in this plugin are the Vocal Timbre and Vibrato options. The latter will allow you to adjust the vibrato doubling of the voice and provide a very interesting sound. As for Vocal Timbre, you can make the effect sound slightly lower or higher.
- Levels And Panning
On the right side, you will have two sliders, which you can adjust the levels of Original and Double signals, i.e., their ratio. Also, at the bottom, you will find separate controls for Panning. By default, they are hard-panned left and right.
Antares Duo is available for Windows 10 or higher and macOS 10.14 or higher, both 64-bit only. It comes in VST3, AU, and AAX formats.
Antares Duo is a fairly easy-to-use plugin that will allow you to get the effect of vocal doubling with a very natural sound. Of course, it will depend on your chosen parameters, but this software sounds great. However, you can also use it for instruments like pianos, guitars, and other tracks that need some space.
6. Antares AUTO-KEY
The philosophy of Auto-Key is simplicity with its minimalistic approach to key detection.
Antares is the developer of the renowned real-time pitch correction software Auto-Tune. Producers have used it to improve their vocals subtly or create robotic effects. And the next step to assisting you in getting faster results is Auto-Key, which is a real-time scale or key detector.
- Straightforward UI
Auto-Key’s user interface must be one of the simplest interfaces I’ve ever seen. Once you load the plugin on the track with your audio file, it will start detection as soon as you hit play. It takes a few bars of playing for it to analyze the audio accurately.
You’ll find the detected key in the middle of the interface, whereas the top right corner shows the tuning reference, meaning it supports non-standard tuning like A=438 Hz. Furthermore, the virtual keyboard displays the notes in the scale it has detected.
The most significant feature of this otherwise minimal plugin is its integration with Auto-Tune. Once Auto-Key has finished detecting the key, click on Send To Auto-Tune and assign the key to each instance of Auto-Tune in your project simultaneously. It eases and speeds up your workflow by automatically detecting and assigning the key.
- Offline Mode
The File option on the left of the interface allows you to open an audio file into Auto-Key. It analyzes the audio offline and faster than real-time analysis. So, it’s ideal for analyzing samples before you load them into your project.
The plugin is available for Windows 8.1 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higher, both 64-bit only. It comes in VST 2/3, AU, and AAX formats.
Auto-Key is a straightforward key detection plugin developed by a reputable brand. It’s very accurate and comes with a minimalistic user interface. Hence, it is an excellent choice for people who prefer simplicity.
However, I find the plugin quite expensive, even after considering the integration with Auto-Tune. Still, if you use Auto-Tune often, this nifty plugin can help speed up your workflow.
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