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Creative vocal effects 2

Creative vocal effects 2

While the first of our tutorial series focused on creative vocal effects, this time round we’ll show you how to use the Elastic Audio, Distortion and Vocoder effects.

In the second part of this online workshop we present more creative effects for vocals to spice up your mixes.

V. Tape stop effect

Now, we would like to simulate the effect heard when the plug is pulled on a record player while it is playing and music slowly chokes off.

Step 1: As always, we start by searching and separating out the desired vocal part from an existing object using “T”.

searching and seperating the desired vocal part

Step 2: Select the object and go to “Effects > Time / Pitch > Elastic Audio…”. The vocal object will be opened in Elastic Audio Editor.

open the vocal object in the Elastic Audio Editor

Make sure that the “Resample” algorithm is opened.

Step 3: Now, press the “Direct” button to edit the pitch sequence with absolute changes and set the mouse tool to “Rubber band”.

edit the pitch sequency with absolute changes

Step 4: Grab the orange line at the end of the object and drag it one octave down. The pitch will be displayed to the right on the keyboard.

pitch the sound one octave lower

Step 5: Finally, we grab the diagonal line at the position in the object where the slowing down of the tape stop effect should start and drag it back to the original pitch.

drag the sequency back to the original pitch

Experiment with the curve by making the braking process longer or shorter. If you are happy with the result, press “OK”.

VI. Pitch correction with Elastic Audio

Step 1: Load the selected vocal object into the Elastic Audio Editor. Click on the “Elastic audio…” button in the object editor.

load the vocal object in the Elastic Audio Editor

Step 2: Make sure that the “Direct” mode is set in Elastic Audio before conducting the base frequency analysis via “Pitch > Recognize” button.

set the „Direct“ mode through the Elastic Audio Editor

After analysis, the vocal object will be displayed in separate slice objects according to recognized pitches.

Step 3: Select those slices, whose pitch you would like to change and select the “Monophone voice” algorithm.

change the „Monophone voice“ algorithm

Step 4: With the selection tool, drag on the selected slices to change these in pitch.

the use of the selection tool

VII. Distortion – mix in parallel distortion

In order to add rawness to a vocal part and make it sound a bit dirtier, we will now work with distortion.

Step 1: First, we separate the object again at the desired location and duplicate it. To do so, we drag the object into a new track while holding Ctrl. By additionally holding down Shift, we can prevent the object from being moved horizontally.

seperating and duplicate a selected object

Step 2: Now we add a distortion effect to the vocals double in the object editor. In this example, we work with the “eFX TubeStage”.

add the distortion effect to the vocals double

Step 3: Find the “Rough Vocals” preset and customize the settings to fit your audio material.

customize the settings to fit the audio material

Step 4: Finally, we mix the duplicated, distorted vocal object with the original vocal part.

mixing the different vocals

Using this method, you can subtly distort vocals to give them more assertiveness.

VIII. Vocoder

The vocoder manipulates a carrier signal (e.g. a pad) to give the impression that the pad is singing. The manipulation takes place through a modulator, in our example, the vocal signal.

Step 1: Select the “Vocoder” plug-in in the object editor for the selected vocal object.

set the Vocoder plug-in in the object editor

Step 2: Look for an appropriate preset in the list.

the approppriate present in the list

Step 3: Adjust the carrier signal that is created within the effect until you find a sound you like. Start with the standard sample and listen to all of the options in the list until you find the right effect sound.

the search of the right effect

Step 4: Using the “Sample” fader you can set the proportion of the carrier signal. With the “Noise” fader you add some white noise or even create whispering voices.

Use of the fader for setting the proportion of the carrier signal

Step 5: The vocoder also allows you to modify the red curve of the FFT Filter by using the draw tool. Simply draw the frequency progression to optimize the vocoder output.

modifing the red curve

Step 6: Try interchanging the modulator and the carrier signal to hear how it sounds.

interchanging the modulator

Of course, there are also countless other options to create special effects for your voca

ls using preset effects. Try out external flanger settings with the eFX ChorusFlanger or combine a vocal reverb from VariVerb with the eFX_Phaser.

Have fun experimenting!

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