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Virtual Effects for Vocals

September 7, 2006

What better way to start (unless you’re sick of the effect by now!) than with Autotune? Cher made this vocal effect famous but now everyone seems to use it. Antares Autotune (£209) has been described as the ‘holy grail’ of music production as it keeps your vocalist in tune plus a lot more besides. The latest version 4 adds lots of automation and graphical features and if you are having trouble with your vocals (or indeed your vocalist’s) you can’t go wrong with this – just don’t overdo it! Also on the vocal front and from Antares is AVOX Vocal Toolkit (£329), which takes vocal effects to a new dimension as it can physically model a throat! Other features like Duo and Choir add other voices to your original vocal recording so who needs humans? You’d think there would be nothing left to model in software but Antares have even done the job of recreating different mics for your vocalist in Mic Modeler (£290) which enables your bog standard mic to sound like a more hi-end and expensive model.

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