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Matrix (and other) Vocoder: Tips & Help

Happy new year folks,

Looking for help and tips with Vocoders. Specifically Matrix Vocoder ( since that and Voloco are what I have )

I am working on a strange EP that will need a liberal amount of Vocoding so I am hoping to get a solid process and sound that I am happy with and can recreate fairly reliably.

I have had some fun with Matrix Vocoder but haven’t really figured out how to do the midi mapping with synth and voice carrier. I think that’s the main thing I would really appreciate help with. There is some information out there but I’m a bit dense and could really use a step - by - step guide. Like, here is how I sort of understand it:

I have a melody with lyrics.

Create midi file of melody and load it in Xequence2 or have the chords in Chordpolypad or Tonality.

Load In AUM (specifics would help, I know I need to load Matrix V as a music effect mfx)

Send Midi to Matrix vocoder and set preset to voice carrier. Then I know I need to pan the voice left and synth right.

I also have a mic so I will load that to AUM

....Jesus I seriously already confused myself. I know this isn’t that complicated but it’s definitely a lot of stuff to have going at once..

So I have my microphone on a track in AUM
And Midi pads playing a synth on a track in AUM

Those are panned vocals left and synth right

And then both those signals go into the same instance of metric
Vocoder?

Yea.. any help would be very much appreciated.

I can get the robot sound pretty good but I want to also nail the more subtle melodic sound like a lot of modern pop songs use and really like that crazy Laurie Anderson song “oh Superman”

I know mostly that’s layering dry vocals with vocoder but I’d like to get the wet effect more melodic and crunchy if possible.

I’m up for checking out other apps if anyone reccomends then. Since I really like this stuff I wouldn’t mind having a few different styles.

Dervoco and ivoxel look good but both apps have recent reviews complaint about lack of updates and crashes etc.. can anyone tell me if these apps are worth it and still work relatively well in 2020.

As always thank you for humoring me and my long rambling posts.

PS - also this. Not sure if people are sick of this kid, I just heard of him a few weeks ago but feel like I see him mentioned everywhere now. Regardless this is pretty beautiful. Curious if anyone could suggest a way to do something similar

(someone posted this video on here a while ago but I can’t remember who ...but credit to you..whoever you are)

Comments

  • vocoding is always a bit special to set up. I've done quite a bit of vocoding with a VP-330, later on PC (Cubase and vocoder plugins), and iPad (iVoxel). I tested the Matrix vocoder when it was released, and find it very good.

    But I don't know what to tell you exactly, it seems you know everything that is needed. The routing of signals is the difficult part, but you already have figured it out, have you? Every vocoder is a bit different. Some have the same routing, some have it different. You just need to read the manual how the particular vocoder is expecting carrier and modulator, left/right channels, or if there are additional side-chain options (stereo input for carrier, mono input for modulator/voice), which also depends on the DAW you're using. I could do a step-by-step guide for Matrix, but only after I figured out how to record and route the thing. I only tested Matrix as standalone app using a USB headset.

  • @LowMoses said:
    Ha

    I want to also nail the more subtle melodic sound like a lot of modern pop songs use

    Isnt that auto tune ?

  • @enc said:

    I want to also nail the more subtle melodic sound like a lot of modern pop songs use

    Isnt that auto tune ?

    Ha. Yea probably auto tune mixed with a vocoder for that effect

    @Phil999
    Yea I had some good results last night after my post. I guess I just need to keep playing with it and fine tune the settings. Figured it was worth posting to see if anyone had tips and tricks.

    I haven’t really found a manual that gives detailed explanations but between the in app help section and the sound test room video I think all the info is out there.

  • @LowMoses said:
    So I have my microphone on a track in AUM
    And Midi pads playing a synth on a track in AUM

    Those are panned vocals left and synth right

    On both of the tracks, add a "Send to Bus A". Add a third audio-track, use Bus A as source. Then add Matrix Vocoder as an effect, use the "left voice, right carrier" preset. That's pretty much it except for tweaking.

    You don't have to use the midi effect here, because the note information goes into your carrier synth; so you don't have to use the Mfx version of the AU.

    If you don't use vocals-left/synth-right you just plop the Mfx Matrix as an effect in your microfone track, and use AUMs midi routing to send the notes to Matrix. In the "Vocoder" tab, make sure "MIDI" is lit up, and "Synthesizer".

    Dervoco and ivoxel look good but both apps have recent reviews complaint about lack of updates and crashes etc.. can anyone tell me if these apps are worth it and still work relatively well in 2020.

    Both are good. Dervoco is similar to Matrix (but different of course). iVoxel has way more features and is pretty good at 'singing', but isn't AU, so you can use just one at a time. The "voxels" of the title are samples you can play (using a sequencer or a keyboard) with pitch and a 'hold' where the sample will loop until you release the key - it's pretty neat but I haven't been able to figure out a way to use it in a track.

    Also Dervoco was released in 2019, so that isn't old at all.

    Also, Dervoco uses voice-right/synth-left, the opposite of Matrix.

  • @JudasZimmerman thank you so much! Very helpful and straightforward reply!

    I had intended to get dervoco as my first choice, not sure why I got sidetracked, huge fan of Zeeon and the dev. Going to pick that up since it’s such a reasonable price, and probably will snag ivoxel soon too. Thanks again for the help.

  • Voice Synth (voicesynth.com) is probably the most full-featured app available, and is now AUv3

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