XILS Vocoder 5000
The First and Last step for Vocoding
A Legend is Reborn !
Inspired by the EMS Flagship Vocoder ( EMS 5000 -1976-) , XILS-lab used his knowledge acquired during the emulation of both the VCS3 synthesizer and the VP300 VocoderPlus to develop the XILS Vocoder 5000 Model
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A Vocoder is a synthesizer which accepts an external sound source, a musical instrument or prerecorded signal, so that you can process it, with or without the keyboard, into a huge variety of sounds.
Human voice, the most variable sound of all, can be fed into the Vocoder, so that you can alter its pitch, Tone, Vibrato, and all its characteristics, allowing you to synthetize a Choir from a single voice, or to create melodies from ordinary speech.
You can also process Drums, percussive elements, or Guitars and … every kind of synthesizer itself, to breathe some analog life into them, or completely reshape them. You can even derive some pure synth patterns from …. drumloops. Everything is possible
For a more detailed and technical explanation of what a vocoder is, please visit the Features page.
For Sound Examples, please visit the Audio Page.
XILS Vocoder 5000
Clarity, Purity : The XILS Vocoder 5000 emulates the sophisticated filtering techniques and incredibly complex circuitry of its analog counterpart to achieve the same organic sound, precision and … clarity.
Easy to use for beginners, yet incredibly powerful for Veterans : The user interface offers a standard single panel view. Everything is there, right under your hands, with a lot of presets to get you started. Should you want, or need, to go further, the Logo Center Panel will switch to a vast choice of advanced panels displaying the advanced parameters of the module of the Vocoder 5000 you wish to explore and experiment with. And there are dozens of advanced parameters, for your joy.
Back in 21st Century : Because it’s a Xils, it offers many advanced features that its ancestor could not have offered in its time :, Bands number, Filter types, Filter’s Emphasis and Emphasis ponderation, more Slew Rate mods, more Freeze mods, 2 LFOs ( Original had none ), Detailed FM and PWM, more Oscillators Waveforms, an improved Input detector ( Sibilants), Gate input etc, etc.
The XILS 5000 Vocoder uses the same filtering techniques than its real analogmodel to achieve the same sound, precision and clarity.
It has been designed to be easy to use, but behind its simple interface, it features many advanced settings for those who really want to tweak the sound. Each module has its own advanced setting panel, so it can be tuned separately and quickly.
For a quick start, just insert the XILS 5000 Vocoder in your vocal track and let the pitch tracker follow the original pitch of the voice.
A Vocoder, What is this ?
A Vocoder is an effect which uses two signals to produce one output signal. The first signal is called the Modulator and the second signal is called Carrier.
Usually vocals are used as the modulator, but it can also be drums, percussion, or any other musical signal. Synthesizer are used as Carrier (the sound can be made from Sawtooth chords, white noise, etc, anything with a rich harmonic spectrum)
A bank of bandpass filters is splitting the modulator into several frequency bands and do the same with the Carrier signal. The level detected in the modulator spectrum are then applied to the carrier spectrum giving what we commonly know as "Robot Voices" when a vocoder is used in his simpler manner.
For a good result and an understandable synthetic voice, 22 bands are used in our legacy EMS 5000 model, but less bands are also commonly found on other vocoders.
The quality of a vocoder is depending on the following components :
The XILS 5000 provides these qualities for an incredible Vocoding result
But what makes the XILS 5000 Vocoder incredible is the Matrix patch area : You can connect each band of the modulator to any band of the carrier. This means that endless sound possibilities are in front of you !
Not only a "simple" vocoder, the XILS 5000 is also a wonderful synthesizer tool with a Voice/Unvoice detector, a Pitch Tracker and a Frequency Shifter which can give you a lot of fun, manipulate voices, drums, bass lines or anything !
Posted by Niklas Rundquist Music Professional on 15th Jun 2016
Terrible support and useless at least for Cubase.
You pay a huge sum for a software
like this and expect to use it for more than the inbuilt
synthesis engine - forget it and choose another software!
EDIT (Xils-lab) : Using VST3 on Cubase allows Side-chain and external Synthesizer. See our tutorial videos
Posted by Unknown on 28th Dec 2015
Buyer Beware you need to purchase a dongle to get this product! they don't explicitly state this! haven't been able to use it yet looks good, though.
EDIT (Xils-lab) : iLok is allowing soft-location