What's the Rolls Royce of Formant/Vowel Filters?

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thagreatbelow
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42 posts since 19 Oct, 2008

Post Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:23 pm

Hello all,

I am always on the hunt for deals and/or tools for my toolbox that I don't currently have. I came across sugar bytes "unique synthesizer" which is based on formant filters, and I saw a youtube video and loved how it sounded https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO_uxiymr_c

That being said, it still wasn't enough for me to buy it, but it DID get me thinking about formant filters, and my lack of one. Now I'm not shy about spending money on a quality plugin, but from my simple google searches I only came across some really basic ones. This isn't necessarily a bad thing if it means I'm spending 20$ instead of 100$, but I thought I would ask the experts if you could make me any recommendations on some GOOD formant/vowel filters.

Elektronisch
KVRAF
3391 posts since 3 Feb, 2010

Re: What's the Rolls Royce of Formant/Vowel Filters?

Post Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:18 pm

Xfer Serum FX module, it has great formant filters.

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8659 posts since 14 Jun, 2001 from Somewhere else, on principle

Re: What's the Rolls Royce of Formant/Vowel Filters?

Post Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:48 pm

What you're looking for would be the Rolls Royce Formant/Vowel Filter. Sadly discontinued in 1932.
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Niowiad
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477 posts since 25 Jan, 2017

Re: What's the Rolls Royce of Formant/Vowel Filters?

Post Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:00 pm

Don't know about RollsRoyce, but this one is definitely the best I could find.
https://www.audiothing.net/effects/the-orb/
Currently 30% off.

- highly configurable in the very formants section
- 3 simple but effective lfos
- you can also automate the "XY pad" in the middle (I put that in quotes because those are actually 3 parameters instead of 2 involved in the automation writing, although you operate it as an XY pad essentially).

The only thing I wish it had, would be some sort of midi triggered envelope.

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ariston
KVRAF
3468 posts since 28 Jun, 2009 from Wherever I lay my hat

Re: What's the Rolls Royce of Formant/Vowel Filters?

Post Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:23 pm

Sugar Bytes Wow2. Might be the Volvo of formant filters, but it does the job for me! Other filter types and distortions are nice, and the mod system is awesome.

dubguy99
KVRist
114 posts since 28 Jun, 2017

Re: What's the Rolls Royce of Formant/Vowel Filters?

Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:11 am

If you use Ableton, the free Max4Live formant filter from Robert Henke is the best i've found and I've tried them all.

Serum / LFO Tool, The Orb and Wow2 are all decent options though.

chk071
KVRAF
21607 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: What's the Rolls Royce of Formant/Vowel Filters?

Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:46 am

The best i've ever heard is the vowel filter in D16 LuSH-101. Got some scarily realistic sounds out of it...

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discoDSP
KVRAF
4344 posts since 18 Jul, 2002

Re: What's the Rolls Royce of Formant/Vowel Filters?

Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:02 am

Discovery Pro has formant filters which can be modulated by 2 LFOs as well as morphing via MIDI velocity, aftertouch, etc. I wouldn't call those the Rolls Royce of formant filters but they got some praise on the psytrance scene so it's worth checking out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb0VY-6BBJo

Dirtgrain
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237 posts since 12 Jan, 2019

Re: What's the Rolls Royce of Formant/Vowel Filters?

Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:14 am

Elektronisch wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:18 pm
Xfer Serum FX module, it has great formant filters.
LFO Tool also

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exmatproton
KVRAF
2500 posts since 25 Apr, 2011

Re: What's the Rolls Royce of Formant/Vowel Filters?

Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:56 am

Dirtgrain wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:14 am
Elektronisch wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:18 pm
Xfer Serum FX module, it has great formant filters.
LFO Tool also
+1. Plus the extra midi tools in LFO Tool are great to play with

onerob
KVRist
318 posts since 28 Oct, 2014

Re: What's the Rolls Royce of Formant/Vowel Filters?

Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:19 am

This for £10 sounds good. I don't have it myself, so can't say if it's really Rolls Royce or not.

https://willsavin.com/software/plugins/vowel-filter/

metaside
KVRist
108 posts since 11 Oct, 2012

Re: What's the Rolls Royce of Formant/Vowel Filters?

Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:42 pm

+1 for Xfer LFOtool & Serum FX, those have a really nice filter selection including a few formant, multiple flanges and some comb-type models.

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KVRian
1039 posts since 24 Mar, 2015 from Toronto, Canada

Re: What's the Rolls Royce of Formant/Vowel Filters?

Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:46 pm

There is a cool one in NI Reactor. Very easy to use and figure out.

https://youtu.be/gii3LpPOHys
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acousticglue
KVRian
753 posts since 27 May, 2008

Re: What's the Rolls Royce of Formant/Vowel Filters?

Post Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:12 am

Elephant Audio has free one

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