Analog Vocoder Bundle
XILS 5000 and XILS 201 Vocoder, two emulations of the finest vocoder ever created available in a single license.
Inspired by the EMS Flagship Vocoder (EMS 5000 -1976- Probably the most complex and powerful analog Vocoder ever built), 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.
SAY IT WITH MUSIC
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.
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.
The Vocoder 5000 can speak a perfectly clear and understandable English, or German as well as Japanese.
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: We added 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.You can also populate the Matrix by freely drawing lines, and it has its own presets. (Very useful once you've found the perfect template for a certain voice).
The XILS Vocoder 5000 Modules and features in a glance:
The XILS Vocoder 5000 is protected with iLok (iLok1,2 or soft) or with USB-eLicenser.
XILS 201 Vocoder.
An exceptional clarity: The X201 Vocoder was modeled after an ultra rare, ultra pricey (even at the time of its release), Vocoder unit, whose intelligibility has never been surpassed.
It's the missing link between artists like Kraftwerk, Herbie Hancock, Frank Farian (Boney M, Milli Vanilli etc.), Cylon Robots or Droids in Battlestar Galactica droids in Star Wars and... Daft Punk (RAM).
Two Filter Banks: Each of its two Filter Banks offer 20 frequency bands. Each Filter Bank can process the incoming signal (Usually voice, but any other signal, including drums, can be processed), or the CARRIER signal. As a comparison, the Roland VP-330 only had 10 frequency bands, with a very musical sound, at the price of much less clarity.
The Carrier: You can use the internal analog Synthesizer as a carrier, which immediately gives the X201 its characteristic and recognisable sound. Any other incoming signal can also be used, like an external Synthesizer, another voice etc.
The Silence Bridging: This exotic title hosts a Multiband frequency dependent Envelope Follower engine, which will shapes the signal gain according to it's harmonic content. It's very useful for processing percussive or rhythmic sonic material, or contour to the sound.
So how does it work -in any DAW-? Usual scenario: You record your voice, even without actually singing, then choose the internal synth as the Carrier. Then you send MIDI notes to the Carrier to make your voice sing those notes (or chords, because the engine is polyphonic). Et voilà.
More is more: On the X201, we exposed internal circuitry parameters that were not available on the original unit, making it more versatile, and powerful.
Vintage analog modeled effects: Chorus, Phaser, Delay and an early 'digital' reverb unit. You can also configure custom effect routing and order.
Multi-FX: You can also use the X201 as a simple Filter Bank/Chorus/Phaser/Delay/Reverb Multi-Effect. Try it on a Rhodes, Clavinet or String Machine patch, and rediscover these vintage organic sounds that required a long chain of vintage effects.