New Toys: Antares Auto-Tune Vocodist

Antares’s Auto-Tune Vocodist is their latest plugin that is capable of all the same vocoder sounds you’ve heard on countless hit records. Vocodist models the vocoder and includes a version of Auto-Tune. Now you have the two most popular vocal effects in one plugin.

A few artists who contributed presets include P-Thugg, producer Buddy Ross, Damien Page, Katy Perry, and Kimbra with more artist presets introduced soon. There are exact reproductions of 20 legendary vocoders and more than 125 custom presets created by influential artists and producers. 

Vocodist has (at first glance) a daunting GUI but the included tutorials and quick starts will walk you through the main workflows for using it. You can vocode using the internal basic synthesizer or an external audio track or instrument and control its pitch and performance using an external MIDI keyboard controller or let your voice control it with or without the help of Auto-Tune.

I like that the tutorial is in alphabetical steps that are enhanced in the GUI with the same letters in a Pro Tips overlay; when you mouse over one of the letters, the function of that section is explained. The Voice, Noise, Synth, Filter, Envelope, and Output Mix sections are detailed nicely.

I’m loving and learning Vocodist and using it more all the time as another treatment or as the main show in my mixing work!

Auto-Tune Vocodist is available exclusively in the new Auto-Tune Unlimited premium subscription service that includes every current edition of Auto-Tune, all 11 of the vocal effects in the AVOX suite, unlimited upgrades for included plug-ins, and free access to select future plug-ins from Antares. New subscribers can access Auto-Tune Unlimited for $24.99 paid monthly, or $18.74 a month with a paid annual subscription. A free 14-day trial is also available.