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Using vocoder as lead vocal

Post by MathieuF » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:19 pm

Hi !

I'm Mathieu Fiset, keyboardist / composer from Quebec City, Canada. New Taxi member since last month.

I'm a big Daft Punk fan and I love to use the vocoder in my songs or live. Sometimes I use it as "background" vocals or just as a cool effect or even for solos but my new thing is to use it as lead vocal, since there's no singer in my band and I'm just not a singer myself.

It's pretty tricky to use like that. My goal is to sound like Daft Punk's last album where the vocoder is really used as a lead vocal and it's expressive, clear to understand the lyrics and it sounds great, not just "cool". Exemple : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajGKWk0auOc

So I'd like to know if other members here are using the vocoder and how do you use it ? Can you make it sound like that exemple ? What vocoder do you use ? I use the MicroKorg XL but my vocoder sound is pretty much custom made, not a preset.

Also, for a Taxi listing requesting male vocals, do you think a vocoder lead vocal would work ?? (depends on what kind of listing I know)

Thanks,

Mathieu
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Re: Using vocoder as lead vocal

Post by ochaim » Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:57 am

i dont have much experience with vocoders. i’ve only used vocal synth once on a track because i didnt have a talk box at the time and i needed that roger troutman sound.

for a male lead vocal listing, it would have to specify that they’re looking for a vocoder lead vocal in that style for a submission with it to be on target. sometimes there are open call type listings where almost anything goes, those would be worth submitting a a track with a vocoder vocal lead too.

hope that helps.

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Re: Using vocoder as lead vocal

Post by Len911 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:26 pm

https://youtu.be/fg00-4aUcWI

This isn't exactly a vocoder, actually more versatile. I think the parameters are probably automatable, and also you can tune to scale.

https://www.lejdd.fr/Culture/A-quoi-ser ... y-3-723916
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