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Old 03-11-2012, 02:32 AM   #1
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Difference Between Vocoders/Kid A

Hey, new to this thread first post. I hope this is a cool and knowledgeable community, and that I can gain from it.

So I'm trying to find ways to make the human voice sound 'alien' to the listener, but to keep it melodic and listenable.

I'm wondering if people feel vocoders are different? Like do different vocoders sound different?
One of my favorite examples of vocoding is in Radiohead's song Kid A. I read in an interview that it's Thom Yorke's voice vocoded through an ondes martenot. Unfortunately I don't have an ondes martenot. How might I replicate this sound? Whenever I try using the native vocoder in FL Studio, it ends up coming out all 80's P-Funk instead of clear, like Kid A.

Anybody have any tips/advice/input?

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Old 03-11-2012, 04:09 AM   #2
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Re: Difference Between Vocoders/Kid A

I've never heard the thing about the vocoding, but assuming it's true, try a high pitched sine or a saw with portamento. Those are the only two options on an ondes martenot. You could also try putting the synth through an amp simulator and/or some effects first.

Edit: Does the fruity vocoder let you mess around with the number of bands and shit? If it does, mess around with that, if not maybe try another vocoder. You'll have to get recommendations from somebody else.

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Re: Difference Between Vocoders/Kid A

are you using fl's vocodex?

try split band freq using sends and apple different vocoder settings

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Re: Difference Between Vocoders/Kid A

Many vocoders do sound different, but some more modern digital ones can emulate a lot of more basic models. FL's Vocodex is really quite versatile.

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