Well, well, well. Here's something rather unique and awesome at the same time. Sound designers sit up and read this!
Blinksonic have created an impressive new tool for Reaktor they describe as a virtual vocalist generator. It's called VOZ, and you really owe it to yourself to check this out even if you're a tiny bit interested.
It's a hybrid sampler/synth with 4 loop sampler engines. Aside from resynthesising over 1,500 recorded waveforms, VOZ also allows you to load in your own waveforms and use it as a tone sampler.
Here's the info from the Blinksonic site about VOZ:
What about using human vocal formant as an oscillation source inside an enhanced sampling tool ? VOZ° is an instrument which synthesizes a real singer from a list of vocal articulations samples.
This original concept rests on a complete sampling engine which enables the creation of multi layer evolved voice combinations.
From choirs pads introduction, backing vocals, rising screams, funky hits, experimental sound fx, to playable vocal parts…
VOZ° explores various aspects on how vocal sound material can be operated in a virtual instrument and allows to inject a dose of human soul in modern electronic composition.
VOZ° comes with a collection of 1520 basic waveforms including elements of speaking, screaming, whispering, breathing, yelling, laughing, growling, throating… All kind of vowels, phonetics, accents and onomatopoeias.. even whole words and piece of phrases.
All are classified in 16 categories following an index of intensity in the voice presence and musical tendencies. During the resynthesis process, I took care to maintain vocal sources in their best expressive forms.
All original curves, glides, bends, vibratos and natural dynamics levels have been preserved. I only retuned most of the samples for being harmonized and chromatically suited. The instrument also comes with synthesizers and instruments tones from the previous release AETONZ°, to give complementary basis on some presets.
I have been involved as a singer during 15 years on various projects and this collection got its origin from my own recordings.
It’s not my intention to turn VOZ° project as a self celebration. It’s just that I found in my archives, enough sound material to be extracted in order to create a consistent audio raw files database.
Essentially connoted with an english accent, all the samples mainly recall the energy of the « nineties ».
Along these years of recordings, everything have always been commanded by an irreverent and rebellious attitude, that’s finally makes this sound bank very singular, with a unique character and animated soul.
VOZ° presents itself as a modern GUI experience with an hybrid sampler/synth of 4 loop sampler engines.
The 4 engines include coarse parameters, ADSR envelopes, filters, stereo imaging and dynamic effects.
These 4 sources, combined via the mixer, can be shaped and modified through a complete line of 10 effects : Pitchshifter, Ring Modulator, Vowel, Overdrive, Phaser, Freq modulation, Chorus, Bit Reducer, Delay and Reverb.
The essential of theses options can be controlled by modulations generators (2 LFO, XY pad modulation recorder) and aswell 2 new concepts of crossfading.
One which consists to crossfades the signal sources of the 4 voices, the second (UNO FX MOD) crossfades the signal through only one of the ten effects at time.
This emulation is enhanced by a random engine which can be defined with a specific range of execution order of the selected audio chops of each voices.
With this function, all sounds are aleatory launched on every incoming gate events, creating kind of « instant chaos » that makes possible subtle changes in real time, and unpredictable voice movements.
In fact, it makes resulting tones more expressive and humanized.
In addition to achieve a striking sound design, the instrument draws the best features from Reaktor and offers extended functions to control the expressiveness of your tones with a smart modulation engine, inspired by the BLOCKS framework.
Note that it’s a real tone sampler, so it’s also possible to load your own external waveforms inside it, thanks to the powerful Reaktor Table Framework, available since the release of Reaktor 6.
Voz° is also ready to be hosted in Komplete and Maschine with a full NKS integration (Automation ID and color Keymap ready).