Logic's EVOC 20 PolySynth is one of the coolest Software Instruments in Logic's EV series of vintage synths. Let David Earl (a.k.a. SFLogicNinja) show you how he uses it and why you need to master this awesome, sonically rich plugin...
Do you want your vocals to sound like a chorus of modulated Moog oscillators? How about getting your drums to play rhythmic chords? Are you totally into robotic-sounding alien pads? If you answered "yes" (or even "maybe") to any of the above, then you need to get Vocoding!
The EVOC 20 PolySynth, can be intimidating when you first plug it in! However, once you dig beneath its perplexing, techno faceplate you'll find an underground sonic universe waiting to be mined!
So what are Vocoders?
Let David Earl –our star MPV super-trainer– enlighten you! He starts this journey with a field trip into the history of Vocoding. You'll learn why vocoders were invented, how they were initially deployed and the fantastic physics behind how they make inanimate objects sound like they're singing!
But get this: Did you know that the EVOC is a full-blown standalone synth,? Well, it is and in the next section the amazing Mr. Earl explains its different synthesis engines and how to program them. You'll learn all about the EVOC's extensive library of built-in wave tables, its overtone rich FM synthesis engine, and the sweepable lowpass filter and filtered noise generator.
Now it's time to Vocode! David explains the EVOC's deep "center section" with all its programable formant bands, U/V detection (no sunglasses needed) and ultra cool modulators. This is where all the Vocoding magic happens and soon you, too, be mastering all the EVOC's controls.
So join David Earl and learn how the EVOC 20 PolySynth can be instrumental in making synth tracks sing, creating robotic voices and just doing some really weird and crazy-cool sonic effects!
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Nice Tutorial! wrote on April 18, 2020
Very clear and have good examples!
Kurt L Hanson wrote on April 8, 2018
I like Logic Pro X but am disappointed with its incapacity for voice gender transformations. I realize no audio engineers in the Western world have attempted the challenge of nailing this one so that anyone can transform their voice to sound realistic. Always robotic, scratchy, and chipmunky sounding voices; nothing realistic.
Are there any retired and comfortably-wealthy, with all the free time in the world audio engineers with a want for a challenge? :)
Gerald B. wrote on January 26, 2018
Awesome tutorial. Very good inmstructor. This course covers so much material.
Robert wrote on November 3, 2017
Eye-opening course! It is such a privilege to learn about all the otherwise complicated plug-in parameters and also follow an experienced instructor on a step-by-step journey of basic and creative applications. Invaluable!
Cosmkcomik wrote on September 14, 2017
This is a great course and David is a great instructor. Always concise, informative, and thorough on all functions of every knob, slider, display, and function of the unit he is working with.
Bart W. wrote on December 9, 2016
Very helpful in understanding the many components that make up the EVOC20!
Paul wrote on February 8, 2015
Great little course on Logic Pro's EVOC 20 Vocoder by David Earl. Dave provides an overview of all the EVOC's features and demonstrates how it can be used in several practical applications - definitely worth the watch for any Logic Pro users.
Ren wrote on October 30, 2014
David Earl digs deep in this tutorial, starting with a history of Vocoding, explains every parameter and then starts to tweak. Great tutorial, thanks MPV/David.
matko grgas wrote on December 21, 2013
very informative and presented with a great flow!
Arturo De Santiago wrote on September 22, 2013
I've never tried player a vocoder before but recently my interest in EDM has risen & I figured I'd give this tutorial a shot. Definitely a great starting point for someone new to vocoding.