Scotts Valley, CA (August 5, 2005)–Antares Audio Technologies has announced the impending release of AVOX–the Antares Vocal Toolkit for Macintosh and PC. AVOX combines five vocal processing plug-ins for use on vocal tracks as well as in designing vocal effects for audio post-production applications.
The AVOX Antares Vocal Toolkit includes:
-The THROAT Physical Modeling Vocal Designer, a new vocal tool that allows one to process a vocal through a meticulously crafted physical model of the human vocal tract. THROAT begins by neutralizing the effect of the original singer’s vocal tract and then gives you the ability to specify the characteristics of the modeled vocal tract.
THROAT’s controls allow the modification the voice’s glottal waveform as well as the ability to globally stretch, shorten, widen or constrict the modeled vocal tract. For even more detailed control, THROAT’s graphical Throat Shaping display allows the individual adjustment of the position and width of five points in the vocal tract model, from the vocal cords, through the throat, mouth and out to the lips. Finally, THROAT’s Breathiness controls allow the addition of variable frequency noise to the model, resulting in a range of vocal effects from subtle breathiness, to raspiness, to a full whisper.
While THROAT has been designed to allow subtle modifications to a voice’s vocal quality, the range of the controls also allows the creation of vocal tract models beyond the limits of physical human anatomy.
-The DUO Vocal Modeling Auto-Doubler, which automatically generates a doubled vocal part from any existing monophonic vocal. Unlike conventional doublers that simply apply pitch and delay variation to the original part, DUO makes use of Antares’ vocal modeling and vibrato processing technologies to create a doubled part that sounds like a second singer. In addition to allowing programmable variation in pitch, timing and vibrato depth, for even more realism, DUO includes a simplified version of THROAT’s vocal modeling to provide timbral variation for the doubled part. DUO’s output section gives independent control of the level and stereo position of the original and doubled voices.
-The CHOIR Vocal Multiplier, a processor that can turn a single voice into 4, 8, 16, or 32 distinct individual unison voices, each with its own pitch, timing and vibrato variations. The voices can, if desired, be spread across the stereo spectrum.
-The PUNCH Vocal Impact Enhancer, a processor that gives a vocal more dynamic impact, allowing it to, according to Antares, “cut through a dense mix with clarity and power.” It provides a combination of compression, gain, limiting, and overload protection with a user interface designed for speed and simplicity.
-SYBIL, a digital implementation of a classical vocal de-esser. SYBIL tames vocal sibilance with a flexible compressor with threshold, ratio, attack and decay controls as well as a variable sidechain highpass frequency said to match any vocal performance.
“Thanks to Auto-Tune, Antares is already world-renowned among producers, engineers and sound designers involved in vocal production,” said Marco Alpert, Antares VP of marketing. “With AVOX, we are introducing the first of a new generation of products focused squarely on providing those creative professionals with more innovative vocal processing capabilities than they may even have imagined possible.”
AVOX will available in late August for RTAS (Mac OSX and PC), VST (Mac OSX and PC) and Audio Units (Mac OS X) at a U.S. MSRP of $599.
More AVOX information is available at the Antares web site: