Grenoble, France (January 14, 2015)—French music software company XILS-lab has introduced its XILS Vocoder 5000 plug-in. The XILS Vocoder 5000 alters speech, reportedly emulating the sounds of the EMS VCS3 synthesiser and Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus keyboard.
Analog vocoders typically analyze an incoming signal by splitting it into a number of tuned frequency bands with modulator and carrier signals being sent through a series of tuned bandpass filters, and the plug-in emulates this aspect. Features include 22 bandpass filters and envelope followers; oscillators (modeled from the EMS VCS3); noise generator; frequency shifter; and spectrum analyzer—including a 22×22-pin matrix patchboard, allowing any band of the modulator signal to be connected to any band of the carrier signal.
Additional features include additional filter types; more SLEW RATE modulations; two LFOs — the original analog EMS Vocoder 5000 had only one; in-depth FM AMNT (Frequency Modulation amount) and PWM AMNT (Pulse Width Modulation amount) controls; additional oscillator waveforms; improved sibilance input detector; gate input; also a keyboard for playing melodies or chords; and user-defined presets! The plug-in is available for Mac (32- and 64-bit, AU, AAX, RTAS, VST 2.4, and VST 3 for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit, AAX, RTAS, and VST for Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8).