From the classic computerised vocals of Kraftwerk to the Robo-Funk of Daft Punk, the divisive sound of Kanye's 808s & Heartbreaks, right down to the frankly unbearable Auto-Tuned warbling of Cher's Believe, vocal synthesis and processed vocals have played a pretty substantial role in the past few decades of music and sound design.
Whatever you think of the artists listed above, understanding and exploiting the potential of creative vocal processing is an essential tool for your production arsenal. In this month's cover feature, we run you through the science behind these classic sounds. Be sure to check out the accompanying videos and audio examples too, all of which are available for download at http://vault.futuremusic.co.uk.
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The Black Dog – The Techno pioneers tell us about making a DJ controller, and their latest album Neither/Neither
Tyondai Braxton – We talk to the experimental New York composer about his explorations into modular synthesis with HIVE1
The Track: Huxley – The British producer breaks down I Want You, from his debut LP
Classic Album – Hijack on creating UK Hip Hop classic The Horns Of Jericho
Vocoding & Vocal FX – Get creative with our in-depth guide to vocal effects – from vocoding and pitch correction to speech synthesis and more
Producer's Guide To... Ableton Push: Part 1 – We run through the essentials of composing and creating with the official Live controller
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