NAMM 2016: Play your software instruments using any monophonic audio with Sonivox Pitch2MIDI

Make MIDI from monophonic audio.
Make MIDI from monophonic audio.

NAMM 2016: Playing a virtual instrument from a MIDI keyboard is fine if you have the requisite skills, but what if you want to trigger your plugins' sounds using another instrument - or even your voice?

That's where Sonivox's new Pitch2MIDI plugin comes in. This is designed to take any monophonic audio input and transform it into accurate MIDI data in real-time. Said MIDI can be sent out of the plugin (so it can then be piped to any instrument you like), and there's also an internal synth that offers more than 100 sounds of its own.

A feature list is below, and you can also find out more on the Sonivox website. Pitch2MIDI is available for PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX formats and costs $150.

Sonivox Pitch2MIDI features

  • Play virtual instruments using your vocals, instrument, or any monophonic audio in real time
  • Built-in synthesizer with over 100 sounds
  • Sends MIDI out of the plugin so you can play any VSTi of your choice
  • Instantly add new layers of harmony or sonic textures
  • Real-time graphic display of audio and MIDI conversion
  • No MIDI interface needed to communicate between applications
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.