XILS-lab Vocoder 5000 Plug-in

Vocoder Effects Plug-in with Dual Synth Cores, Sidechain Input, and 22-band filter - Mac/PC AAX, RTAS, VST, AU
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Classic Vocoder Effects

While you may not need to use a vocoder every day, when you do need one, you need one that sounds awesome and gives you complete sonic control. That's why XILS-lab based the Vocoder 5000 plug-in on the EMS Flagship Vocoder, known as one of the most powerful and versatile analog vocoders ever created. At the heart of any good vocoder is a great filter bank, and XILS-lab's digital filters are among the best we've heard at Sweetwater. The XILS-lab Vocoder 5000 plug-in will deliver whatever vocoder sounds you need, whether you're looking to change the gender of a voice with subtle formant shifts or do a full-on robot voice effect.

Perfect vocoder plug-in for tweakers

If you're seriously into sound design and sonic sculpting, you'll dig the impressive range of controls and parameters the Vocoder 5000 plug-in offers. The powerful matrix patch area lets you connect any band of the analysis filter bank to any band of the synthesis filter bank, and the sidechain input lets you add external audio to the carrier signal. Between the powerful routing and filtering capabilities, the two powerful synth sections each provide two oscillators plus a noise oscillator, two LFOs, and one ADSR envelope. And if all that sounds like gibberish to you, but you still want great vocoding effects, don't worry - the XILS-lab Vocoder 5000 plug-in has plenty of great presets to help you achieve a wide range of effects instantly.

XILS-lab Vocoder 5000 Plug-in Features:
  • Vocoder plug-in based on the famous EMS Flagship Vocoder
  • Dual synthesizer cores each with two oscillators, noise osc, two LFOs, and one ADSR envelope
  • Sidechain lets you add an external audio signal to the carrier signal
  • Filter matrix lets you choose between 20 or 22 bands, with selectable 12, 18, or 24dB/octave rolloff
  • Oscillator types include saw, pulse, triangle and sine, with frequency modulation and pulse width modulation available
For a powerful vocoder, turn to the XILS-lab Vocoder 5000!

Tech Specs

Software Type Vocoder
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 32-bit, 64-bit
iLok Required Account only required
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel 2GHz processor or higher, 1GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC 2GHz processor or higher, 1GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.6 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows Vista or later
Manufacturer Part Number 11-31275

Customer Reviews

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Most Accurate Vocoder to date

I've been searching for a good sounding Vocoder for years. Especially after Daft Punk started the whole Vocoder trend, I had to have one. I tried pretty much everything but for AAX/Mac there is not too much and all the software Vocoders I tried were too complicated, not accurate, just harmonizer effects, etc. This Vocoder is basically the same effect Daft Punk used for songs like Within, including the vibrato effect at the end of some verses. Easy to use, great sounds and very easy to tweak. Worth it every penny.

powerful vocoder plug in

while this product is geared toward emulation of classic vintage hardware vocoders of the past, it also has a sound of its own and a good one. while this is subjective assessment, i A/B'ed the XILS lab 5K and izotope Vocal synth before going with this purchase. Having access to all parameters much in the way of a substrative synth, i felt much more in control of the creative sound design process than with the vocal synth which seemed to have a sound of its own that was impossible to depart from. Spending time with the oscillators filters and modulations yielded good results in terms of fitting in the mix, intelligibility and character. One piece i'm still learning to figure out is to recall patches across sessions.
See also: XILS-lab, XILS-lab Plug-ins: Effects