Softube Vocoder introduced to Universal Audio’s DSP interfaces
This might not seem like a huge deal, however having the Softube Vocoder compatible with Universal Audio interfaces means zero-latency.
Universal Audio’s plugins don’t only sound amazing, they’re a great way of being able to track live instruments while monitoring the sound of the plugin itself. This is usually quite difficult with regular plugins, unless you have an incredibly powerful DAW computer. Universal Audio solves that problem by incorporating DSP processing into their interfaces, which takes the strain of your DAW’s CPU.
The near-zero-latency aspect of Universal Audio interfaces and their plugins make them great tools for studio and live performance, and this is why the new Softube Vocoder is a huge addition to UAD’s line-up. If you’re unfamiliar with what a Vocoder is, think “that vocal synthesizer effect that was popular in the 80s”. The first musical Vocoder was actually designed by Robert Moog in 1968, however it only truly became popular in the 80s after Phil Collins and Jean Michel Jarre started incorporating the “futuristic” effect.
Softube Vocoder takes an audio input and morphs the frequency bands to emulate the sound that you create on it’s internal 12-voice virtual polyphonic synthesizer.
A modern approach to the classic vocoder effect…
The unique part about the new Universal Audio Softube Vocoder is the fact that it has an advanced carrier synthesizer built-in, whereas most other vocoders either require external input or have weak internal synthesis engines. It even has a noise generator, that when coupled with an existing synth or drum sound can accentuate the transients of the sound.
Softube Vocoder also sees the introduction of some more advanced features that I certainly haven’t seen on a vocoder. The “Freeze” function allows you to grab a sample and retrigger it at a rate that you either determine within the plugin, or using MIDI note triggers. This is great for more modern glitchy vocal effects.
Softube Vocoder is going for USD $199 (Around R2800) although keep in mind you will need a Universal Audio DSP enabled interface to get it working. For more information check out the UAD website.