Zynaptiq Orange Vocoder – The Return of a Legend

Orange Vocoder GUIHeard on countless songs in multiple genres worldwide, Orange Vocoder is THE classic software vocoder plug-in. Initially developed by Prosoniq in 1998, Orange Vocoder has since evolved through numerous iterations, always staying at the cutting edge of the music production world. It has a reputation for being the single most transparent sounding and flexible vocoder plug-in available.

So when Zynaptiq announced that they would be awakening this sleeping giant and giving it a 21st-century makeover, there was plenty of hype. Given Zynaptiq’s history of developing mind-blowing software including the recent Adaptiverb and Wormhole releases, that hype is sure to be justified.

A sneak preview of the new Orange Vocoder at NAMM 2018 only added to the anticipation, but does it have what it takes to follow in the footsteps of the original? Here are some of the new features of Zynaptiq’s upcoming release that have got the hearts of every vocoder fan racing…

New Orange Vocoder Features:

  • Support for AudioUnits, RTAS, AAX Native, VST 2.4 and VST 3 on macOS, and RTAS, AAX Native, VST 2.4 and VST 3 on Windows.
  • New, streamlined multi-view UI with killer workflow features, including sub-presets and smart section randomisation, and more.
  • Greatly expanded Vocoder section featuring 22 unique algorithms, formant shifting, expansion, stereo operation, and more.
  • Completely rewritten, aliasing-free synthesiser section including Unison and Mono Legato operation, thru-zero linear FM, comprehensive modulation options, and more.
  • New voice pitch quantisation module controlled via MIDI input, including pitch-bend and glide.

Zynaptiq Orange Vocoder synth

Electronic Musician’s Editor-at-Large checked it out at the show and described it as “easily the most intelligible vocoder I’ve heard yet.”

We’re currently expecting to see this latest Zynaptiq software released in March/April. Don’t think you can wait until then for some Orange Vocoder goodness? Click here to check out Zynaptiq Orange Vocoder 3 where you can find a free trial of the existing version!

Here’s an Orange Vocoder video from NAMM courtesy of AudioFanzine – the quality isn’t great but it certainly whets our appetite for what’s to come! Look out for new videos coming soon.

 

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Posted by Harry Peak

Since getting my first guitar at age 7 I’ve been obsessed with music. Although I grew up on a diet of ACDC, The Rolling Stones, and Status Quo (courtesy of my Dad) my music taste has grown massively since then. I’m currently working on my first album which I’m hoping to release sometime in 2018.

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