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Antares Announces AVOX Vocal Plug-In Suite

July 29, 2005
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AVOX combines five vocal processing plug-ins to give musicians, producers and engineers the power to enhance vocal tracks in any musical style as well as design unique vocal effects for audio post-production applications.

The AVOX Antares Vocal Toolkit includes:

THROAT Physical Modeling Vocal Designer
THROAT is a new vocal tool that allows one to process a vocal through a physical model of the human vocal tract. THROAT begins by neutralizing the effect of the original singer's vocal tract and then gives you the ability to specify the characteristics of the modeled vocal tract.

THROAT's controls allow the modification the voice's glottal waveform as well as the ability to globally stretch, shorten, widen or constrict the modeled vocal tract. For even more detailed control, THROAT's graphical Throat Shaping display allows the individual adjustment of the position and width of five points in the vocal tract model, from the vocal cords, through the throat, mouth and out to the lips. Finally, THROAT's Breathiness controls allow the addition of variable frequency noise to the model, resulting in a range of vocal effects from subtle breathiness, to raspiness, to a full whisper.

While THROAT has been designed to allow subtle modifications to a voice's vocal quality, the range of the controls also allows the creation of vocal tract models well beyond the limits of physical human anatomy, offering the possibility of vocal characteristics that are simply unattainable by any other means.

DUO Vocal Modeling Auto-Doubler
The DUO Vocal Modeling Auto-Doubler automatically generates a doubled vocal part from any existing monophonic vocal. Unlike conventional doublers that simply apply pitch and delay variation to the original part, DUO makes use of Antares' unique vocal modeling and vibrato processing technologies to create a doubled part that actually sounds like a second singer according to the company. In addition to allowing programmable variation in pitch, timing and vibrato depth, for even more realism, DUO includes a simplified version of THROAT's vocal modeling to provide timbral variation for the doubled part. DUO's output section gives independent control of the level and stereo position of the original and doubled voices.

CHOIR Vocal Multiplier
Neither a harmonizer nor a conventional chorus effect, CHOIR is a processor that actually turns a single voice into 4, 8, 16, or 32 distinct individual unison voices, each with its own pitch, timing and vibrato variations. The voices can, if desired, be spread across the stereo spectrum. When multiple instances of CHOIR are assigned to individual harmony parts, the result is a large vocal ensemble.

PUNCH Vocal Impact Enhancer
PUNCH is a processor that, as its name so ably implies, gives a vocal more dynamic impact, allowing it to cut through a dense mix with clarity and power. It provides a combination of compression, gain, limiting, and overload protection with a user interface designed for speed and simplicity.

SYBIL Variable Frequency De-Esser
SYBIL is a digital implementation of a classical vocal de-esser. SYBIL tames vocal sibilance with a flexible compressor with threshold, ratio, attack and decay controls as well as a variable sidechain highpass frequency to match any vocal performance.

For more information, visit their web site at www.antarestech.com.

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