Antares has announced AVOX, the Antares Vocal Toolkit (Mac/Win; $599), which combines five vocal processing plug-ins: Throat, Duo, Choir, Punch, and Sybil. Throat Physical Modeling Vocal Designer allows you to process a vocal part through a physical model of the human vocal tract. The process neutralizes the effect of the original singer's vocal tract and gives you the ability to specify the characteristics of the modeled vocal tract.
Throat's controls allow you to modify the voice's glottal waveform as well as the ability to globally stretch, shorten, widen, or constrict the modeled vocal tract. For more detailed control, the graphical Throat Shaping display lets you adjust 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. Breathiness controls variable frequency noise in the model, resulting in a range of vocal effects from subtle breathiness, to raspiness, to a full whisper.
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 uses Antares''s vocal modeling and vibrato processing technologies. In addition to allowing programmable variation in pitch, timing, and vibrato depth, Duo includes a simplified version of Throat's vocal modeling to provide timbral variation for the doubled part. Duo's output section gives you independent control of the level and stereo position of the original and doubled voices.
Choir Vocal Multiplier can turn a single voice into 4, 8, 16, or 32 unison voices, each with its own pitch, timing, and vibrato variations. The voices can be spread across the stereo spectrum.
Punch Vocal Impact Enhancer provides a combination of compression, gain, limiting, and overload protection with a user interface designed for speed and simplicity.
Sybil Variable Frequency De-Esser tames vocal sibilance with a flexible compressor using threshold, ratio, attack, and decay controls as well as a variable sidechain highpass frequency.
AVOX will available in late August for RTAS and VST (Mac OS X/Win), and Audio Units (Mac OS X). For more information, visit the Antares Web site.