Follow the links for screenshots & download info:
- PiF Vocoder by PiF! Media Techs (Windows)
- Syncoder 32 by EFM Synths (Windows)
- TAL-Vocoder by Togu Audio Line (Mac, Windows)
- Talkbox by mda (Mac, Windows)
- Tolcbocs by Sknote (Windows)
- Vocoder by mda (Mac, Windows)
- Vocovee by g200kg (Windows)
- Voyager by Arguru (Windows)
TAL-Vocoder is my favorite vocoder from the above list. It’s very easy to setup, features a great sounding synth engine (no need to connect it to another VSTi) and is available both for Windows and Mac. A little video preview of TAL-Vocoder (by Gearwire) is embedded below in this article.
My next favorite is Arguru’s Voyager. It’s basically a full-on software synthesizer, but it also features a vocoder module which actually sounds very, very good! This synth may be a bit tricky to use for non-experienced users, but trust me it’s worth the effort. If you don’t like the default GUI, check out the alternative skin for Voyager by flavours of lime.
mda’s Talkbox and Vocoder sound pretty good, even though they’re rather old vocoder plugins. Like all mda freeware, they still have their place in many people’s software studios. Try connecting mda Talkbox to a guitar source rather than a synth, and have some instant talkbox fun! Ok, it won’t really sound like a proper talkbox, but it’s still fun.
Vocovee, Tolcbocs and PiF Vocoder are also very good vocoder VSTs, although I don’t really use them too often. But I like having alternatives so I keep these three installed – sometimes you have to try different plugins before you get the right sound.
Finally, there’s Syncoder 32 which is different than all the other vocoders on this list, since it can’t be used to vocode real-time signals. Instead, the user should load a prerecorded audio file, and then use it as a trigger for the vocoder engine – an interesting concept which actually works really well in certain situations.
Thanks for reading and please leave your own suggestions in the comments section below, in case I’ve missed a good free vocoder plugin!
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