Antares offers the Throat physical-modeling voice designer plugin as a free add-on with a 14-day trial of Auto-Tune Unlimited.
There are countless plugins devoted to manipulating and processing vocals. Very few plugins center around emulating the vocal characteristics of the human vocal tract. Throat from Antares is a novel take on vocal processing and is free for a limited time with a 14-day free trial for Auto-Tune Unlimited.
Antares Throat is a complete model of the human throat and can manipulate your vocal tracks in subtle and chaotic ways.
The plugin’s interface is rather odd at first glance. A 3D model of a human throat and various strange parameters are the first things to greet a prospective user. Beneath this somewhat jarring initial introduction, Throat acquits itself quite ably as an easily navigated vocal processor.
Pitch shifting can be done to absolute extremes, with a range of an octave up or down from the original source material. This might not be used for most vocal adjustments, but for creative effects, it presents potential.
The breathiness and the rasp of a voice can also be manipulated. Controls are present for the length and width of a human throat as well as the glottal. Voice types can easily be manipulated, giving the user the opportunity to completely transform the recorded voice.
Vocal range is also a control parameter, allowing users to select between human vocal ranges to give more precision or control to the pitch shifting.
These are all solid features for an admittedly unusual take on the vocal processor. Antares Throat won’t compress or give the sheen of a polished production vocal, but what it does is unique enough to be worth a look. The interface hides no secrets. What you see is what you get.
Vocal plugins are plentiful, and the market is saturated with them right now, but very few attempt to do what Antares Throat does. The closest analog is perhaps Little Alterboy by Soundtoys, but that plugin doesn’t go out of its way to emulate any of the physical attributes of the human vocal tract.
Antares Throat is available for Windows and Mac users. Windows computers have the option of VST3 and AAX formats. Mac users can use VST3, AU, and AAX. All Antares plugins are Silicon compatible, so M1 and M2 users are well covered.
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Download: Antares Throat (FREE with a 14-day trial of Auto-Tune Unlimited)