To vocode or to convolve, that be the question....


When do you find yourself using each? What kind of sources are you using in the examples you're giving? Any cool setups that work for you?

Edit: Not reverb. I don't care if you mention that you use a convo verb plugin and use different convolutions, but just not "room" simulation for this thread. Go!


Posted 2013-02-27T17:48:18.983

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1I've built some really fun convolving delays and such like in Max/MSP. But I actually don't use it in a specific application all that often. Convolution/vocoding tends to be my funTime playToy. I can imagine however, that a LOT of people use it for creature voices and craft/car fly/driveby's.

I would also hazard a guess and say that most people are going to reply "Reverb!" to which I would heartily agree. – g.a.harry – 2013-02-27T19:48:16.713

Yea, I should actually say I am NOT REFERRING TO CONVO REVERB. I am aware of that's usage, and the plug in that you use may be ea convo verb like space designer just used in an alternative way. – Dave – 2013-02-27T21:07:37.787



Just me, but I tend to go to vocoders when I want a Dialog Effect (like something special for a mechanical character). I think it's a leftover from the days of the original Battlestar Galactica and the vocoded Cylon voices which I thought were AWESOME as a youngster.

Convo I tend to use for SFX more, and specifically interesting ambiences. On one animated show I work on, the characters go to a different planet each week - circus planet, pirate planet, fix it planet etc.. The ambience of the planet is a base ambience plus an ambience that I usually make by taking something appropriate to the planet (say a construction site for the fix-it planet) and then passing it through TLSpace with some interesting impulses, ranging from wind, to synth drones. I also like to pass a sustained sound through convo with a rhythmic sound to get interesting rhythmic sounds when needed.


Posted 2013-02-27T17:48:18.983

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Any clips? Love to hear some of those. – Dave – 2013-02-28T03:49:37.970