French developer XILS-lab is known for its software recreations of some truly weird, wonderful and unique vintage synthesizers and effects as well as making some totally new products. It's fair to say that they tend to cover the stuff that others might find a little daunting, and so their lineup of tools is pretty interesting. The Vocoder 5000 is a plug-in that comes in all major formats for Mac and PC and runs both in 32- and 64-bit versions. It's been developed using the knowledge gained creating the remarkable software VCS3 and also the VP300 VocoderPlus, both highly regarded software tools.
What Is It?
For those that don't know, vocoders were originally popular in the 1970s around the time of their adoption by the music world and found favor in some pretty big hits in the pop and prog rock scenes around that time : ELO's 'Mr Blue Sky'