Review: XILS Vocoder 5000

XILS-lab specialise in the weird and wonderful side of plug-ins based on vintage synths and vintage effects. Now they're on to re-create the perfect vocoder. Hollin Jones puts it to the test.  

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'

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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