2020
02/13
JAX Unisonic Pitch Shifter
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JAX Unisonic

JAX Unisonic is a special Audio Unit, able to produce up to 8 additional voices from any audio input (also polyphonic audio) by multiplying and shifting it in pitch and other parameters. Audio Units require a host application for operation.

The concept of JAX Unisonic is loosely derived from ‘Unison’ which was adopted from the ancient analog synthesizer world, where manufacturers and sound designers intended to fatten the sound by multiplying and stacking available voices together. Also digital synthesizers did adopt this technique to fatten sound sources.

Due to the instability of analog oscillators and components and some wilful detuning, an interesting sonic effect is achieved, giving the produced tones significantly more presence and life. Unison voices are still excessively used in modern music styles today. (In classical music compositions ‘unisono’ basically means a performance, where multiple instruments or voices play the same parts in an ensemble fashion.)

Technical

Now JAX Unisonic can simulate this sonic effect with any audio source by incorporating a bank of independent time domain pitch shifters, that are optimized to detune and spread artificially multiplied voices in panorama. It can be understood as a kind of super chorus generator or an ensemble like effect with variable, realtime controlled intensity and pitch relation. But it is clearly something more.

With JAX Unisonic you can create up to 8 additional voices, that will be passed thru a chain of pitching and positioning, creating massively fattened sounds with any kind of voice input. Additionally you may transpose each voice individually per semitone to max. +/- 1 octave, something that cannot be achieved with usual choruses, unison or ensemble effects and moves the results slightly in the direction of the category “harmonizer” effects. Although the harmonic results can be programmed (automated) freely and are not auto generated in any way, as on some available other harmonizers.

The used pitch shifters in our JAX Unisonic are NOT based on the phase vocoder paradigm (FFT) and do not introduce the static latencies, which are unavoidable by the latter. A time domain pitch shifter in contradiction, uses very small delay buffers, where the latency is dynamically adjusted (dependent on the used pitch shifting amount) and much smaller and nearly latency-free. Such pitch shifters are better situated for live usage therefore. Although, such pitch shifters sound slightly more raw and tend to produce disharmonic overtones with more extreme values.

Usage

JAX Unisonic may be used as a massive unison effect generator or more decently for creating various, more subtile effects for improving sonic qualities of parts in a composition. For instance controlled voice detuning, manual pitch correction, doubling of vocals or solo instruments or just to give some boring voices more interest and static sound some special movement. It is even usable with drums, adding subtile or even massive new frequency components.

Get JAX Unisonic HERE

2013
06/15
UPDATE: VocaLive Ver 1 6 Adds AudioBus and More
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VocaLive iPad App
VocaLive provides singers and vocalists with a suite of 12 real-time professional vocal effects along with a capable recorder for studio quality sound in a portable package. The effects can be combined into a chain of 3 processors and saved as presets. A collection of up to 50 presets is included to get you up and running immediately.

VocaLive includes 5 Vocal Effects – Pitch Fix (for tuning correction or stylized quantization FX), Choir (a 3-part harmonizer), Morph (a formant shifter to change the tonal quality of the voice from subtle deepening to radical gender bending), De-Esser (to remove sibilance from the voice), and Double (by registering) – along with 7 Studio Effects – Reverb, Delay, Parametric EQ, Compressor, Chorus, Phazer and Envelope Filter – that together create the perfect vocal processing solution.

VocaLive gives you the ability to record vocals or other instruments (single or multitrack) with effects, sing along with your favorite iTunes song library (with a Voice Cancel feature for practicing over songs with existing vocals) and warm up your voice with the included Vocal Tools. VocaLive is an incredible professional vocal effects workstation that you can take with you anywhere.

For the best quality, use VocaLive on stage with IK’s iRig Mic. You can also have fun with it or record quick ideas using the built-in iPhone mic, or with earbuds built-in mic.

VocaLive also supports digital audio input devices so you can use any standard 30 pin/Lightning audio interface.

Use a MIDI interface like iRig MIDI, VocaLive twist to your vocal processor “hands free” using your existing MIDI floor controller.

VocaLive is AudioBus compatible*; use it with compatible audio apps in any AudioBus Slot.

With its 12 professional effects, Recorder and Vocal Tools, VocaLive is the most powerful vocal processing tool available so far on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

What’s New in Version 1.6
iPHONE 5 VERSION AND AUDIOBUS SUPPORT! USE VOCALIVE WITH OTHER AUDIO APPS IN REAL TIME WITH A LARGER DISPLAY

– Audiobus Support*
– Added selectable input channel for multitrack audio devices

* requires iPhone 4,iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 or later

VocaLive features:

• Real time vocal processor + recording app
• 3-processor vocal effects chain
• 12 professional studio quality vocal effects
• Single track recorder expandable to a full 4-track recording studio available for purchase in the in-app Shop
• Import and play songs to be used as backing tracks directly from your iPod library or computer
• Audiobus support*
• Voice Cancel feature lets you create sing-along backing tracks by removing the vocal track from existing recordings
• Audio Copy/Paste
• 50 presets included with 4 Favorites for fast recall
• Includes metronome and vocal warm-up tools
• MIDI controllable (via in-app purchase; free for iRig MIDI users)
• Digital Audio Support
• Restore In-App Purchases
• Low-latency for real time vocal processing

VocaLive is available for $19.99

2011
01/24
VocaLive iPhone & iPad iRig Mic IK Multimedia
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VocaLive iPad App

Technically announced at CES, the IK Multimedia iRig Mic was, nonetheless, a point of interest at the recent Winter NAMM 2011, and yet another example of how the iPad is blurring the line between consumer and professional recording gear. As the first true condenser mic for the iPad, the iRig mic lets you add clear, usable vocals to demos generated by otherwise in-the-box apps (like AmpliTube or GrooveMaker, mayhaps?).

The IK MultiMedia iRig Mic features an electric element, so even though it’s a condenser it won’t sap power from your iPad’s battery. It also includes the new IK MultiMedia VocaLive app, a vocal utility kit featuring effects and a multitrack

Buy the iRig iPhone Mic combo for $59.99 and free shipping here http://www.zzounds.com/item–IKMIRIGMIC

VocaLive for iPad

VocaLive for iPhone

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