MATRIXSYNTH: XILS-Lab 201 Sennheiser Vocoder Emulation

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

XILS-Lab 201 Sennheiser Vocoder Emulation

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Check out Kraftwerk's original Sennheiser VSM 201 Vocoder here. You can find additional posts featuring various Sennheiser vocoders here.

Details on the X-201 via XILS Lab:

"XILS-lab X-201, Vocoder … and vintage MultiEffect

An exceptional clarity: The X201 Vocoder was modelled after an ultra rare, ultra pricey, even when it was released, Vocoder unit, whose intelligibility has never been surpassed.

It's the missing link between artists like Kraftwerk, Herbie Hancock, Frank Farian (BoneyM, Milli Vanilli etc), many Cyclon Robots or Droid in Star Wars and Battlestar Gallactica and … Daft Punk (RAM)

Two Filter Banks: Each of it's two Filter Banks offer 20 frequency bands. Each Filter Bank can process the incoming signal ( Usually voice, but any other signal, including drums, can be processed) , or the CARRIER signal. As a comparison, the Roland VP-330 only had 10 frequency bands, with a very musical sound, at the price of much less clarity.

The Carrier: It can be the internal analog Synthesizer. Which immediately gives the X201 its characteristic and recognisable sound. Or any other incoming signal, like an external Synthesizer ( Make bells 'sing'), another voice etc.

The Silence Bridging: Under this exotic name you'll find a (MultiBand) frequency dependant Enveloppe Follower engine, which will shape the signal gain according to it's harmonic content, and is very usefull to process percussive or rythmic sonic material for example, or give contour to the sound.

So how does it work -in any Daw-? Usual scenario: You record your voice, even without actually singing, then choose the internal synth as the Carrier. Then you send Midi notes to the Carrier to make your voice sing these notes (or chords, because the engine is polyphonic). Et voilĂ .

More is more: On the X201, we exposed internal circuitry parameters that were not available on the original unit, making it more versatile, and powerful.

We also added some vintage analog modelled effects: Chorus, Phaser, Delay and an 'early digital' reverb unit. ( Custom Effect routing and order )

As a Mutli FX: This means that you can also use the X201 as a simple Filter Bank/Chorus/Phaser/Delay/Reverb MultiEffect. Try it on a Rhodes, Clavinet or String Machine patch, and rediscover plenty of these vintage organic sounds that required a big chain of vintage effects to be achieved."

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