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10 EVOC 20 Polysynth

10 EVOC 20 Polysynth

Ever hear a song that has a vocal track that sounds kind of robotic? Not like a talk box, which can be heard on classic songs such as “Rocky Mountain Way” by Joe Walsh, “Do You Feel Like We Do” by Peter Frampton, or any number of songs by Roger Troutman and Zapp, nor like Auto-Tune, first popularized on Cher’s hit “Believe,” and which is now ubiquitous in pop music. I’m talking about robotic voice effects like those heard on Midnight Star’s “Freakazoid” or Genesis’ “Abacab.” If you’ve ever wanted to get that kind of effect in one of your songs but didn’t know how to accomplish it, you’re about to discover this particular trick of the trade.

The EVOC 20 Polysynth is a very specialized soft synth. While it can be used as a comparatively limited standalone synthesizer, its main application is as a vocoder. Vocoders, like so many of our “modern” music-production tools, have a much deeper history than one might expect and a slightly more sinister lineage than your average synthesizer. Figure 10.1 shows the EVOC 20 Polysynth.


  

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