(8) Thu Mar 30 2006 23:31 Vowecowedrrr: I hate the vocoder because it's used in all the damn pop songs I hear in the supermarket, and I suspect its primary use is to cover up the fact that pop singers can't sing. But this tutorial and its obvious-in-retrospect explanation of how vocoders work is pretty neat.
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Posted by Josh Myer at Fri Mar 31 2006 00:20
Man, I remember the first time I heard a vocoder. It was at a concert: dude went over, tapped a pedal, and suddenly, his guitar was singing with him. It was so incredibly cool.(I was apparently a lot easier to impress at 12.)
Posted by Sean Neakums at Fri Mar 31 2006 00:34
Mogwai uses one whenever they want vocals but can't bothered to write lyrics. They are industrious in their laziness.
Posted by Fredrik at Fri Mar 31 2006 03:06
Hmm. I thought it was AutoTune that everybody used for cover up.(and you confuse vocoders with talkboxes either, btw)
Posted by Fredrik at Fri Mar 31 2006 04:36
"(and you confuse vocoders with talkboxes either, btw)"hmm. I'm pretty sure I meant to put a "shouldn't" in there, somewhere. Any chance that we can get an "edit this comment" button ? (infogami has spoiled me...)
Posted by Adam P. at Fri Mar 31 2006 10:17
Which pop songs on your supermarket radio have vocoder on them? I guess maybe Mr. Roboto, maybe some E.L.O. ... ? Or maybe you go to a supermarket that plays a lot of Air and Daft Punk, in which case I want to shop there too.Anyway, I agree with Fredrik - if there is a vocal-related audio technology we should rail against, it's autotune. Personally I think pop records whose singers rely on this (I'm looking your way, Lindsey Lohan and Hilary Duff) would be greatly improved if all the lyrics were sung with a vocoder.
Posted by Leonard at Fri Mar 31 2006 10:32
I think I may be confusing vocoder with talkbox. But I can't find out just at this moment because my sound card stopped working today. More on this later.Fredrik, an "edit this comment" button would mean user accounts in NewsBruiser + user accounts for commenters, and I don't want to go there. The alternative is a challenge/response password for each individual comment, and that doesn't sound to great either.
Posted by Leonard at Fri Mar 31 2006 18:00
No, it's definitely vocoder that I'm sick of. I can't believe you guys have escaped all the pop songs that are 60% vocoder. Like the one about love, and the other... one about love.
Posted by Brendan at Mon Apr 03 2006 08:56
Kid Rock uses a vocoder when he "sings," and that one Kid Rock-Sheryl Crow song got supermarket play. Likewise Maroon 5.