XILS Lab 201 Vocoder

Vocoder and Multi-Effect Plugin

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  • Regular price $149.00 67% off
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Apple Silicon Compatible
AAX Native - Compatible with Pro Tools 11 and above
AudioUnits Format VST2 Format VST3 Format
Free iLok account required, USB dongle optional
iLok Dongle Required
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Vocoder and Vintage Multi-Effect

An exceptional clarity: The X201 Vocoder was modeled after an ultra-rare, ultra-pricey (even at the time of its release), Vocoder unit, whose intelligibility has never been surpassed.

It's the missing link between artists like Kraftwerk, Herbie Hancock, Frank Farian (Boney M, Milli Vanilli etc.), Cylon Robots or Droids in Battlestar Galactica droids in Star Wars, and Daft Punk (RAM).


Two Filter Banks

Each of its two filter banks offers 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

You can use the internal analog Synthesizer as a carrier, which immediately gives the X201 its characteristic and recognizable sound.

Any other incoming signal can also be used as an external synthesizer, another voice etc.


The Silence Bridging

This exotic title hosts a multiband frequency-dependent Envelope Follower engine, which will shape the signal gain according to its harmonic content.

It's very useful for processing percussive or rhythmic sonic material or 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 those notes (or chords, because the engine is polyphonic).


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-modeled effects: Chorus, Phaser, Delay, and an early digital reverb unit. You can also configure custom effect routing and order.


As a Multi-Effect

You can also use the X201 as a simple Filter Bank/Chorus/Phaser/Delay/Reverb Multi-Effect.

Try it on a Rhodes, Clavinet, or String Machine patch, and rediscover these vintage organic sounds that required a long chain of vintage effects.


System Requirements

  • MacOS 10.8 Mountain Lion and above
  • Windows 7 and above (32 and 64-bit)
  • Intel, AMD, or Apple Silicon CPU
  • Free iLok account and iLok License Manager
  • iLok Machine and iLok USB licensing methods are supported

Plugin Formats

AAX Native, AU, and VST2


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