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In hardware, instrument, synth, vocals on September 2, 2012 at 20:49

I’m not usually a fan of buying too much hardware, but I the MiniNova demo video is really impressive. It is a new compact performance hardware synth with the same sound engine as its big brother UltraNova. MiniNova also has an onboard VocalTune effect as well as a classic vocoder so you can recreate iconic vocal sounds from Hip Hop, Urban and electronic music. Perhaps more than a nice toy.


Looks like a good week for hardware, in my last post we talked about the new MASCHINE generation from the guys at Native Instruments, and now its turn for Novation to show us their new small synth called MiniNova.

This synth its small in size, but offers a huge range of features like a Vocoder (microKorg style) but it also includes a pitch correction feature called VocalTune™. It has 256 presets ready to play and edit in real time and a 128 preset bank to save your own sounds, it also includes a free software patch editor and library to tweak your patches easily and download preset packs and share with other users.

But for me the feature that sets this apart from others is the 8 animate buttons that lets you tweak and warp sounds in realtime, and features a filter knob and 4 editing knobs to tweak…

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Free auto tune vocal effect

In audio effect, vocals on July 21, 2012 at 17:15

For some time, auto tune is used as a starting point for creating special audio effects for example known by Skrillex or T-Pain. I never found such software  for free for Mac Os X, but today I read that even old versions of Garage Band can do this job. I think many Apple user do have an old version of this software.

So I tried the auto tune ability of garage band (version 4.1.1). And that is what I have done. By the way I do not know this software very well.

First of all create a new project and audio track. For that you have to press the plus button at the left botton and choose Real Instrument Track. The next step is importing your audio file. One way is dragging the file into the new audio track. After that you have to open the Track Editor. Just click on the scissors button at the left botton.

We are almost complete. At the right of the transport control is a drop down. Please choose Project. Than set Enhance Tuning to 100 % and check Limit to Key. Finally select the appropriate scale and listen to the result. 

The audio export is such simple. Go to the menu Share/Export song to disk and uncheck compress. Maybe you should change the preferences in order to get a 24 bit export. So go to GrageBand/Preferences/Advanced menu and set the Audio Resolution to Best. And here is my result.

The vocals without and with auto tune effect:

I think, the result is not bad. Unfortunately, there is just the major and minor scale implemented, but I think in most cases it will be enough. Of course this is not a plugin solution, on the other hand it’s free. Keep in mind that this is only a starting point for audio processing.

To be continued & best regards.