30 Days of Roc #27: Vocoder

30 days of Roc, where we release 1 new instrument a day! You're on day 27. We're also running a contest for each instrument, where you can win $10-$50 iTunes gift cards!

Enter now to prove you're the Roc master! First time here? OMG look at how much you've missed:

Day 26: JP Stab
Day 25: JP Pad
Day 24: Arp Saw
Day 23: SH Synth Bass
Day 22: JP Synth Bass
Day 21: Funk Bass
Day 20: Fretless Bass
Day 19: Acoustic Bass
Day 18: Hand Pan
Day 17: Copper Pan
Day 16: Steel Pan
Day 15: Church Bells
Day 14: Bells Hi, Mid and Lo
Day 13: Chimes Hi & Lo
Day 12: Thumb Piano
Day 11: Music Box
Day 10: Vocal FX
Day 9: Vocal Jazz
Day 8: Singing Vowels
Day 7: Konokol and Tabla Bols
Day 6: Birds
Day 5: Animals
Day 4: Around the House
Day 3: The Kitchen Sink
Day 2: Body Sounds
Day 1: Human Beatbox

Traditionally, a vocoder (short for voice encoder) is a digital analysis system used for speech. Simply put, this means code goes through one end, producing a voice at the other end, making a synthetic voice machine. It was first developed in the 1930's as a speech coder for a telecommunications company, but has been used all over to help the hearing impaired, and even musicians.

When used as a musical application, the code is replaced with musical sounds, thus creating a synthesizer. This technique became popular in the 1970s, and is still used today. A famous recording you may remember is Stanley Kubrick's, A Clockwork Orange, where a vocoder played the vocal part of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Another one includes "Mr. Roboto", as made famous by Styx.

So for today, we've added Vocoder Minor and Vocoder Major to the growing list of instruments in Roc, our music creator. This means you have 24 new effects to add to your tunes. You can find the latest installment in the instruments tool bar, located on the right hand side.

Take a listen to what's now available! And launch Roc to start playing!

Remember, every instrument, including Vocoder Minor and Major, is licensed under creative commons attribution, and can be used commercially. This means that you can use any music you've created in Roc (even in a commercial project!) as long as you give Aviary credit.

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