Moog releases new vocoder and sound processor

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  • The Spectravox is available to pre-order now.
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  • A new Moog instrument has just been released. The Spectravox blends a vocoder, a simple one-oscillator synth and a ten-band filter, or spectral processor. The instrument was first seen in 2019 as a limited-edition kit that a few people could build at Moog's annual Moogfest event. Now the company has put the synth into full production, with a few additions and extras. The core of the Spectravox—which is housed in the same Eurorack-friendly box as Moog's Mother 32, Subharmonicon and DFAM—is its ten-band filter. Eight of these are band-pass filters, with a high-pass and low-pass shelf at either end. All these feed into a global resonance and a "Spectral Shift" control, which moves the range of the filter bank up and down. The onboard monosynth is basic—just a single oscillator that produces a saw or pulse wave, plus noise—but it powers a vocoder, which works with an external mic (not included) or any other external sound source. Vocoders allow users to feed external sound—usually a voice—into a synth and then transpose it over a range of octaves using a carrier signal. Here the carrier is the monosynth, which can be blended with the noise circuit to create different effects. There's also a simple one-stage envelope, an LFO that can control the shift amount and 36 patch points to reroute the signal path, control voltage and modulation. Like the DFAM, there's no MIDI in, though the synth can drone or be triggered using a button on the front. Watch a video about Spectravox.
    Spectravox can be ordered now for €599 / $599 / £599.