Vocoder (English voice coder – voice encoder) – a speech synthesis device based on an arbitrary signal with a rich spectrum. Initially, vocoders were developed in order to save the frequency resources of the radio link of a communication system for transmitting voice messages. Savings are achieved due to the fact that instead of the actual speech signal only the values of its certain parameters are transmitted, which on the receiving side control the speech synthesizer. The speech synthesizer is based on three elements: a tone generator for forming vowels, a noise generator for forming consonants, and a system of formant filters to recreate the individual characteristics of the voice. After all the transformations, the human voice becomes like the voice of a robot, which is quite tolerable for communications and interesting for the music industry.
Vocoder as an unusual effect was adopted by electronic musicians and subsequently became a full- Continue reading
Many musical groups playing at one level or another, sooner or later, are faced with the need to record their work.
There may be various reasons for this.
Someone wants to record a team’s rehearsal for the subsequent “debriefing” in order to get rid of errors that may be noticeable to the listener, but which are difficult to detect directly during the rehearsal.
Someone wants to “run” the program at rehearsals and leave a record, for example, to familiarize invited musicians. They also write demos that can serve as rough material for future studio sessions, or are designed to create a general impression of the material for other people. Continue reading
Performance as a special type of artistic activity does not exist in all arts. In painting
for example, it is inseparable from creativity: to create a picture is what it means to “fulfill” it. Once in music, the creation and performance of a work did not separate from each other: in ancient times, a musician sang or played what he composed, improvised.
But the creation of a painter or sculptor is embodied in material that has been preserved for centuries, and the material of music (sound) lives while it sounds. Unsound, a piece of music ceases to really exist, disappears. To hear it again, it needs to be revived each time again, to make it sound again. The ability to Continue reading