Softube Vocoder

Softube Vocoder


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Analog inspired real-time vocoder for retro and modern sounds.

Over the past four decades, vocoders have been used to stunning effect, transforming human voices into various forms of robot speak on hits by Herbie Hancock, Kraftwerk, Daft Punk, Afrika Bambaataa, and countless modern hit-making producers.

Developed by Softube, exclusively for UAD hardware and UA Audio Interfaces, the Softube Vocoder plug-in takes its sonic cues from the best analog vocoders of the past, while adding new features to take the iconic effect into the future.

Now You Can:

Track in real time through the iconic, hit-making robotic vocal effect made famous by Daft Punk, Afrika Bambaataa, Imogen Heap, and more

Create movement and texture on vocals, percussion, drum loops, and more via the Freeze feature

Record with a warm, analog-sounding 20-band vocoder for three-dimensional effects and textures

Craft everything from gritty, old-school vocoding, to more modern, polished sounds

Take a Listen

Take a Listen
Softube Vocoder Basics
Softube Vocoder Basics

Softube Vocoder Basics

In this video, Softube product specialist George Reece shows you how to harness the Softube Vocoder on vocals, drum loops, and more.

Analog Synth Goodness

Analog Synth Goodness

Powered by an onboard, analog-inspired synthesis engine, the Softube Vocoder plug-in bests other emulations of the classic vocoder effect with its warm, gritty, three-dimensional sound. And with a purpose built feature set, including 6-voice polyphony, four waveform types, pitch modulation, pulse-width modulation, and more, you can easily fine tune or totally reshape your sources with a bonafide analog synth.

Resynthesis Control

Resynthesis Control

The Softube Vocoder plug-in gives you unprecedented control of the spectral response of your vocoded performance. Each band of the Vocoder analyzer can be independently adjusted, or grab the Spectral Tilt control to rapidly shift from high to low frequencies. The Parallel Blend control mixes the dry/wet signals allowing you to fine tune, or automate, the amount of synthetic texture added to your source.

Futuristic Freeze

Futuristic Freeze

A feature only found on the Softube Vocoder, the Freeze control lets you capture a snippet of a vocal, for example, and create chopped, DAW-synced rhythms within a track. And with real time control via MIDI, Freeze unlocks new creative possibilities for musicians and producers looking to create genre-bending sounds.

Key Features

Generates iconic robotic vocal textures with classic analog vocoder tone

6-voice polyphonic carrier synth with multiple waveforms and selectable octave

Freeze function can be DAW-synced to clock division, or controlled via MIDI

Variable bands (4, 8, 12, 16, 20) offering vintage to modern vocoding effects

Adjustable per-band Resynthesis Control

Adjustable envelope followers with Attack and Decay controls

Spectral tilt for rapid adjustment of high/low response

Notes and chords can be entered in real time with the built-in keyboard or via MIDI

Customer Reviews

Softube Vocoder

Overall Rating

(45 reviews)

W. Heath

July 24, 2020

Great sound, limited functionality,

I like using the Softube Vocoder when inserted as an software instrument plug-in within Logic Pro X. This enables external MIDI keyboard input. An audio track is then selected as a side chain to articulate the MIDI notes. The method for doing this is not described in the Softube Vocoder manual. See Eventide plug-in manual. It would be cool if the Vocoder LFO speed was variable and/or syncable. Kudos for sound quality.

N. Pinto

July 17, 2020

Simple and beautiful ;-)

As expected!

B. Schumacher

June 30, 2020

No LFO rate control :(

It‘s easy to set up, the sound is OK even though quite digital sounding, it integrates well into the mix and the stereo feature is really good at not ruining the mono compatibility. The lack of a carrier input is painful but still somewhat acceptable. But how could they not allow for any control of the LFO speed at all?

N. DeLaurenits

June 17, 2020


This sounds amazing and has been a huge inspiration in my writing and production since I got it! Beautiful sound! Thanks!

T. Roediger

April 25, 2020

Sounds top and easy to use

Like it used to be, very easy interface, good sound

P. Enz

March 29, 2020

Very Nice Vocoder

Der Vocoder ist wirklich gut. Ich brauche ihn jeden Tag für meine Produktionen für den Gesang und andere grossartige Dinge.

J. Salomon

March 20, 2020


Great for experimenting - especially in parallel. Does not have the nasty raspiness as some of the vocoders other brands.

G. Daddio

February 16, 2020


It’s really super neato!!!

J. Jansen

January 11, 2020


A fantastic vocoder with terrible MIDI implementation

J. Kim

December 14, 2019

Must have plug -in for Producers


O. 16B

December 13, 2019

Softie vocoder

If you use this on a buss return it can be a sub harmoniser adding some beautiful subtle textures that will make tracks stand out more than the ordinary! IMO this is essential for techno which always requires elements of surprise without giving it away too much! Omid 16B

S. Sadre

November 18, 2019

Another great plugin

If your looking for a vocoder this one does the job very well, not just on vocalsl, it also gives your drums some great effects especially with automation.

c. harris

September 22, 2019

Biggest UAD disappointment

I don't know what this plugin is supposed to be.UAD specialises in emulations of classic gear and this isn't anywhere near any classic vocoders I've ever heard.
It's an opaque interface which doesn't assist under the hood tweaking and it is as far from easy to use as I can imagine.
Sadly it fails in it's sound production too-so weedy and uninspiring.
I really hope UA and Softtube kick each other's butts, revisit this nightmare and give us a version 2 for free that emulates classic gear, is easy to edit and sounds inspiring.
My only bit of UAD gear that is at the bottom of my list when I need something like this.

P. Jacobsson

September 20, 2019


Very nice, easy to use.

W. Khin

September 16, 2019

I love it.

Nice plugin for creative vocal touches.

M. McConaghy

August 26, 2019

Must for Vocals!

I use this as and parallel effect in almost every session. Love it!

S. May

July 15, 2019

So So Great

I just bought this to try on various tracks and now I’m trying it out on everything and seeing what different outcomes I can get. Yet another great tool.

J. Steffen

June 22, 2019

I like it but....

Sounds great over all but.... when it comes to vocals it just isn’t clear enough. Word pronunciation just isn’t really all that clear in comparison to say the Waves Morphoder or the Orange Vocoder. That’s my only gripe about it. It’s unfortunately a big deal for me when I have entire vocal tracks that are completely 100% wet vocoder. Having people constantly tell they can’t understand what I’m saying is a problem. I don’t have that problem with the Waves. I really wanted this to be the end of my search for a vocoder that I just rely on 100% of the time, but it’s not. If they could work on that and possibly update it, it would be perfect.

P. Uszyński

June 6, 2019

Works absolutely great!

Another top quality tool for your UAD platform. This is a very good sounding vocoder, very easy to use, also very vintage. Pure joy to use it on my upcoming album, definitely a great buy!

p. ormerod

May 10, 2019

The vocoder.

This is, at least for me, the best vocoder available today. Easy to use, and the sound is just as I remember vocoders from the past