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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

D. Esnard

December 11, 2018

Love that Zap sound

I am having lots of fun with this plug.

T. van Vliet

December 11, 2018


The plugin is great. It feels like you are working with hardware instead of software. Very stable. Good sound and many options. Perfect buy.

D. Drake

December 11, 2018

Great Vocoder!!!

I am a keyboard player and a big fan of vocoders. Make sure you use it as a software instrument plug in and side chain the audio track so you can use a midi controller to play the vocoder. Works great both ways as a plug in and an instrument, very nice and versatile vocoder sounds.

E. Wohl

December 7, 2018

Very Cool

The best vocoder around, I've been looking for this for a long time!

A. Jungkunst

November 30, 2018

Easy to use and excellent results!

I compared some vocoders, because I wanted to integrate one of it in my Cubase DAW. After some days of testing the same inputs and similar programs on several vocoder plugins I decided to buy this one. Most vocoder plugins had too much parameters or a very special/unique sound, I searched one for a fast workflow and my experience showed me, that the carrier function of the Softube Vocoder has all I need tu use the resynthesis part with my vocal, speech, drum, motion pad or other modulation inputs. A very fine tool for me to work/play with.

M. Kimble

November 28, 2018


This is a fun A*$ plugin! I made some crazy sounds and tracks with it. Don’t sleep on this one !

G. Kropf

November 23, 2018

Create anything in a few tweaks

This thing gave me goosebumps! You can create so many different sounds, really fast. The sound is unmatched, I’ve never heard any software like it !

Y. Worontschak

November 22, 2018


Finally a "soft" vocoder that works. Not as good as the hardware one but who wants to carry that around :-)

S. Levine

November 21, 2018

UAD softube vocoder

This really is a superb plug in - I’ve been tweaking a range of instruments and samples and trying it on various sources - it really sounds wonderful- this has to be one of the best software vocoder plug ins currently available - I’ve now got some great presets

S. Callan

November 10, 2018

100% fun.

I love this. Threw it on a mono Juno pad earlier today, mostly dry, with just a hint of full-stereo vocoder pad behind it. My favorite plugin in years.

G. DeNegre

November 7, 2018

Channeling my inner "Herbie Hancock"

This vocoder is awesome. UA definitely hit the nail on the head and really brought me back to the 80's with this one!