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

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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

(54 reviews)

J. Boeke

April 23, 2021

Good sound, poor manual

It was hard to find out how to set up the vocoder in Logic Pro. It took some mailing with Softube (the company that build the plug-in) before I realised what had to be done. Once I did, the sound and ease of use in the GUI was fine!

G. Hipwell

January 22, 2021


Don’t have too much experience with other Vocoder plugs, but this works. The presets sucked for what I was looking for. I started at default and played with the settings until I found what I liked. You can find a lot of good sounds that way. I’d like to try the midi capability. That seems pretty wild.

A. Kolomvatsos

January 5, 2021

Great sound!

It's so easy to use and get insta good sound out of it.

N. Assolo

January 4, 2021

Un Vocoder comme on l’aime!

Très efficace, Top!

A. Faraboli

December 27, 2020

Softube Vocoder

Fantastic plugin! 5 super stars.

F. Trentini

December 19, 2020

Not quite there

I was looking for a decent, straightforward Vocoder plugin, to be able to finally avoid the hassle of setting up my old Roland SVC-350. I hoped this could be a solution but it isn't, by no means (at least yet). The sound is ok but not brilliant, the MIDI implementation isn't up to scratch, and it looks like some functions sometimes don't even work (octave). I hope you guys will release an improved 2.0 version soon, you can certainly do better than this.

L. Weisz

December 17, 2020


szuper effekt. Teszi a dolgát.

s. Ha

December 12, 2020

Vocoder product that I needed

Vocoder product that I needed

J. Cummins

November 13, 2020

I, RobotEater. Band I,BrainEater.

Wasn't real sure at first, but now I am really happy with the Softube Vocoder.... Does what it is suppose too, do at a price I could afford.....

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