This uniquely powerful pitch, energy and time alignment software could save you hours of edits.
Synchro Arts Revoice Pro (from hereon ‘RP’) is a unique stand-alone program that, with familiarity, can be used with your DAW with almost plug-in-like ease. You could think of RP as Vocalign on steroids! It allows you automatically to map not only the timing, but also the pitch and ‘energy’ characteristics of one vocal part onto others. You can also make manual adjustments to pitch, time and formant, and while other tools can do that there’s a crucial difference: any adjustments you make to the Guide (see Glossary box) can dynamically update the processing you’ve done already. An obvious application is the tightening of stacked vocal doubles or harmonies, but the same algorithms can be used to fake very convincing doubles and harmonies. When you dig a bit deeper, there’s potential for all sorts of creative manipulation of various instruments, not to mention the ability to make ADR sessions sound more natural.
The only real ‘downside’ is the learning curve: while there’s instant gratification to be had via the presets, this is sophisticated software. Not only is there new terminology for new users to get their heads around, but the array of options and possible workflows can seem almost bewildering at times. To help you achieve the best results quickly and consistently, this short series will guide you step by step along that curve, helping you progress from RP virgin to power user.
RP includes some plug-ins but at heart it’s a stand-alone application, so I’ll start with an overview of the various ways you can set up RP to work with your DAW. Which approach you choose will vary according to your DAW, your workflow preferences and what you’re trying to achieve. This month, I’ll also demonstrate how to apply and make simple tweaks to RP’s factory presets, and suggest some useful ways to organise your RP projects, to make auditioning and comparing results easier. Later in the series, we’ll cover detailed edits, manual pitch and time correction, and various more advanced features. I’ll also suggest a few less obvious applications for RP!
The text and pictures give you all you need, but I’ll also provide some videos to help you get a feel for things. You can find them here. I also recommend acquainting yourself with the Glossary box! Finally, the current version at the time of writing is RP 3.2, which I’ve used throughout: it includes several features not present when Sam Inglis reviewed RP 3.0. There’s a...
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