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XILS X-201 Vocoder

XILS X-201 Vocoder  ·  Source: XILS


Modelled after the classic Sennheiser VSM-201 vocoder as used by Kraftwerk, Herbie Hancock, Boney M and Battlestar Galactica, the XILS  X-201 brings that immediately recognisable sound back to life.



The X-201 has two filter banks with 20 frequency bands for processing an incoming signal. This is usually a vocal performance if you’re after that classic vocoder sound but it can be anything you want. Otherwise it will use the Carrier signal that comes from the internal synthesizer which is one of the things that gives the X-201 its unique sound.

There’s also an envelope following engine called The Silence Bridging which can bring shape to the level of the signal according to the harmonic content.

As this is software XILS has pulled out some additional parameters for tweaking and added some vintage style modelled effects such as Chorus, Phaser, Delay and Reverb. This means that combined with the vocoding filter bank you can use it as quite a versatile multi-effects plugin.


The XILS X-201 Vocoder is on a launch special price of €89.

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