Waldorf announces the immediate availability of their new Lector Vocoder plug-in for Mac/PC (VST/AU). Lector Vocoder features an integrated 16 voice synthesizer and a multi effects processor. Is is a virtual vocoder plug-in that it is based on well-known Q-Series Hardware Waldorf Vocoders.
Is a powerful vocoder plugin, and since it is available in VST 3 format, it's one of the easiest vocoders to configure in Cubase. We're going to take a look at two different configurations: One using Lector's built-in synth engine as the carrier, and another using an external carrier. The screenshots below use the Vocoder Tutorial Projects that you can download at the page. Please note that this is not a comprehensive Lector tutorial- it only covers the steps necessary to properly route audio and MIDI to the plugin with Cubase. USING LECTOR'S INTERNAL CARRIER In this configuration we'll use Lector's built-in synthesizer as the carrier. This means we need an audio track or group channel to serve as the modulator (voice), and a MIDI track to play the carrier signal on the plugin's synth. The Vocoder Internal Carrier demo project in the download is already set up for this.
In the Vocoder Internal Carrier demo project (or your own Cubase project), add Lector as an insert on the audio track or group channel you wish to use as your modulator. (If you are using a group channel in a Cubase project of your own, make sure that your modulator source's output is not routed to Cubase's 'Stereo Out,' because if it is, then you will always hear the raw modulator audio mixed in with Lector's outputs.) We are inserting Lector as an audio effect on the demo project's Modulator Audio track. For the purposes of getting things working, choose the Classic 80s Normal preset in Lector, and make sure the Synthesizer option is selected.
If you followed along using the tutorial project, the result should sound like this: USING AN EXTERNAL CARRIER In this configuration, we'll pass audio signals for both modulator and carrier. The Vocoder External Carrier demo project includes an audio clip to use for the carrier, but the carrier could be a VST instrument as well if you have programmed MIDI that matches your audio material. In the Vocoder External Carrier demo project (or your own Cubase project), add Lector as an insert on the audio track, instrument track, or group channel you wish to use as your modulator. (If you are using a group channel in a Cubase project of your own, make sure that your modulator source's output is not routed to Cubase's 'Stereo Out,' because if it is, then you will always hear the raw modulator audio mixed in with Lector's outputs.) Note This configuration requires the VST 3 version of Lector.
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If you have a VST 3 version installed, it will have a little 'III' icon in the plugin selector, like this. If you're using an audio track or group channel as your carrier signal, select that track in Cubase. In the track's inspector, route its output to Lector's sidechain input. You can route audio and group channel outputs from the arrangement window. If you are using a VST plugin as your carrier, open the MixConsole, and on the channel strip where your plugin resides, change the output routing to Lector's sidechain input. Route VST plugin outputs from the MixConsole window. Important: Some Lector presets are very loud!
Dial back Lector's Vocoder volume to about -15db before continuing to the next step.