Most people ask how to remove distortion, but I’m not sure if its been asked how to apply a distortion effect to a voice recording to give it that sort of synthesized sound. I can’t think of any way to explain what I mean other than to give a concrete example…Daft Punk’s famous song “One More Time”:
Hm, so are you saying that if I wanted to apply this effect to some singing, I would have to have a separate track with some instrument playing the same pitches? On the same note, what instrument is being used in that Daft Punk song?
A final question, I attempted to install the VST enabler so I could use VST plugins, but it didnt seem to work. I installed the vst bridge, which placed the dll in my audacity plugins folder, and then placed the vocoder dll in the plugins folder, but on launch my effects menu didnt change at all…
<<<Hm, so are you saying that if I wanted to apply this effect to some singing, I would have to have a separate track with some instrument playing the same pitches?>>>
Yes, you need your singing and the musical instrument, but it doesn’t make the slightest difference whether you can hit pitch or not. That’s the job of the musical instrument. The silly metaphor is to regard the trumpet mute. Good trumpet players can simulate a human voice by carefully manipulating the mute and appropriate playing. What the software does is remove the bell of the trumpet (and the mute) and put your mouth and lips in there instead.
Not all plugins work with Audacity because Audacity does not allow highly customized plugin control panels. Not all VST plugins work because not everybody can write a VST–although many people try.
At this instant, we’re even. I would be searching the forum for more information and Googling for the same thing. You go. I’ll wait here.
There is a LADSPA vocoder plug-in that works well with Audacity (I don’t personally recommend VST effects for Audacity as a lot of people have problems with them, and most effects can be produced with LADSPA or Nyquist effects, both of which Audacity supports much better than VST).
Go to this page and (after reading about how to use the effect) follow the links to download the LADSPA version. Place the plug-in in your Audacity Plugin folder.