Sunday, July 31, 2011

Synchro Arts Vocalign Project

Synchro Arts Vocalign Project is a plugin that was originally made for the film / TV industry so that the voiceovers would match perfectly to the audio on the film / video. It was quickly adapted to music editing as it allowed not just vocals but almost any sound to be perfectly matched after the fact.
"Pro studio power users and post-production masters have been using the magic of Synchro Arts' VocALign for years. With it, you can almost instantly match the timing of one audio signal to the timing of another audio signal. VocALign Project 3 uses sophisticated techniques, so that it can work with any source — be it a speaker, a singer, an instrument, or just a sound"

It only does timing not pitch. Have you ever wondered how certain vocals sound larger than life ? That's because its actually multiple tracks vocal aligned to sound as one. You place the main vocal dead center then pan the doubles on either side. How far you pan the doubles will depend on the song and how dramatic an effect you desire. The key to it is to pan them and adjust their levels so that they sound like a bigger wider version of one voice and not 3 separate voices. This can also be done with instrument parts such as double tracked guitars.

Vocalign is pretty simple to use. Click on GUIDE then select the track you want to be the guide. Click on capture then select DUB and choose the track you want to align and click capture. Click ALIGN (see pic) and then process. It's that simple.
You can fine tune the settings by choosing the flexibility parameter in the middle of the interface but normal usually works fine.

  • VocALign Project takes just seconds to automatically align two audio signals so that the timing of one matches the other
  • Simple, intuitive operation
  • Sophisticated pattern matching techniques that reject guide track noise and work with different speakers, singers, words, instruments and sounds
  • Works with 16- and 24-bit audio
  • The aligned audio can be auditioned within VocALign Project
  • User interface allows adjustment of selected audio regions for processing, and the scrolling, scalable display allows visual confirmation of sync
  • User-adjustable processing presets ensure optimal performance
  • Pitch of aligned audio is unchanged
Here's a quick demo showing Vocalign being used for ADR on a film clip:

Synchro Arts Vocalign Project can be found online at 
Sweetwater Sound for $289

There is also a Vocalign Pro ($585) which is basically a more powerful version with additional features such as multitrack alignment, sync points and five minute signal lengths to name a few.

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