Analysing and synthesising the human voice, the vocoder has been putting the science fiction into music since the 1970s. Movie soundtracks, pioneering electronic music or floor-filling Italo disco, the robotic vocals have appeared in various mediums and it truly has become a staple of the imagined future.
Kings of the stompbox, BOSS recently unveiled their latest pedal – a garish pink creation called the VO-1 Vocoder. That’s right, it’s a vocoder in pedal form that can be used in tandem with any instrument that has a 1/4-inch output.
Prices haven’t been announced, but there’s more information available via the BOSS website.