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Antares AVP Vocal Producer  

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  • Antares

    Killer vocal sounds and auto pitch-correction. The only hardware to give you the Auto-Tune vocal effect.

    The Antares AVP Vocal Producer gives you everything you need to create stunning vocal tracks, all in one box. The Vocal Producer combines TEC mic modeling technology, Auto-Tune Pitch correction, and state-of-the-art vocal processing modules. Live or in the studio, it lets you instantly select from a huge library of sounds. Presets offer a wide range of styles and an interface that makes it easy to create your own signature sounds. Processing features include analog tube modeling, variable knee compression, downward expanding gate, variable frequency de-esser, flexible parametric EQ, automatic mono or stereo double tracking. It's fully programmable and provides full MIDI automation. Single rackspace.

    Live or in the studio, the AVP lets you instantly select from a large library of sounds. From gorgeously mellow to seriously twisted, we've included factory presets for a wide variety of vocal styles as well as an interface that makes it easy to create your own signature sounds. (And given the power and flexibility of the AVP's processing modules, we've even included a selection of presets for instrumental and percussion tracks.)
    The Antares Vocal Producer features:

    * Auto-Tune Real-time Pitch Correction - Antares' world-renowned Auto-Tune technology lets you correct the pitch of vocals (or solo instruments), in real time, without distortion or artifacts, while preserving all of the expressive nuance of the original performance.

    * Antares Microphone Modeling - Antares' TEC Awarding-winning Microphone Modeler technology lets you give your vocal tracks the characteristics of a variety of high-end studio mics as well as adjust the proximity effect associated with mic distance.

    * Analog Tube Modeling - Gives your vocals the warmth of a classic tube preamp.

    * Variable Knee Compressor - A state-of-the-art dynamics processor with threshold, ratio, attack and decay controls as well as a continuously variable knee characteristic.

    * Downward Expanding Gate - The AVP's gate, with threshold and ratio controls, works independently of the compressor to eliminate noise and breath sounds.

    * Variable Frequency De-Esser - The AVP's de-esser tames vocal sibilance with threshold, ratio, attack and decay controls as well as a variable highpass frequency to match any vocal performance.

    * Flexible Parametric EQ - You can fine-tune your vocal sound with two independent bands of equalization that let you select from 6dB or 12 dB high or low cut, high or low shelving with variable slope, bandpass, notch and fully parametric peaking.

    * Automatic Mono or Stereo Double Tracking - You can automatically mix a doubled track into the AVP's main output or route it to a separate output for post-processing and mixing.

    * Fully Programmable - Once you've created the perfect vocal sound for a particular track, every parameter can be saved as a preset for instant recall.

    * Factory Presets for a Wide Variety of Vocal Styles - The AVP comes out-of-the-box with an extensive collection of factory presets for a variety of vocal styles. (We've even included a selection of presets for instrumental and percussion tracks.)

    * MIDI Automation - Every variable module parameter can be controlled via MIDI continuous controllers for realtime automation.

    * Really Easy To Use - No scrolling though endless menus to find the parameter you want. Virtually every major function is only a single button press away.

    *The Antares AVP Vocal Producer is warrantied for 90 days.

    Features

    • Auto-Tune realtime pitch correction
    • Antares microphone modeling
    • Analog tube modeling
    • Variable knee compression
    • Downward expanding gate
    • Variable frequency de-esser
    • Flexible parametric EQ
    • Automatic mono or stereo double tracking
    • MIDI automation
    • Factory presets for a wide variety of vocal styles
    • Very easy to use
    • Single rackspace

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    AVP Vocal Producer Specifications:

    • Frequency response: 10Hz-20KHx, +/- 0.2dB
    • Distortion + Noise: Less than 0.005% (@1kHz)
    • Auto-Tune:
    • Chromatic and 24 diatonic scales, all user customizable
    • Retune speed
    • Pitch detection sensitivity
    • Mic Modeler:
    • Available models:
    • Hand-held dynamic
    • Studio dynamic
    • Small diaphragm condenser 1
    • Small diaphragm condenser 2
    • Large diaphragm condenser 1
    • Large diaphragm condenser 2
    • Large diaphragm condenser 3
    • Drum mic - kick
    • Drum mic - snare
    • Drum mic - cymbal
    • Telephone
    • Tube saturation drive: 0dB - 12dB
    • Compressor:
    • Threshold: -36dB - 0db
    • Ratio: 1.00:1 - 99.99:1
    • Attack: 1ms - 200ms
    • Release: 20ms - 3000ms
    • Knee: Continuously variable
    • Gate:
    • Threshold: -96dB - 0db
    • Ratio: 1:99.99 - 1:1.00
    • De-esser:
    • Threshold: -40dB - 0db
    • Ratio: 1.00:1 - 99.99:1
    • Attack: 1ms - 200ms
    • Release: 20ms - 3000ms
    • Highpass frequency: 2971Hz - 20kHz
    • Parametric EQ (2 independent bands):
    • 6dB Lowpass
    • 6dB Highpass
    • 12dB Lowpass
    • 12dB Highpass
    • Bandpass
    • Notch
    • Low shelf (variable slope)
    • High shelf (variable slope)
    • Peaking
    • Double Tracking:
    • Stereo or variable mono mix
    • Line Input:
    • 1/4" Phone: Unbalanced, 9.3dBu, 10K ohm
    • Line Outputs:
    • Main: 1/4" phone: Unbalanced, 8.5dBu
    • Double Track: 1/4" phone: Unbalanced, 8.5 dBu
    • MIDI In and Out: 5-Pin DIN
    • Footswitch: 1/4" phone
    • Displays: 2x20 character LCD; Input Level Indicator (LED x5); Output Level Indicator (LED x5); Tuning Correction Indicator (LED x4); Compression Gain Reduction Indicator (LED x5); De-esser Gain Reduction Indicator (LED x5)
    • Input Power: 9VAC @ 1000MA, 50Hz or 60Hz
    • Power consumption: 9W.
    • Included accessories: Power supply, owner's manual
    • Dimensions: 19"W x 1-3/4"H x 5"D
    • Weight: Rack: 4.5 lb.; Power supply: .6 lb.
    • 90-day warranty
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    AntaresAVP Vocal Producer
     
    4.2

    (based on 26 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Pure Transparency

    Any effect that changes your voice that is noticeable is not a good thing. The Antares is completely transparent when used properly.The only cons for this device I have found is the auto tune...Read complete review

    Any effect that changes your voice that is noticeable is not a good thing. The Antares is completely transparent when used properly.The only cons for this device I have found is the auto tune has to be manually set up for each song. If you are singing a note that is not in the normal major or minor scales it will try to correct it, unless you enter that note into the scale. Overall I feel for the cost this machine has a superior quality than the other pitch correctors on the market. In the studio it is essential however it might be troublesome used in a live application without a good sound man to run it for you. As for the guy that got zapped by the machine itself I understand your feelings but be aware that what happened to you was a fluke, This processor is very well made and has never given me or any other reviewer's problems like you had. The device could use XLR connectors along with the 1/4" jacks but that's only a minor issue solved by simply using a direct box or insert cable from the board. I highly recommend this unit.You can't make a bad vocal track using an Antares.

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    NO POWER SWITCH HUH?? WALL WART TOO..NO XLRs

    I quess it's the brand name that jacks the price up
    This is what the manual states "1. Non-existent Power Switch That’s right. There...Read complete review

    I quess it's the brand name that jacks the price up
    This is what the manual states "1. Non-existent Power Switch That’s right. There isn’t one. The AVP is designed to remain on continuously. You can, of course, plug it in to a switched power strip or power conditioner if you like, but leaving it on all the time will do it no harm"...so you gotta wonder where else did they cut corners ???..having this put in with the other racks in my studio and use the AC conditioner power down to have to turn it off is not.. well is not good for me..but just so you know about Non-existent Power Switch, but other wise I like the product, because I got a good deal on it but at regular price I won't buy it too expensive.
    Cheap Chasis/funky front panel
    Too pricey/no xlr of any kind

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    NO POWER SWITCH HUH?? WALL WART TOO..NO XLRs

    Comments about Antares AVP Vocal Producer:

    I quess it's the brand name that jacks the price up
    This is what the manual states "1. Non-existent Power Switch That’s right. There isn’t one. The AVP is designed to remain on continuously. You can, of course, plug it in to a switched power strip or power conditioner if you like, but leaving it on all the time will do it no harm"...so you gotta wonder where else did they cut corners ???..having this put in with the other racks in my studio and use the AC conditioner power down to have to turn it off is not.. well is not good for me..but just so you know about Non-existent Power Switch, but other wise I like the product, because I got a good deal on it but at regular price I won't buy it too expensive.
    Cheap Chasis/funky front panel
    Too pricey/no xlr of any kind

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    I have Perfect Pitch, is there anywhere we can calibrate a given scale in this machine? (guess I'll look in the manual again)

    Comments about Antares AVP Vocal Producer:

    This unit does provide a smooth vocal channel compared to other units I've used for this purpose, but the autotune should have been the same caliber as the rest of the machine.
    Conceptually, this is one of the coolest vocal processors I've seen for the price, but the parameters are not tight enough to fit it into my mixes without noticing that the key of the scale is not exactly perfect. The detune function allows to compensate for this, but this is the main parameter that is just not tight enough between increments. My throat is sore from trying to compensate for the machine.
    Parameters should not have been bundled together for ease to the degree present in the machine. It would be nice to have the option to take the marginal nuances and shift them without affecting other nuances. I found that the speed of the autotune was developed in conjunction with the effectiveness of the autotune function. Although the sensitivity setting is available to work these parameters, the engineers should go back to the drawing board on this. There's just not enough control here.
    I didn't mind spending the money to get this unit brand new, but it should have cost half of what I paid for it.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    To the Elecrocution Victim...

    By Johnny-9jRtx

    from Dallas

    Comments about Antares AVP Vocal Producer:

    You have other issues my friend. This unit uses a 9 VOLT wall wart for power! You could barely electrovute an ant with that. Seriously. What is MORE LIKELY the case is your rack rails are electrified by someother faulty piece of gear or the 1/4 connector you were attempting to plug in was. I am guessing your studio buzzes like mad. I suggest having a PROFESSIONAL evaluate your issue. Furthermore, if the unit was blown out of the box as you say it was I guarantee you it happened when you hooked up your faulty wiring to it. Cheers!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pure Transparency

    By iHawkSystems

    from California

    Comments about Antares AVP Vocal Producer:

    Any effect that changes your voice that is noticeable is not a good thing. The Antares is completely transparent when used properly.The only cons for this device I have found is the auto tune has to be manually set up for each song. If you are singing a note that is not in the normal major or minor scales it will try to correct it, unless you enter that note into the scale. Overall I feel for the cost this machine has a superior quality than the other pitch correctors on the market. In the studio it is essential however it might be troublesome used in a live application without a good sound man to run it for you. As for the guy that got zapped by the machine itself I understand your feelings but be aware that what happened to you was a fluke, This processor is very well made and has never given me or any other reviewer's problems like you had. The device could use XLR connectors along with the 1/4" jacks but that's only a minor issue solved by simply using a direct box or insert cable from the board. I highly recommend this unit.You can't make a bad vocal track using an Antares.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Had it up and running within minutes

    Comments about Antares AVP Vocal Producer:

    I was so impressed with ths units performance I immediately recorded a demo song using auto-tune just so my friends could hear the capability. It's mind blowing. Anyone can sound like T-Pain or Cher in seconds.

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    1.0

    Would have been great...if it worked!

    Comments about Antares AVP Vocal Producer:

    Be careful buying one of these. Mine arrived with the Main output not working, auto-tune feature was not working when I used the other output, and last but not least, while I was unplugging a simple 1/4" cable from the unit, I GOT ELECTROCUTED!! It was pretty bad. My whole arm is still tingling almost an hour later. Needless to say I will be sending it back. Antares is lucky I'm not one of the sue-happy morons in our society today. Whatever electricity was flowing through that 1/4" cable should not have been there, and probably could have caused a fire.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This thing WORKS!

    By dpoggenburg

    from California

    Comments about Antares AVP Vocal Producer:

    Don't even hesitate - worth it for the auto-tune module alone. Set up is incredibly simple, user's manual is outstanding. Not crazy about a lack of an on/off switch, but no big deal - I just unplug it from the strip when not in use. It looks like this is a clearance item (hopefully they have a new model coming out?). I would not hesitate to grab one of these before they're gone.

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    5.0

    Great Buy!!

    By Music Man!

    from New York

    Comments about Antares AVP Vocal Producer:

    This was an awesome buy for my home studio! Auto tune was the main reason for purchasing this product. Auto tune works great sounds good. Mic mod is ok not bad still don't know if i like them or not. I like my own mic's alot. Love the output boost on it really helps out. All in all this is a must have for any small studio! All features on this are pretty good depends on your taste and what your doing. Manual reads really easy straight forward, you'll be rockin' in no time. So quit reading reviews and buy this thing already!!

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    5.0

    BEAST!!!

    By BillyBree123

    from New york City, NY

    Comments about Antares AVP Vocal Producer:

    Ive Had This For My Band And Loved It Ever Since It Takes Some Time To Figure Out But When You Do Its Amazing . I Mainly Use It For Auto Tune Live. I Highly Recommend

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    5.0

    Awesome unit!

    By WillyDavidK

    from Dallas, TX

    Comments about Antares AVP Vocal Producer:

    This is one of the first pieces of outboard gear I purchased for my studio, and it is a great little unit. Typically I use the avp primarily for it's autotune, gate, and de-esser, and occasionally for double tracking (I prefer to do it manually most of the time). The mic modeler was rather unimpressive, but I still tend to leave it on, because it's never seemed to detract from the sound. Honestly all I wanted the unit for was autotune, but the gate came in handy for cutting out extra noise, and the de-esser as well!Having to run an extra recording pass is a slight inconvenience, but it just goes along with all of my other outboard gear. I only wish this unit could do some sort of midi programming - if you're trying to tune a fairly complex song (musically) you'll probably be tweaking the unit throughout to make sure it's only tuning to the right notes, and you'll have to go through the song a couple of times to make a note of what notes to turn on/off at what point in the song.I haven't used it live yet, but I do plan to at some point. Also, the fact that I can autotune with 0% processor hit is great!

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