Electrix Pro Warp Factory

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Designed for both DJs and Musicians, the Warp Factory is possibly the ultimate stand-alone Vocoder. With those great big knobs, the Warp Factory is designed for straight-forward hands-on use. It has an XLR Mic input (conveniently located on the front) and a quarter-inch line input for use as the Formant or carrier signals. Then there are two quarter-inch line-inputs and two RCA phono inputs for your stereo source sounds, either drum loops, mixes, songs, synth pads, etc...

The way it works is whatever Formant signal you have, say your voice, will be warped into taking on the characteristic of the Source signal you have, say a buzzy synth sound. This would in effect give you that Robot voice effect.

The Warp section is where you'll find most of the knobs and cool features of the Warp. There is a low- and high-pass filtering switch. A 'Gender' knob adjusts the pitch of the Formant. 'Q' adjusts the width of the filtering. An 'Order' adjusts the filter resolution for clear to abstract vocoding effects. There is also Noise and a built-in oscillator Source signal whose pitch is adjusted by 'Robot Pitch'. Various Bypass and Freeze switches and complete MIDI implementation make this the ultimate Vocoder for DJs, musicians and producers. It has been used by U2, John Digweed, United State of Electronica and the Chemical Brothers.

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Matt
June 19, 2014 @ 1:14 pm
@Kumo: It's digital. I don't think digital vs. analog really matters much for vocoders though. It sounds like a vocoder should...or, more accurately, like whatever is fed into it.
Kumo
June 10, 2014 @ 12:01 pm
I can't find anywhere if this is a digital or analogue processor! Looking for an analogue vocoder - any ideas?
TLG
May 31, 2014 @ 12:35 pm
I'm surprised at just how musical this thing sounds, much nicer than I expected from a digital vocoder, especially for the price they get these days (mine was around $150 shipped). The only thing that's a little lacking is that there's no way to set the attack and release in "source kill" mode, depending on the context it can sometimes be a bit too gated sounding. Regardless, I can't think of any real competition in this price range.
Matt
March 20, 2013 @ 5:33 pm
@Smash: You can probably get a better deal on eBay. Albeit there the units will not be new and will not likely be in the box either. Mine cost me $158 including shipping a little over a year ago, and it's in near-perfect shape, but I got pretty lucky---generally they go for at least $20 more, and some used units go over $200. $300 for brand-new in the box is not a bad deal, but if you're willing to buy used you can save some dough.

And as for the unit itself, it's a blast to use. My only complaint is that I can't seem to turn off the 'S' filter, but I likely haven't fiddled enough with it.
smash
January 31, 2013 @ 11:42 am
@CCM I wouldn't mind buying it!
 
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  • Specifications
  • Inputs - Formant: XLR Mic in, quarter-inch line in;
    Source: 2 quarter-inch line in, 2 RCA phono in
  • Outputs - Quarter-inch line out
  • LFO - None
  • Filter - High- and Low-pass
  • Effects - Robot Pitch (built-in oscillator), Noise Mix (built-in noise gen)
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - None (you can save your settings to MIDI)
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1999
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