Pipa

Expressive Vocal Synth

macOS/Windows $49.99 and iPad $19.99

A singing wavetable- and granulating synth with lots of expression.

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Pipa is a singing vocal synth with a unique and different sound. It is inspired by the expression and flexibility of the human voice, but does not aim to cover all the aspects of an actual voice. Instead, it focuses on an organic and musical sound where the user has the possibility to control formants and dynamics seamlessly.

The synth engine is a crossover between a wavetable- and a granulating synthesizer, which results in a very expressive and playable instrument. Instead of using ordinary samples or processing oscillators with formant filters, Pipa uses a large database of thousands of wavetables extracted from real vocal samples. The advantage of the technique being used is that it’s possible to seamlessly morph between wavetables with proper phase alignment. This enables Pipa to continuously make transitions between pitch, formants and dynamics, which is very useful in a musical context.

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macOS/Windows

AU,VST3,AAX

$49.99

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via Klevgränd webshop

Requires macOS 10.9 or later, Windows 7 (SP1) or later, running a AU, VST3 or AAX compatible 64-bit host.

iPad

AUv3

$19.99

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via iTunes App Store

Requires iOS 9.3 or later, and a AUv3 compliant host.

Features

  • Unique crossover between a wavetable- and a granulating synthesizer.
  • Continuous morphing between formants, dynamics and pitch
  • Features both male and female voices
  • Separate envelopes (with linked release time) and LFOs for formant, dynamics, gain and pitch
  • Two MIDI Assignable controllers (Ctrl1 and Ctrl2) for controlling formants, dynamics, pitch and gain
  • Legato mode with control over both pitch glide time and velocity glide time
  • Voice spatialization
  • Plenty of factory presets
  • Room simulation + Reverb algorithm
Further reading
An unplanned process
The unexpected road to Pipa - our singing synth
More videos

Pipa Overview

An overview of Pipa Expressive Vocal Synth

Pipa - Live Jam

Vocal Synth in action

Anatomy

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  • 1. Curve your enthusiasm

    A lot of Pipa's expression possibilities lies in the refined controls over Gain, Pitch, Dynamics and Vowel.

  • 2. Swing Low, sweet LFO

    A powerful LFO section accompanies every Envelope.

  • 3. Power cords

    Fine-tune the characteristics of the vocal instrument.

  • 4. Cheerio Stereo!

    Widen your voice if you want, in several different ways.

  • 5. A double room, please

    Room ambience + Reverb gives plenty of quick options.