No two two voices are exactly alike. Even the world’s best trained singers, within the same range, won’t sound exactly the same. In fact, if you were to record yourself singing the same part, even you wouldn’t match yourself exactly. (To learn more about this phenomenon, check out our article on Duo). To produce a natural-pounding choir effect, you need a chorus plug-in that doesn’t just copy-and-paste the same vocal dozens of times. You need Choir.
Choir vs. Copy-And-Paste Vocals
You could create 32 extra tracks and copy and paste the same vocal on each one, but in reality this doesn’t sound anything like a real choir. The magic of Choir is in the human imperfections that make things sound more natural. The Vibrato control introduces variation in vibrato among the voices, while the Pitch and Timing controls introduce minor (or major) differences in when the virtual voices start, and how close they are to following the input pitch. Finally, a Stereo Spread control lets you automatically spread the voices across the stereo field.
Creating a Virtual Chorus with Choir
Like Duo, Choir provides an extra voice that includes the imperfections that we would normally hear when it comes to timing, pitch, and natural vibrato. Choir ups the ante, however, with up to 32 virtual voices from one input source. Take listen to the dry/wet comparison on a single voice in this example:
Choir: Vocal Dry/Wet
Things got crowded pretty quickly when we turned on Choir!
Choir for Instruments
While we may like to use Choir as a more present effect in vocals, it works equally well for subtle enhancements with percussion and other instrumental parts. In this example, we’ve taken a synth line and added Choir to give it a dizzying chorus effect:
Choir: Synth Dry/Wet
Back in the days before plug-ins and digital recording, it used to be common to have a whole crew of people head into a recording booth when it was time to add handclaps to a drum track. Single handclaps just don’t sit the same. With choir, you can easily enhance a single recorded handclap so that it sounds like a group of claps, and widen the stereo field while you’re at it. Check out what we did here:
Choir: Claps Dry/Wet
Creating a convincing chorus effect on vocals is easy to do with Choir. And, as you can see, it also gives you tons of creative options for working with instruments, too. If you’re ready to explore the possibilities with Choir, download a free trial of Auto-Tune Unlimited. Available through subscription, Auto-Tune Unlimited comes complete with Choir, every AVOX plug-in, every current edition of Auto-Tune, and more.