Frequently Asked Questions
For now, you’ll only be able to pledge for the Dubler Studio Kit, which includes the Dubler software (desktop application for Mac and PC) and our Dubler USB Microphone.
There are a few reasons we include the microphone in the kit, all centred on guaranteeing the best out of the box experience.
Latency is one consideration - the audio interface that is built into our mic is low latency - which is essential for real-time use. There are lots of audio interfaces available with low latency though— so it’s not just about that.
It’s also about profiling the input. Our software learns the voice of the user via a pipeline of highly tuned algorithms. To do that we need to ‘know’ what input to expect. So by creating our own USB microphone we can tune the software to the gain of the audio interface and mic capsule.
That’s not to say you couldn’t try it with your own mic setup if you want. With the right setup and a bit of hand tuning, you may even be able to achieve good results. We aren't in the business of trying to tie people in with locking hardware. So the mic won’t technically be required to make the software operate - but in reality, the software won’t be guaranteed to work well with other hardware. For a guaranteed optimal experience - use the Dubler mic!
There are some other added benefits to our mic. Being USB it’s great for convenience or being on the road. You don’t need a separate audio interface to use it. You can also, of course, use the Dubler microphone as a normal microphone too.
We are working with a highly respected microphone manufacturer to produce the units. This enables us to choose components that especially suit our use case. For example, our microphone has a built-in double shock housing to reduce any accidentally MIDI triggers resulting from handling noise.Last updated:
We developed 20 pre-launch kits and we assigned them to artists and people that we have been working with throughout development to get their feedback for our further product development.
We came to Kickstarter for a variety of reasons. One of them is the community, there are loads of cool music tech projects that come through Kickstarter many of which we have backed in the past - it feels like the natural choice. We’re also looking to build an amazing community of music-makers from the ground up, and we know this is the place to do it.
We’re also a small team of 4 people building a totally new product - that takes money whether hardware or software! We’re on track and we’ve almost completed development, but we still need the cash flow to manufacture the microphones and tie up the last few bits.Last updated:
Yes, it would definitely be possible to do something interesting! We’re focused on the voice, as it’s our natural tool for audio expression, but actually, there is scope to experiment with all sorts of audio inputs— including other instruments, or clicking, clapping or stamping your feet! Our pre-launch tester Luna Neptune did some of this with her kit— check out the video.
In the past, we’ve played around with an acoustic guitar and tried things like using palm muting to control effects on the DAW. Dubler Studio Kit is a tool for creative expression, and its possibilities are limitless!Last updated:
For all those out there who can't hold a tune - Dubler Studio Kit still has a lot to offer. For one thing, you can restrict the key, to help keep you in tune. And for many use cases, the pitch doesn't matter at all - such as triggering samples or controlling effects. In fact, you could use Dubler Studio Kit to manipulate multiple dimensional filters and effects on a melody simultaneously played on another instrument (a MIDI keyboard for example).Last updated:
Dubler Studio Kit is a creative tool for music making. Like any tool, what’s created is up to the artist [simple or complex, amazing or awful].
The advantage of Dubler is that our starting point is the voice. That gives everyone a head start on other MIDI controllers; as the voice is a tool we’re all very practiced at using. That means it’s still intuitive to use for someone with no traditional musical training. Making it quicker and easier to get started making beats, melodies, and compositions.
But that’s just the start. The range and depth of sounds even the average voice can make, is incredible. Try manipulating 4 control dimensions on a keyboard, at the same time as playing a melody and simultaneously crafting the envelope of the audio. It would be impossible. But, the voice can capture that level of expression.
Ultimately the result is always going to come down to the artist. But as techniques go; composing with the voice has had some pretty good results. It worked for Quincey Jones.Last updated:
We love Ableton, and use it every day at Vochlea Music HQ - but their Audio-to-MIDI is a very different product to Dubler. Firstly, Ableton audio-to-MIDI isn’t live. You have to record the audio and then post process it. With Dubler you control all samples, synths and effects in real-time.
Then there are the actual capabilities. Ableton Audio-to-MIDI pitch recognition actually works pretty well. They also take velocity information. But that’s where the similarities end. With Dubler you can control all sorts of effects and controls using the wider qualities of the voice. Pitch bend, envelope following, and multidimensional CC value control. So with Ableton if you go “la la hm dee da da” You’d get exactly the same output as if you went “la la la la la la”. But with Dubler, the way you make the sound can control the qualities of the synth, selection of the synth and effects applied to the synth. This makes it a far more expressive tool.
Then there is the sample triggering and selection. If you select “drums” as the output for Ableton Audio-to-MIDI it will attempt to break up the input into drum rack triggers. But (and I’m sorry Ableton) is really doesn’t do this well. It’s also limited to hi-hat, kick, and snare. With Dubler Studio Kit you can accurately trigger loads of different samples. Our software learns your voice so it will always trigger the right sample instead of just guessing based on frequency. Oh and with Ableton you have to choose - drums or melody. With Dubler you can do both at the same time.Last updated:
Melodyne is a cool piece of software but very different from Dubler Studio Kit. Dubler is a virtual MIDI controller. So the software runs on your mac/pc and your DAW just sees Dubler as any other MIDI controller.
Melodyne is more about editing and less about live control. Their pitch analysis software is great but they ignore all of the additional qualities and timbre you can put into your voice.
Dubler learns your voice enabling you to:
Select and trigger samples: E.g. live beatboxing triggering drum samples or clapping/clicking/tapping to trigger whatever you want. This includes velocity control and envelope following.
Synth control: live control pitch, velocity, envelope and pitch bend all by singing/humming etc.
Effects control: The timbre of your voice (e.g. hmmm vs. laaa vs. ooohh) controls 4 CC dials. Map these to any effects, filters, synth or DAW parameters you like. You can even use this to allow you select between and blend different synths.Last updated:
MIDI 2.0 hasn't broken any old functionality, it is backwards compatible. Also, as we are partially a software offering, we can (and will) take advantage of MIDI 2.0 as soon as it's released via updates. It's also unlikely that most DAWs will support it for a couple more years anyway.Last updated:
We think Mogees are really cool! But I’m afraid it’s simply not the same as our technology. With Dubler we use all the timbral qualities of the voice. Trigger samples, control synths and manipulate filters/effects all live, using your voice. It’s not just the note you sing but the way you sing it. With Dubler you can trigger samples, track pitch, apply pitch-bend, affect the envelope, alter velocity all whilst 4 CC values can be simultaneously controlled based on the way you make a sound. Dubler learns your voice enabling you to: Select and trigger samples: E.g. live beatboxing triggering drum samples or clapping/clicking/tapping to trigger whatever you want. This includes velocity control. Synth control: live control pitch, velocity, envelope and pitch bend all by singing/humming etc Effects control: The timbre of your voice (e.g. hmmm vs. laaa vs. ooohh) controls 4 CC dials. Map these to any effects, filters, synth or DAW parameters you like. You can even use this to allow you select between and blend different synths.Last updated:
In short - No. The Mouth is great but very different to Dubler, and a lot more limited.
The Mouth is good for post processing— it listens to the input audio and applies some cool effects or controllers a synthesiser based on the audio input. It does track pitch and does some very basic audio analysis - but that's about as far as the similarities go.
Dubler is a live controller. Effects, notes and samples are not applied as a post processing manipulation but controlled live based on the timbre of your voice. Dubler is a multi dimensional MIDI controller. Like a MIDI keyboard and an MPC rolled into one, but controlled using the voice. The Mouth is more like a vocoder/autotune plugin, with a few extra bells and whistles.Last updated:
Again - no... Imitone is cool but it is purely pitch to MIDI. Dubler also incorporates pitch control but that is just one of its functions: trigger samples (e.g. through beatboxing), apply pitch bend, perform envelope following, velocity scaling and control 4 CC values simultaneously - all based on the way you make a sound. So with Dubler it’s not just about the pitch of the sound you make, but about the type of sound you make as a whole.Last updated:
If you’ve read this far you hopefully don’t agree with this question, but it is (very occasionally) a point of view some people have. And one, not surprisingly, we disagree with.
Actually here at Vochlea HQ we are all musicians, and the Dubler Studio Kit is a tool for musicians. Like a guitar, piano or any instrument; Dubler Studio Kit can be used by amateurs, professionals or anyone in between (the results will of course be different).
We’re not interested in auto-generating music, we believe in creating tools for musicians not tools to replace musicians. With the Dubler Studio Kit you are in complete control of the music that is being created (just in a different, more intuitive and expressive way than your average MIDI device). But, for better or worse, you’re still the one in control and if what you produce is amazing (or terrible) that’s all on you, the creator.Last updated:
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