Gem VOICE is one comprehensive vocal production plug-in with modules based on analog processors.
Gem VOICE is everything you need for any vocal mixing project and streamlines vocal production workflow by including essential analog based modules for vocal processing:
- Mic Preamplifier (4 models)
- Tape Simulator (3 tapes + 3 special modes)
- Vocal Enhancer
- De-Boxer and De-Esser
- Dynamic Processor with compressors (5 models) and an expander-gate
- Equalizer (5 models)
- Space Processor / Reverb Unit
- Analog Delay
- Master Section with optional Limiter
- Interactive Dynamic Graph
- Interactive EQ Graph
Gem VOICE will speed up your vocal production workflow with no-compromise sound quality, thanks to Overloud's award-winning analog emulation technology. Build complete vocal sound chains from scratch with just a few clicks or select one of the many presets designed by professional sound engineers for inspirational starting points or for polished, tried and true tones.
Not only is Gem VOICE perfect for vocal tracks in a musical context, it also includes dedicated presets for post-production work such as Podcasting, Voice Overs, Audiobook recordings, dialogue, and even special vocal effects.
In order to keep workflow simple, Overloud engineered Gem VOICE to be as streamlined as possible. All of the parameters in Gem VOICE are accessible with a single click on the GUI's main panel—no submenu navigation! Please see below for a detailed description of each included module:
MIC PREAMP, TAPE SIM & ENHANCER
The MIC PREAMP models four different real mic pre-amplifiers, enriching the input signal with the renowned harmonics of the model you select.
The TAPE SIMULATOR reproduces the highly desired harmonic distortion of three different types of tape at multiple speeds: 1/4", 1/2" and 2". For added character, it can also be used in three special modes: Flutter, Vocal Dist and Fuzz.
When your vocal recording seems to lack presence, doesn't cut through the mix, or simply sounds weak, then adding an enhancer can revive it. By using an enhancer, you'll notice that a thin vocal recording will get extra definition and brilliance without being "overdone". The ENHANCER in Gem VOICE doesn't introduce anything artificial—it brings to life the natural harmonics that exist in the original tracks.
The MULTIBAND module is a specific double filter to attenuate voice artifacts from mic recordings. Including two different filters (DE-BOX & DE-ESSER), both work as dynamic processors to balance unwanted frequencies.
The DE-BOX controls the dynamics of the lower-mid part of the frequency spectrum. "Boxy" vocals contain too much low frequency energy and lack the proper excitement needed to cut through mixes. The De-Box processor dynamically removes this low-mid excess.
The DE-ESSER focuses on sibilant sounds and lets you control them. Thanks to its AI-Based detector, it sounds incredibly transparent and is not level-dependent.
The Auto Cue, when enabled, automatically puts the De-Box or the De-Esser filter in "solo" mode while you drag one of its knobs. This function is extremely helpful as you focus on those delicate frequencies by allowing you to hear only the frequencies that the filters are processing.
The COMPRESSOR module is based on five different analog compressor models, including FET, Optical and Tube processors.
The LF Sens control allows you to adjust the low frequency sensitivity of the processor, in order to have an optimal tracking for male and female voices. The COMPRESSOR module also contains an Expander-Gate processor that, when used at low settings, cleans the input source by filtering out ambient noises such as headphone bleed and other unwanted artifacts. At higher settings the Expander-Gate can be used as a creative tool.
What vocal chain would be complete without an EQ? The 4-band EQUALIZER in Gem VOICE is modeled on five legendary analog EQs. You can choose from 4K, British, German and Proportional Q styles. Both Shelving and Peaking modes can be selected for the low and high bands.
For added creativity, an additional Band-Limit model allows you to recreate phonograph and megaphone style effects.
SPACE & DELAY
The SPACE module follows the most recent mixing trends, by using very short multilayer impulses, instead of a reverb, to enhance the dimension and the placement of the voice in the mix. Designed by MoReVoX (the same designers behind the award-winning REmatrix plug-in), this unique processor offers a current or creative vibe to any track. Additionally, the SPACE module offers the impulse responses of many classic reverb units from the 70s to the 90s.
When processing vocals, a delay is often used instead of a reverb to add width without losing clarity. The DELAY module in Gem VOICE can either be sync'd to the song's tempo or independent, and includes multiple presets such as simple delay, vintage slapback, and swell, to name a few.
DISPLAY & MASTER
The MASTER section is the finishing touch and adjusts the final level and the number of output channels. It also contains an optional LIMITER placed before the master output, very useful when you need to keep the level under the 0dBFS.
The GRAPHIC DISPLAY is the icing on the cake and has two different views: EQ and COMP. The EQ view displays the EQUALIZER module's curve along with the realtime spectrum of the input signal, in order to visually see where the prominent frequencies lay. The EQ can either be edited graphically directly in this display or by using the controls in the EQUALIZER module.
When the COMP view is selected, the level curve is displayed on the bottom, and the Compressor gain reduction level is on the top, shown over time. With this view, you can easily monitor how the compression is responding to the track's level peaks.