Program that imposes vocal effects on a waveform

View the Project on GitHub borsboom/vocoder

Project status: still useful, but is no longer under development.
Developed: 1996-2002

This program is a free software channel vocoder, which imposes vocal effects on a waveform. It can be used to make your voice sound "robot-like", to create a singing synthesizer, to disguise your voice, and many other fun things. This effect was made popular by artists such as Kraftwerk and Laurie Anderson, and Daft Punk (using other hardware/software). This particular software works on pre-recorded files, rather than being a live effect.

Vocoder Screen Shot

I originally created this software after doing a research paper about vocoders for a course I took in my first year of University. At the time there were not many options for easy software vocoding, although since then many good ones, such as VST plugins, have become available.


Here are some examples of the vocoder output and unput files in Microsoft WAVe format.

Here are the modulator and carrier files I used to create them:


The vocoder is available as C source code or as a compiled binary for certain platforms. The source code should compile just about anywhere.

Download the latest version for your operating system/processor: