We step up to the mic and put Auburn Sounds’ Graillon 2 to the test…
Graillon 2 key features
- Live vocal-changer plug-in
- 32-bit and 64-bit, VST2 and Audio Unit, OS X, Windows
- Pitch-shifter, pitch correction, bitcrush
- Pitch-Tracking Mod with Ring or Freq Shift modes
- Sums signal to mono to save CPU
Graillon 2 is a live vocal changer plug-in with a silky smooth pitch shifter that has been fine-tuned for vocals and can be adjusted in fine increments from minus 12 to plus 12 semitones. Next to this is a Preserve Formant dial that aims to retain the vocal sound, although in practice, we found it occasionally resulted in some raspy artefacts.
There’s also an incredibly flexible pitch-correction module with MIDI input, a bitcrusher, an output section with separate dry blend and wet/dry controls, and finally a unique-sounding pitch-tracking modulation section. This can be set to Ring Mod or Freq Shift and can be used to create complex overtones and cool octave robot voices.
There is a little latency, but it’s low compared to other similar products. Although the pitch-shift dial is a little fiddly and it would have been nice to have semi-tone jumps, this is an incredibly fun and versatile plug-in for creating quirky and unusual vocal sounds and quickly transposing vocals in real-time. A useful addition to your sonic arsenal.