Creating harmonies with the PolyVox module
You can use the PolyVox module in VocalSynth to infuse your own vocal tracks with harmonies, both to replicate these classic sounds, or to create your own new, unique sound. PolyVox can work automatically, choosing harmonies based on a scale and key you define, or you can enable MIDI mode in VocalSynth and play in harmonies using a MIDI controller or sequence. To learn more about setting up VocalSynth’s MIDI mode in your preferred software, check out this section of the user manual.
To achieve some barbershop-style harmonies like we hear in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” try playing in some simple chords with closed position voicings while singing a melody into VocalSynth:
Not just for vocals
VocalSynth, and especially the PolyVox module, also work beautifully on synthesizers, guitars, and acoustic instruments. Just insert VocalSynth onto the track, choose Automatic or MIDI mode, and instantly add harmonies to your instrument.
For an in-depth look into the creation of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” check out this great documentary created about the song.
You can also read more about Imogen Heap and her recording techniques in Electronic Musician and Keyboard Magazine. She’s also breaking some incredible new ground in haptic control of music and generative music apps.