Dubler Studio Kit - vocal MIDI controller Kickstarter

Music tech startup Vochlea have been creating a big stir with early previews of its Dubler Studio Kit - grime star Novelist is already a fan - and launched a Kickstarter campaign.. Now Vochlea has just won the Web Summit Music Tech Innovation Award for the Dubler, which is available on pre-order.

Dubler Studio Kit

Live vocal recognition MIDI controller

The Dubler Studio Kit is a highly innovative, live vocal recognition MIDI controller, and the people behind it are London based creative music technology start-up Vochlea Music. They’ve been making waves very quickly, and are graduates of the Abbey Road Studios music technology incubator and winners of the SXSW 2018 Pitch Competition.

Excitement has been building around the Dubler as producers and musicians have been invited to put it through its paces, and declared it essential!

Mercury Prize Nominated MC and Producer Novelist and Producer Prem tried it out, and Novelist said, “This is the craziest bit of kit I’ve seen in my life… revolutionary, do you know how fast I could make an album with this?”

This impressive kit gives you an intuitive way to translate musical ideas into reality, using your voice. When inspiration strikes you often end up humming or singing your ideas, sometimes into your phone in a voice memo. With the Dubler you can get your ideas into your DAW easily, using your voice - you can hum a synth pattern, beatbox to trigger a virtual drumkit, or manipulate effects and filters with a vocal sound, all in real-time.

AI Technology

The Dubler works using vocal recognition AI technology, allowing musicians to create music and control sounds, quickly and intuitively, and is aimed at every kind of musician.

The kit comes as two parts. There is the Dubler software, a virtual MIDI instrument for Mac and PC, that’s compatible with any music production software.

Then there is the Dubler microphone, which is a custom low-latency USB mic, tuned for the Dubler software. You can train your voice to the kit in less than 60 seconds, and start making music.

Dubler microphone

“Must-have piece of kit”

Psych-folk artist Luna Neptune has been using it with Logic Pro, and said, “If you’re someone who wants to create music and you’re doing it in your home studio, this is a must have piece of kit.

You can do your beats, you can do your synths, any instrument that you have on your DAW you can use your voice to trigger it. It totally democratises the music-making process, which is so so exciting.”

Using all of the timbral qualities of the voice, the Dubler Studio Kit allows musicians to trigger samples, control synths, manipulate filters and effects, track pitch, pitch-bend and control envelopes, velocity and MIDI mapping values simultaneously, based on the way they make their unique sounds. So it’s not just about the note you sing, but the way you sing it.

Vochlea Music Founder and CEO, George Wright, says, “The Dubler Studio Kit unlocks musical expression, fuels creativity and is generally a lot of fun. It speeds up the traditional music creation workflow by allowing the user to control and manipulate MIDI outputs through audio inputs. Essentially meaning you can lay down melodies, drum loops, effects tracks… whatever you want, directly from voice to DAW.”