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How to Make Classic Kavinsky "Nightcall" Vocoder Sound from Drive Soundtrack (Ableton Live, Free Download)

Hi! This is Max from PML and today I will show you how to make the Vocoder effect from Kavinsky - Nightcall.

You can download today's full project template in our freebies section.

The first thing we need to do is record our speech:

Let’s load up a synth - we’re going to use Wavetable here:


We’re playing saw waves with some unison.

Once that’s done, we can just use the “Sends only” mode on our synth track, so we don’t hear it.

Let’s put a vocoder on our vocal track.

Parameters in Vocoder: 

  • “External” mode, 
  • choose Audio from “Carrier”
  • 36 Bands,
  • Range 15 kHz
  • “Retro” mode

We can then play with the Formant knob.

To add some noise, we can use Erosion:

And to make it more Retro, we can use the “Cabinet” effect.

For the final saturation we’re going to use Pedal with Distortion mode on and mix it in slightly.


That’s it for this tutorial!

If you'd like to learn how to write harmonies, basslines and melodies - check our full harmony bundle, where we teach you everything you need to know about music theory.

Good luck with your production!

- Max


See Also:

How to Master a Track like a Pro with Free Plugins Only in Ableton Live

How to Process Vocals: 3 Levels of Vocal Effects (Free Vocal Samples Included)

Ableton Analog Synth: Full Guide for Beginners


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