Prosoniq, audio software producer in Germany,
introduced some time ago Pandora RealTime, a hardly known but very strong
plug-in tool to enhance leading vocals to a more prominent level. For
example needed when the leading vocal was recorded or mixed too low
leveled, compared to the surrounding instruments and backing vocals.
With Pandora RealTime, you can put the leading vocal a bit more
in the foreground. Or push it back a little more, when recorded or mixed
too loud. We review the realtime plug-in version here. Prosoniq will
come up later with the "real thing".
There is a more radical use of Pandora RealTime. Let's describe
this usage as: "Get those leading vocals completely out of the
way, so I can sing my karaoke". Basically, this was not what Pandora
RealTime was developed for, but this usage is more and more practiced,
as we hear in the industry.
For "karaoke use", Pandora RealTime has it's limits. If you
try to "kill" the vocal too strong, the rest of the music
gets weird and distorted. Some experimenting is needed here. But: if
you use Pandora RealTime with care, you can obtain very interesting
In plain English, this is what Pandora RealTime technically does. While
playing the recording, the Pandora RealTime plug-in analyses the recording
in real-time, and filters out those frequencies that correspond with
the human voice of the lead vocal. You can alter the frequency range,
Pandora RealTime has to watch, with sliders. If male of female, Pandora
RealTime will catch the leading voice and filter it out of the recording
as effectively as possible. The spin offs of leading vocal in reverb
will not be removed completely, but that is no too bad. It will support
your voice while singing karaoke or doing a cover in the studio. Please
pay the copyrights, thank you.
The screen capture below shows the Pandora RealTime interface on the
right. The red dots in the monitoring window are the frequencies being
*Click image to see true proportional image. It will appear in separate
You will need a rather fast Mac to do the job. My 9500/200 PowerPC with
96MB RAM (normally not so shy when it comes to the more heavy plug-ins)
choked totally on this plug-in. In our Stable
Studio we have faster machines (level G3 233 Mhz), and there it
went well. The screenshot and testfiles (belowe) were produced
there, thank you Roel Toering.
The best way to get an impression of Pandora RealTime is listening to
the two MP3-copies of the oroginal testfiles below. The first one is
the original recording, the second one after being altered with Pandora
RealTime plug-in. You will clearly hear the difference. The files are
not streaming: download completely (403K per file) and play with your
Sample original recording without Pandora,
Sample recording after being altered
Conclusion: if you need a tool that can rearrange the volume of leading
vocals in a finished recording, get Pandora RealTime at the website
of Prosoniq. It will even help you producing karaoke ready files for
the fun or more serious goals. I'd like to give this plug-in an 8 on
a scale of 1 (very bad) to 10 (excellent).
More detailed product info can be found at the website
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