Drastic vocal stretching/re-pitching?

I'm really interested in the way that a lot of electronic artists go about stretching and re-pitching vocals at a drastic level. 

Here's one example of James Blake doing his thing under his Harmonimix guise:

The vocal is harmonized with itself on and off at the beginning, and then pretty steady on at around the 2-minute mark. 

Here's another video where James is working with a Drake freestyle that sounds much different than the original:

One last example I can give is Jamie xx's "Far Nearer", which is actually built around an old Janet Jackson vocal. Starts around 1:30. 

There are obviously a lot more examples, but I think what sticks out in this stuff is the re-pitched vocals don't just sound like they've been given a quick +12 or -12 with Ableton's transpose knob. I've experimented with programs like Melodyne to get similar effects, but I always end up with the vocal sounding too distorted or "chipmunk-y". Are there any programs that are known for their ability to re-pitch vocals at this level? If this kind of thing is totally doable with Melodyne, or WavesTunes, or similar VSTs, and pro-tips would be greatly appreciated. 

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Eriatarkan 2 years ago | 0 comments

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  • Carlosnik
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    Have you tested the use of the Warp machine from Ableton itself? Lets say you would like to experiment with a vocal phrase or acapella, you could use COMPLEX PRO, take the transpose to the limit, and then play with the values from the Warping Method.

     

    Have you got a nice result?

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • Carlosnik
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    Tip: take a look to a nice product from Native Instruments called THE MOUTH, it works as part of a VST with Reaktor.

    Take a look into YouTube for further videos and demos.

    2 years ago | 0 comments

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