Tuesday, 9 November 2010

The Mouth by Native Instruments

This performance instrument and sound processor designed by electronic artist and musical innovator Tim Exile is based on powerful Reaktor technology, allowing it to generate intriguing melodies and harmonies from any audio signal on the fly, easily turning vocals, drum loops and other sources into rich electronic textures and highly original sonic mayhem.

The Mouth is the second instrument collaboration between Native Instruments and Tim Exile, following the keyboard-controlled effects processor The finger, and originating from the same custom Reaktor-based live setup that is at the center of Exile's stage performances. Equipped with automatic pitch detection and harmonizing controls, The Mouth provides an unlimited array of expressive and inspirational synthesizer, vocoder and talk box–style sounds and effects with a distinctive electronic character.

The Mouth offers separate Pitch and Beats modes for tonal processing of all kinds of audio material, enabling anything from auto-tuning effects to unexpected chord structures and arpeggiated melodies. For flexible harmonization, musical scales can be either pre-selected or triggered in real time from a MIDI keyboard. The input signal can be mixed and replaced with the output from separate Synth, Bass and Vocoder sections, complemented by an additional FX path. Each generator section offers a preset matrix with additional editing options, while eight global performance controls make it easy to tweak the overall sound in a spontaneous and intuitive way.

The Mouth is based on the latest Reaktor platform, and can be used with the free Reaktor Player and in the full Reaktor 5.5 software, both as a stand-alone processor and as a plug-within a DAW or music sequencer.

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