Antares ASPIRE Native

Antares ASPIRE Aspiration Noise Processor

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    Antares ASPIRE Aspiration Noise Processor

    ASPIRE is the world's first tool for modifying a voice's breathiness independently of its harmonic content. Whether reducing a bit of vocal rasp or adding a bit of smokiness, ASPIRE allows modification of the amount and quality of a voice's aspiration noise without otherwise affecting the vocal's harmonic characteristics.

    When you speak or sing, air from your lungs is forced through your vocal chords, causing them to vibrate. The resulting waveform is propagated through the throat, the mouth and out through the lips. It is the shape of these structures that create the resonant characteristics that define a unique vocal identity.

    But going into a bit more detail, the vocal waveform is actually a combination of two different components. One, the one we usually think of as the primary element of vocal timbre, is the harmonic content generated by the process described above. However, there is a second component that is generated by the turbulence of the air rushing past the vocal chords. This component, aspiration noise, does not have harmonic content and can roughly be thought of as “breathiness."

    Aspiration noise presents itself in a variety of ways, from a subtle bit of breathiness to a full-blown rasp. Of course, whether it's a problem or not depends on the amount of noise and the style of a performance. A whole lot of roughness that would work well for screaming punk or roots blues might well be a problem for mainstream pop or a smooth ballad (of course, it also might not). Up to now, there wasn't much you could do about it. Now, with ASPIRE, there is.
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    Specifications
    Macintosh Versions
    Minimum: 1.5GHz G4 processor
    Recommended: 1.8GHz (or faster) G5 or Intel processor

    RTAS:
    * Pro Tools HD or Pro Tools LE 7.x or later.
    * Mac OS 10.4 or later as required by your version of Pro Tools.

    VST:
    * A host program that supports the VST format.
    * Mac OS 10.4 or later as required by your host.

    Audio Units:
    * A host program that supports the Audio Units format.
    * Mac OS 10.4 or later as required by your host.

    PC Versions
    Minimum: 1.7 GHz single core processor.
    Recommended: Any dual core processor

    RTAS:
    * Pro Tools HD or Pro Tools LE 7.x or later.
    * Windows XP or Vista as required by your version of Pro Tools.

    VST:
    * A host program that supports the VST format.
    * Windows XP or Vista as required by your host.

    MIDI
    Harmony Engine's MIDI functions require that your host allow routing of MIDI to plug-ins. If your host application does not support the routing of MIDI to plug-ins, Harmony Engine's MIDI functions will not operate (and trust us, you will be seriously bummed).

    iLok authorization requires an iLok USB smart key (sold separately) and the ability to access ilok.com (from any computer).