Ok im not going to try explain how a vocoder works but I will tell you how you can get the Fruity Loops Vocoder working within the next few minutes.
1. Open a voice clip in a sampler channel. Now pan the voice clip fully to the leftand send it to mixer channel 1. This is the Modulator wave. (Note: You dont have to use a voice clip but it will help you to understand how the Fruity Vocoder works.)
2. Open up a drum hit in another sampler channel. Pan this fully to the right and send it to mixer channel 1 also. This is the Carrier wave.
3. Open up the Mixer Window add the Fruity Vocoder into Mixer channel 1. To fully hear the effects of the vocoder, make sure the modulator and carrier control knobs on the vocoder are set to 0%.
4. Draw a pattern in the step sequencer as shown below. Now press play and listen to the vocoder as it makes the voice clip stutter. The carrier wave is effecting the modulator wave.
You can vary the patterns and the samples to create totally new sounds and very interesting effects!
The vocoder has a number of controls that you can use to vary the input levels of the modulator and carrier waves.
Just remember you can be as creative as you like, you don’t just have to use it on voices just because that’s what it was designed for. Let’s face it though everyone loves the C-3PO voice from Star Wars.