With so many ways to create glitched vocals these days their really is no right or wrong way to create them, that being said their is one method that we particularly enjoy and find it can at times deliver the best results. Let go through this process step by step using Apple’s Logic Pro (see images for easy following):
First, find the vocal line or phrase you want to use, length isn’t important here, but the longer files can provide more varying results. Keep in mind, it doesn’t matter as much what the vocalist is actually saying, for this its generally all about finding the right tones in a voice.
Now that you have your vocal, open up a new track in Logic with Ultrabeat plugin, and select the init/default preset, taking the plugin to its completely blank state. Select the sample engine for the selected track in ultrabeat, then click the load sample selector and choose your vocal phrase from the pop-up menu.
Once its loaded begin adding some notes to the ultrabeat sequencer, be sure its turned on with the play button engaged. Pull in the envelope to have short decay and release times, we will play with these later to create drama and lift our track.
At this point you should be hearing a static rhythmic hit of your vocal sound, sometimes this alone can sound pretty dope. Taking it a step further, make sure to alter each ‘hits’ velocity in the sequencer. Now push the small green and blue min & max lines located on the image of your sample in the sample box of ultrabeat separately from each other. You should be hearing all your hits changing and they should each be different from each other given that their “velocity” values on the step sequencer are different. What is happening, is that instead of the sequencer controlling velocity it is actually playing a varied sample start time based on the changes of velocity from the notes you created in the sequencer.
From here its all about playing with the different positions on the step sequencer, playing with the rhythms, velocites, start times, loop lengths, pitching, release times etc. until you create something you like. Just be patient here as sometimes results come quickly, sometimes they can take a bit more effort, it takes a little while to get used to the gentle touch required here when playing with the start times, min_max lines & velocity. The results can be disastrous if not careful but with care and a bit of time mastering this technique they can be brilliant, with the added control of the ASDR controls on the sample, the manipulative possibilities are nearly endless when writing a song. We haven’t yet found a better way to create better sounding glitch vocals they just sound very unique using this method, from static notes to very slinky and glued ones, to us its the ultimate way to create unique glitched out vocals.