I’m thinking about upgrading from Artist 10 to Pro almost solely for the VariAudio feature. I never thought Cubase Pro was for me but then I came across youtube demos of VariAudio. And… my head exploded. For instance this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQDC0ZKTCLs (from 1:42 to the end)
But before I make that jump (and realizing the more costly upgrades forever after) I would REALLY comments from Pro users on how good VariAudio is on a TERRILE vocal.
Let me explain my situation. My goal with my studio setup is to write music as a one-man-band and eventually shop for a real vocal when my project is mature enough. In the meantime I do the vocal duties and I’m bad, really bad, really really bad. I think my vocal melodies are actually quite ok, but what I hear in my head doesn’t come out of my mouth. I’m constantly off-key. With my vocal takes it’s a bit like the Infinite Monkey Theorem and with enough takes on a single phrase I can eventually hit something bearable. Trying to hit the correct singing keys is really the painful part of my music writing process. Writing good arrangements without hearing my vocal melodies is almost impossible and writing arrangements while listening to my off-key voice can get rather painful. I’m not looking for a vocal effect tool and what my voice needs is not real-time pitch-correction adjustments. My vocal takes need complete offline reconstruction just like in the aforementioned video but unlike in the aforementioned video the source audio will be hilariously random.
To me the upgrade to Pro is worth it if I could just track my voice and simply keep a take when I’m happy with my rhythm/phrasing and ignore the pitch problems that I know I can fix later.
And in case my music style makes any difference with VariAudio results… I’m a male with a mid range voice. My music is downtempo blending folk and trip-hop (acoustic guitar and lots of electronics). My vocal lines are soft singing, rhythmic, low intensity, not much sustained notes.
Is VariAudio the best solution for me?