Dehumaniser II byKrotos Audio
Review by Neil Mc Allister
The latest audio plug-in from Krotos software, Dehumaniser II specialises in modifying audio
recordings, primarily vocals or recorded dialogue, into more alien and beastly-sounding voices.
This is the perfect software to use for voice-over work in media of the horror or sci-fi genre. That
being said, you must be seriously working in that particular field if you want to invest in Dehumaniser II, as buying it directly from the official Krotos website will cost you €700. I was particularly lucky to have won this a raffle (shouts out to both Krotos and Irish Game Audio for that).
I initially ran into problems with trying to get Dehumaniser II to run on Logic Pro X, only to strangely find it working with no issues on Reaper. This might have been an isolated incident as the Krotos website does confirm the software works with the following:
Supported host applications: Pro Tools (10.3.5 or later), Logic Pro X, Nuendo, Live, Cubase, Digital Performer, Reaper, Adobe Audition
Dehumaniser II alternates the audio recording with eight main filters; a ring
modulator, chorus/flanger, pitch shifter, noise generator etc. You can chain these to other effects in the interface from the track’s input to output, not unlike the way you would in a guitar pedalboard set up. There is also a mixer in the bottom of the interface, which is handy for those who want to fine-tune their own effects patch.
For those that are less savvy in modifying audio effects or just want an effects patch quickly,
Dehumaniser II has a very good selection of presets available, which are nicely categorised into dialogue presets, growls and roar presets for more random/background vocals, and experimental presets which might worth testing out on MIDI and non-vocal recordings. You can modify these presets also, and save them as your own custom patch.
Due to the simple and straightforward design of Dehumaniser’s II interface, and it’s nice selection of presets this product will be handy for anyone wanting to do voice work and not worry about the potential complications of using an audio plug-in. If you’re uncertain about the hefty price-tag though, there’s a free demo on Kroto’s official website to give you an idea.
Below is a playlist to give you an example of some of the presets that come with Dehumaniser II.
Written by Neil Mc Allister
Neil is a Graduate of BIMM Dublin and Griffith College where he studied music and sound design. He is also a freelance composer and musician.