Vochlea launches its second AI-powered vocal MIDI controller


We first wrote about UK-based startup Vochlea early in 2018 when it was part of the Abbey Road Red incubator. It had created an AI audio engine which could recognise human vocals and use them to control instruments: for example a beatboxer could trigger drum samples, or musicians could hum basslines.

The tech was rolled out in 2019 (on Kickstarter initially) as a ‘Dubler Studio Kit’ – a hardware microphone with accompanying software.

Two and a half years later, Vochlea is launching its second-generation product. Dubler 2 isn’t hardware though: it’s a software-only desktop app that musicians can use with their own digital audio workstations (DAWs) and microphones.

The company will still sell its own mic too, but the software-only option could open up its audience even further.

Written by: Stuart Dredge