Changing voices

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Member Since: Mar 08, 2011

Hi all,

What program would you recommend for voice alteration (by this I mean adjusting the voice so it sounds like a different person, but still human. I know you can take this all the way and go for alien and animal like effects, but that is not the case for me...)

Thanks a lot,

Gibrril

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Mar 09, 2011 11:35 am

You'd be best off finding another vocalist. Changing qualities of a voice will often add a mechanical aspect to the sound, but there are plugins like Autotune and such things that will do some changes.

Member
Since: Mar 08, 2011


Mar 09, 2011 12:14 pm

Thanks for the reply!

You say "autotune and such things" I'm quite new to these aspects of audio editing, so are there any other plugins you could mention?

The reason I ask is because I want to duplicate a vocal track two or three times and tweak the different copies in a different way (but only a tiny bit) so I get the effect there's a bunch of people shouting instead of just one...

Perhaps there are better ways to do this, if there are, I'd gladly like to hear ideas :)

Thanks a lot,

Gibrril

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Mar 09, 2011 12:58 pm

Other than Autotune, I forget the names of others...but they are out there...the parameter you are looking for, if memory serves, is "formant" which is a timber characteristic of voices that does a lot, even change from male to female in extreme cases...

I forget the names, but google something like "formant vst plugin" or some such thing, you'll find some.

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Since: Feb 07, 2005


Mar 09, 2011 01:28 pm

Maybe this is what you are looking for

www.vocoder-plugins.com/

Other possibilities is Melodyne and TC Helicon

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Since: Nov 11, 2007


Mar 09, 2011 02:53 pm

I have and use this:
weltenschule.de/TableHooters/Casio_Rapman.html

I am not joking. It requires a powered balanced mic, like PC microphone, NOT condenser microphone. It's not a high quality vocal effector, but it can be used as that. Plus you can affect your keyboard output by plugging it back into the mic input. WINNING! The sounds are actually pretty great as well. A very well thought out children's toy! I probably jam on that thing for about half an hour every week, hah. I'm starting to build a song around the keyboard and it's coming along nicely. Bought the thing for $1 at a thrift store.

In most practical applications, assuming you want something you're already familiar with hearing... TC helicon is the vocal effect rap thing, I think. I've heard a lot of these mixtapes using pitch shifting with formant control to make male rappers sound like females. Autotune will do it too. Melodyne probably won't effect stuff in realtime like you want, unless they added that feature to compete with Autotune since I last used it, which is possible.

Hope that helps! Be sure to buy your software to keep these guys making rippin' plugins.

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Since: Jan 28, 2003


Mar 10, 2011 02:49 am

I would just record myself several times and each time change the pitch of my voice a bit and maybe add some rasp one time or make it more nasaly another time....I've done it before, and it came out pretty good (in my opinion). Also, grab some friends and have them come record it, especially if it's just shouting, they don't need to be good singers or anything.

Member
Since: Mar 08, 2011


Mar 10, 2011 04:55 am

Thanks for the replies!

As far as mixing is concerned, I would also like to include a fade effect that takes the track from soft to loud, (a standard "gain" in other words) but also from very mellow to very bright. I'm using Cubase 2 as a main program. Are there any tools in there that allow for this kind of build up?

Thanks a lot,

Gibrril

Typo Szar
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Since: Jul 04, 2002


Mar 10, 2011 08:50 am

I second coolo, u dont have to change ur voice to make it sound like many ppl, that illusion is alot more factors than just tone of voice. Distance from mic each time, bellowing, pinching ur voice, all of that stuff comes into play. that plus a few altered voiecs will give a much more natural and realistic illusion.

Fading wise, Cubase has automation for the volume faders will do that for u.

Mellow to bright, I think ur thinking of an automated EQ filter. If u filter out the highs it will sound mellow, and then sweep the filter until its not on anymore and it will become bright.

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Since: Mar 08, 2011


Mar 11, 2011 06:31 am

Thanks for the replies.

Quick question though: there are several samples on that track. I only want to infuence the one vocal element I was talking about. Does the equalizer work track-wide, or not? Do I have to move the elements that I want to filter to a seperate track?

Thanks a lot,

Gibrril

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Since: Mar 08, 2011


Mar 11, 2011 06:41 am

Ow, yes: another question (sorry, only thought of it now )

Can these eq filters be copied: if I want to apply the same filter to a different track e.g. ?

Thanks a lot,

Gibrril

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