Tuesday, March 15, 2016

How to Make Your Own Voice With a Voice Editor

It's possible to record and modify your voice with a voice editor.

A voice editor allows you to manipulate your voice to create an original voice. Several techniques and effects help to change, modify and mask your voice to your specifications. Most audio editors have the same functions to manipulate sound, so even if you use a free audio editor, you may still substantially change the quality of your voice. With a little experimentation, you can find the perfect settings to change your voice.

 Step 1 Open your voice editor. If you don’t have one, download and install the editor of your choice.

Step 2 Record your voice using the audio editor’s record function or drag-and-drop an existing audio file into the audio editor.

Step 3 Decide how you want to manipulate your voice. Several options are available. You can make your voice sound robotic, creepy, make it sound like a chipmunk or add echo.

Step 4 Create a robotic inflection to your voice with the “Delay” command in the “Effect” menu. In the “Decay amount” box, enter a number from 8 to 10. Change the “Delay time” to 0.006, modify the “Number of echos” to 25 and then select OK. Click on the “Effect” menu again and select “Repeat delay.” Listen to the sound and repeat as many times as necessary to get the sound you want. 

Step 5 Make your voice creepier using the “Duplicate” function to copy your voice and then superimpose it upon the original track a half step higher. Select the “Edit” menu of your program and then select the “Duplicate” or “Create New Instance” command. Highlight the second track, created with the "Duplicate command, and in the “Effect” menu select “Change Pitch.” Modify the half steps to one half step. Press "OK" to change the pitch of the second track. Add “Echo” from the “Effect” menu to the two audio tracks, change the “Delay time” to 0.2 seconds, and change the “Delay factor” to 0.5. Click "OK."

Step 6 Change your voice to imitate a chipmunk by using the “Change Pitch” option. Changing the pitch will change both the pitch and the speed at the same time. Select “Change Pitch” from the “Effect” menu. Change the percentage to 100 and then click "OK." Step 7 Add echo to your voice by using the “GVerb” or “Reverb” option in your editing program. Select the “Reverb” option and change the room-size to something much larger. Change the reverb time to approximately 20 seconds and then select "OK."

References 
Audacity: Effect Menu [http://audacity.sourceforge.net/manual-1.2/menu_effects.html]

Resources (Further Reading)
Audacity: Free Audio Editor [http://audacity.sourceforge.net/]
Cakewalk: Sonar [http://www.cakewalk.com/products/sonar/]
Bias: Peak Pro 6 [http://www.bias-inc.com/products/peakPro6/]