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Making voice deeper (speech, not singing)

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by MeTHoD-X, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. MeTHoD-X

    MeTHoD-X Guest

    I have a rather odd request. A project I'm working on requires me to make my voice deeper. This is easily achievable if I simply play around with the pitch BUT this method produces a very unnatural sounding voice.

    How would you go about achieving a natural sound if this was your project?

    Thank you for your kind suggestions.

  2. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    waves maxbass
    MaxxBass - Bass Enhancer Plugin | Waves
  3. MeTHoD-X

    MeTHoD-X Guest

    Thanks for the response.

    Does Waves work with any other application suite besides Cubase?

    I've experimented with Waves Ultra Pitch in the past but I don't have access to Cubase on my Mac.

  4. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    yes-what are you using Logic ? Protools?
  5. MeTHoD-X

    MeTHoD-X Guest

    I have Cubase AI and I believe I can get Logic Studio 9.

  6. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    waves has a plug to fit most daw's logic and cubase are for sure
  7. MeTHoD-X

    MeTHoD-X Guest

    Do you happen to know if Cubase AI supports plug ins? It's a free version for what I can tell and I believe it lacks this ability.

    I wont lie, I don't know anything about audio recording. I'm a tech savvy guy and I view this as a challenge for myself. I like a good challenge. But, if I could pay somebody to do these conversions for me that would be much preferred.

    Anywhere on the net I can possibly get this done (assuming I can't figure it out myself that is)?

  8. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    I think so, but I have never used it. Its says has VST's included...
    Cubase AI 5 :  | http://www.steinberg.net/
  9. MeTHoD-X

    MeTHoD-X Guest

    To others searching for the answer to this question:

    I figured out how to make my voice sound a natural deep.

    I used the AUPitch effect in GarageBand. Set the render quality to max and the pitch to -250.1776. I maxed out all the other settings. Of course, this will vary depending on your unique voice. Play with it a bit.

    And that's it. Cubase/Waves not required!

  10. HaHallur

    HaHallur Active Member

    Can you post a sample, I'm working in this as well!
  11. RScott

    RScott Active Member

    There are a number of different vocal effects that can produce a deep voice.

    Pitch-shifting --
    Pitching a sound down has the effect of making the sound seem bigger and deeper. Unfortunately, after about a semitone (depends on the source) it just sounds like a record playing slow. Time correction during normal pitch-shift applications can be useful, but listen -- sometimes it makes the sound un-natural. Even if you have to do other things as well, adding a bit of a pitch shift downward can enhance the effect.

    Some pitch shift processes maintain "formant" which means that the fundamental pitch of the sound is lowered, but the overtones and parts of the sound that give it its unique character are maintained -- so the effect is that the pitch is lowered but the sound quality does not sound as much like a slowed down record.

    Bass-harmonic enhancements
    Several plug-ins create "more bass." Ones like the Maxx Bass by Waves take the very deepest frequencies and add mid-frequency harmonics to them so that the bass is more pronounced. Some plug-ins do the reverse and look at mid-frequency sounds and create very low bass frequencies. Both of these effects will hit the very very boomy deep part of a voice and make it sound more massive.

    Equalization is straightforward. A parametric or bell-shaped EQ that boosts the lower end of the voice (around 200-300hz -- sweep it to find the sweet spot) will make a voice sound more bassy and heavy and boomy. A bell EQ that cuts around the 1k to 3k range (again -- listen and sweep) can take out some brightness. Also a high-shelf or low shelf around these same ranges can be useful.

    Reverb plugins sometimes have varied dampening or EQing for the various frequencies. Depending on the sound you want, a bit of low-frequency reverb (probably with a fast decay time) can build up the low end of a voice. This will probably not sound overly natural.

    Chorus, Delays (or doublers), Harmonizers
    These effects can all be used to thicken up a voice. Usually only a pinch is needed. For delays, try a quite short delay time (under 20ms). These do not necessarily add deepness to a voice, but can make it sound thicker which may be nice to have.
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  13. jkchuma

    jkchuma Active Member

    I've had great success importing the audio file but telling the DAW that the file is 22.05 kHz. The result is an octave lower and twice as long. Then using a TCE plug to return the audio to the original length. TCE can sound awful if stretched too far but artifacts are minimal when compressing time.

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