Already recorded vocals, want telephone sound to them

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  1. took-the-red-pill

    took-the-red-pill Active Member

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    It's not convenient to re-record this particular set of vocals, and I want to give the it a try with them sounding like a phone. Just looking for a *starting point.*

    I understand everything above 3000 and below 300 is apparently supposed to go, but what other attributes might one add to the signal. Also, what would be a good way to add a bit of distortion to augment the nasty, lo-fi, telephone sound?

    Sorry if this is repeating. I did a search here but came up empty.
    Cheerios
    Keith
     
  2. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

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    I usually bandwidth limit something like you indicated, apply some distortion, then low pass it again to take the higher harmonics out. Sometimes I boost some midrange in there somewhere as well.
     
  3. JohnTodd

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    Some phone systems have a lot of compression/limiting on them.
     
  4. leopoldolopes

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    Try to bandwidth between 950Hz and 1850Hz and then apply a lo-fi bit resolution to 8bit! Add if you think it's really necessary a saturation effort to it! Hope this helps!
     
  5. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

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    Decreasing the word length (bit "rate") just raises the noise floor, and not in a way that sounds like a telephone.
     
  6. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Well-Known Member

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    fun topic, I'll chime in too.

    I used to have a few old telephones here. We used the speakers out of them for effects. You could send the track out to something with a 2 or 3" speaker, use a stereo amp to power it and track that AD> DAW. I bet it would sound great.
     
  7. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Well-Known Member

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    You could also, track the vox bus via a headphone and call it a day. Hit solo, mic the headphone ...

    To avoid a feedback loop , Mute the track you are recording. I do this all the time for hybrid tracking.
     
  8. took-the-red-pill

    took-the-red-pill Active Member

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    Cheerios mates. Lots of ways to make 'ugly.' I'll try some of these.

    What would be the easiest, most effective way of adding some distortion in the digital realm that might sound like a telephone? Maybe one from a VST guitar/amp simulator?

    Taa
    Keith
     
  9. leopoldolopes

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    We all know that! However the noise floor resulting from a 8 bit samplerate you're talking about could be one of the many characteristics that this person could be after! We are really in the guessing world you know! diddlydoo
     
  10. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    We had a thread similar to this a few years back. Try this link.
     
  11. Laurend

    Laurend Active Member

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    You can experiment, but there is a nice dedicate tool from audio Ease.
    Speakerphone 2
     

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