Grovely, Rich, Resonant Voice - Tips?

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by KennyD, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. KennyD

    KennyD Guest

    Aside from having a voice over artist with pipes, does anybody have tips on get a real deep, resonant voice? I'm talking about that voice that just about sounds like an animal talking, how a lion would talk, almost percussive, like a tiger purring. Know what I mean?

    I'm looking for EQ suggestions, possibly other effects, as well as mic technique/hardware suggestions.

  2. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    If the voice talent is not there, those tricks will not do anything but sound like tricks.

    Those people "sound" like that, for real.
  3. KennyD

    KennyD Guest

    Yeah, I know, I'm just hoping for suggestions/techniques that will enhance/bring that out. I know where you're coming from though.
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    KennyD, all you need to do is smoke a pack of Chesterfield's and drink a fifth of Jack Daniels. Then you will have that sound. Throw a couple of doobees on top of that for and even lower tone, in the gravel.

    You might also want to record your voice at 48kHz sampling, play it back at 44.1kHz sampling.

    Getting turned on by deep voices for over 30 years.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  5. Pootkao

    Pootkao Guest

    I'm curious to see if there's some ideas floating around out there too... even for mic suggestions.

    I've got a singer whom I regularly record with a very particular voice. Big bulges at 150 and 3k. I want to be able to keep the presence and the girth, still have it sit well in the mix, but not be too grating in the upper mids.

    Best solution thus far has been a 414 B-ULS and Portico pre, but its still not perfect.
  6. drstudio

    drstudio Active Member

    Nov 16, 2007
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    I used to record this guy, Earl Mann, What a classic voice. He used to be the voice of Q107 in Toronto (Classic Rock), when I was recording him he it was for some NFL Films and other TV Bumpers in Canada.
    Anyway, he had that voice you are talking about, and I don't think it had anything to do with the gear we used... it was all him. I remember him constantly swallowing air and belching often, not sure if that had anything to do with the texture of his voice.
  7. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    I recorded thousands of commercials. Yes, if you want that kind of voice, you'll hire them for their voice. Not all have that clanging brass balls sound. Some of those guys truly manipulate their voices for that. Others, always sound that way. I remember when Joe Cipriano, was just a disc jockey for WKYS, in DC, when I was just coming on board. Now he is the voice for FOX! Either something has happened to him? Or he has learned how to sound like that because that's not the way he sounded. But he does say he won't do anything without his "U87"! Funny because at the radio station, they all used the Sennheiser MD421 back in the 1980s, because that was what was in the studio. Of course, most of the announcers I recorded, my first choice was usually the U87, just to make them sound bigger than life.

    Getting smaller everyday.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  8. KennyD

    KennyD Guest

    Well, besides the fact that I don't smoke or drink, I'm not actually wanting to make MY voice sound like that. I work in my niche because I have a natural, real person voice but a friend has asked me about getting his voice to sound like that. He's close, but he's not there. He sent me an amazing sample that is serious pipes! Wanna hear?

  9. Those people like JD from Elvis' band?
    I always wonder about that, JD had such a deeper voice than Elvis...but Elvis hung in the center and was able to move up and down along the tonal center.
    The voice this member is looking for is dependent upon the type of song.
    He wants a Blues voice, but an understanding of the music is just as important as the voice.
    Maybe he should hire Shaq!

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