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Posted: Fri, 21st Apr 2006, 8:46pm

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Does anybody know how to create the famous movie narrator voice. If so tell me. Same with like a Darth Vader.
Posted: Fri, 21st Apr 2006, 9:58pm

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FXhomer4372 wrote:

Does anybody know how to create the famous movie narrator voice. If so tell me. Same with like a Darth Vader.
Do you mean Don Lafontaine's voice?

http://vbfile6.voicebank.net/sandboxes/17/Trailers/English/Men/LaFontaine.mp3
Posted: Sat, 22nd Apr 2006, 12:03am

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YES!! how do u get it to say what u want?
Posted: Sat, 22nd Apr 2006, 12:21am

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I'm assuming you mean how to get the tone?

If you mean altering someone else's voice to sound like that, it would take some serious time to do that with any software, not to mention the original voice you would be using would have to have the same inflection and gravely sound to begin with. Then using some software, you could change the tone without changing the speed of the sound recording.

But, if doing that voice was easy in some post production software, Don would be out of work. sad

Also, having a good microphone and a room that doesn't reverberate or echo helps a ton too.

But then, even if you could find the voice as I described, and needed to change the tone for desired effect, it may be worth your time to find a voice talent that can do that voice you are asking for without altering it.

I can post a link later to a guy that does voice over and charges $30 for 30 seconds of speaking. He also has a demo clip on his site and his voice sounds close to Don's. EDIT: http://www.goodcheapvoiceover.com/demos.htm

Of course, people like comedian Pablo Francisco does a great impersonation of Don.

http://www.pablofrancisco.com/video/tonight_show_standup.wmv
Posted: Wed, 3rd May 2006, 10:18pm

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Hello there!

Just in case anybody would need such a trailer narrator voice, I'am able to create a similar voice. It's not perfect, but it can work. I'll post up a demo when I find our good microphone. So if anybody would like such a voice narrating a trailer or something just give me the dialouge and I'll do my best! wink

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Posted: Fri, 5th May 2006, 8:16pm

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using what software?
Posted: Fri, 5th May 2006, 8:41pm

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Try these:

www.soundhack.com

www.audacity.sourceforge.net

www.sfxmachine.com

If you have Soundtrack Pro, Peak, or Garage Band, there are some effects in there.

You can always Google "voice altering effects software"
Posted: Fri, 5th May 2006, 9:27pm

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j man wrote:

using what software?
Oh, I don't use any software for it, I ment I can do it without tweaking my voice digitally...! wink But hey, I guess it'd be even cooler with some tweaking, so I suppose: Adobe Premiere Elements. (Buying it in a couple of weeks) wink

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Posted: Sat, 6th May 2006, 4:59pm

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I have sound forge.. would that complete the job?
Posted: Sat, 6th May 2006, 5:17pm

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j man wrote:

I have sound forge.. would that complete the job?
Don't know. Don't have the software. Just make a recording and try messing with it.
Posted: Sat, 6th May 2006, 8:58pm

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do u know any tools that most audio editing software have that i should use to create a good voice for a trailer
Posted: Sat, 6th May 2006, 9:05pm

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j man wrote:

do u know any tools that most audio editing software have that i should use to create a good voice for a trailer
Yeah, I think you can alter very much the sound of your voice by "Pitching" it up or down....

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Posted: Sat, 6th May 2006, 9:33pm

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ok i will try that. but would it be wrong to use audio clips from that don lafontaine link above which gives samples of his work. Not that there is much to work with anyway because it is short. I was just wondering because i might use it someday like when he says "he is deadly" or something.
Posted: Sat, 6th May 2006, 10:19pm

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j man wrote:

I was just wondering because i might use it someday like when he says "he is deadly" or something.
I can probably do it.. But if you are to use it, I'd either do it myself or have someone else to do it, because using elements from a trailer of its own isn't too good. I'll edit this post when I've tried it myself! wink

Oeyvind

EDIT: OK, I just did a test where I spoke the first line in the Austin Powers - Goldmember trailer... What do you think, people?
http://www.filelodge.com/files/room11/279680/He%20is%20brilliant....wma
Posted: Sun, 7th May 2006, 12:02am

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that was good haha how did u do it
Posted: Mon, 8th May 2006, 2:21pm

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Just a sidenote, if anyone needs a "Gollum/Smeagol" voice, Ive discovered I ca do that one pretty well.
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Posted: Mon, 8th May 2006, 3:41pm

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pixelboy wrote:

Just a sidenote, if anyone needs a "Gollum/Smeagol" voice, Ive discovered I ca do that one pretty well.
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Heh awsome! razz Could you possibly upload a little test...? I'm just curious, because it's funny when people can do different kind of voices! wink

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Posted: Mon, 8th May 2006, 4:34pm

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j man wrote:

I have sound forge.. would that complete the job?
Not really no
Posted: Mon, 8th May 2006, 6:20pm

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I came from 27 years radio experience- not to mention 20 years of that in the film and television market as well...

If I can't do voice over narration, then my Father [who may as well have been Darth Vader, his orratory voice is so polished!] could accomplish it!

The voice itself is obviously the one thing that can't be "created" otherwise we'd have narrations that all sound like Stephen Hawking from that episode of Star Trek [TNG]!

Reverb, static xfer and further audio tweaking at the final editting phase are what give you the 'Vader sounding "effect"- but the voice- Ah! That voice!

That's all PURE James Earl Jones!

Actually met him here at Disney! Very amicable, humble and gratiating- I never realized he was a stutterer until he told me so that day!

Let me know if you need a specific tonal or vocal quality- I might be able to skirt some work to my father here- if you're working like I do, if there's a "no budget" to this I might be able to score you 1 minute worth of dialog for free [anything beyond that and it'd be criminal for me to ask 'Pops' to do it as a favor for me!]
Posted: Mon, 8th May 2006, 6:35pm

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RusSEAL wrote:

That's all PURE James Earl Jones!

Actually met him here at Disney! Very amicable, humble and gratiating- I never realized he was a stutterer until he told me so that day!
I didn't know he was a stutterer either. I did hear he was uncomfotable giving interviews because he's insecure. I heard a 3 minute radio interview, and he's not much of a casual talker (that's not a put down, just probably related to his humble nature).
Posted: Mon, 8th May 2006, 6:58pm

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pixelboy wrote:

Just a sidenote, if anyone needs a "Gollum/Smeagol" voice, Ive discovered I ca do that one pretty well.
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can u post a sample??
Posted: Tue, 9th May 2006, 1:15am

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I was also wondering what mics you guys use to record your voices into the computer. I dont have any good ones. Any recommendations that are reasonably priced?
Posted: Tue, 9th May 2006, 1:48am

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j man wrote:

I was also wondering what mics you guys use to record your voices into the computer. I dont have any good ones. Any recommendations that are reasonably priced?
I'm assuming since you said "record voices into the computer" you are talking about things like voice over, and not capturing sound while recording on your camera.

Try the SnowBall by Blue.... It's a USB mic and check the sound demos.

http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=227593&highlight=#227593
Posted: Tue, 9th May 2006, 11:50am

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j man wrote:

I was also wondering what mics you guys use to record your voices into the computer. I dont have any good ones. Any recommendations that are reasonably priced?
Every production I've ever been on never records or ADRs directly to the computer- almost all dialog is done analog and then duped to the computer for final install...

With that being the case, an incredible audio-man and good friend of mine Arty Torgelson [Emmy Award winner for sound on China Beach, did 3 of John Denver's live LP mixes] uses a $6000 Senhieser microphone with a digital tape deck to collect ambient sound, dialog and incidental sounds...

If you're serious about sound work, sometimes looking in Pawn Shops for a travelling DJ's pawned off equipment will get you a really good Emerson, Senhieser or othr decent microphone and sound deck- granted, you'd still pay quite a bit, but you'd be the envy of all the house partiers in your neighborhood!

If you're just looking to get the best quality but you're not looking to win an Academy Award for The Abyss- sometimes a really good digital voice recorder [like what's used for dictation] from Wal-Mart, Target, etc with a USB plug-in might be teh answer for you!

I hope that helps- I really empathize with the low/no budget group- it seems like I have to go that route far too often, even with my own meager FX company!