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Need help on how to voice act? Well this is a great tutorial for beginners who don't have studio quality microphones, but want to jump into the world of sound production.

Posted by Archangel. on May 20th, 2011
Basic Voice Acting.

Basic Voice Acting & Editing Guide


Here's a list of all the things you will need in order to voice act properly.

  • Microphone - The better quality, the better results.
  • Sound Editing Program - I use audacity.
  • Time to tweak

So I'll be using audacity for this tutorial, but the main idea will carry over to mostly all programs.
Here's a full guide to recording yourself in Audacity:

  1. Make sure your microphone is fully working.
  2. Open Audacity & click the big red circle (Recording Button)
  3. Once you're finished recording, press the yellow square (stop recording, and or playback)
  4. You're now finished you've successfully recorded yourself!

Now that you have your sound recorded, it's time to do some editing! Depending on what program you have all the sound effects will be different or produce different effects. Heres how to edit your voice:

  1. Select the part of the sound you want to modify
  2. Go to > Effect(s)
  3. Click an effect like reverse.
  4. You're done!

Now that you know how to record and edit in their basic forms, I will now teach you how to produce a very popular effect used by Treyarch in their game "Nazi Zombies". Here's what we start out with:
[Before Product]
and we end up with:
[End Product]
[PREVIEW OF WHAT WE WILL BE MAKING]

  1. Record yourself saying something
  2. Copy it by selecting it and pressing CTRL+C while it is selected
  3. Go to Tracks > Add New > Audio Track
  4. Paste what you copied in the new audio track
  5. Change the pitch of the top track to [15]
  6. Change the pitch of the bottom track to [-15]
  7. YOU'RE DONE!

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, if you want to learn how to make other voice effects, just message me and I will try to make a tutorial for it.

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altercuca
altercuca May 20 2011, 10:42am says:

good tutorial!

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FreezeGear
FreezeGear May 20 2011, 1:19pm says:

It would be great if you told how to create the Combine's voice filter.
I'm working in Audition, but still can't get the exact effect. I always valued Valve's sound designers highly. Want to get some useful tips from them.

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Archangel. Author
Archangel. May 20 2011, 7:06pm replied:

Never used Audition, I'll try it out and see if I can add that to the tutorial. There are some really nice tutorials on YouTube also.

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