Voice Creation with Music Morpher Gold, Part 2
In Part 1 we have discussed how to prepare yourself for creating an audio file for a video or audio presentation with character voices. In Part 2 we will complete this discussion.
For this second recording method, you must read each character line one after the other, in other words, read all the Toms lines first, then Dicks-lines, then Harrys. This allows you to apply each voice setting on all lines for that character at the same time. Only mark the beginning of Toms lines, drag to the end of Toms lines, and then change the morphing settings in one click. The boring part will cut and paste them all back in the correct order. You do this by emphasizing the words, cutting them and then clicking where they should be inserted and pasting them. I prefer to do so. For some reason, it allows you to apply both collisions or accent or speech differences to the characters dialog at one time, rather than trying to convert each time another character speaks. For example, if one character is a woman, you will find that the softening of your voice will make it easier to change the voice and still sound it. If one character has an English accent, it’s easier to maintain it throughout all the lines when they are all together. The choice is for you.
If you try the different settings, you’ll soon find that Pitch is the overwhelming setting. Timbre and Advanced Tune have much less effect on the results. They will tend to make the voice unstable and mechanical; It’s fine for different robot voices or comics, but you’ll experiment afterwards to change the natural voice while recording, and then a change in pitch will bring very acceptable results to your audio files.
You can punch your audio files by adding sound effects and background music. Some general rules to follow are simple; Keep the effects to a minimum and do not overwhelm the dialogue unless the situation requires it; At the launch of music, it is usually a good idea to fade it in the beginning and the end. Also keep the volume of the music lower than the dialog if you want the listener to hear the words. A final, small point, and it can only be me, but I usually forget exactly where I’m storing the files! If you jump around your drive, load this file and that music and this audio effect, you can easily be in the wrong directory to save the final file, so look where it is stored and write down the place. If you return to work the next day, thank you for that.
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