Buttery voice


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English: RCA 44 Ribbon Microphone — Creative Commons — LuckyLouie 23:22, 4 November 2007 (UTC) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: A singer in front of a pop filter and AKG C4000B microphone. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Make Your Voice Buttery

Your speaking voice is one of the biggest assets you have when developing an

online business. It’s true. There are a number of different applications where

you can use your voice to enhance your online presence and your business model.

In particular, you can use your voice to record podcasts, add audio messages to

your website and create audio information products.

Modern technology has made the recording of your voice very easy indeed. You

can download a free version of the Audacity software and purchase a microphone

and quickly record digital audio files with whatever spoken message you like.

This article will discuss a few techniques you should use to make those spoken

messages smoother and buttery, just like those radio announcers.

The first thing you need to do is purchase a pop filter. Pop filters eliminate

the plosives in your speech like P’s, B’s and D’s. All three of these tend to

pop into the microphone, thereby popping into the ears of listeners as well.

Pops can be extremely distracting when listening to an audio recording and can

even discourage your audience from listening to any more of it. A simple $10

pop filter looks like a big foam rubber cover for your microphone and it can

eliminate the distracting plosives quickly and easily.

Next, it’s time to start recording. And after your recording is complete, there

are three electronic effects you can use to make your voice sound all milky

like the radio announcers. The most effective one is called the compressor. It

compresses the dynamic range of your audio file so that the loud parts are

softer while keeping the volume of the softer parts the same. The net result is

that your voice sounds smoother to the audience.

I usually lower the pitch slightly as well. On Audacity, you have four ways to

specify the change you want: musical note, semitone, frequency or percentage. You can only lower it by half a semitone which works out to a 2.87% drop in your voice

pitch so it’s a small change but you’ll think your voice sounds better afterwards. You

can play around with this to see what pitch suits your voice best.

The last effect you can use is the bass boost. Predictably, it amplifies the bass

frequencies of the audio file. Now, it does NOT lower the pitch of the file. It

only amplifies the bass frequencies while leaving the treble frequencies

unchanged. This effect rounds out the bottom and takes the tin out of the

recording. If your voice can sound tinny and shallow. The bass boost

eliminates that and leaves my voice sounding like honey.

At the time of this writing, these audio files have been downloaded over 17,000

times in 27 countries. But don’t use these effects to completely alter your voice.

If you listened to the recordings, it must still sound just like you. But the effects

described above make it incredibly smooth and pleasing to the ear, allowing the

listener to absorb the content rather than being distracted by a poor voice

quality.

Two pieces of advice.

First, find a way of incorporating voice

recordings into your business. It adds a personal dimension to your online

presence and enhances trust.

Second, use the effects described above to

improve the sound quality of your recordings. Your audience will respect you

more as a result.

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