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whispering vocal transformation

Dec 22 2009 | 5:27 pm

Hi all,

I`d like to create a patch that generates a whispering-like feedback to audio input. Whispering meaning : having somebody talking into a microphone and a patch that transforms it into a whisper.
Anybody any ideas on this?


Dec 22 2009 | 7:18 pm

That is a requirement that is simple to describe, but extraordinarily difficult to accomplish. A whisper contains radically different harmonics to the spoken word.

I don’t know of any way to do this, but you could experiment with vocoding a sample of an exhalation, combined with some EQ.

I would be surprised if you get a result that you are happy with though, using any technology at all (not just Max.)

Dec 22 2009 | 8:02 pm

Here is an idea…

Try taking the original speech and using it as an
amplitude envelope to gate a white noise signal. Then mix in a
highpass filtered version of the speech into the gated white noise.

If that sounds good, then try using tuned white noise that matches
the pitch of the original speech.

Dec 22 2009 | 9:11 pm

i guess splitting the audio into impulses and resonants will
come quite close.

try programs like SPEAR, or, if you have a PPC mac, MARCOHACK
(runs in classic),. thy do this kind of thing.

i often use spear to "split" audio that way into 2 parts, in order
to blend or porcess the two files elsewhere.

Dec 27 2009 | 12:33 pm

Thanks all! I’ll give it a try and post the results…

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