i also recall that it stuck out to me when the iphone 4 first came out, that the vocals sounded similar to this as well (i was working at a call center at the time). either way, i’m trying to recreate it.
any ideas? i think it has a bass boost at 150hz or so. also, i think it’s dynamically compressed. there’s also a “crispy, crunchiness” in the … i think sibilance is the right word (kind of in the back-of-the-throat sounds like “Ks”) but after fiddling around with EQ for 30 minutes, i’m stuck.
The commercial features correctly recorded sound. All those people sound like that if you walked up to them on the street.
That’s not to say it’s easy. If I tried hard enough I bet I could find the professional recordist who shot the voices. I didn’t see a microphone, so it was probably done with a fishpole and shotgun with a dead cat.
Yes, it’s been through post production to make them all match and maybe a little level shifting and possible compression, but the object is natural voices and they pretty much hit it. One of the advantages of top quality microphones and capture environment is little or no noise. That means whole equalization and processing worlds open up to you because you’re not constantly trying to fight noises. This is a major problem with home recording.
aren’t the “K” and “P” syllables kind of exaggerated in a bit somehow? (as well as dynamics compressed) or is the former sound just the mic?
one thing that seems like how it was processed was that the vocals (in the ad) seemed cut off around the 5-6kHz area, but the “K” and “P” and to a lesser extent “S” syllables allowed to get thru in a muted kind of way.
what i’ve been trying to get to sound the same is pretty professionally recorded audio (Skyrim’s dialogue), tho sadly it’s been lossy compressed, bitrate wise.