need to remove transvestite sound from my voice

I probably didn’t say so, but when you post a sample, it’s best if it’s a Clean sample. No effects or filters. Straight voice.

When you post a processed sample we have no idea what you really sound like and further, we can’t apply filters without bumping into the ones you already applied – and we can’t take yours out.

We did start to get a feel for the voice from the first sample. Can you read a sentence from an actual script?

Most announcers/presenters have a pro voice and an everyday voice. I’ve been surprised many times by listening to a broadcast voice and not knowing who it was.

You know Bart Simpson’s a girl?


I will try, but keep in mind that, without even using the remove noise filter, you will here a bit of background hissing noise. So I am not sure if this will help you either. However, lets try it.

I’ve lowered the pitch as far as I dare, by -8%, (I previously suggested -3% above).
Then boosted 40-400Hz range by 3-6dB, and boosted 4000-10000Hz by 3-6db in an attempt to preserve sibilance after the extreme downshift in pitch. Before-After mp3 attached

[Yes I’ve used a bit too much noise reduction :blush: ].

So that’s what happens when you push the pitch down. It’s generally accepted you can only do that just so much before the performance starts sounding weird.

I still think you can do with what you have with voice coaching. In both samples, you sound exactly like you’re reading from a script with flat inflection and no interpretation. OK, there’s only so much you can do with “One, Two, Three,” but still. Is there someone whose announcing you like? We had an animator who, during lunch hours, played to SRO audiences in a conference room with his travel slides. Travel slides that you would normally pay to not see? He moved to another company before I could record his voice, but I now realize I should have. I would play it multiple times and see how he could talk for 50 minutes straight and nobody got tired of listening.

Do that with someone you like and compare it to your own voice. Keep changing yours and comparing.

You may find that a seemingly comical emphasis and throat/vocal pitch shift comes off far better than trying to “talk” the script.

You could do vocal training, but it’s not going to be fast. Even with crash courses, it can take a week or so to get rid of your natural swing and adopt a professional presentation. Oddly, I think you could do it as either man or woman. I have a naturally deep voice, but I played a convincing woman’s part in a radio presentation once just by adapting the swing and meter of a 1950’s romantic comedy.


best presentation is fast – faster than the usual slooow boring one
without all the er umms anduhs etc

heard that at a conference once
and woke right up
listened to the whole presentation intently
all the others were way too slow
and just couldnt speak well at all
had nothing to do with the voice

if the voice does not irritate me (like the blond on csi miami)
then i can ignore it and concentrate on the material

<<<best presentation is fast – faster than the usual slooow boring one
without all the er umms anduhs etc>>>

Yes, speed is important. Some of that conference effect is from speakers who work in a dark cave every day suddenly being called on to address 500 people. Lots of “umms” and getting lost. Public speaking is a learn-able talent.

We also have Subject Matter Experts that know the work so well that they blast through it and leave the audience in the dust. Can’t do that, either. We had one software engineer who came down from light speed long enough to ask the audience a question. He got flustered when all he got was Deer In The Headlights looks from 80 people.

But back to the question. Do you have any books on tape? They’re usually presented by pro readers pleasant to hear. Write down a sentence or two and present it into a microphone and pay attention to the differences beyond pitch and background noise. See: Jimmy Cagney (anything) and Claude Rains (Casablanca). Neither of them would last five minutes as a presenter just based on pitch.


there is fast
and there is too fast
most speakers are way too slow
they waitfor you read the slides
at least twice before they start
read the blinkin slides to you - s l o w l y
[and no i dont steal sheep (aside for typographers)] :laughing: ]
then pause to make sure you heard them
and copied the slides down verbatim
before they finally hit the advance button


Try to stick with us. The poster doesn’t appear to have a speed problem.


On first attempt I opted for a very similar pitch change -1.5 semitones (-8.3%), but pitch changing inevitably sounds false and not like the speakers real voice, so I had another go using Equalization as the only effect (plus noise reduction and amplification)

The original recording was at quite low level and had quite a bit of low frequency noise and DC offset throughout, so benefits from Normalizing, then using a high-pass filter before anything else. In this case I rolled off at 80 Hz. This also helps the noise reduction to be more effective with less artefacts.

Noise reduction was the next step.

Next came equalisation to gently raise low frequencies (to pull out a bit more chest resonance), and subdue some of the nasal tones and sibilance.
Here’s the curve:
Here’s the processed file:

The recording would benefit greatly from using a better microphone (close up) and better sound card, both for producing less noise, and picking up the lower (more manly) tones in the voice.

The recording could stand having the tempo increased by 10%.

If all else fails there are a (very) few people on with clear voices who will post high quality recordings of submitted scripts for free.
{a couple of minutes maximum: not “War and Peace”].

Personally I thought the reading speed was fine. Snappy enough to keep my interest, and slow enough to be clear and not sound hurried.

<<<The recording would benefit greatly from using a better microphone (close up) and better sound card, both for producing less noise, and picking up the lower (more manly) tones in the voice.>>>

Oh, yes. I forgot about that. Directional microphones have Proximity Effect. You get ballsier the closer you approach. When you go see your favorite band at the pub (do they even have bands at pubs?), please note the lead singer with his lips plastered against the microphone and all your can hear is the woof-woof-woof, rumble-rumble of the sound system. That’s an extreme, but you can use that to your advantage to get a little more chest resonance out of the show.

You never told us what kind of microphone you’re using. Computer microphones tend toward gutless and the best said about the built-in microphones, the better (unless you’re on a Mac).

I want to emphasize the theatrical nature of presenting/announcing. I got to see Johnny Olsen announcing a TV show once.

He gestured, he bobbed and weaved (always keeping the microphone spacing) and he got red in the face during the reading. He was very theatrical and nobody else ever sounded like him that I ever heard. Oh, and he didn’t have a particularly deep voice either.

“Tonight, these three people meet to compete for the Priiiiizes of a lifetime, on… [music stinger] The Price Is Right!”


Thanks for the tips everyone. I tried speaking a bit deeper, and with your tips I think I can get something a bit better. I will let you guys know, and give you the link to register on my site so you can download the tutorial. This will be my first lesson of project 1, which will be a free tutorial to all new registered users.

Maybe a regional thing: many people in my area of the UK speak twenty to the dozen,
and that was before the NHS started handing out government-issue speed (Ritalin) :slight_smile: .

A note. You’re still going to need to get rid of the noise level that appeared in your test. I mean at the capture step, not later.

Doing a voice job is not an automatic cue to apply six or eight filters, patches, and tools. If you need that, it usually means your capture is technically damaged no matter what your voice is doing, and unless you do a perfect post production job, it’s still going to be damaged after. Remember the “One, two, three” test? Whatever filters you applied caused serous damage. Don’t do that.

Earlier, even Trebor admitted he didn’t get one of the tools adjusted quite right. It isn’t that easy. If your job changes slightly from chapter to chapter, you will be adjusting everything every time and it will be a real problem.

What type of microphone you use?


They certainly do - ask SteveTF. Iv’e seen him play his fiddle with his band in a gig at a pub in the rural Midlands of England - and very good he was (and the band too). :slight_smile:


you should see how fast they talked in mexico
it all ran together so fast
you would think it was percussion style music not words
all you could make out was the louder softer rhythms