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    How to turn vocalized "bap" sound into tonal "bap" sound?


    I have been playing with Audacity and I have most commonly available plugins. I am thinking there is a simple way to do what i am thinking of.

    for example, say i just vocalize into my microphone & (random example) say "beep - bap - boop" at different pitches.

    what i want to do is edit the soundwave to be a tonal simplified "beep - bap - boop" or if that is complicated just a tonal "eee - aa - ooo". Something that would loosely be sounding similar to the original vocalization?

    visually, the soundwave from any raw vocalization will always be very ragged.

    in contrast, tones are always very smooth.

    so i think what i want to do is somehow smooth out, or remove all the details from raw vocalized soundwave?

    the results need not be high-fidelity or of any superb audio quality so any quick hacky way of doing this is best. final sounds will be used in my next indie video game - compressed to eight bit format.

    please excuse i don't know any sound editing jargon much so need simple explanation. everything i have learned so far is self-taught but hopefully my question makes some sense.

    thanks in advance

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    Hey there! smile

    First of all, thanks again for the acknowledgement on Robocat Rampage smile

    What you're describing seems similar to vocoding, and it can be done in Audacity too, look at this video tutorial for instance

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fce4PrrFOlI

    Although its most popular use is to make robot-like voices, you can use any constant sound as a carrier signal; it can be strings, an organ, and if it's playing a melody or chord sequence and it's timed with the spoken "beep - bap - boop", the words will get the pitch from the instrument, Daft Punk style.

    Visually the waveform will still be very similar to the speech one, but the sound is really different; if you really need an overall constant waveform, you might mix the vocoded result with the original instrument, so you'll hear it playing sustained and sometimes singing.

    Hope this helps; if not, don't hesitate to detail further smile

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    hello again!

    thank you so much for your help again copyc4t. this is very useful info to me. vocoding looks to be exactly the versatile tool i was hoping for to get the job done. thanks! smile

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    WADE1 wrote:
    ... vocoding looks to be exactly the versatile tool i was hoping for to get the job done. thanks! smile

    A free high-resolution vocoder plugin called "talkbox" , (which works in Audacity), is available here ... http://mda.smartelectronix.com/

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