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Subject:Darth Vader effect
Posted by: ccliffy
Date:11/3/2005 7:58:37 AM

Is there any way to simulate ti seffect in SF?

Subject:RE: Darth Vader effect
Reply by: jackn2mpu
Date:11/5/2005 7:16:32 AM

What specifically are you referring to? The deepness of the voice? That's James Earl Jones doing the voice, so you'd need someone with a deep voice like him.
Are you asking about the breath noise? That's close miking and the gain turned up.
Is it the hollow-ness of the voice? You need something to make it sound like you're talking from within a bucket or tube. That could probably be done with EQ and/or some type of bandwidth limiting. Also some echo will help.

Subject:RE: Darth Vader effect
Reply by: RiRo
Date:11/6/2005 2:08:27 AM

Sigh... Darth Vader is poster boy for the Vocoder. The effect you are looking for is the vocoder. Analogx makes a free one that is pretty nice.

Subject:RE: Darth Vader effect
Reply by: PumiceT
Date:11/9/2005 6:04:41 AM

Vocoder?? I'd disagree. Vocoder takes a carrier signal (usually a synth note) and controls the amplitude with a modifier signal. This is how you make robotic voices like Kraftwerk or many breakdancing songs. A more mainstream use is found in Phil Collins "In the Air Tonight" (when he says "I remembah" - that's vocoded).

I suppose Darth's voice could be partially vocoded, but not 100% wet vocoder output. Like another poster said, it's really just the depth of James Earl Jones' voice, with some flange / very short delay, and a heavily compressed breathing. You could possibly try pitch shifting your own voice -2 or -3.

Naturally, this is a lot easier to do with an external effects processor, as you can adjust your voice according to what you hear immediately, rather than trying to record, listen, re-record... etc.

Subject:RE: Darth Vader effect
Reply by: rraud
Date:11/10/2005 6:50:37 PM

Yes, I agree with PumiceT, Not a Vocorder
In that era, James Earl Jones' voice was likley run though an Eventide Harmoniser (among other EQs, compressors ect.)

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