How to have your voice in an ambience
You like my ambiences ? You can have your voice in them, and it’s very easy!
I’m looking for the community’s participation to get very specific sounds that are not available otherwise on internet. Together, we can push even further the limits of what can be done for fantasy ambiences. Without your help, I won’t be able to do it.
But no worries, it’s very easy. Everything is explained on this page, and I even provide audio examples.
Once for each voice or sound effect, you have to record the recorded person saying my name out loud. Why ? So I can be 100% sure that it’s your voice, and not the sound from some copyrighted content (game, movie, etc.). It may look extreme, but YouTube scans are particularly precise and I don’t want to risk losing my channel.
No real language. This is a sine qua non condition (except if I stated otherwise for a specific occasion). Just make a language up, and if you can’t find anything by yourself, think about Tolkien’s elvish or Dovahkiin’s language in Skyrim. Even simpler => take any text in a foreign language and put it here, then read it in a non-english pronounciation. If you run a RPG Live Play or podcast, it may be quite easy for you to record your group. Think about it! You can become part of the channel forever!
By sending these sounds, you attest owning the right to record and distribute them. You agree to give me an unlimited commercial use over them. (This sounds super serious but it’s necessary to say it).
I’ll do my best to credit those who take part in it, but I can’t promise anything as this process is still experimental.
How to record properly
To have good quality sounds, be careful about the background noises.
Try to turn off all sources of noises (computer fans, music, TV on the first floor, etc.). Close your windows and record it where the reverberation is low (bathrooms are the worst place to record). If really, you can put pillows, sheets or carpets on noise generating devices to dampen the sound. Anything that absorbs sounds makes a big difference, textile is particularly efficient.
Place yourself at about 20 centimeters from the recording device (though it depends on what kind of device it is). Careful if you yell, or if you record highly dynamic samples, as it may saturate the microphone, which makes the recording hardly usable.
Careful about how you speak : try to have a clear open voice and avoid ‘bad habits’ like tongue noises, slurps, etc.
You can definitely record several voices at the same time, such as a fake conversation. Ask people around you! (Family, companion, etc.) it may be a fun activity!
What program to use
Apple and Windows 10 both have free recording apps on their store. Otherwise you can download more professional apps like OBS, Adobe Audition, Reaper, etc. There’s also this very simple solution.
I have a preference for .wav files.
It would be good if you could respect the naming convention => from the general to the specific.
As for the length, a total length of 3 minutes is already good (separated in as many files as you want). More is always better, as it means more diversity and realism in my ambiences!
Where to send the files?
The email address to send your home-recorded sounds is : firstname.lastname@example.org
I recommend to send files through www.WeTransfer.com as they can be heavy.
What sounds do I need?
Themes for which I need sounds (Both male and female sounds are welcome for all sounds) :
- Brothel (Only SFW sounds, naturally…). Lascivous voices, or welcomes.
- Harem servants or harem boys/girls
- Crazy peoples (mumbling, raging, any)
- Groups of people (2 to 6) speaking normally
- Chamanic voices
- Tribal warriors, tribal citizens
- Normal voices with another language in many different intonations
- Secretive people
- Mumbling or whispers
- Anything that you may find cool