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.

Conditions

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 the sound doesn’t come from a game or a movie. It may look extreme, but YouTube scans are particularly precise and I don’t want to risk losing my channel. 

It would be good if you could respect the naming convention => from the general to the specific. Example : voice_elf_male_01 voice_elf_male_02 Etc.

Voices

No real language. This is a sine qua non condition. 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!

Copyrights

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).

Credits

I’ll do my best to credit those who take part in it, but I can’t promise anything as this process is purely experimental yet, I have no idea how it will turn out

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 extremely low (that means, not in your bathroom). 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 absolutely unusable.

Be extra careful on how you speak : try to have a clear open voice and avoid ‘bad habits’ like tongue noises, slurps and other undescribable noises.

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.

Other details

I have a preference for .wav files.

It would be good if you could respect the naming convention => from the general to the specific.

Example :

  • voice_elf_male_01
  • voice_elf_male_02
  • Etc.

Where to send the files?

The email address to send your home-recorded sounds is : sounds.for.michael@gmail.com

I recommend to send files through www.WeTransfer.com as they can be heavy. I don’t check that email everyday so don’t hesitate to ping me on Discord or through an email.

Audio Examples

What sounds do I need?

Themes for which I need sounds (Both male and female sounds are welcome for all sounds) :

  • Elves
  • Dwarves
  • Brothel (Only SFW sounds, naturally…). Lascivous voices, or welcomes.
  • Harem servants or harem boys/girls
  • Pirates
  • Soldiers
  • Gnomes
  • 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