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Post by KevinS » August 30th, 2019, 3:23 pm

How do some of you do it? Do you wear velvet?

There's a secret, right?

I'm thinking that I should speak softly and close to the mic. Is that it?

Don't ask me why this is important to me.
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Post by philchenevert » August 30th, 2019, 3:29 pm

I record wearing my favorite velvet onesie of Elmo with a hood of course, mirror sunglasses and my feet immersed in a bucket of warm tapioca pudding. That gets me in the mood to be soft and smooth as buttermilk. Doesn't work of course, but that's what I do.
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Post by KevinS » August 30th, 2019, 3:41 pm

philchenevert wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 3:29 pm
I record wearing my favorite velvet onesie of Elmo with a hood of course, mirror sunglasses and my feet immersed in a bucket of warm tapioca pudding. That gets me in the mood to be soft and smooth as buttermilk. Doesn't work of course, but that's what I do.
Large or small pearls of tapioca?
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Post by KevinS » August 30th, 2019, 3:42 pm

Darn it, Phil, I serious.

Which doesn't mean we can't joke about it.
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Post by philchenevert » August 30th, 2019, 3:46 pm

KevinS wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Darn it, Phil, I serious.

Which doesn't mean we can't joke about it.
Which of our performers in particular do you find the best in this regard? It would help for a link to what you are talking about. I know about late night, velvety DJs and like that but always assumed we have the voice we have. It is true that speaking softer and closer to the mic produces a more intimate sound and actually whispering sound good to me. But my voice is nothing like that and I always revert to what comes naturally which is animated but a bit strident to my ears. To sum it up, I don't know.
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Post by KevinS » August 30th, 2019, 3:50 pm

philchenevert wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 3:46 pm
KevinS wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Darn it, Phil, I serious.

Which doesn't mean we can't joke about it.
Which of our performers in particular do you find the best in this regard? It would help for a link to what you are talking about. I know about late night, velvety DJs and like that but always assumed we have the voice we have. It is true that speaking softer and closer to the mic produces a more intimate sound and actually whispering sound good to me. But my voice is nothing like that and I always revert to what comes naturally which is animated but a bit strident to my ears. To sum it up, I don't know.
I hate to point out anyone in particular without their permission, but we have one volunteer whose voice drives me to thoughts of matrimony.
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Post by KevinS » August 30th, 2019, 3:53 pm

And what I'm getting at isn't necessarily a pleasant voice.

Did you ever watch the great show Tom Snyder did (in clouds of cigarette smoke)?

It's a hard quality to describe but it has 'immediacy.'
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Post by eakahn » August 30th, 2019, 4:29 pm

Could it be proximity effect?

You basically "eat the mic" - get real close to the microphone. Works better with some mics (and voices) than others.

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Post by KevinS » August 30th, 2019, 4:55 pm

eakahn wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Could it be proximity effect?

You basically "eat the mic" - get real close to the microphone. Works better with some mics (and voices) than others.
I don't know.

I don't want to discount the talent factor, but some mics are better than others, I suppose.
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Post by loon » August 30th, 2019, 5:41 pm

eakahn wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Could it be proximity effect?

You basically "eat the mic" - get real close to the microphone. Works better with some mics (and voices) than others.
Proximity effect works with directional mics. As for the ‘some voices’ part, some of us (raises hand) have voices that sound like a lawnmower running through a patch of gravel.
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Post by DaleInTexas » August 30th, 2019, 6:06 pm

KevinS wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 3:50 pm
... but we have one volunteer whose voice drives me to thoughts of matrimony.
LoL- I'm already married Kevin.. So it obviously isn't me. :lol:
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Post by KevinS » August 30th, 2019, 6:22 pm

DaleInTexas wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 6:06 pm
KevinS wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 3:50 pm
... but we have one volunteer whose voice drives me to thoughts of matrimony.
LoL- I'm already married Kevin.. So it obviously isn't me. :lol:
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Post by schrm » August 31st, 2019, 7:29 am

i don't think i have that a late night radio voice and feel but i heard a story: once upon a time there was the wolf and the seven young goats...
long story short, in the german version the wolf eats chalk to soften his voice (i read on wikipedia, you all think he ate honey to do so)

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Post by KevinS » August 31st, 2019, 7:52 am

schrm wrote:
August 31st, 2019, 7:29 am
i don't think i have that a late night radio voice and feel but i heard a story: once upon a time there was the wolf and the seven young goats...
long story short, in the german version the wolf eats chalk to soften his voice (i read on wikipedia, you all think he ate honey to do so)
Hahaha! Which would you eat? I'll go with honey in tea!
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Post by sjmarky » August 31st, 2019, 9:28 am

KevinS wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 3:23 pm
How do some of you do it? Do you wear velvet?

There's a secret, right?

I'm thinking that I should speak softly and close to the mic. Is that it?

Don't ask me why this is important to me.
In fact, it's called "eating the mic." Radio stations usually use dynamic mics like the EV20, which help give that signature sound when you're about an inch away, something a condenser can't handle. Never got me a marriage proposal, though.
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