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By Roychaser
#4240
Now, I'm sure some of you have heard of voice changers. But I've got a new concept. It looks like a voice changer, but on this you can record any person's voice, then speak through the tiny mic and you'll sound just like them. You can record up to 4 voices and change them by a little button. It would be battery opperated of course. Just an electronic toy for all ages.

Reward: Hours of fun.
By Lblitzer
#4278
It would be a nifty idea, I'd imagine such a piece of technology would take hours of voice just to get your voice to sound like it. I like the idea, though.
By just me
#4292
not only would it be extremely hard to do, but think of all the criminal ways this could be used. I'm sure it would prompt at least a few new laws...
By ROCHE
#5024
Great,Now add this: talk in english and the receiver hears you
in chinees!
By MissPlayful
#5026
I think this voice converter is a great idea. Not simply as an electronic toy, but more sophisticated versions would do a variety of other things. Here are a couple of suggestions.

Record a few episodes of some of the most famous radio comedy shows and serials from the past eg The Goon Show or whatever are your favourites, then write new episodes and have actors read the scripts and a voice converter would reproduce the voices of the original actors.

By attaching voice converters to audio systems, politicians, sermon-givers, radio and television announcers etc could deliver their speeches, sermons, news editorials or whatever in the voices of famous orators such as John F. Kennedy or Winston Churchill.

Or what if we wrote some new songs for Elvis, found some singers who could impersonate the general style of Elvis, and then used a voice converter to produce a new smash hit double album of Elvis in the twenty first century. Elvis lives!

Now this is where Sarah might jump in with “See I told you so, here’s this MissPlayful already planning to use the voice converter to impersonate actors, announcers, orators and singers, doubtless infringing numerous copyrights and patents in the process, and before long she will be forging new Elvis songs and then claiming they are previously undiscovered songs found in a studio basement, and selling them for millions to an unsuspecting public!”

Well, I do agree with your comment Sarah - like numerous other human inventions eg the internet, aeroplanes, credit cards, matches, you name it, the voice converter will be used for negative as well as positive purposes, and maybe there will need to be some laws passed as you suggest. (Does anyone hold copyright on the voices of people who are no longer with us I wonder?). But I would be willing to bet that voice converters in one form or another will be built - whether as separate black boxes or as complex computer programs, and they will take their place in the ever-growing plethora of electronic devices being used and misused by humanity in the twenty-first century.
By sevenizm
#5036
Ok ok ok. This already exist in the music industry. They have devices that analyzes input frequencys (voice input) then try to emulate the frequencies. Some come preprogrammed. Micky mouse, daffy duck, computer, monster, alien are some of the voices availible. The ones that cost some big bucks are incredible.

If you want to sound like a guitar you can. Adjust some knobs and you could sound like water. If there is some sound (like thunder) that you like, record it, load it into the emulator, plug the microphone up, speak. The pitch, rhytm and tone from your mouth will be converted to sound like thunder. Used often in music.
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By Michael D. Grissom
#5044
stevenism <--- Can you remember the manufacturers name, brand, where you saw it, or maybe a site link? I'd like to find out if they would be willing to do contract work with some of the more expensive machines. I'll see what I can find on google searches. I think I may have a use for this technology within the scope of another invention.
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