Change Your Voice In Your Livestreams

With an influx in the number of streamers taking to the internet this past year, it’s important to stand out and one way can be building interesting characters with distinct personas. Having an interesting persona helps you to create content that is engaging and will also help retain an audience. One way of going it is by creating VR characters called “V-Tubers”. V-Tubers are the product of streamers who use motion capturing technology and softwares to transpose real-life facial and body movements on to a totally customizable VR character. If you want to learn more about how V-Tubing works or if you’re interested in creating your own character, you can visit our previous blog post: How To V-Tube: Creating an Avatar, Character Development, and Content Publishing. 

Using Voicemod

Once you’ve created your V-Tube character, you can take your new identity a step further and begin using voice modulation softwares to disguise or change the sound of your voice when streaming. You don’t need to change the sound of your voice with effects software but changing your voice can add another dimension to your character. You also don’t need to be a V-Tuber to change your voice, you can use it just for fun!

The most popular voice modulation software out there at the moment is called Voicemod. Voicemod is a free software that comes with a handful of really great voice effect presets right out of the box. Some of the free stock presets include a baby voice, robotic cop, and a cave voice which are nice examples of what Voicemod can do. Voicemod is also very easy to set up. Once downloaded and installed, you can begin to establish your input connection from your external headset or microphone. After you establish an input connection you can begin modifying your voice. You’ll need to establish an output connection as well to whichever software or platform you’ll be streaming or recording to. These are easy to set up in Voicemod Settings menu. The only downside to Voicemod is that it is currently only available to PC users. There is another free software for MAC users that we’ll cover later in the blog. 

Here’s a quick tutorial video from Voicemod about how to get establish your connections once you’ve installed the software: 

There is a paid version of Voicemod that unlocks way more effects presets and greatly expands your options for vocal modulation. For about $50, you’ll unlock more of these vocal presets and you’ll also gain access to the softwares Voicelab. Voicelab allows you to create custom voices and save them. If you have experience producing or recording music, creating a new voice in Voicelab is very straight forward. The process is very similar to adding effects plugins to an input signal inside any DAW. Once you’ve established your audio input, you simply select or deselect the effects you want to add to your sound. The effects you can add include delay, a vocoder, reverb, wah-wah, pitch, EQ, stereo, and more. You can adjust the amount of the effects you want in your output as well as adjust details of the effect like room size on your reverb or delay length on your delay.

Check out this video from Voicemod that demonstrates how to create a custom voice using their Voicelab:

Voxal Voice Changer

If you’re a MAC user and are looking to get into voice modulation softwares, you may be interested in checking out Voxal Voice Changer. Voxal is another free software that is compatible for both MAC and PC. Voxal operates similarly to Voicemod once downloaded, installed, and your input signal is established. Voxal does come with more stock presets than Voicemod but unfortunately you may run into some latency issues depending on how complex the effects chain of the voice your using is.

Creating custom voices in Voxal is relatively simple as it follows a similar process to Voicemod. What is nice about Voxal is that your effects chain is displayed in a diagram that can help you visualize the path of your input signal. For people that use pedals for guitars or synths, you’ll know that the order of your effects can have a big impact on your output signal. This diagram makes it’s helpful to be able to see your signal path and adjust your effects as needed to get the perfect voice. Voxal includes voice effects like echo, tremolo, pitch shifter, flanger, and more that you can use to create your unique voices. You can also edit custom values for each of your plugins, giving you tremendous control over the final output.

If you’re interested in getting started with Voxal, take a look at this short tutorial video from NCH Software (creators of Voxal) that demonstrates establishing signal connections as well as editing and creating new voices: 

Vocal Effects Hardware

There are lots of other ways to change the sound of your voice with effects. If you don’t want to use a software you may want to check out some hardware devices that you can use to achieve the same results. One of the most popular pieces of vocal effects hardware is the Roland VT-4. The VT-4 doubles as a phenomenal musical tool and vocal transformer. The VT-4 is great for all kinds of music producers looking for interesting sounds as it comes with a handful of useful effects like reverb, delay, and auto pitch. It is even compatible with MIDI controllers that you can use to create chords out of your vocal signal. 

The VT-4 is a vocal transformer that is definitely geared towards the musician but it can be a great alternative for a streamer looking for a physical piece of gear instead of software. The interface of the VT-4 is intuitive and easy to work around. You can switch back and forth from different effects and blend them together to create really awesome sounding vocals. The VT-4 is certainly more expensive than downloading Voicemod or Voxal Voice Changer for free, but the VT-4 is worth the price. The quality of it’s effects are top tier and versatile.

Check out this demo from Yung Monas, who showcases all of the Roland VT-4’s potential for music makers and live streamers: 

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