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    Hello , Is there any way to make a persons voice sound a lot "deeper" without muddying it up ? Every time I receive a vocal track from a friend , he has his low freq. boosted 8-12 db. and it really doesn't help improve the quality of his voice , but it is obvious he wants it to sound deeper. Thanks .... mark

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    Mark......the answer to your question has a lot to do with subjective opinion.......and we'd need more information in order to help you. "A lot deeper" is subjective in itself. As well.....it seems that your friend sends you tracks that are "boosted". Boosted in what frequencies? Are you sure he wants his voice to sound deeper? Sounds as if you haven't actually asked him. An 8 - 12 db LF boost seems very high. Could it be from his mic or some other factor? I know.....not likely.....but what mic does he use? Maybe when he hears his track in his cans or monitors they're lying to him about the bottom end.

    IMO it is possible to "enhance" a vocal track to make it seem as if the voice is deeper......but not always. Each voice and or recorded track is different and as such you need to do some experimenting with a dry track not EQ'd yet. Starting with a dry track you can try small EQ boosts / cuts and maybe some proper compression to give it a deeper feel or sound. There's normally no single remedy but in your case......since you'd always be dealing with your friends voice......there just might be a set series of adjustments you can use over and over.

    If you feel like it.......post a track so we can hear it.
    Just A Song Writer..........

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    Singing closer to the microphone to take advantage of the proximity effect of the microphone. That's also dependent on him using good mic technique. Also have him send you tracks without 8-12 dbs boosted. I'm assuming that he doesn't yet know how deep his voice sounds in a mix but boosting that much wont help you if you're the one mixing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark skinner View Post
    Hello , Is there any way to make a persons voice sound a lot "deeper" without muddying it up ? Every time I receive a vocal track from a friend , he has his low freq. boosted 8-12 db. and it really doesn't help improve the quality of his voice , but it is obvious he wants it to sound deeper. Thanks .... mark
    If he has a high tenor voice...he's not going to sound like Barry White.

    That said...tell him to sing more from his gut and chest, and that will help. Just turning up the low end when there is no low end there to begin with, usually doesn't work.
    Also...is he's sending you tracks to mix with music...tell him to leave the vocals alone. He shouldn't be pre-EQing them so much in advance just because he doesn't like the sound of his own voice. TBH...I think most people don't like the sound of their own voice.

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    Well, if we're talking pitch then just learn to transpose down to a lower key: if the song is in the key of A try G# then G.

    What I really think your talking about is his technique, a lot of singers hold pitch by squeezing their vocal chords and pushing out a nasally tone. (Myself included) Another way to sing is to relax the diaphragm and open your pipes to deepen the tone in a more opera-etic fashion, which takes practice.

    From an engineers POV there are saturators / enhancers that can help warm up the tone but it isn't gonna work miracles. Stick to dark reverbs.

    Hope that helps.

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    deep punchy low end? Get close to the mic, soft knee compression 6:1 or so, kind of heavy handed a bit with the threshold, and then limiter to even it out overall. Don't use any eq/filters, until you have the track to mix, so you can make the adjustments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Pavlonis View Post
    Well, if we're talking pitch then just learn to transpose down to a lower key
    OP isn't talking about pitch. He's talking about EQ.

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    Proximity effect sounds like the way to go.
    I'm only competing with the person I was yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gecko zzed View Post
    OP isn't talking about pitch. He's talking about EQ.
    My understanding is that EQing was not working for the OP and that the OP was asking for alternatives or other ways in which he could make the singer sound deeper. To which I offered three ways.

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    "Thanks" to everyone for your advice. I'm helping him with a 10 song album for himself . Mostly originals , He's doing all the bass, keys, and vocals. I'm doing everything else. I'm actually pulling the tracks off of his daw , so .. I can see and remove the eq and reverb before I export to flash drive. When he does get close enough for proximity effect he sings quieter more nasal and wont open up ... Transposing isn't an option. After he is sure of the key , I may have 10 tracks of guitars, mandolins , etc.. before I ever get the first usable vocal track . I'll use all of your suggestions .. keep em coming .. Thanks ... mark

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