AES London 2011
Workshop W9

Sunday, May 15, 09:00 — 11:00 (Room 2)

W9 - What Every Sound Engineer Should Know about the Voice

Eddy B. Brixen, EBB Consult - Denmark, TC-MA and TC-AF
Evelyn Abberton, Department of Phonetics and Linguistics University College - London, UK
Adrian Fourcin, Department of Phonetics and Linguistics University College - London, UK
Julian McGlashan, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Queen’s Medical Centre Campus, Nottingham University Hospitals - UK
Mikkel Nymand, Timbre Music / DPA Microphones - Denmark
Cathrine Sadolin, Complete Vocal Institute - Denmark

The purpose of this workshop is to teach sound engineers how to listen to the voice before they even think of microphone picking and knob-turning.

The presentation and demonstrations are based on the “Complete Vocal Technique” (CVT) where the fundamental is the classification of all human voice sounds into one of four vocal modes named Neutral, Curbing, Overdrive, and Edge. The classification is used by professional singers within all musical styles, and has in a period of 20 years proved easy to grasp in both real life situations and also in auditive and visual tests (sound examples and laryngeal images/ Laryngograph® waveforms). These vocal modes are found in the speaking voice as well.

Cathrine Sadolin, the developer of CVT, will involve the audience in this workshop, while explaining and demonstrating how to work with the modes in practice to achieve any sound and solve many different voice problems like unintentional vocal breaks, too much or too little volume, hoarseness, and much more. Julian McGlashan, Adrian Fourcin, and Evelyn Abberton will explain the physical aspects of the voice and demonstrate laryngograph waveforms and analyses. Mikkel Nymand will explain essential parameters in the recording chain—especially the microphone—to ensure reliable and natural recordings.

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