AES San Francisco 2012
Workshop W3

Friday, October 26, 2:00 pm — 4:00 pm (Room 133)

W3 - What Every Sound Engineer Should Know about the Voice

Eddy B. Brixen, EBB-consult - Smorum, Denmark
Henrik Kjelin, Complete Vocal Institute - 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. The physical aspects of the voice will be explained and laryngograph waveforms and analyses will be demonstrated by Henrik Kjelin. Eddy Brixen will demonstrate measurements for the detection of the vocal modes and explain essential parameters in the recording chain, especially the microphone, to ensure reliable and natural recordings.

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