Vasudan Speech Casting

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Vasudan Speech Casting 
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Short summary: "Process human speech using a vocoder, or sound engineering, to reproduce alien speech." Read on for details:

Silent Threat: Reborn is an 18-mission expansion pack for the videogame. The story concerns two races, the Terrans (humans) and Vasudans (aliens), who have allied together to fight a war against the xenocidal Shivans (even more alien aliens). That war has been won, at great cost, but a shadowy Terran government organization is conspiring behind the scenes. While the Terrans are recovering from the war, this organization is maneuvering to overthrow the galactic government. The object of the expansion pack is to uncover the conspiracy and defeat it.

Part of this project calls for a Vasudan. The existing repertoire of Vasudan speech is quite sparse, and in any case the speech was never recorded with our lines in mind. What I am hoping to find here on Voice123 is a post-producer who can reproduce the same effect, so that we can record new lines for our character.

Please note, our primary need here is for a *post-producer*. This is why I am casting a wide net in terms of both males and females of all ages. If you can both record AND process the voice, that would be fantastic, but we would be quite happy even if you could take somebody else's voice, process it, and produce the alien speech. :)

Attached is the 18-second sample of Vasudan speech that demonstrates the effect we need. I was able to contact the guy who originally came up with this effect, and this is his explanation, as best as he can remember:

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First of all Duncan's source was the key. He had the right intonation, pitch, etc. to make the rest go more easily.

I started by transposing Duncan's original takes down slightly, maybe a half octave while retaining the same timing. For this I used a Digidesign's DPP-1 Pitch Processor in Protools. This immediately made them sound more menacing.

I then ran them through Opcode's Vocode plugin, which was one of the few vocoder plugins available at the time. For my carrier signal (what gets articulated by his voice) I choose white noise. I also cut a fair amount of gain out of the mid range and experimented a bit with the Emphasis/Depth ratio. This gave them a cool, raspy effect which also made them sound scarier.

**Link attached**

That's basically it. Again the key is quality source. Duncan had the whole language laid out, so I think a lot of the credit goes to him.

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If that procedure produces the required result, then this should be easy. :) But I'm guessing a bit of tweakage, and a bit of adjustment of the procedure, will be necessary to get a regular human voice to sound like the Vasudan in the sample.

And now here's the rub. This is an all-volunteer project; every member is working on a pro-bono basis, including voice talent. We can unfortunately offer no tangible compensation, but we can offer compensation in other ways. This expansion pack is highly anticipated within the FreeSpace community, and voice actors will be prominently featured in the game's credits. This role is an excellent opportunity to increase your exposure as well as add to the diversity of your voice production portfolio.

Many thanks for your consideration. 
2008-10-08 16:33:43 GMT
2008-10-20 00:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) 
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Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
Student or Non-for-profit student project - USD 0
Videogames
No
5 pages of spoken text; probably 15 pages of script when details and annotations are included
English - USA and Canada
Alien voice -- see details
Young Adult Female OR Young Adult Male OR Middle Age Female OR Middle Age Male OR Senior Female OR Senior Male
• Audio files must be delivered via email
• Add special effects
Not defined
The voice seeker is willing to hire either union or non-union talents for this project

Script Details

Yes
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Script added:

Here are nine lines from the full script. The easiest way for me to evaluate submissions would be for a producer to run a line through the Vasudan effects, and post the resulting file here.

(Note that the third line of each set is the only one that gets spoken. In each set of lines, the first is regular English, the second is English words written in Vasudan grammar, and the third is the Vasudan translation.)


(the character notices that enemies have arrived)

Vasudan Translator - VC_arrival.wav

Hostile targets entering the area.

Hostile targets area (they-enter).

Romat joyaroy shorapax kareshuroy.



Vasudan Translator - VC_oops1.wav

Cease firing! That is not a hostile target!

Cease firing! Not that hostile target (it-is)!

Lopexad serjafar! Reh das romat joyareh gabur.



Vasudan Translator - VC_traitor.wav

All units, destroy the renegade pilot!

All units, renegade pilot destroy-y’all!

Yorgh jedinoy, odmetnikix cheenyix stineyadoy!



(the player requests a support ship)

Vasudan Translator - VC_help.wav

Support request acknowledged.

(Support for) request (I-acknowledge).

Yoferapud rov tologix prisnajetos.



(the player’s support ship is destroyed)

Vasudan Translator - VC_S_Dead.wav

Support has been destroyed.

Support destroyed (it-has-been).

Yoferah stineyar nahgabos.



(all of the player’s wingmen and support ships have been destroyed)

Vasudan Translator - VC_Loner.wav

We cannot deploy any additional fighters, pilot. You are on your own.

Additional fighters deploy we-cannot, pilot [vocative]. You (yourself by) (you-are).

Astelijotat irofoy valchueh lolavosoy, cheenyex. Adi adibapax gabad.



(the player fires on his training instructor)

Vasudan Translator - VC_oops2.wav

Pilot, do not fire upon your instructor!

Pilot [vocative], not fire-you (your instructor upon)!

Cheenyex, reh serjafexad adol vorjarafix!



(the player decides to go AWOL)

Vasudan Translator - VC_stray.wav

Pilot, you are straying too far from the engagement zone.

Pilot [vocative], too far (engagement area from) you stray.

Cheenyex, harvarsh lorshakyol shorapud zalutad.



(the player receives his last AWOL notice)

Vasudan Translator - VC_strayfinal.wav

Pilot, this is your final warning. Return to your assigned coordinates.

Pilot [vocative], this your final warning (it-is). (Your assigned coordinates-to) rendezvous.

Cheenyex, dus adol konasat upozoreh gabur. Adol dodijelat margensitapax mafolexad. 
For Vasudanwav file please refer to:
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Sample script:

(the character notices that enemies have arrived)

Vasudan Translator - VC_arrival.wav

Hostile targets entering the area.

Hostile targets area (they-enter).

Romat joyaroy shorapax kareshuroy.



Vasudan Translator - VC_oops1.wav

Cease firing! That is not a hostile target!

Cease firing! Not that hostile target (it-is)!

Lopexad serjafar! Reh das romat joyareh gabur.


Vasudan Translator - VC_traitor.wav

All units, destroy the renegade pilot!

All units, renegade pilot destroy-y’all!

Yorgh jedinoy, odmetnikix cheenyix stineyadoy 
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