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Voicemod - Free and Easy to Use Voice Changer/Modulator Application

Voicemod is a real time voice changer app.
A common problem for hobbyist animators is finding people to voice characters. Friends are often called in to our no budget productions because they're friends and they're usually happy to help.

However friends aren't always available and/or willing, and hiring voice actors can be expensive if you're making a lot of short animations just for fun. In desperation you start voicing all your own characters but quickly realize your vocal range extends to only about three different voices.

This is where Voicemod may help.

Voicemod is a free dedicated, real time voice modifying app for Windows (other OS's are in the works). It has a very simple interface that makes it easy to alter the sound of your voice to any saved voice profile with a single click. It also makes it very easy to modify any profile or even create your own voice modifications from scratch.

Before I go further, while Voicemod is free you are limited to only a few voice profiles that randomly change daily. You can extend its functionality by purchasing the pro version (which is a very inexpensive, one time fee). Most of the features described in this review are pro only features (such as an extensive voice profile library, editing voices, and creating your own voices).

Some of Voicemod's Voice Profiles.
Intended as a real time voice modifier for online gamers, Voicemod can also be used with any app that can record audio from your microphone. For this review I used Voicemod directly with Muvizu, recording my character voices directly into the Muvizu studio. You can watch my short, improvised animation below.

Before watching note that all the voices were recorded using my normal speaking voice, which is the first voice (of the vampire) you hear. The three other characters use the modulation profiles; 'Adult to Children', 'Man to Woman 2', and 'Robot'. The modulated dialogue is a little hard to hear but some of that may be down to my performance and microphone settings more than any shortcomings of Voicemod.



Voicemod installs as a virtual microphone. Whatever app you're recording with, just select the Voicemod microphone. If you're app doesn't allow you to select a specific microphone (which Muvizu doesn't) then just set the system default microphone to Voicemod's and you should be good to go.

When you're recording voices you'll want to turn the playback of your voice off (or listen to it with headphones) so the sound doesn't reverberate back into your recording microphone.

While Voicemod is definitely one of the better voice modulators I've come across, largely because it's clear and easy to use, the majority of the premade human modulations still end up with a slightly electronic sound to them. Maybe with a bit of time and effort you could reduce this in their settings, something I'd certainly like to experiment more with.

Voicemod's Voice Maker.
What I do like is that the Voice maker/editor makes it very easy to create your own voice modulations just through experimentation.

There are plenty of setting sliders to play around with, all categorized so you're not overwhelmed, and you can hear your voice back in real time, which makes experimentation quite fun.

There's also options to add ambient sounds to your voices (like traffic noise for example) which is less useful for animation but great for real time performance.

Another nice feature is that Voicemod can be turned into a soundboard (to play audio samples on cue at the push of a button) again, great for live performance.

Overall if you're looking for dedicated voice changing software Voicemod is definitely worth a look. I was able to get started with very minimal reading of instructions, and quite a lot of just pushing buttons to see what things do. I was so impressed I paid for a Voicemod Pro license within an hour of downloading the free version. It's just so easy and fun to use.

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  1. This looks similar to a product I tried, MorphVox Pro - which may be a bit more expensive.
    https://screamingbee.com/Product/Info/4100

    But hard to compare prices. Maybe I'm just a dummy, but I couldn't find the price for VoiceMod on their site though they had info in their FAQ comparing a subscription and lifetime license.

    Also, for anyone interested, Ibis Fernandez did a short video review of VoiceMod app at
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI_PUQcWdHE

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    1. Thanks for the comment TW.

      I thought I had seen on the VoiceMod site some pricing info when I wrote this post but, if I did, I could no longer find it. However, I'm fairly certain if you download the free version it tells you inside the app what it costs to upgrade to VoiceMod Pro. It's not expensive. I paid AU$19.99 for a one time license key that never expires. Which I thought was an absolute bargain.

      I haven't tried MorphVox Pro but, just from reading the feature list, it essentially does the same thing as VoiceMod. MorphVox has a more 'professional' looking interface in the sense that it's trying to look like an audio tool for someone who knows all the terminology for audio, whereas VoiceMod's UI is trying to be easy and user friendly even for people who have no clue about audio settings. On that alone I'd give VoiceMod an edge for a recommendation.

      Ibis' review is actually how I discovered VoiceMod. I downloaded it not long after his review and, like him, I bought the pro version the same day I downloaded it. His video actually demonstrates how you can program Voicemod to a sound deck for live performance.

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