I have a job that requires a lot of taking and making calls throughout the day. I'm not a massively sociable and chatty person, but I've been doing it for a year now and I've become good at it. The only problem is that sometimes my throat feels like it constricts and my voice becomes choked and difficult to speak with/hear. [more inside]
posted by forgetful snow
on Aug 27, 2014 -
So I have a voice recorder. Which I use because LA and traffic. And I have Dragon Naturally Speaking 3.0 for Mac. The question is whether it's possible to use them together to transcribe dictation. For my purposes it doesn't have to be completely right. It just has to be a scratch draft to fix later. IS such a thing possible? And IF so...how?
posted by rileyray3000
on Aug 11, 2014 -
I've been having problems using Google Voice for texts ever since I got a new cell phone in December (Samsung Galaxy Mega). Inside is how I would like it to be configured and what is happening instead. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake
on May 8, 2014 -
Speech therapists/radio presenters:
I may have to do some podcast-type stuff for work. I don't have a great radio voice. It's thin and slightly regionally accented, and I talk quickly, mumble and (soberly) slur words a bunch. With attention and concentration I can correct these faults up to "average" level; but I'd like to be good
at radio/podcast presentation. What further steps should I take? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj
on May 5, 2014 -
What's the term for the vocal style in the bit from 0:55 to 1:18 in this cover
posted by stebulus
on Apr 10, 2014 -
Due to limited mobility from a disability, I'm forced to rely strictly on voice commands to control a cell phone. Over the years, trying to find a solution for reliable hands free functionality in this area has been challenging. Anyone familiar with voice recognition in the past knows the capricious, quirky nature of the beast. It can be VERY frustrating and almost comical at times. Anyway, with today's processing speeds and the advent of Siri and Google Now, I can happily say that it's almost there for me. In fact, I give a 90% approval rating for recent experiences with the latest Iphone and Android products. The biggest obstacle now has been the necessity to hit the home button to trigger the lovely Siri. This last hindrance was overcome by none other than Google with their release of the Moto X -- which waits in standby mode listening for your command. I was so excited by all the reviews that I rushed out to buy my own. It turned out fantastically, but (and there's always a butt in these things) it came with another quirky disappointment. And this one is kind of surprising: The damn thing won't answer incoming calls by voice. I've looked thru all the settings and searched high and low for an app but to no avail. The closest I've come is an app that auto answers after one ring, but who wants that? What if I'm trying to dodge the ex-gf. Lol. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
posted by dthm42
on Mar 13, 2014 -
Frequently on Askme people say to trust your gut or inner voice when it comes to relationships. What exactly does that feel like and how do you teach yourself that? [more inside]
posted by kanata
on Feb 5, 2014 -
People often put on a 'funny voice' or accent for emphasis or just in general conversation. This is possibly a reaction to their company but possibly some kind of psychological obfuscation?
Does askmetafilter know of any any research into the way people put on funny voices for emphasis when they say things? Accents and intonations etc.
Google has not been kind to finding ideas or starting points.
posted by debord
on Feb 2, 2014 -
I will be traveling to Dublin, Ireland frequently in the next 6 mos - year and I need to find an appropriate SIM vendor. I have done a ton of research but I am still hamstrung in terms of concrete advice. Here is what I know:
I have unlocked my old iPhone 4 for this purpose. My husband and I have AT&T for our stateside smartphone service. My mother has Verizon (my preschooler will be with her). I will use the phone to call my husband and daughter nightly (probably two separate calls) and I will want some data coverage for navigation, texting, etc. I would prefer not to initiate any kind of contract until after the first trip.
Any recommendations? TIA.
posted by wildeepdotorg
on Jan 25, 2014 -
How can I make slightly muffled voices on audio conference calls sound sharper or crisper using Ableton? Is their an audio equivalent of "unsharpen mask"? Bonus points if I can do it over a specific frequency range. [more inside]
posted by stp123
on Jan 17, 2014 -
Are older phones or phones designed for poorer countries any less susceptible to spying than the latest Apple, Google or Android models? I've read about CEO's looking for the very old brick phones because since they don't have the sophisticated technology of the modern phones, they're harder to monitor or track. I understand the phones w/o apps are clearly more secure regarding third parties because they aren't sending personal data to companies. But what the government and everything else; voice, location via cell towers, SMS; the very basics.
posted by CollectiveMind
on Jan 4, 2014 -
Does anyone have recommendations for a voice teacher in the DC area, preferably Northern Virginia? I'm a 58-year old male lead singer in a band. The band does mostly rock and country, with bluegrass and Great American Songbook stuff thrown in for good measure. I'm interested in extending my baritone range (I don't have a head voice or falsetto at all) and increasing power and volume. A couple of years ago I bought Roger Love's Set Your Voice Free
, and I practice the vocal exercises daily, but that's the extent of my formal practice.
posted by Johnny Wallflower
on Oct 27, 2013 -
I am looking a voice recorder that is less than or around $100. It needs to be compatible with a Mac and PC. It needs to record both interviews and large classroom lectures. I looked at this thread but the models recommended are either too expensive and/or out of date. http://ask.metafilter.com/201610/Best-digital-voice-recorder-for-a-Mac-user-doing-PhD-research.
posted by turtlefu
on Sep 19, 2013 -
The common sterotype of people with hearing loss is that they SPEAK TOO LOUDLY!!! in order to hear their own voices; for me, though, the problem is starting conversations just a bit too quietly to be easily understood. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by onshi
on Sep 6, 2013 -
For a while now I've been wanting to upload to YouTube audio clips of myself speaking . . . but I've no clue how to do this. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart
on Aug 5, 2013 -
I've always had a problem with finding a "signature style". How does an artist / designer (even filmmaker) go about having one? Is it a natural progression from one's interests or preferences, or is it more of a calculated choice? My problem is that I am a chameleon, and my work is very eclectic since I mastered a lot of different styles which makes me virtually unidentifiable. I've always had the project dictate the suitable style, but I realized that this got in the way of finding a unique voice in the midst of a very noisy market. [more inside]
posted by wisetree
on Jun 12, 2013 -
Three times in the last week, I've had someone on the other end of the phone (think doctor's office) ask me if I'm "okay." Thinking back, I get this a lot -- someone on the phone, who can't see my facial expressions, thinks that I sound distraught. I also get asked where I'm from by people who assume that my native language is not English (I'm from the Chicago area, female, and raised by native English speakers; I'm also white, so they're presumably not asking because of my appearance.) Apparently, I have a very strange voice, and I'm starting to worry that it may be holding me back socially. Has anyone else had this problem? Is there any way I can fix it? Lessons? Exercises?
posted by Ralston McTodd
on Jun 8, 2013 -
Does any cell phone network engineer perhaps know why you can't hear your own voice when speaking on a cell? [more inside]
posted by jtexman1
on May 18, 2013 -
Can I make calls over the free Wifi at the Mexican resort I'll be at this week? [more inside]
posted by PSB
on Apr 29, 2013 -
Recently I had a throat infection, and for a couple of days my voice dropped about an octave from its usual pitch. This came with an unexpected perk: there seems to be an inverse correlation between pitch of male voice and female attention. Women's heads turned when I spoke. I got big smiles from women staff members who had been dour to the previous customer. Etc. This was awesome, and I'd like to find a way to reproduce this experience without having to get strep throat. The obvious answer is voice lessons, but I can't afford that at the moment. What are some exercises or other things I can do to make my voice deeper?
posted by zeri
on Mar 30, 2013 -
Metafilter, I am a tall and fit guy but my voice is high and nervous sounding. Are there any methods to deepen my sissy voice and make me a paler version of Morgan Freeman? [more inside]
posted by Sentus
on Jan 19, 2013 -
What do you do when someone has trouble hearing and moderating their own tone of voice? They often come off harsher and more hostile than they intend when they are frustrated. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson
on Jan 18, 2013 -
I'm considering taking singing lessons to increase overall confidence, voice volume and projection, and get some musical fix. Recommendations for a private singing teacher in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by E3
on Oct 30, 2012 -
Is your voice like handwriting? Can you improve the quality and pleasantness of your natural voice (pitch, intonation, etc) like you can with penmanship so that the changes you focus on become the default? Or will you always be in some way "singing" your words? [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night
on Oct 29, 2012 -
VoIP: How much should I really be paying for Canadian DIDs in major metro areas? Currently paying $2/mo for US numbers and $5/mo for Canadian. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus
on Oct 24, 2012 -
How do I force my Gmail account's phone number to associate with the same account's Google Voice number? [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii
on Sep 20, 2012 -
What is that radio commercial for Federal IT services that sounds like GLaDOS from Portal, and how can I find a copy of the ad? [Washington, D.C. area radio] [more inside]
posted by gemmy
on Aug 23, 2012 -
Enlighten me on current state of the art thinking, discourse and vocabulary around gender politics please. Terminally unique details inside. [more inside]
posted by infini
on Aug 22, 2012 -
Need a voice coach in Toronto or some sort of DYI or online solution. For radio, not singing. [more inside]
posted by JPDD
on Jul 7, 2012 -
My iPhone's Voice Memo app said it recorded a 21 minute interview, but when I pull the file, it's only 2 minutes long and 1.4 megs. Is the rest of it still on there, and how can I recover it? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget
on Jun 5, 2012 -
How can I text without typing on an iPhone? Is there a way to get voice translations right into a text without cutting and pasting on a 3Gs? [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty
on May 23, 2012 -
I would like my voice to be engaging and interesting sounding. Difficulty: I currently have the tonal range of a garbage truck. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz
on May 7, 2012 -
Grieving Protocol Question: My community lost a beloved friend in an accident on Friday night. I have some recordings of his voice. How soon can I share these? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 7, 2012 -
Currently, I have a Virgin Mobile PAYG smartphone. I'd like to get a phone on my family's Sprint plan instead (for the same monthly price as Virgin, I can get unlimited whatever). However, Sprint says they can't port my phone number because Virgin is a reseller of theirs. I've heard that you can port your number to Google Voice for a small fee, and then have Sprint port the number to a Sprint phone, but this advice was found on a forum somewhere and no one backed up the claim that it actually worked. Would it work? Have you done this? I'd really like to keep my phone number, and before I risk losing it, I'd like to know. Thanks.
posted by bluefly
on May 7, 2012 -
Where in Portland, Oregon could I record vocals (using just myself and my own gear) without annoying anyone? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski
on Apr 23, 2012 -
I didn't sing for eight years, and now I basically can't. Is my voice gone, or just severely out of practice? I'm 22 and female. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 20, 2012 -
Three people, in the last year or so, have independtly observed that my tone of voice portrays a condescending air of superiorty.
In additional to general comments about this, I am specifically interested in video examples of both ends of the spectrum, both condescending, and the opposite. I've experimented in the pub, and my playful attempts to fake humility are generally rumbled. But I'm interested in adding this string to my bow .
posted by choppyes
on Apr 11, 2012 -