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Re: Wow, the voice acting for this was done by fans?
« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2006, 06:47:17 pm »

Incidently, most voices were made by relatives of the 3do team or by the coders themselves... So calling it amatur voice recording is appropriate, they are coders not voice actors.

Moreover, each "actor" recorded voices for more than one races.
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« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2006, 10:28:20 pm »

correct, and when a person does more then one voice it means they have to speak "funny" to sound different. Forcing themselves to make weirdly sounding voices is a surefire way to make shitty sounding recording unless you are talented in mimicking.
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« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2006, 11:01:25 pm »

"Incidently, most voices were made by relatives of the 3do team or by the coders themselves... So calling it amatur voice recording is appropriate, they are coders not voice actors."

I think that is sort of cool.


"correct, and when a person does more then one voice it means they have to speak "funny" to sound different. Forcing themselves to make weirdly sounding voices is a surefire way to make shitty sounding recording unless you are talented in mimicking."

There are filters that can modify your voice and make you sound completely different.
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« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2006, 11:26:34 pm »

There are filters that can modify your voice and make you sound completely different.

Seriously now, if you know a good program that does that, and can customize a filter to make the voice sound like on of the races' voices, we can record the missing parts from the DOS version.

I hope to see into that soon, when I have time (after the semester tests)..
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Wow, the voice acting for this was done by fans?
« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2006, 12:21:57 am »

I'm no expert on this subject, but there seems to be quite a few audio modifier programs listed on download.com. There's even a few freeware ones like this (haven't tried it yet though):

http://www.download.com/EXPStudio-Audio-Editor-Free/3000-2170_4-10492390.html?tag=lst-6-10

I'd imagine the payware ones to be better, if someone already owned one. Voice acting is still important though, you can't expect a machine to do that kind of thing.
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« Reply #20 on: February 10, 2006, 03:53:22 am »

No, "we" didn't. No offense to the topic poster but I tend to think the acting is lacking a lot.

I agree, even the recording quality makes it seem amateurish.
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« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2006, 11:13:49 am »

I have my own way of approaching this ...

This probably means that I'm easier to please than most people but that doesn't really matter, if I enjoy myself, that's what counts.  I have the imagination to sort out the rest anyway.

The question really is (at least in my case) "It's a big Universe with all its myriad dimensions, should I challenge someone elses perception of it or merely accept it as a could be?"

Thus I go into a game and shrug off any irregularities as possibilities.  I thouroughly enjoyed the voices of the alien races, after all, any irregularities could've been down to the translation software they were using, incompatabilities in communication hardware and so on.  In the spirit of that, I just accept things as they are.

I found a number of the voices to be quite delightful, the Pkunk were great because they were oh so lilty and the Spathi always raised a chuckle, especially with their fear of "The ultimaaate eviiiiil!".

Overall, I was pleased with the voice-acting because for me, it was entertaining and it really didn't break the flow of Star Control II, it fit very well.  It wasn't uncongruous in any way from my perspective.

Now as one poster pointed out, I've found some animĂ© that really is annoying because the voice so totally doesn't fit the character that it's constantly breaking the illusion of the World they're trying to create.  I didn't think the game had this problem.

Sure, the Orz had silly voices but they were little fish, in a fish tank that flies in space, they had little marines which flew around to an apt "Go!  Go!  Go!".  If they had been serious, it would've ruined the illusion for me.

I just thought I'd offer my two pence.
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Re: Wow, the voice acting for this was done by fans?
« Reply #22 on: February 16, 2006, 01:17:17 am »

I really liked the voice acting. Now when I go back and play the game I'm going to probably hear all the stuff you guys have been nitpicking about. Thanks for ruining it for me!  Angry
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Re: Wow, the voice acting for this was done by fans?
« Reply #23 on: February 20, 2006, 12:53:50 am »

If I were to redo the Ur-Quan voice (for example), I'd have it deep, as it is now, with a slight sort of croaking sound  for 'O' sounds (remember, the voice is coming from the Talking Pet), but dead-sounding. Emotionless. After all, the Dnyarri have been effectively lobotomised to such an extent that they're nothing more than machines that breathe.
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Re: Wow, the voice acting for this was done by fans?
« Reply #24 on: February 20, 2006, 12:56:42 am »

I suppose that's more logical...but let's be honest.  Did any of us oldbies who played SC2 on the PC imagine the Ur-Quan or the Talking Pet reading the text?  I'm venturing a majority in favor of the former -.o
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« Reply #25 on: February 20, 2006, 12:59:44 am »

Well, let's face it; pretty much anything we did would most likely just be trying to improve pefection anyway, right?  Wink
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Re: Wow, the voice acting for this was done by fans?
« Reply #26 on: February 20, 2006, 01:37:06 am »

Though I just remembered...I think I had a similar thought when I first heard the Ur-Quan voice...how is the frog saying that?  *laughs*
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Re: Wow, the voice acting for this was done by fans?
« Reply #27 on: February 20, 2006, 04:30:34 am »

to be honest. I remembered HEARING all the spoken parts... the amazing ambient music combined with the neuances of the test caused me to imagine voices for them, and it sounded way better then the recorded ones.
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