If you’re the type who just wants to get things working as quickly as possible, this is the place for you. Just follow the steps below and then simply start playing with Voice Thing!’s various controls and see (or, more accurately, hear) what happens.
When you’re ready to find out a little more about what and how the various controls do what they do, check out the Voice Thing! manual for more details.
How To Get Up and Running
Follow the instructions below to configure Voice Thing! to work in most applications. If, after following those instructions, Voice Thing! doesn’t seem to be doing what you expect it to, refer to the Voice Thing! FAQ for solutions to some of the more common problems.
• First, if you haven’t already installed and activated Voice Thing!, do that.
• Ensure that Voice Thing! is running. If you chose to have it automatically run at startup, it should already be running. If not, you must manually launch it.
Note: Whenever Voice Thing! is running, you will find its icon in your System Tray. Simply click on the icon to display the Voice Thing! interface to adjust settings or select a new preset.
• Plug a microphone or headset into the mic input of your computer. If you have more than one audio interface, plug the mic into the one you’ll be using for whichever application you’ll be using with Voice Thing!
Tip: For lots of good reasons, we highly recommend that you use a headset (i.e., combination microphone and headphones) when using Voice Thing! Not only does a headset allow you to keep you hands free for more pleasurable tasks, it provides better noise isolation and eliminates the risk of feedback (that annoying squealing sound) that might result from using speakers and a separate microphone. Good quality headsets are reasonably cheap and available from most all computer and home electronics dealers.
• Your application will almost certainly provide Sound or Audio options (in a menu or control panel) which allow you to select between different audio input devices. Under “Input” or “Microphone” make sure Voice Thing! or “default recording device” is selected (both will work, as long as Voice Thing! has been set as the default recording device – if in doubt, select “Voice Thing!”).
• In the SETUP section:
– If you have more than one audio interface, select the one you’ll be using in the Input popup menu. (If you only have one interface, it will already be selected.) If you are using a Bluetooth headset or microphone, select “Bluetooth Device” (or words to that effect).
– In the Presets popup menu, pick any preset whose name appeals to you.
• In the OUTPUT section:
– Make sure that the Monitor switch is set to Listen and the Output switch is set to Active.
– Set the Volume to 0.
• Talk into the mic (or better yet, have someone else talk into the mic) and listen to the result.
• Go back up to the Presets menu and try a few more presets.
Playing With The Controls
• In the Presets menu, select Default to return all Voice Thing! settings to their default values.
• In the VOICE DESIGN section, set the Voice Mix control to the extreme Designed position and then talk into the mic while adjusting the Throat Length and Shift Pitch controls.
• In the MUTATE section, set the Mutant Mix control to the extreme Mutated position and then talk into the mic while adjusting the Mutation control.
• Click the Alienize switch to turn it on and speak a few sentences into the mic.
• Finally, in the REVERB section, select Large Hall from the Type popup menu and talk into the mic while adjusting the Amount control.