Half-Life VOX Voice PC
Half-Life VOX voice PC - How to sound like the iconic announcer
Half-Life is a science fiction first-person shooter computer game developed by Valve Software. It has since been regarded as one of the greatest games of all time. One of the most memorable features of the game is the VOX announcer, a synthetic voice that communicates with the player and warns them of hazards, enemies, and objectives. The VOX voice is generated by concatenating pre-recorded words and phrases, resulting in a robotic and distorted sound. In this article, we will show you how to sound like the Half-Life VOX announcer using a free software called Audacity.
What you need
A microphone and a computer with Audacity installed. You can download Audacity for free from [here].
A list of VOX words and phrases that you want to use. You can find a complete list of VOX words and phrases from Half-Life [here]. Alternatively, you can use an online tool that allows you to create your own audio using the existing VOX voicelines [here].
How to do it
Open Audacity and record your voice saying the words and phrases that you want to use. Try to speak clearly and with a neutral tone.
Select the entire recording and go to Tracks > Resample. Set the Project Rate to 11025 Hz and click OK. This will reduce the quality of your recording and make it sound more like the original VOX.
Select the entire recording again and go to Effect > Normalize. Use the default settings and click OK. This will adjust the volume of your recording to a consistent level.
Select the entire recording again and go to Effect > Limiter. Choose Hard limit as the Type, set Input gain to 10 dB, Limit to -10 dB, Hold to 10 ms, and Release to 10 ms. Check Apply makeup gain and No clipping. Click OK. This will compress your recording and make it sound louder and more distorted.
Select each word or phrase individually and go to Effect > Amplify. Set Amplification to -50 dB and click OK. Do this for all the gaps between each word or phrase. This will create silence between each word or phrase.
Select the entire recording again and go to Effect > Delay. Set Delay time to 0.1 seconds, Delay factor to 3, Dry gain to -8 dB, Wet gain to -8 dB, and Feedback gain to 0 dB. Click OK. This will add a slight echo effect to your recording.
Select the entire recording again and go to Effect > Truncate Silence. Set Level to -30 dB, Minimum duration to 0.01 seconds, Maximum duration to 0 seconds, Action to Compress, Compress ratio to 1:1, Truncate shorter than 0 seconds, Independent on each track, and Detect silence based on RMS. Click OK. This will remove any unnecessary silence from your recording.
Save your recording as a WAV file and enjoy sounding like the Half-Life VOX announcer!
Here are some examples of what you can sound like using this method:
"Welcome to Black Mesa Research Facility." [listen]
"Warning: hazardous radiation detected." [listen]
"Sector C elevator malfunction." [listen]
"Have a very safe day." [listen]
We hope you found this article helpful and fun. If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment below. And remember: "The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world." [listen]