voice register poll for men and women

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what is your vocal register in normal speech?
contrabass/basso profundo 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
bass 9%  9%  [ 2 ]
bass-baritone 13%  13%  [ 3 ]
baritone dark 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
baritone light 13%  13%  [ 3 ]
tenor dark 13%  13%  [ 3 ]
tenor light 13%  13%  [ 3 ]
alto dark 13%  13%  [ 3 ]
alto light 13%  13%  [ 3 ]
soprano 9%  9%  [ 2 ]
Total votes : 23

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21 Aug 2020, 11:33 am

due to decades of chronic sinus infections/bronchitis, my voice is a basso croak. think an anorexic kind of lee marvin. it used to be a light baritone as little as 2 decades ago. for point of reference, most radio/tv personalities/announcers in north america are basses or bass-baritones. a few are true "basso profundo" contrabasses (such as the late great J.D. Sumner, who backed Elvis on many recordings, or the announcer for "coast to coastAM" for instance). but most folks' speaking voices are in the baritone range for men, alto range for women. our nominal president is a dark tenor. our previous president was a bass-baritone. oprah winfrey is a contralto, michelle obama is an alto.
the youtube below is a typical announcer's basso, courtesy of Ken Nordine-

below, bass George Younce and Basso Profundo/Contrabass J. D. Sumner-

a lighter bass voice is meteorologist Cliff Mass-

below is none other than Elvis, a medium baritone who darkened in middle-age-

below is a typical male middle baritone voice like what you hear on the tv news-

below is a female middle or mezzo-contralto speaking/singing voice-

another contralto, in german-

i'm just curious as to what my WP brothers and sisters sound like, in terms of vocal speaking pitch.



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21 Aug 2020, 11:43 am

I’m somewhere between a tenor and a baritone.

When I meow, I’m soprano.



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21 Aug 2020, 11:44 am

bass. think barry white. that's not what I sound like, but think about him anyways. :wink:



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21 Aug 2020, 2:45 pm

Baritone - I went for light baritone but I'm not sure because I don't know of a test that would tell me whether it was light or dark. But I'm pretty sure it's baritone, because some time ago I looked into what category my singing voice was, and it came out baritone but with a bit more ability on the high end than for the typical baritone voice. It all fits quite well because I know that I tend to pick keys that require me to push the envelope a little higher than it would be if I didn't use a bit of extra oomph - simply because to my ears it always seems to sound better that way, I seem to get better control of my pitching when I sing above my "easy" range, plus it's more fun, and it's louder, so the gain of the mic doesn't need to be as high (back in the day, that was important to avoid howlback in the PA) and people seem to hear my voice as being better and more "professional" when it's good and loud - something to do with projection.

Back to the speaking voice - as with singing, if I'm trying to make it sound good then I'll speak at a slightly higher pitch than would come completely naturally. to improve projection and clarity.

One thing I don't understand is when I've sung too much and my voice is knackered, it often drops in pitch. I can understand how my high notes have been temporarily disabled, but I also seem able to sing and speak the lower notes better, they sound richer and fuller, and I seem to be able to sing and speak lower tones than I normally could. So rather than being purely a disabling effect, it's more of a shift of register, which has strengths as well as weaknesses. Normally I'd have trouble making tones below a certain pitch, but if I were for example wishing to make a recording that required a rich, masculine, bassy kind of voice, I'd consider waiting till I'd knackered my voice by accident and have a go then, to take advantage of the effect. Of course I wouldn't be so foolish as to deliberately knacker my voice just for that, but it's something that happens by accident quite often when I find myself overdoing it, so I wouldn't have long to wait.



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21 Aug 2020, 3:15 pm

I'm a dramatic mezzo. Does it translate to "alto light" or "alto dark"?


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21 Aug 2020, 4:00 pm

How would I know? I can't even tell how loud or quiet my voice is let alone anything more complicated like pitch. All I know is that I hear myself as a depressed but shouty robot, though other people keep telling me to speak up.


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21 Aug 2020, 4:41 pm

https://voca.ro/7fgwBNdjwnS


I have no idea.



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21 Aug 2020, 4:49 pm

firemonkey wrote:
https://voca.ro/7fgwBNdjwnS


I have no idea.


You’re in the Tenor Register, Firemonkey.



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21 Aug 2020, 5:42 pm

https://voca.ro/69kc5xWY8FJ

Somewhere on the deeper end, I guess?


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21 Aug 2020, 5:50 pm

It’s a little higher than my voice—which is somewhere between tenor and baritone....probably more towards tenor.



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21 Aug 2020, 5:51 pm

Feyokien voice sample clicky

This should be interesting



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21 Aug 2020, 5:58 pm

My voice is pitched very high. When I hear a recording of my own voice, I cringe.


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21 Aug 2020, 6:01 pm

It’s similar to mine, Feyorkien. A definite male voice. Lower than tenor, but higher than baritone.



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21 Aug 2020, 6:09 pm

kraftiekortie wrote:
It’s similar to mine, Feyokien. A definite male voice. Lower than tenor, but higher than baritone.


Thanks :). I'm not sure how to fill out the poll now. :?



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21 Aug 2020, 6:17 pm

If you can still modify the poll, you could use a Contralto/Countertenor option in there.


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21 Aug 2020, 6:18 pm

It depends if I am nervous/insecure or not. ;)