Thread and organization of voice acting originally started by Sot then taken over by Arshak and finally taken over by me, now with Gigaflare helping to implement the voices! And Langotriel and Smitehammer Helping with Quality control and Assignments! Gigarat helping with organization. Also a special thanks to Eloth for being my talent herder/organizer and being a HUGE help while my pc was down, and to Digitalparanoid for all his CK dialogue work!
At the moment the process below is optimized for Oblivion(Morroblivion) The voices will be added to Skywind as soon as the characters respective quests are completed.
Also here is a facebook group for the actors to get to know each other, share ideas or just hang out https://www.facebook.com/groups/229944783704101/
Current Morroblivion Release: V0.5
Current Skywind Release: V0.3.3
Looking to Help?
IF YOU WANT TO HELP PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE SPREADSHEET THERMADOR POSTED IN THE FIRST REPLY TO THIS THREAD, IT CONTAINS ALL THE CHARACTERS AND THEIR DIALOGUE WITH SOME AMAZING FILTERS FOR EASY NAVIGATION AND UESP LINKS. AND WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIAL BELOW! THEN SIMPLY PICK A CHARACTER THAT ISN'T ALREADY DONE OR ASSIGNED IN THIS POST RECORD A COUPLE LINES AND UPLOAD THEM TO THIS THREAD. IF THEY ARE GOOD WE WILL ASSIGN YOU TO YOUR CHOSEN CHARACTER
For now if you are assigned to a character try to name the files of each line properly IF YOU DO VOICES FOR 2 DIFFERENT CHARACTERS OF THE SAME RACE PLEASE PUT THEM IN SEPERATE FOLDERS!!
This page is for managing the voice overs mod and who is committing to the dialogue of specific characters. Please click on the link of the character you chose to see him/her. Things to keep in mind when deciding which characters to do is: Age, Sex, Wealth (upper class, lower class), and Race. These attributes usually help determine how someone sounds in Elder Scrolls.
Recording Tips and Tricks:
When recording please use a pop filter or at least ladies nylon (put the mic into the nylon) this will help get rid of bad "s" and "p" sounds that plague voice overs. Speak clearly. Use a heavy blanket to put behind the mic. This captures reflections of the sound from coming in through the back of the mic. This will allow a cleaner voice.
Please use compressors on your voice. You want the compressor settings to be: Attack (fastest possible) Release (slow) Ratio (high 10:1 to even 20:1) And the Input (threshold) and Output (gain) You want to set it to a setting that doesn't make the volume shoot up and then go really quiet.
For MP3 conversions I am using Switch Sound File Converter. I am doing this because it will "normalize" your audio file. Which means it will be at the right volume for the game (in short).
(Not Required But Preffered)
This is a recording interface at guitar center for like $50, that are USB, come with a program, and are more professional than pluging a mic into your sound card. Instantly less noise. Sound card noise is the #1 thing I've heard so far. It is also the hardest to remove. If you can't afford an interface, don't worry. Getting in character and getting it recorded is more important than waiting. This is an alternative, better interface but it is $85.
What I use is going on ebay for $150, but I think it will only run on XP or mac. I like what I got - it is a PCI card, so it is right on the motherboard, so it has great latency, I can record on the lowest buffer size and hear my voice with no delay. It also has some great preamps, It has the high end focusrite preamps. This used to sell for $1500 in the 90's.
Right now I wouldn't worry about "voice talent" If it really doesn't work, it doesn't work and I hope you understand. Personally I think everyone can do a character. And if you do one character, and it doesn't fit, then the solution is that your voice is built for a different character. Sound is relative like that. What doesn't sound good in one situation sounds brilliant in another.
Simply open up the spreadsheet, the proper file name will be beside each line under the file name column, Hopefully soon the spreadsheet will also have a column for the proper Skywind file names aswell but for now it is just the Morroblivion file names.
Cinjaxon's Noob Tutorial for Recording:
Watch This Video!
Other Helpful Tutorials
Ok so we need to create new voicetypes for our Morrowind NPC's these voicetypes also include all the misc sounds by default. I have already created these voicetypes in the ck and set it so that skyrim will be able to select the new voicetypes to play these misc sounds properly, what we still need to do is to record all these misc sounds (greetings, taunts, detections, attack sounds, grunts, dying breaths, ect) we need them for the following voicetypes:
Female: 197 Lines Male: 224
unfortunately i was unable to get text files for these, most of them are just sounds anyway, so the process for recording these would be to go to your race and gender folder and listen to a file, record that file with your voice then replace it with your version keeping the file name exactly the same! the lip files are already there and will work fine, make sure you replace the file not just add yours the original needs to be gone. Then simply Upload the folder containing all the files to whatever voicetypes you are recording for.
Here is the file with all the sounds: I will Send it to you once you are assiged to a voicetype