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I'm an AVP n00b, so bare with me. I've been wondering about a vocal sound that I'm very fond of. Some vocalists over the years have been using it, but it's not really that common. The sound is very soft, full-bodied and has a sort emphasis on making the consonant sounds really soft. My question is: Do they have these voices all natural, or is it some effect that they are using, that could be applied to any voice? (flang effect maybe?)

Here are two examples:

John Grant - Queen of Denmark http://open.spotify.com/track/77jhNH7WU1qR60BlDOZpGh

Gerry Rafferty - Right Down The Line http://open.spotify.com/track/2Xb6wJYGi0QXwURw5WWvI5

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Do you have examples on another site like freemusicarchive.org or soundcloud.com? Perhaps the preview on amazon.com/music ... –  mghicks Apr 4 '12 at 15:59
Here is an example of the John Grant song on Amazon music –  Hunkpapa Apr 11 '12 at 20:11
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For the Gerry Rafferty one, it sounds like he might be using a mild chorus effect, but aside from that I can't hear anything else - it's just his voice.

A chorus can make a vocal sound fuller, as if you had your voice multi-tracked at slightly varying pitch.

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Thanks! I'm glad to hear that Gerry's voice is (almost) natural :) –  Hunkpapa Apr 11 '12 at 20:13
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The John Grant song samples linked from the comment are a mixture of chorus, short delays, and reverb. I don't see the connection between the effects I mainly hear and your "soft consonants" observation.

My best guess is you should research compression and/or vocal doubling (and pop filters if you need one) to achieve the sound you want.

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Thanks, I don't have the rep yet to vote up your answer, but I really appreciate it. –  Hunkpapa Apr 24 '12 at 18:23
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