I want to take some spoken word recordings I did on a decent mic in my home studio and make them sound like they are coming from a car radio. I have played with EQ and distortion in Pro Tools, but I'm not quite satisfied with the results. Anybody have any tips or tricks for achieving this effect?
I think the most elegant way would be to take an impulse response of a car stereo and run it through that. That way you will not only capture the characteristics of the speakers, but also the space of the car. Worth reading this:
There is also a plugin called speakerphone which models various speakers and spaces. Not sure if they have a car interior (anyone?), but you could use that. It's expensive, but good.
You could also check out Futzbox:
They have a demo available. I expect that getting the reverb right may be a big factor here, so you may need to work on that.
heavy use of a high and low pass filters on an EQ should help do the job. Then adding the infamous smiley face EQ curve by removing the mid range a little.
I personally like using an impulse response of a terrible speaker... Like poundshop/dollar store? toy speakers.
I generally keep my speaker IR's clean so then for the car I would add a tiny bit of dull delay to use as the reverb. Or even think about reamping in a closet. Though if its available, reamping using an actual car speaker system would take less work.