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As the title says. I've got some cleanly recorded vocals and I'd like to get them to sound like a tannoy announcement. Anyone got some techniques to recommend for this?

Best, Nicol

  • Actually, a bandpass and reverb does the trick quite nicely. – Nicol J Craig Oct 21 '13 at 12:46
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I would use EQ to filter out the bass and some of the high end, and maybe boost the mids for a slightly harsh sound. Adding a small amount of distortion (or an amp simulator) might help to get the right tone.

Also, using a stereo delay is very important for a tannoy effect if you want it to sound like it's coming from multiple speakers in different positions. The sound would also reflect off any walls/buildings, so a delay serves both purposes. Maybe a tiny bit of reverb too.

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Check out Mcdsp Futzbox or Audioease Speakerphone.

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The Techniques Tom.A mentioned work if you want to stay in the box. But there is another way to get a more realistic tannoy announcement. Just Record the vocals trough a loudspeaker. You can easily use "bad" recording devices like inbuilt microphones from handheld recorder.

Good Luck with experimenting!

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