I'm experimenting on modifying vocals to make them sound dark and creepy.

What process is used to make Christian Bale (Batman) and Heath Ledger (The Joker) voice so dark/distorted/creepy.

Here's a clip of the Joker in the hostage scene. He shouts "Look at me" @ 1.04:

Also, here's the famous "Why so serious" clip (@ 0.42):

Side note: If you can name any decent VST plugins that specialise in manipulating vocals/speech, please leave references in the comment box. I would highly appreciate it.

  • your links are missing, but i guess everybody knows these scenes by heart. Feb 11, 2014 at 11:18
  • Strange, I've just checked and there's two embedded players and both clips work fine??!
    – cworner1
    Feb 11, 2014 at 12:58
  • perhaps i have some blocker that's keeping it from showing up. anyone else see the links? Feb 11, 2014 at 14:00
  • I saw the links okay so must be you Arnoud.
    – Bit Depth
    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:00

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I'm not sure you'll find a magic plug-in for this. The majority of the effect is performance from the actor and then some EQ, reverb and maybe a bit of distortion. Remember that an FX plug-in will enhance what is already there, but if it's not there is the first place (from the actors) no amount of processing will give you the magic you desire.

  • I'll experiment more with your comments in mind. Thanks.
    – cworner1
    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:19
  • You should be able to get some good results if you have the opportunity to work directly with the actors. Good luck.
    – Bit Depth
    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:03

totally agree with Bit Depth. I do alot of work with actors and that kind of effect you're hearing is all in the performance. Maybe some slight distortion or harmonic enhancers to bring out the frequencies but I don't think that's a plug in effect.

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