[sdiy] Formant filters, yay!

Elaine Klopke functionofform at gmail.com
Fri Mar 10 10:32:22 CET 2017

So what would you suggest, Florian? My assumption was that this was a rough guideline to start from. Obviously any filters that I make aren't going to be perfect and this particular table of stats was the first thing that I came across... 

Is there a more accepted list of frequencies and such to go off of?

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> On Mar 10, 2017, at 2:59 AM, Florian Anwander <fanwander at mnet-online.de> wrote:
> And just something more "fishy" about synthesizing vowels or vocoding:
> What does mean "a" or  "o"?
> "A" in which language Japanese or English? Which dialect: Edinborough or London? Which local slang: North or south of Wandsworth Road?
> I think vocoders or voice imitating filters will sound very different, because they were developed  by engineers, who speak different languages and who are used completely different vocalisations. If an english person pronounces an "o", it sounds to german ears more like an (german) open "u". Dieter Doepfer is born in Frankonia and speaks his "a" more open. The Dynacord engineers sit in Lower Bavaria, their "a" is dark and tends to be an "o".  How sounds the A-129 compared to a SRV-66? Ok, I know the SRV-66 is originally a dutch syntovox 222. But I think you get the principle:
> If an engineer tries to optimize a vocoder for vowels, or tries to create a vocal filter, he will optimize his design for his imagination of the vowel, and his device will sound in the vocalisation of his language fine, but will fail with some other vocalisations.
> Florian
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