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The Power of Voice - An Interview with Vivox's Monty Sharma at AGDC '07

Posted Wed, Sep 26, 2007 by Aelryn

Lok regal, Micajah!

If you're a member of a large guild, you probably already know how important voice communication is when dealing with your members. Instead of typing out your commands, you can now issue them directly through your voice while subsequently casting spells and buffs of your own. Now that the foundations have been laid, voice over technology has now exploded and is moving into voice modification technologies and other interesting areas. At AGDC '07, Ten Ton Hammer's Cody "Micajah" Bye had an interview with Vovx's Monty Sharma to discuss exactly what the VoIP company was planning next and what sort of tech updates they'd been working on in the last few months.

By adjusting a few controls in our Vivox client, Monty allowed us to emulate a pair of voices - one that was described as an "Orc Voice" and another as a "Female Voice." When Monty switched the setting to the Orc voice, I was blown away by the deeply disturbing quality to my voice. If you've ever watched Stargate SG-1, it's similar to how a Goa'uld changes a persons voice on the show. Instead of the average-voiced Cody Bye, I was now Micajah the Orc Warrior and had a voice to match. I chuckled, which sounded like a grunt to my ears.

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