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Distorted voice on computer music

When playing music on my computer from any website or cd, the voices are totally muffled. The instrumental parts of songs play just fine, but as soon as the vocals begin the voices sound totally distorted, I can barely hear them at all actually. I've checked the mixers and things like that, but don't know where else to look. Please help!!!

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Make music with basic software

Long before Zoy Nicoles became the frontman for the popular Canadian rock band, Mudmen, the 30-year-old singer/songwriter would log countless nights in recording studios fleshing out ideas for new songs.


"I don't want to think about how much time and money I spent on studio time," recalls Nicoles. "Today, I can do virtually everything on my computer at home—and if I can learn how to do it, anyone can," adds the musician.

Nicoles is one of thousands of people around the world who have turned to computers to write, record, and edit music using one of many new software packages available today. Programs now exist for all ages and skill levels—from interactive music lessons to toying with pre-made dance loops to virtual recording studios.

Nicoles, who uses ACID Pro, says today's software packages are powerful, easy to use, and fun. For example, he says, "I can slide a bar up and down to change the beats per minute—without altering the pitch of my voice—so I can see what a fast song would sound like as a ballad."

Kids can also benefit from these music programs, says Jodi Weiner, a school teacher. "I use music as a tool for teaching—it teaches kids to express themselves; it lets them explore their personal space in a creative way," says Weiner, the mother of two-year-old twins. "Music is also ideal for shy kids or for those with low self-esteem, and for ESL [English as a Second Language] students."

Computers make music a fun, interactive, and convenient activity for students, says Weiner. "It's an accessible vehicle for kids in a medium that they understand and enjoy. With a click of the mouse, you can have kids play something on the computer and then have them write what they feel about the music."

Let's take a look at three popular PC music programs—one for beginners, one for intermediate users, and some more advanced tools for professional applications.

Beginners: Morton Subotnick's Making Music

Kids can unleash their inner composer with this fun and educational music program designed for children old enough to use a mouse effectively. For those under three, parents may opt to take control of the navigation while a child sits on their lap. Award-winning composer Morton Subotnick, a pioneer in creating interactive computer music systems, built Making Music to let children experience what it is like to compose music by using their ears and eyes.

The emphasis here is on learning through fun. For example, kids can toy around with animal "building blocks" to create unique melodies. Players can then change the pitch and rhythm by lining up birds on a wire, which resemble musical notes. In another area of the program, you can choose from 16 instruments on the screen to hear what they sound like and then create melodies and rhythms individually or together. Kids can use the mouse to "draw" music on a blank canvas and save their creations for playback at a later time.

What's more, four different computer games challenge kids to listen to hear if two or more melodies are similar or different. Correct answers reveal new puzzle pieces.

Intermediate: MAGIX Music Maker or Songsmith

Already a hit in Europe, MAGIX's music creation software helps musicians make music, regardless of their prior knowledge..

In particular, Music Maker lets users select from thousands of pre-made loops and samples from various instruments. Alternatively, it's possible to import new music clips from real instruments, CDs, or digital music files (as well as original vocal tracks). Users can preview loops and samples and then drag and drop them onto the screen. The program allows for 96 separate music tracks.

Among the features in this edition is a sophisticated drum machine, enhanced editing tools, and a vocal tuner that automatically corrects recorded vocals (and can create an entire choir from a single recorded voice). Saved performances can be played inside the program or can be exported to a file playable via Windows Media Player.

Microsoft Songsmith helps users create songs using just their voices, by choosing musical accompaniments to match whatever they sing. First, users choose a general style for a song and set a tempo. Then they sing whatever song is in their heads into a microphone, while listening to a percussive beat. When they’ve finished recording, Songsmith detects the key, selects the chords and plays the song back with accompaniment. Users can edit the score, export the music to disk and share it with others.

Advanced: Cubase or Music Creator Pro

Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP users have many choices when it comes to high-end music creation and editing software packages. Both Cubase and Cakewalk Music Creator Pro are sophisticated PC tools, each of which can be used with a PC keyboard (virtual instruments) or by attaching instruments to a compatible sound card (such as a MIDI keyboard).

These programs offer more advanced audio-mixing options compared to other products, while including more standard loop- and pattern-based arranging found elsewhere.

This latest version of Cubase adds "audio warp" effects such as real-time time stretching and pitch shifting, and support for ACID files. It is Nicoles' program of choice. "I never thought computers could be used to write and record a song, and so easily, too," he says. "It's fantastic. This is the future."

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Gateway dx4840-11e. During video can hear music but not actor voices. What to do?


do you have the sound set to surrond sound? What it sounds like is that it is trying to play through surrond speakers but you dont have them, which is why you can hear the music and not the actors voices. click with the right mouse button on the speaker in the bottom right of your screen, then click on sounds , now click on the playback tab in the sound window, click on the sound device shown and then click configure, choose stereo and choose two speakers. Continue to the end then try to play the video and see if you can now hear the voices. If you cant then you maybe missing codecs needed to play the audio correctly. Please state if this is a movie you have downloaded or a dvd film on disc etc

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The voice sound on my computer is distorded, all voices are in high pitch, music is ok, tried everything but no result.


microphone issue? can you try another microphone and also update the sound card driver?

Dec 04, 2010 | PC Desktops

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My computer beeps when you cant go any ferther but it does not play music, and I can not hear any voices or anything


you need to reinstall the sound driver cause for some reason it is either damaged or deleted...
if you know the model of your computer and operating system in use..I can link you do a download for it ...if you have the drivers cd ..just insert it ..choose the sound driver and run the installation kit ..

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I can't hear the voice of songs during playing music


You might have muted the sound. So to fix your problem follow the easy steps
  • Click start
  • Go to control panel
  • Click "sound,speech and audio.devices"
  • Click the second option "Sound and audio devices"
  • If there is a tick on mute undo it then Click on OK and then click on "Apply"
Your problem would be fixed

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When trying to play torrent movies on my computer, I get picture and background music and sound but no voice.


Is this every torrent movie you try and watch ?

The site you are getting them from might just be full of junk. There is no reason you should get music/sound but no voice.

Try downloading VLC Media Player.

Note: Downloading movies threw torrent sites is Illegal.

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Distorted sound (voices sound like "Alvin and the Chipmunks"


Have you tried another set of speakers? If not I would do so cause your speakers might have just gone bad!

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Only get the music track and not the voice track.


try media player homecinema classic or the latest DIVX player, download the latest codecs, if this doesn't work uninstall ALL of your media players, do a registry clean, reboot the pc, install the codecs and last of all the media players i mentioned above, that worked for me

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My DVD,CD,and ROM run faster than in should in audio it makes the voices go to fast what can I do to fix this problem?


Plug a set of headphones directly into the jack on the front of the drive (next to the little volume wheel) and play a music CD. If the sound is normal, the sound card drivers need to be reinstalled or updated. If not, the drive is shot, replace it, they're interchangeable and cheap.

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