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Old December 24 2008, 07:19 PM   #1
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With Majel gone, now what? (Computer voice and simulations)

I realize a person's death and the loss felt by their family and friends is far more important than a TV/Movie franchise, but a thought has struck me, and hopefully it isn't too soon to bring this up-

They made the effort to include Majel in the new film as the voice of the Enterprise computer. GREAT continuity. Problem? She's gone now. The nice little gesture has become a sticky point, since now any future films can't use her for voice-over work.

Those of you who are more computer-saavy than me...

Is it possible that there's enough in the way of voice-recordings for them to create a simulation of her voice for future projects? (Is this something called "voice sampling"?)

If possible, it'd be an equally great move to still use her for any new lines spoken by the computer.

IS it possible?
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Old December 24 2008, 07:25 PM   #2
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Re: With Majel gone, now what? (Computer voice and simulations)

My apologies if this thread is too similar to the one by BorgMan, which I didn't notice at first.
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Old December 27 2008, 10:40 PM   #3
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yes I think it is quite possible.

A few years ago I did try my hand at making a voice synth with my own voice -- cutting a recording up of my voice into the phonetic sounds and then reassembling them to articulate new words. It was rough but it worked

If you want to round up a sizable collection of M.B. samples (preferably monotone), then I might try and remake my program with her voice. It would be fun to have an M.B. voice synth.

(I make no promises)
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Old December 28 2008, 09:31 AM   #4
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Re: With Majel gone, now what? (Computer voice and simulations)

There are hundreds of episodes with voice snippets of her. I'm sure they can recycle what is necessary.
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Old December 29 2008, 08:03 PM   #5
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The challenge would be new technobabble. That's where they would have to use phonetic syllables instead of words. Of course, creating a voice synth is probably even more realistic since that's what the computer voice really is.
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Old December 29 2008, 10:21 PM   #6
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AviTrek wrote: View Post
The challenge would be new technobabble. That's where they would have to use phonetic syllables instead of words...
Umm...

I think that's what was suggested by the OP.
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Old December 30 2008, 01:41 AM   #7
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use 7 of 9 as the voice.
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Old December 31 2008, 03:58 AM   #8
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I think Judi Durand perhaps..
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Old January 10 2009, 09:19 PM   #9
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Re: With Majel gone, now what? (Computer voice and simulations)

josephberte wrote: View Post
I think Judi Durand perhaps..
That was my first thought when I read the title of this thread.
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Old January 18 2009, 10:16 PM   #10
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yeah, judi durand provided the compuer voice for EF1 before being replaced by majel in the 1.2 patch/expansion pack and really, it's hard to tell the difference between them.
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Old January 29 2009, 10:58 PM   #11
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Re: With Majel gone, now what? (Computer voice and simulations)

How hard could it be to find somebody else with a similar voice?
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Old January 30 2009, 01:33 AM   #12
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I say go the exact opposite. Use Christian Bale's gravely-can't-understand-what-the-fuck-he-says Batman voice for the ENT computer.
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Old January 30 2009, 01:36 AM   #13
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That computer you're sitting in front of has a number of different voice synthesizers. Changing the Enterprise's computer voice shouldn't be too big of a stretch.
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Old January 30 2009, 03:14 PM   #14
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May Majel rest in peace

How about holly from Red Dwarf as the new computer voice?
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Old February 3 2009, 03:31 AM   #15
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There is always Troi or Crusher taking over the computer voice duties. Its going to be weird not having Majel voicing the computer and not going to be part of the new future of trek
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