How to make voice sound like a fuzzy record?

Like in the song Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz. I want to know what program I could use to do that, preferably for Macintosh. there is the link to the song. The part I'm talking about is when he is singing into the megaphone.

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An effect I use constantly when creating beats for my friend is iZotope Vinyl. It's free, and a very thorough recreation of vinyl and turntable noise.

However, for a megaphone effect, you would do better to create a bandpass filter by using a low-pass set at 3 kHz and a high-pass set at 300 Hz. Then run this through some mild distortion (don't overdo it - you only want just enough to rough it up). To make it more convincing, the final effect might be a slight boost in the mid-range around 2.5 kHz, which will simulate the "honk" you get from the voice element in the horn of the megaphone.
ItsTheHobbs (author)  MahavishnuMan8 years ago
iZotope looks perfect! I'll check that out as soon as I can get on my mac.
Cool. I must say that, as a vinyl lover since I was a child, it does a fantastic job of adding in all the dirty little nuances of the real thing. As an added kick prior to using this plug-in, I like to emulate RIAA equalization by adding in a low-shelf boost at both 50 and 500 Hz (+3 dB) and pull down a high-shelf at 2122 Hz (-3 dB). This helps to "warm up" the audio like a phono stage that overdoes it just a bit.
ItsTheHobbs (author)  MahavishnuMan8 years ago
If only it would work... I can't get it to start, I've downloaded and installed it, but I can't find the program, only the installer.
Sorry, I should have specified. It's not a stand-alone program, but rather a plug-in to be used with a host (like Audacity or GarageBand). Without knowing what DAW software you are using, I'm assuming (like most Mac musicians) you are using GarageBand; instructions for how to use Vinyl are here. If you're using something different, let me know.

Good luck, and enjoy grunging up your audio with yummy turntably goodness.
ItsTheHobbs (author)  MahavishnuMan8 years ago
Yeah, I had just figured that out this morning while looking for ways to use it.
Correction: The final filter should probably be centered around 800 Hz-1.2 kHz, depending on your tastes. Also, perhaps a touch of short room reverb will help give the illusion of a barking megaphone.
Re-design8 years ago
I don't us a mac, but using my pc I would record what I wanted normal. Then make a copy to work from. Download "Audacity", free on the net and install it. It has lots of effects you can add, change the tone with equilization and lots of other things. Just play around with it till I got what I wanted. If I really messed it up I would always have my backup copy to start over with. Surely there is something like that for the Mac. Maybe even audacity.
ItsTheHobbs (author)  Re-design8 years ago
So audacity should probably work. I think I've downloaded that before...
lemonie8 years ago
The idea is to reduce the quality of the sound, by losing data. Other answers go into this in detail, but you either need an old / crappy microphone or some free software.
You could play around with the filters in Audacity?

seandogue8 years ago
If you mean the narrator voice (the spoken word) at the beginning of the song, as I recall from my band days, it's a combination of hard compression and filtering off the low end, plus a little distortion. it's the old game of making something sound as though it was on AM radio. The idea is to make the voice tinny, then add a just a touch of gravel.

I don't know what program to recommend to you for the Mac. you can find one


Note that if you happen to have a mid to high end Creative Labs soundcard, it probably already has the capability in its software for doing the voice modification with a little work from you. CL volume control: Audio Creation Mode
orksecurity8 years ago
I don't know that song, but typically, what's done for an old-time sound is to use a sharply peaked midrange filter, possibly with some static added to simulate surface noise. (Or a real recording of surface noise, which would be better.) Of course records and record players haven't been "fuzzy" -- unless abused -- since the 60's, if not earlier.
ItsTheHobbs (author)  orksecurity8 years ago
Um. In English please? haha. I don't understand what that means.