Voice Analysis

Voce Vista and Voiceprint are two powerful programs for analysing the voice with aid of a computer. These programs visualize the voice on a computer screen in a power spectrum, showing how the energy of the sound is distributed among the subsequent harmonics (see for an illustration the website of Voce Vista. Where are the strongest frequencies visible in the voiceprint? This information can tell us about how efficient the voice works. Although everyone has a unique voice, we all share most of the characteristics while having the same options. From a spectrogram we can collect information on: intonation, legato phonation, clarity of tone, singer's formant, presence of noise, and further on. There is a Voiceprint version available that includes sung expert samples of every single EVT exercise.

Singer with the Electroglottograph (EGG)
If you want to have a try by yourself, there are some free, or temporarily available, versions of several voice analysis programs that can be downloaded from the following websites: Overtone analyzer; PRAAT or VoceVista Realtime 2.7. Just connect a simple microphone to your computer and you are ready to start your own voice analysis. You can watch one of the instruction videos on Voiceprint by clicking this link.

If you do not want to run a voice analysis all by yourself, simply ask for assistance. I am willing to help you getting started!

Female Tenors

Space, the final Fronteer....
To find out more about male and female tenors who were singing in a variety of amateur choirs Hanny started a research project in summer 2010. Voice analysis and electro glottography (EGG) showed that all tenor subjects were able to produce a powerful voice sound and used the same register as they sang in their tenor range. This work has been presented at the PEVOC8 Conference in 2009 in Dresden and is published in "Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology". Hanny who is participating regularly as a choral tenor herself is now developing a training program for amateur alt-mezzo's focusing on how to switch to choral tenor singing. Singers who are interested in this investigation are heartily invited to send a message via e-mail. If you are currently joining a tenor group, please let me know about your singing experiences!

Voiceprint aids the practicing of EVT-figures

At the Estill World Voice Symposium V in Rome in 2011, Hanny and Marja Reinders presented a study on the application of Voiceprint (VP) in training singing students. VP stimulated the students to practice more frequently and they learned their skills faster. A publication on this topic is in preparation. A Dutch summary can be viewed by clicking this link.