Modifying accents and speech tone in Camtasia

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Hi, is the audio editor in Camtasia capable of modifying accents or speech tone? for example, converting videos where the narrator has a heavy/distinct accent to one  with more of a neutral accent
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Hello,

Short answer is no. I'm not aware of any audio programs that can do anything about someone's accent other than voice substitution altogether. You can change tonal balance somewhat with equalization  and spectral editing perhaps but I do not see anything actually changing the accent itself.

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The ability to mimic an accent well is just one way to separate a good actor from a great actor.
They need to be able to act as well. The accent is all on them.Here's one site I searched on the subject. https://www.quora.com/How-do-actors-learn-accents-that-are-extremely-different-from-their-own
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Many thanks.  But it's more than accents.  I've been doing quite a bit of simple voice recording (no music) over the past year.  And it's just about impossible to re-record part of an audio clip, paste it into the original, and have the two segments match.  Accents are one thing, but simply using the same voice from one day to the next seems to be an issue.  At least to me.

BTW, Meryl Streep is vigorously applauding your reply.
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Yeah, as far as mixing different recordings goes. Camtasia doesn't have enough audio tools to pull that off.
I use Adobe Audition. I can record a set of edits "Favorites"
 So with one click I apply the Parametric Equalizer, Normalize, Dynamics Processing, Normalize "Again",  Noise Reduction.
By the time that's all applied. I could have a cold on some clips and you would have a hard time figuring out  which ones. But I wouldn't have an accent.lol
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I'm no audiophile, so for the last 3 years. My voice over work is based primarily on this video. I actually record my voice with Camtasia.Then import it into Audition.

You may find it interesting. maybe not?
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I start doing the voice in Audition.  I then play it back while recording the video in Camtasia.  Then I add the audio track and various effects.
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Use Share/Advanced export to export the audio as a .wav file.  Then open that file in a real audio editor.  Audacity is open sourcee shareware.  Adobe Audition is also pretty good, but it ain't cheap.  When you're done fiddling with the audio, use File/Import media to get the audio back into Camtasia.

HTH,
Tony
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To add to what Timbre4 mentioned - no I don't think there is anything anywhere at any price that will do what you mentioned.

There is a tool by soundtoys called little alterboy which will pitch shift a voice, but that's really only good for making someone sound lightly more or less masculine/femine. what you're asking for is to outright change the voice to sound like someone else with a different accent. The way thats done today is to have someone with that accent record your audio - I've hired voiceover people from fiverr.com and had good results.

Adobe recently showed off some promising technology that made use of machine learning to feed in hours and hours of audio from a single actor, the machine would learn how they enunciate sounds and could convincingly synthesize them saying things they have never recorded.

Much how photoshop has made photographs hard to tell if they are real/fake, I'd expect this new technology to do the same for voice recordings. but I think we're probably a few years from the first commerical product and probably a decade or more before that's in everyday consumer products.
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Please take a look at the questions I posed to Timbre4.  I'd appreciate any information you have.

Best,
Tony